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I bought a sample of this with the intent to try blending it with other things to give a milky quality so that I don’t actually have to remember milk. After tasting, I’d say it surely has a creamy mouthfeel that would be lovely mixed with other black teas. I’ll save this for either flavored black teas or lower quality black teas so I don’t end up missing any of the nuances of plain, good quality blacks. I might not drink this just by itself, but I wouldn’t be unhappy to drink it alone if it was what I had available.
I’ve had this tea for a while but haven’t reviewed it up until now. Green rooibos is rather plain on its own and I got this to blend with other teas and herbals. Earlier today I made some in my Lupicia handy cooler mixed with ginger root. Now I am drinking it over ice and the combination is quite nice, especially for a warm evening like we are having. I’m not sure how to rate this as it’s a standard herb. Green rooibos has a much milder flavor than the red kind, so it you’re normally a red rooibos hater, I would recommend giving it a try. I think this would be good with lemon too, just not sure my stomach is up to that tonight.
Me: sniffs sample jar … whew. Er… can someone come check this? I don’t think it’s supposed to smell this way.
Staff 1: Really? What does it smell like?
Me: Bleu cheese.
Staff 1: O_o … sniffs Huh. Yeah. Now that you mention it…
Me: So that’s what it’s supposed to smell like?
Staff 1: I don’t really know… Hey, [Staff 2]- go smell the Tahiti!
Staff 2: =_= . . . why?
Staff 1: Just try it.
Staff 2: Ohhhkayyyy….? sniffs !! whew! … sniffs again whew. Yeah. That’s…
Staff 1: Bleu cheese, then “hey, where’d that coconut come from?”
- 24 hours pass -
Staff 3: Finding what you’re looking for?
Me: After smelling it yesterday, the masochist in me wants to try the Pu Erh Tahiti. I guess that really is what it’s supposed to smell like…
Staff 3: Really? What’s it smell like?
Me: Bleu cheese.
Staff 3: Okay…
Me: samples Hmmm…
Staff 3: Well? What’s it taste like?
Me: Kinda like it smells like. Bleu cheese and coconut… but a lot smoother and milder.
- 15 minutes and the rest of the sample cup pass -
A yummy— albeit uninteresting— tea.
I have the exact same things to say about this one as I do the other three flavors in this Nut and Spice Sample Pack— Exactly what you’d expect from the names, but the base is a little too strong. Genuine flavoring. No surprises.
Well, at least they’re reliable. You know what you’re getting yourself into when you prepare a cup of any of these four flavors.
Got this one as a sample from my last order from Adagio. Upon opening the packet there isn’t much fragrance there and the leaves could be a little stale. I decided to brew this in my gaiwan with a lot of leaf and a small amount of water so I could extract as much out of this as possible.
The liquor is a light yellow, similar to that of other Taiwanese green oolongs. There is a slight floral fragrance along with some vegetal notes.
Overall not a very thick tea. The liquor seems to be pretty thin in the mouth, and I’m not really getting the floral aftertaste that I expect with Taiwanese oolongs, especially a super green one such as Baozhong. While this tea does have some floral notes, there is not much that makes this tea stand out for me and makes it a long step away from a good Baozhong.
Flavors: Caramel, Floral, Green, Vegetal
This one tastes like a high-quality chai masala.
I like it because the cinnamon is there without commandeering the cup. The nutmeg and cloves are the most prevalent, and I get just a bite of ginger. And the whole bouquet is strong enough to do battle with the very strong Adagio Ceylon base.
Had an emergency appendectomy this past Wednesday. It went well, but I’m still in pain out sick from work until Monday.
I steeped this one perfectly. It’s the first tea I’ve had since the operation (I’ve stuck to uncomplicated coffee and water and Tylenol, but today, I felt good enough to prepare a cup of loose tea) and I steeped it perfectly. This is a good blend. Hazelnut is so soothing.
This is good stuff!
I love hazelnut flavored things, especially coffee and tea. The thing I love about the Adagio tea sampler that I got is how genuine the flavorings are. I feel like I’m really eating hazelnuts here. It’s earthy and perfect for the fall. My timing on ordering this sampler was just about perfect, if I do say so myself.
My only criticism is that the base is VERY strong, and can be oversteeped super easily, thereby becoming bitter and astringent very quickly.
A+ on the flavoring, B- on the base.
I used to be big into the Earl Greys, but I’ve slowed down a little bit to try other things. Still, I am really picky about my Earl Grey, so maybe that’s why I didn’t like this tea as much as I hoped.
When brewed hot, the base Ceylon black tea just doesn’t do it for me. There’s a very malty sort of taste that doesn’t belong there. Well, maybe it does, but it’s not welcome to me at least.
The bergamot flavor isn’t as strong as I would like when it’s hot. It’s almost like an afterthought. When I have a hot Earl Grey, I want to feel like I’ve been kicked in the face by that wonderful citrusy sort of flavor.
After saying all that, the tea is interesting when cold brewed overnight as iced tea. The unwelcome flavor from the base tea fades away and allows the bergamot to shine the way it should. It rivals my favorite iced Earl Grey teas.
In the end, I’m happy I tried this iced. Would I buy it again? Maybe, but probably just to make iced tea.
To me, Earl Grey tea tastes like summer, and I don’t get that happy summer feeling when I drink this tea and isn’t that what it’s all about?
It’s not a bad tea, in fact, I like it.
But blood orange? No, I don’t think so. There’s a little bit of tartness and some acidic citrus flavor that reminds me of an actual orange, but not a blood orange.
When it’s hot, there is this ever present hibiscus flavor that kind of balances all of the flavors of the tea. It kind of reminds me of one of the Celestial Seasonings Zinger line of teas. If they made an orange zinger, I bet this is what it would taste like.
The hibiscus and the tartness are both muted a bit when cold brewed into iced tea overnight. The color of the iced tea is this wonderful color that wanders somewhere between orange, purple and yellow, without actually being one of them.
Are there better orange tisanes? Sure. Are there better representations of a blood orange one? Most certainly. But I’m in no way sad I have this in my cabinet, especially due to the price. It was a pretty good bargain.
Holy cow, is this a nutty tea!
I’m getting lots of vanilla, but also a coating like that almonds leave in your mouth. I’ve chewed actual vanilla bean before, so I can attest that the flavoring is authentic.
At first I didn’t quite understand what this was doing in my Nuts & Spice Sampler pack, but now I 100% get it.
I have thus far been unimpressed with Adagio’s white teas because they never seem to taste like what I want them to taste like…that could be MY problem, but it definitely makes me less keen on trying out more white teas from them. This just wasn’t very strawberry-ish. It’s very light. I tried it both hot and let it cool to room temp. Not much difference for me. The white tea is probably good on its own, but I wanted a strawberry white tea.
I could have sworn I wrote a note about this one already…I had it early last week, I believe. I think I was expecting a more identifiable floral flavor, but all I really got was white tea. I enjoyed the cup (and the two more I was able to resteep), but it wasn’t what I’d thought it would be. I’m surprised to read some reviews stating that this had too strong of a flower taste for them. I probably need to drink this again with a more discerning palate before I rate it.