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Thank you for including this one in the package from a while back, MissB! I don’t think I’ve actually tried a straight green rooibos before. I’m falling out of love with red rooibos a bit (scratchy rooibos throat syndrome) so maybe the green is better. I steeped with boiling water for a few minutes. The scratchiness of the throat seemed to be less than usual, but maybe that’s just my nice filler teabags that makes the difference. The flavor isn’t something I like more the red rooibos. This kind of tastes like apple or chamomile with a bit of a sourness to it but I guess I like the red rooibos because it is different. This isn’t bad, but nothing I would drink on a normal basis.
Another tea from Sami Kelsh Sadly this one didn’t taste like much of anything, but to be fair i DID accidentally steep it for like uh 30 mins. What was nice was that it wasn’t biutter…it just tasted like an every day cup of boring black tea, taken best with milk and sugar :) still though, points for not being a cup i had to dump, if a little boring :)
This is another from my hepatite swap with Sami Kelsh Yes, i AM trying to drink them all today so i don’t have to increase my cupboard too much with the teas from Sami and Dexter lol. I quite liked this one. Sadly, i had it a while ago so it’s not fresh in my mind, but that is usually the case when i’m trying to get my tea drinking on, and work decides to pester me. While i don’t think i’ll ever rate an adagio tea above 85, this one is up there. I like how the tastes in this one blend together AND i’m not getting that underlying “hey guess what? i’m an adagio black tea” taste happening. :)
plus… the peppercorn addition was kinda fun and made this tea a little more interesting to me! :)
Guess who just landed another job interview? Yippee! And it’s a place I’d be chuffed to be working for, it’s in the arts, and it’s smack dab in the middle of all the interesting things. In Oxford. Two interviews less than one week apart, in Oxford, after about 10 months of virtually nothing in Manchester. I think the universe is conspiring to send me south, guys. That’s the impression I’m getting, really. There’s a big part of me that’s super hesitant to leave Oop North, and a big part of me that’s unsure about moving someplace quite small in comparison to Manchester, but a bigger part of me that says THEY WANT YOU, GO MAKE IT HAPPEN. None of this has anything to do with the tea that I am drinking, but the tea that I am drinking is also helping to quietly alleviate my ridiculous TMJ headache that’s been brought on by, oh, who knows.
Oh Narvin, I absolutely adore you. He may at times be misunderstood, but he really is genuinely lovely. The scent upon opening the bag is subtle, but not without complexity: a gentle hint of bergamot is backed by notes of subtle fruit, like apricot or peach, but it’s definitely dry, not sweet. The brew is simple, not overly flavoured, with a brisk, dry mouthfeel: the earl grey pairs beautifully with the bright notes of the ceylon, and just a trace of that subtle sort of stone fruit that still has a bit of lovely crunch to it. I take it with a bit of sugar, of course, because Narvin really is an absolute sweetie. It’s a blend that just makes me happy, just like Narvin.
Thank you Kat_Maria for sharing a sample of this tea. Personally, I would not have ever bought this because its an oolong but I ind it is always a good idea to try the adagio teas because you never know what might make it into one of your fandom blends.
I was actually surprised by this one. I was not expecting much other than oolong but the base is actually pretty mild which allows for the candy peach flavor to shine. If I were given the choice, I would choose a different base but at the end of the day, I don’t think I would be as hesitant to buy a blend that has peach oolong in it as I can see this blending well with other flavors. Thank you Kat_Maria for sending this my way and forcing me to try this because now I know I don’t need to completely avoid blends with oolong. That information now opens up my options for fandom blends and that can be very, very dangerous.
We got free water bottles from school, hooray! I was most excited because that means I have another cold brewing vessel. It’s kind of getting out of hand, actually. I now have at least one pitcher and two water bottles cold brewing, sometimes three water bottles at any given time. Anyway, this is the first time I’m cold brewing this houjicha. I think I left it in for too long, though, because I’m getting that sharp, intense taste that I don’t like in cold brews. Again, not my favorite houjicha, even iced, so I won’t be repurchasing, but it’s still a fine houjicha.
Is there anything funner than wrestling with your wifi in the morning? I don’t think there is. Like wow, so when I run out of bandwidth and go to the Three website to top up for another month, it all works fine until it goes to process my card payment, which has to be redirected through the verified by visa page, which won’t load if you’re out of bandwidth. Well played, Three. I think I spent a good hour refreshing the top-up page before caving and buying a day’s worth of BT Wifi just to get the stupid payment page to load so I can have internet this month. facepalm
I am not a happy camper. Cheering myself with an old episode of Bake Off on iplayer and drinking a cuppa while I decide what to make for lunch out of my diminishing pantry.
Brax is smooth, lively, and comforting. The warm scent of clove and ginger is prominent on the nose, with a sweet undercurrent from the almond. The irish breakfast provides a solid base for the spices and almond, which shift between buzzy, energetic spice and light sweetness. A few sips in, the slight earthy-sweet of the oolong makes its presence felt for a moment. This is a complex tea. the longer you sit with it, the more delicious secrets it reveals to you. If only it would reveal the secret of how to renew my wifi data plan without the website being a little monster…
I’m pretty sure this came from KallieBoo!.
This a nice pretty unoffensive dessert rooibos. I’m getting a bit of almond, a bit of cream and vanilla. Thankfully, the flowers aren’t giving a significant aroma or taste since I’m usually not a fan of overly floral teas (or anything else for that matter). I’d consider it in a future Adagio order.
