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I ordered the same of this tea from Adagio. I have tried it several times but just don’t care for it. It has an odd taste to it, does not taste like pumpkin, all I can say is that it tasted off. I tried it with rock sugar, sugar in the raw, with almond milk, creamer, etc. and I just could not get it to taste very good. Luckily I am out of the sample. I was really disappointed in this one as most of the reviews on Adagio said it was really good.
This is my new favorite herbal tea! Perfect tea for a relaxing evening. I’m finding I really like mint teas and this is paired perfectly with the chamomile. I added a touch of honey just to sweeten it up a bit. The package states 5-10 minutes steeping. I like a stronger cup so I did it for the full 10 minutes. Not bitter, not overpowering. I truly enjoyed this cup!
The first time I tried this tea it was delicious. This time though, I think it’s too old. It was a canister that belonged to my roommate, and it just seems like the taste has faded away. I only taste a bit of mint in the aftertaste.
I made this per the blenders directions. It’s very faint mint. I’m enjoying the green tea portion but would prefer a stronger mint. How much can you really say about a green tea mint. I said that correctly- because it’s not mint green tea. Not a strong enough flavor to the the word mint first.
Flavors: Green, Mint
I’m a big fan of almond so liking this one wasn’t much of a surprise. The flavor reminds me of the almond milk tea I usually get. Maybe not a very authentic almond flavor, but I love it. I wouldn’t recommend steeping this one any longer than 3 minutes.
I got this as a sample and will probably order more.
The package on this one says 212 degrees for 3-5 minutes. But my Breville has 195 for oolong. I first tried this per the Breville. 195 and steeped for 5 minutes. Very faint peach flavor. I added the rock sugar and it really brought the flavor out more. Still faith peach. I then did another pot per Adagios instructions. 212 again for 5 minutes. Much better! I added the rock sugar again. And then I liked this tea. It didn’t rock my world but if I had this in my cupboard I would drink it. I don’t think I would go out of my way to purchase it again. I did however learn a lesson- I will trust the blenders directions.
Mostly I like this steeper, I keep it at work to brew loose leaf there.
I find I have issues with getting it to drain fully with certain teas, though, like my silk oolong. The leaves just expand so much, they tend to cover the little nub of the filter that has holes in the top to release the suction, so some liquid remains until I use something (typically my finger) to nudge them aside and allow the rest of the liquid to drain.
After that, too, even if I let it sit on top of the cup for a while, when I remove it, it tends to drip on the table. I’ve solved this by leaving it on top of an extra mousepad I have, but it’s a little annoying.
You also have to be careful to set it down on an entirely clear space. Once or twice I’ve accidentally gotten the edge over the keyboard or a low cable and didn’t notice for a minute that it was actually forcing the steeper to drain.
Overall though, it’s pretty convenient, and I like that it’ll fit over any mug or tumbler I have.
I thought when you use the word spice it meant it would be spiced up with cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom. Something like that. Nope. There was NO spice. Very disappointed. This was my first tea to try from Adagio. Disappointing. It was very sweet. And even had a sweet smell when dry. I’ll be trading this tea. This is the third or fourth pumpkin spice we have tried and I keep going back to Teavanas version. It’s not perfect but better than this.
This is another tea from my stop at Lollicup. I have been craving chai like a crazy person. You know its fall and about the only time I really like it. Except now since I am trying to cut out some caffeine, particularly at night all the chai I do have is off limits. So I grabbed an ounce of this to try. I was a little hesitant on this one because the cinnamon smell was so strong. The tea does have a strong cinnamon flavor, but the other spices and vanilla in the tea seem to help it out enough that I actually really enjoyed this one. The spice in this chai offered a bit of heat at the end of the sip, while the vanilla almost made it so that I do not need to add any sugar. Might have to stock up on this for the winter. As a side note, I am discovering that an ounce of rooibos does not go nearly as far as an ounce of black tea.
Nice, another unknown sipdown! Thanks to Awkward Soul for this sample :D Also, 936.
I actually remember drinking these, though it was a while back – and they were malty, chocolatey, and delicious. More on the malty than chocolate side, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. I wasn’t able to compare them to Teavivre’s or anything, but black dragon pearls seem to be a sort of black tea that works well for me, so I’d pick some up again, from either vendor.
I neglected this tea at first because I got it at the same time as Adagio’s Hazelnut Honeybush, which I fell head over heels in love with (which is why it’s now all gone… sad). Anyway, I’m not a huge fan of this tea plain, because I find it needs a longer steep time to really get a strong hazelnut flavour, and by then it’s too bitter for me. But with milk and sugar, it’s hazelnutty desserty perfection. Very very nice. (Also, fantastic when mixed with some black vanilla tea.)
I have yet to have a bad experience with a Genmai Cha. A friend brought me some in tea bags from Japan and it was yummy, so I bought some of Adagio’s loose Genmai Cha and – it’s lovely. Then I got some Kusmi Genmai Cha from a friend cause she didn’t like it and – it was lovely. (Mind you – Kusmi recommends 1 minute at 90 degrees. Do not listen.)
So, basically, a lovely, typicall Genmai Cha as far as I can tell. Ricey! Lovely.
Not a big fan of herbals, but this one isn’t bad.
Chamomile-y, peppermint-y, and slightly chocolate-y.. I think this would be a great sick-time tea for me.
I wrote up a nice long review earlier, but steepster didn’t seem to want to save it… and I’m feeling too lazy to rewrite right now. I may do a more detailed note the next time I drink this!
Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Peppermint
As far as the chai, nice medium spices. I’ve been having too many overly spiced chaos lately. The chocolate, not bad. I taste it… enjoy it, am glad to have it. I really like chocolate teas lately. Not that it really needed it but I added a couple drops of chocolate stevia. Yum, yum!
I was surprised to see that 2 tsp. were recommended for 8 oz. Really quite a nice cup. I’m glad that the Teeny Tiny TTB had a large sample. Definitely a tea I will be keeping from the box!
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Ginger
I picked this one up and the other 2 in the series last time i was in chicago for tea bag options when travelling. I had only had rocket fuel at that point so it was a bit of a gamble but they were on sale lol. I had this tonight in an effort to try and sample all the teas in my cupboard. Still working on my 6 month goal, but i also want to make sure i’m trying the new teas before they’re “old” :) This one wasn’t bad..but it wasn’t as yum as rocket fuel. the flavours just sort of blended into a fruity sort of tea that wasn’t distinctly anything in particular. didn’t hate it though, and that’s saying much given my dislike for a lot of adagio teas.
Not sleeping tonight, but technically final count: 107
Short review because I don’t actually have the tea in front of me. I finished my sample off yesterday.
This is one of those comforting, naturally chocolatey teas. The little balls remind me of Cocoa Puffs. They’re the same size, shape, and almost the same color. For Adagio, it’s surprisingly complex. They smell sweet and hay-like. The tea brews up dark brown and smells wonderful. I get notes of honey, hay, cocoa, wheat, and bread in the flavor. Mmm.
The only reason I’m giving this tea less than a 90 is because I’ve had Teavivre’s version and it was noticeably better. I know they’re from the same region, but there’s just a slight difference in quality.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Hay, Honey, Wheat