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I’m still not over the Star Wars. I don’t know if that’s evident by my, like, having gotten a buttload of Star Wars teas in. This is normal behaviour, isn’t it? I’m also holding out for my friend’s shop getting a backorder of the Pop vinyl figure of helmetless Poe Dameron, and if my finances weren’t utterly decimated for the forseeable future, I’d be tempted by the lego set with little Admiral Ackbar. He’s my favourite! NERDNERDNERD
As it is, I’m presently mainlining tea whilst I binge-listen the Arcade Fire Meets David Bowie EP for an essay I’ve been asked to write for a forthcoming book. There’s a lot of memories in this for me.
But first, tea. There are so many layers to this tea, it’s astounding. The dry leaves yield an intensely nutty, sweet buttery fragrance, with fresh strawberry following. As soon as it begins to brew, the perfume transforms into warm, spiced honey. The flavour is wrapped in luscious, bright strawberry, underscored by creamy, earthy notes of maple and buttery hazelnut, while hints of cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger add lingering warmth to the finish. And to my eternal delight, the coconut doesn’t really flavour it (as it just kills every other flavour for me when it does) but lends an extra creaminess to the texture instead. It’s as beautiful as Poe’s shining, tousled hair, as warm as the light in his eyes when he looks at Finn. Balanced, beautiful, and perfect.
Adding a second note to this tea, because as I took my time drinking through my first mug, I found I liked it more and more with every sip. I didn’t expect that. Now an hour after finishing it, I’m still thinking about it and wishing I had another mug of it. So I’m bumping up the rating a little to reflect how it’s grown on me. I’ll definitely buy a full-size bag of this sometime in the future. Nice tea!
I rather like this tea. It smells and tastes like nothing so much as “Blueberry Morning” breakfast cereal, which is perfectly fine with me, because I loved that cereal growing up, and have very fond memories of it. I wouldn’t say it’s the most authentic blueberry flavor ever, but that’s fine as real blueberries can be over-tart anyway. The base tea flavor is very subtle, not at all overpowering the blueberry, and I even over-steeped mine by accident. Would drink again…and maybe cold next time!
I only had the teabags for this one, but it’s a lovely solid black tea just the same. Smooth and rich. I love to combine the teabag with some second-steeped chestnut, to add a touch of nutty flavor. Very happy to indulge with a large mug of this one today.
Looks like some very sophisticated and respected reviewers on this site do not really care for this tea, which makes me question the validity of my tastes. I like it so much that merely sniffing it makes me smile! xD
It smells like vanilla and tastes, if not quite like gingerbread, then at least like some type of gently spiced Christmas biscuit, full of cinnamon, spice, vanilla, caramel, and honey; even the aftertaste is sweet to my palate, because the flavors mask the black tea, so I don’t detect much bitterness (and yes, I’m drinking it straight). It actually reminds me of a tea I had a long time ago at Boston’s “Tealuxe” called “Birthday Cake” or something.
If this sounds like something you’d like, I’d say you can’t go wrong getting a sample. If you don’t like it, you can always send it my way…! =D
Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Honey, Spices, Vanilla
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Flavors: Chocolate, Malt
Trying a second morning, and this time combined with Adagio’s black “Cream.” Was I going for a Peaches & Cream combination? I suppose, kind of. But I was really not thrilled with my first mug of Peach, and remembered from past experience that Cream pairs particularly well with other blacks, so I decided to give it a go. The result was not exactly “Peaches and Cream,” there was almost a chocolately note to it. But it was a pretty big improvement over the “peach flavored hot water” I remember from my first go-round, so I’m probably going to keep drinking it like this until it’s gone!
While this certainly smelled and tasted fruity, I couldn’t help feel a little let down, since it was the first Adagio black tea I didn’t absolutely love. It’s fine, and I will drink the rest of the sample bag without complaint, but there was nothing remarkable about it either. When I compare this to the rich, full-bodied Chestnut or Irish Breakfast, today’s mug comes off like peach-flavored hot water. Maybe this will be better over ice. I will probably try the rest of the sample cold, to see if I like it any better.
Flavors: Apricot, Peach
When I was first getting into loose leaf tea, this was one of several Adagio puers that I sampled and then stashed. Without a palate for tea, much less puer, “eh” was my eloquent assessment.
Now, as I revisit this tea with a more developed palate and a little bit of puer experience, I find more to appreciate. The first brewed cup offers a pleasant, smooth aroma of earthiness, spice, minerality. I feel a slight cha qi in the first steep or two. Though the spices seem to sit on top of the tea more so than melt into it, the earthy puer provides an unexpected and enjoyable canvas. The tea is thin in body, with no astringency. I continue steeping as the spices fade, allowing the tea to come to the forefront. These steeps are just as pleasant as the earlier cups in which the spices were more assertive. The 5th or so infusion surprises me with the emergence of a delightful aroma quite like a cherry cough syrup. This translates to a slight sweetness and alcohol edge in the flavor also, though not identifiable as cherry. The sweetness and flavor of the tea fade over my last two steeps.
Flavors: Earth, Spices, Sweet
I didn’t think I would like this tea, as I’m a wimpy girl and usually prefer the sweeter, “dessert” teas. But this one really surprised me. Yes, I took it with almond milk and sweetener, but it was still MUCH more delicious than I expected. Nothing fancy or unusual about the flavors, just a yummy black tea that had me feeling sad when my mug was empty. I will definitely buy this one again.
Adagio Caramel faced an uphill battle: I often find flavored teas more appealing in description than in practice. My tastebuds have jived with only a couple Adagio flavored teas, out of the many I’ve tried. And I am not a huge fan of caramel.
So it was a nice surprise to find this tea not only drinkable, but a quite pleasant cup – or two, actually, since one resteep held enough flavor to still be enjoyable. The dry leaf and steeped tea offered a sweet caramel aroma. Straight, the tea was a little shy of smooth. I drank it with a lightly sweetened soy milk. Those seeking a caramel flavored tea may want to give this a try.