2 tsp + sweetener
Sipdown no. 143 of the year 2014. As the number creeps higher, I find it more and more astonishing that I’ve barely made a dent in my stash. My cupboard says it has something like 215 teas in it, but this is a bald-faced lie. (I love that phrase. Bald-faced. As in without hair? Are people with beards inherently more trustworthy? That cuts out women, at least most of them… hmm… any linguists want to explain this one to me? )
Anyway, it is woefully inaccurate. First, because I don’t list most of my samples. I started putting the Todd & Holland ones in but quickly lost momentum. Second, because I never went through and put in all my tins, bags, etc. from my previous orders. I’ve been adding and taking things out as I start drinking new teas in quantity or finish them, but I haven’t done a comprehensive data entry. (Because hate data entry.)
It’s scary, really. I suppose I have to take the small victories where I can. Here’s one. A sample tin that I can kiss goodbye.
I’ve been drinking a lot of jasmine green lately because I have several out on the counter, and I find that I could drink jasmine flavored tea pretty much any time. It’s weirdly like candy to me (though of course it’s not really like candy because it isn’t sugary), or perhaps a soft drink (though of course it’s not really like a soft drink either). Refreshing, flavorful, and pretty innocuous—I’ve never had a really awful jasmine—and in some ways not even like drinking tea because of the candy/soft drink association.
Something good to drink on a day like today where I’ve consumed fast food for two meals (unbelievable) while running around. I hope it will help unclog my arteries and give me enough perk to attack my current writing assignment for class. I’m in a different class now with a different deadline. It’s really 12 p.m. Eastern time, but being on the US west coast, that’s 9 a.m. for me. I can’t trust myself to get anything done and uploaded before 9 a.m. on a Sunday morning so Saturday night is now my deadline. Which is kind of pathetic when I think about it. Good thing I’m not young and dating or I’d never get anything done….
I really enjoyed this. It is simple and straightforward – makes a great cold steeped iced tea that is tart and juicy without being overly sour. I can’t pick out specific fruit beyond a berry taste, but it isn’t something I mind all that much to be honest.
This is a sad brew, as I drink it in tribute to the amazing, perennially fabulous Kate O’Mara, who passed away a few days ago. Just a few months ago she had said in an interview that she’d happily reprise her role as the Rani on Doctor Who, and I’d have loved to see that. She was a truly fabulous, glamourous, and warm lady.
It really does smell like BOOM! cherries, sweet-tart and candylike, a little undercurrent of vanilla drifting in and out occasionally. But don’t let that frighten you – remember, the Rani’s not evil, just amoral. Like the Rani, this tea is a master of disguise: beneath the leaves’ potent fragrance lies a more nuanced, interesting brew. Cherry remains the predominant flavour, while the vanilla adds depth, and the hibiscus lends a tart edge. It becomes deep and sweet and tart, mostly cherry, but with something else lurking in the background. A friend of mine made a cup of this when she heard the news, and described it as having an almost spicy mouthfeel, and I get a bit of that. It’s subtle but dark, and powerful, but it keeps you guessing. Definitely a science experiment gone right.
Tea #3 from the tea box. Made a cup for my hubby this morning. Knowing how much he loved Frangelico I thought this would be a good fit. He likes the smell but he says nut tea just don’t quite get the taste profile he is looking for. I’ve poured a little cup for myself as well. I’m amazed at how much hazelnut flavor there is. It really is quite good. Tried it both warm and cold. Works both ways.
I’m finding myself suddenly craving green teas in the evenings, which I think must have something to do with it finally feeling like springtime out there, and in here: after shivering through a winter without using central heating once, it’s now a cozy 19 degrees in here and I’m finding I need to have the windows open or it’s too darn hot! Yeah, definitely time for refreshing teas, all right. Also, decided to pop along to apply to work at a well-established coffee shop chain today (because GOOD GOD Y’ALL I CAN’T AFFORD TO BE CHOOSY ANYMORE) and they interviewed me on the spot. Seemed to like me, so who knows, maybe I’ll at least be able to earn a teensy bit of a living while continuing to look for, you know, actual work. Blerg.
Also, apparently Bonnie Langford was in town last week with the dancing on ice show that’s touring right now, and I MISSED HER. Would have been great to maybe sweet-talk her into a portrait for People Of Who in a moment of downtime before a show, but never mind.
(I’m still kicking myself for not batting my photographic eyelashes at Bill Bailey when he was in town. Grumpties!)
At least there’s Mel tea, if not a series of interesting and good portraits of the lady who makes Mel come to life. At least Mel remains as bright and cheerful as ever in tea form. Opening the bag, I am greeted with the sweet scent of strawberries, with just a whisper of peach – more reminiscent of dried fruit than sweets, mind you. When brewed, the strawberry is lightened by grassy notes from the green tea, the light sweetness giving way to a sharp, sweet-tart finish. This is a tea that tastes good for you in the most agreeable way possible, light and joyful like a Pease Pottage garden in early summer. Sigh.
I still feel like a muppet for not knowing about Bonnie’s show until afterwards!
I’m drank this today, as a personal blend. I mixed 1 tsp of this with 1 tsp of Cream tea from Adagio. It was creamy and nutty at the same time. I expect this would be good mixed 1/3 hazelnut, 1/3 cream, 1/3 chocolate chip, but I haven’t tried that yet.
By itself, I did not care for this tea, even with added milk and sugar.