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If you’re looking for an Earl Grey alternative, this is it! It has well balanced notes of cream and bergamont. There’s a really nice overlaying floral quality to it as well, and only a mild astringency to it. I often find earl greys too bergamont flavoured, but not this one. Definitely a staple in the cabinet. Makes a pretty great iced tea too!
Flavors: Astringent, Citrus, Cream, Floral
This tastes like strawberries and smoke. Looking at the ingredients, it does have Rooibos in it. I don’t quite understand why rooibos is so popular, and I really don’t understand what it’s supposed to add to a strawberry white tea. Why add a smokey flavor to that? It’s a mystery to me. Anyway, this is not bad, just not quite my cup of tea I don’t think.
Flavors: Smoke, Strawberry
It’s been a good while since I’ve reviewed anything so I thought now would be a good time. The weather is getting colder and it’s the perfect time for a good cup of tea. This is the first winter me and Makayla get to spend together!! With the holidays coming up it certainly puts me in a good mood.
Makayla bought this tea here while back and this is our first time drinking it. It has a unique smell too it, slightly offensive at first but after a couple whiffs not so bad. The taste is crisp with a dry after note. Yet underneath all there’s a sweetness I cant quite put my finger on. It’s an interesting blend I must say I neither overly love it or hate it. It’s something I would grab on occasion and enjoy.
Hmm… The dry leaf for this smells amazing – like pumpkin cheesecake. This is definitely one of those teas where I wish it tasted like it smelled, though. It leads with a mild flavor of pumpkin and spices, then the flavor of the base tea shows up. The base doesn’t really complement the flavor very well, and I wish the flavor itself were a little bolder. While it is a pleasant tea, I feel like it’s kind of flat and uninspiring. It’s not quite what I want from a pumpkin spice tea.
Flavors: Cheesecake, Pumpkin, Spices, Tea
This week is going to be all about challenging the conceptions I’ve built about tea throughout the first leg of my tea journey. I’ve written off whole categories of tea including green, black, and sheng (too grassy, too boring, too savory) but that was so many months ago that my tastes have changed, and my brewing methods have changed and I’m sure that many of the teas I didn’t like it was because I brewed them incorrectly.
I wasn’t optimistic about this tea when I looked at the dry leaf because they are nearly gray in color which I believe signifies low quality, but I went ahead anyway.
2 infusions: (5s, 10s) Not bad! It does taste a bit grassy, but not so much that it bothers me. I actually like it. It has a verry small hint of floral note at the end. Surprised that I noticed that.
Of to try more green teas!
Flavors: Flowers, Grass
I bought this on a whim, reading about it being malty. This tea just rocks! Slight cocoa, sweetness, coffee like notes. I even got my mom to drink this, and she won’t drink 99% of the teas I try to get her to try! I would use this tea to introduce a coffee drinker into the tea world.
I rebrew it once, taste just as good. Just an all around delicious tea.
I use three pearls per 8 oz of water.
The name of this tea has The White Stripes’s “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself” on repeat in my head. “Like a summer rose needs the sun and rain, I need your sweet love to beat love away…” The lyrics don’t make sense, but I enjoy Jack White just the same.
The first thing I want to say about this tea is how it doesn’t look exactly like the photo. Rose petals naturally fade when they dry, so they’re not the bright magenta you see here. They’re faintly pink, but mostly a sort of cream color. That said, there is a very generous amount of them in my sample. Lovely!
The smell of the dry leaf is very floral, but not exclusively rose. I’m getting hints of lemon, pepper, and magnolia. Mmm, magnolia! The smell poignantly reminds me of the beginning of summer here in the deep south. I wonder if there are magnolia teas out there… that’s something to research for sure.
The brewed tea also smells of rose and magnolia. So summery, so nostalgic. Upon the first sip I notice that it’s not an overwhelmingly floral tea. It certainly doesn’t beat you over the head with the rose. The black tea base is mild and without bitterness or astringency. Much like a yunnan tip or something. Very smooth. Though that might have something to do with the preparation. On the package, it said to brew for three minutes, so I did. Anyway, it’s very gentle and I look forward to finishing the sample.
Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Lemon, Rose
Drank this one at work today. As I find with a lot of coconut teas, I mostly just taste coconut. Like I can tell that it’s pu erh, but mostly I’m getting coconut, and maybe some other tropical fruitiness coming in underneath. I’m not the hugest fan of coconut to begin with – like, I have to be really craving it, so this was sort of a gamble for me. And it’s actually not bad. It doesn’t have the most inviting bouquet I’ve ever experienced from a tea, which to be honest put me off at first, but actually, it’s got quite a nice, soft texture that’s pretty pleasant. I’m tempted to experiment with combining it with other flavours that might tone down the HOLY COCONUT BATMAN nature of it – maybe something more predominantly coconutless tropical fruit in nature, or just cutting it with a plain pu erh. I wouldn’t keep this one in constant supply, but I’ll enjoy what I have of it, in any case.
Ahh – this is refreshing! I love this tea, and it tastes like summer in a cup. It is ever so slightly smokey, especially if brewed at a high temperature, but not at all bitter. I like it best steeped at 190 for 4 minutes and then again at 190 for 5ish minutes. I mix the two steepings together to get a mellow, very drinkable, tea. It sort of tastes to me like Ruby Red grapefruit juice, but without the sugar and without the bitterness. It tastes like the best parts of a red grapefruit.
My only complaint today is that I added too much sugar. I don’t think it needs any, but I was treating myself today. I added 1 tsp for 6 total cups. Still too much. Next time, I’ll only use 1/2 tsp.
Another of my Small Business Saturday purchases.
Tummy is feeling a little wonky tonight. The mint and jasmine blend so well with the gunpowder green. Oh lovely!!
I bought this tin (3 oz.) to share with a few others but I may have to reconsider… do I really love my daughters? Do they deserve this good of a tea? Well… we will have to stay in suspense until closer to the holidays. Mwa ha ha! (How do you spell an evil laugh?)
Flavors: Jasmine, Peppermint
Okay, this is pretty decent. I’m still not a huge fan of Adagio’s black base, but it’s not too bitter here, and this has a pleasant vanilla flavor and is somewhat sweet, which is nice. I feel like it could be brewed a little longer actually, which is rare for me with a black tea. I suspect if I actually did brew it longer, it would get bitter, though. Still, not a bad tea at all, and I bet my husband will really like it (he loves vanilla).
Flavors: Sweet, Vanilla
Dry leaves: smells very strongly of hazelnut. Not very pu erh like?
5 minutes in boiling water.
Tasting note: the traditional pu erh earthiness comes out more in the tase, but it’s not overbearing. Very hazelnutty, vey little berry flavor but it’s there. Kind of. Not bad, but I probably won’t buy it again, this little sample bag is enough for me.
The dry leaf had a strong, decadent caramel scent, but it didn’t carry over to the flavor. The base tea had a pleasant smokiness, but was more bitter than I prefer. The caramel was just barely present. I’ll have to try this again with milk and/or sweetener, but I was disappointed with it.
Flavors: Bitter, Caramel, Smoke
Method: Gongfucha with 7 grams of leaf to 120 ml of water with a quick rinse. (please note that I’m using my porcelain Oolong teapot for this, so subtract 10 seconds from the times and you’ll get the time when I started pouring the tea)
The tea is definitely a green oolong. It’s rolled into small little jade (fitting isn’t it) pellets. The scent is light, but sweet in a honey suckle-ish way. The wet leaf has the same smell with a thicker consistensy.
1st Steep (15 seconds): The Color is very light, a yellow with a slight green cast. The scent is also quite light, a little floral. The Taste is very nice, with that honey-floral that I got from the wet leaves. The Aftertaste is clean and lightly sweet that feels a little like it’s pressing on the back of the tongue.
2nd Steep (20 seconds): The Color seems a bit greener, and the Smell is much stronger, heady honey suckle scents. The Taste is fuller. I’m getting rich, sweet floral notes with a slight astringency in the finish. The Aftertaste is interesting, it leaves a taste like lightly sugared water on the inside of my cheeks.
