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This one tastes a little more like mulling spices than a tea, and I couldn’t taste the black tea at all. If my husband didn’t have a strange appreciation for it, it would be going straight into the swap pile!
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This is a bit disappointing. It has a slight citrus flavor but I wish it was stronger, and creamier. I was expecting a bit more special considering this isn’t supposed to be a normal earl grey. It’s not a bad earl grey, but just not what I was expecting.
For a tea that is a mix of three different herbs, this tastes pretty one dimensional, kind of like sipping on liquid candy cane. That being said, I like it. Enough to repurchase? Hmmm, for that, we’ll have to see. I think this tea would probably be pretty easy to mix up on my own, having chamomille, peppermint, and rooibos in my cupboard separately. Seeing how this tea is sooo pepperminty, I’ll definitely want to drink some peppermint by itself tonight and see how it compares.
Tried this tea again with 3 teaspoons instead of the 1 teaspoon per 8 ounces and also doubled my sugar. Amazingly this tea still produced a pretty weak flavor so I’ll have to reserve it for blends and iced tea.
I wanted to use up some of this quickly, so I made two cups. And given my previous luck with leafage and Adagio teas, I used. about 4.5 teaspoons for two cups. That was about the right amount; the flavor is now present enough to seem “real.”
Shroomy. It tastes shroomy in that tart, slightly astringent way. It tastes like a lot of teas I’ve had before. Not a bad tea, but not exceptional enough to get again. Especially when it takes 4.5 teaspoons to make 2 cups worth.
I really hated this tea. It smelled like artificial maple syrup and tasted the same. No sign of any kind of mango in sight. What a let down.
Tried this at the suggested 1 heaping teaspoon to 8 ounces of water and added on teaspoon of sugar. It was a very weak tasting tea. Like hot, watered down fruit juice with a hint of strawberry. My plans for this tea in the future are:
1. Try again with 2 teaspoons instead of 1
2. Try it iced. (as a fruit based tea, surely it will be better this way)
3. Try mixing with some rooibos and maybe a little ginger to give it some oomph.
As of now this tea isn’t impressing me, but maybe it will be better in the future :P
ILU Jane Austen Mafia.
I’m almost halfway done my bag because this tea is from Adagio, which means it’s rare to spot up here in the Great Wild North. It’s silly that the idea of ordering from Adagio is in the same category as ordering from Fauchon or Mariage Freres because of crazy shipping fees.
So I will enjoy this cup… I could maybe go for reading an Austen book right now too. I love P&P and S&S (and S&S&Sea Monsters) so much that I haven’t branched out enough to her other books.
Oh, I’m rambling. If I haven’t said it already, Happy Turkey Day to those of you in the South! :D
This came to me from MissB and it is definitely a pleasant enough cup. Nothing special or spectacular to be found here but nothing bad or offensive either. This doesn’t have a strong taste of honeybush nor mango but rather a each flavor is more prominent at different times in the sip. The tea far more strongly smells of mango and the flavor comes through in the aftertaste whereas the first flavor in the sip is the honeybush. I imagine this might be nice combined with some other teas, perhaps some herbals? Thank you MissB for sharing this with me :)
ETA: I had some Redberry Tonic in my timolino so I decided to add that to this tea. Together The Redberry Tonic helps to bring out some of the mango while the sweetness of the honeybush tones down the tart berry of the Tonic. Definitely a tasty combination.
I’m surprised by how much I’m liking this one, especially since the smell from the leaves smelled very fake in the package. But in the cup it makes a subtly nutty black tea that’s wonderful black. Just don’t oversteep—I think last time I let it go too long or had the water too hot, because it got pretty cloying. But done right, this tea is pleasantly nutty with a clean finish.
WOW, is this minty. Not that I should really be surprised by that.
I’m not a mint person usually, but this isn’t bad. It’s a very clear taste, with a slightly sweet lingering aftertaste. I can imagine this would be good iced. I might mix it with something else next time, because it is too minty for me, but I’m sure a mint lover would be very happy!
Not very exciting at all. Pretty disappointing, actually. It’s not all that creamy and not all that vanilla-y.
It smells a little like chocolate in the bag and sort of like a cookie brewed, but it mostly just tastes like black tea with a generic sweetness. I’ll try it with milk next, but I doubt I’ll miss this sample when it’s gone.
I don’t think I’ve ever logged this one but tonight I just want something… different.. I will admit that I hate the aroma of the dry leaf. It smells like vinegar. Very off putting.. But good news is that the vinegar aroma disappears after it’s brewed. The flavor is nice. The cucumber is very natural tasting and it blends well with the sweetness of the white tea. There is a nice vegetal note. It’s quite relaxing, actually.
This is a nice tea. It’s pretty straightforward, with a vanilla flavor that’s clearly present in every sip but not overwhelming; I’d say I’m getting about 60% vanilla taste and 40% green tea taste. Whatever technique that was chosen to add the flavor was a good one, because it harmonizes better with the base than I’ve come to expect from flavored teas, especially inexpensive ones. The green tea they used isn’t overly complex, but there’s still a nice flavor, one that’s a touch grassy and buttery.
I’ve had a couple of blends that utilize this tea, and it’s very good for that purpose as well. I feel like, in general, these simple flavored teas from Adagio are best for blending; this is one of the few that I’ve tried that works wonderfully both ways (although I prefer it in blends).
Starfevre sent me this one a while ago but I’m just now writing a tasting note for it! Thank you! I had this once before! I used a teaspoon and a half of leaves, since Yunnans seem to be chocolatier that way. This one is VERY good. I’m rarely disappointed with Adagio’s blends. I could easily stock up on this one (and most of Adagio’s teas)! It’s a perfect starter if you are new to Yunnan and need an example of how they taste.
Steep #1 // a few minutes after boiling // 3 min
I’ve already gulped down most of this delicious cup – so dark chocolatey! With stone fruit/apricot. Medium bodied, not a tough black tea, as I’m finding Yunnan teas aren’t. Never astringent or bitter. So so good! Malty, a bit peppery. I definitely like this with a teaspoon and a half. Just the perfect Yunnan.
Steep #2 // a few minutes after boiling // 4 min
This cup is just as lovely.. I don’t know why more people don’t reuse leaves! There has only been a handful of teas that have been noticeably not re-steepable worthy. This cup was slightly more peppery though. The third cup was okay, not as amazing as the others – it went with dinner! This tea reminds me of Butiki’s Golden Lion Assam… which I just bought because it is my favorite tea ever. Well, I’ve got two more steep sessions worth of leaves anyway!
I liked this one less than the Yunnan Noir because I found it to be more bitter, but still enjoyable.
Tea #2 from Another Traveling Tea Box
I was surprised by how good the dry leaf looked. There were a mixture of large, broad leaves and long needles. The smell was pleasant, though not identifiable. After steeping, the tea smelled and tasted like a mild cucumber water. The tea base was quite smooth, but not that flavorful. The second steep was completely flavorless.
I would love to sample more cucumber white teas, but I don’t feel the need to try this one again.
enjoyed it. Could have used a little more pomegranate