3rd Steep (20 seconds): The Color has turned more yellow now with only a hinting of green in it. The Smell is thick, definitely honey, the floral notes are almost non-existant. The Taste has an very creamy mouthfeel and tastes like I’m drinking water and honey. The Aftertaste leaves an odd taste on the tip of my tongue that I can’t quite place. It’s not bad, it’s just really strange.
4th Steep (25 seconds): The Color keeps alternating between being greener and yellower, but it’s greener for now. The Scent has recaptured those floral notes with the honey being pushed a little further to the side. The Taste is clean and crisp, floral with a honey undertone. It’s the Aftertaste that tastes like honey-water now.
5th Steep (35 seconds): Color’s staying greener for once, nice! The Smell is about the same as the last infusion. The viscosity has increased dramatically, and I’m not sure exactly what caused it, but I like it. The Taste is still honey-floral, but there is noticeably more astringency, not necessarily a bad thing, but it can be unpleasant for wimps. ;) The Aftertaste is clean, with light floal notes on the sides on the tongue.
Summary: This is a pretty good green oolong, nowhere near the best, but it’s an affordable option for those who want a low elevation (just an assumption based on what little experience I have) Taiwanese oolong or are newer to green oolong. This will never be a daily drinker for me, but I’ll slowly plow through what I’ve got tucked away in my closet
This tea smelled AMAZING – just like marzipan. I did oversteep by a minute or two, and would not recommend steeping it more than three to four minutes. Adding simple creamer or milk (nothing flavored) brings out smooth nutty notes. Very slightly sweet, no bitterness that would be explained by anything other than steeping a bit too long.
Flavors: Almond, Marzipan, Nutty
I suspect I may have oversteeped this tea; it was a bit astringent and bitter for my taste. Not a bad tea – I think perhaps the first African tea I’ve ever tried – but it didn’t blow me away. Held up well with milk; toasted, malty overtone.
Flavors: Black Currant, Caramel, Dried Fruit, Malt, Toast
Last bit of a sampler I had from years ago. Not really sure I actually had a whole teaspoon, I just dumped what was left in the sampler bag into the brewer, and it’s brewed up very light and has almost no scent. Also didn’t let it sit as long since I wanted my breakfast.
Taste is extremely light, hardly any flavor, which could be the age or the lack of tea, I’m not sure. I remembered liking it when I had it before, though this particular cup is nothing special. Literally I can’t find anything of note to say about it, it hardly tastes like tea. I might get a new sampler to try again fresh later.
I was looking through my cupboard and discovered that I still have quite a few teas in there which I don’t have any more, and this was one. Unfortunately, I now have to try to write up notes of old teas I don’t remember all that well, but on the upside, I have at least 5 more sipdowns to add! Yipee.
This was part of my first Adagio order with my fandom samplers, bought to take me over the threshold for free shipping as I was curious of the tea. I am a fan of floral teas, and love anything rose or jasmine, and remember thoroughly enjoying this tea, although I did prefer it with milk and sweetener. Frank’s little brother (two at the time!) also loved this tea – after I gave him a sip of my cup, he insisted on his own little cup of it and drank it all down in just a few seconds, then asked for more! Over a couple of days, he drank down most of my sample of this (with lots of milk) so I only had a couple of cups in the end. If my cupboard weren’t so full, I would probably have a place for this – I don’t think I’ve found anything rose flavoured similarly enjoyable since.
Also in the stack of samplers I had at work and forgot about, though this only had one teaspoon left.
I sort of ruined it because I didn’t completely wash out my mug, so there’s slight lingering scent of mocha nut mate, too. That’s what I get for being lazy.
But anyway, I’ve always liked sencha, which I guess gyokuro is part of, or at least similar to. Part of the process of logging all these is to learn the differences myself, heh. I’ll need to get some other sencha to try, as well as more gyokuro.
As for this specific cup, it’s lightly grassy and “green”. There’s a hint of metallic taste to me, too. I’ve had a lot of Japanese greens, but since at the time I really didn’t know any more than “this is tea” I have a hard time comparing it other than— it certainly tastes like a Japanese green in a general sense. Which is nice, reminds me of being there.
Flavors: Grass, Metallic, Tea, Vegetal