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I got this as a free sample with my last order from Adagio. I’ve been quite impressed so far. For an inexpensive tea, it has a great complexity of flavor. Overall it has a slight astringency, but not too much. There is even a touch of sweetness in the cup. Very typical assam flavor profile with perhaps a bit more of a bite. Not strong astringency, but just a more defined profile. It’s hard to explain.
A nice warming mix of spices. The ginger leaves behind a faint burning heat on the tongue. I usually find chai too strong with clove, but here it didn’t overwhelm the other spices. I added just a little sweetener and a splash of almond milk and curled up on the couch with my cup.
I made an account just to complain about how bad this tea is (and remind myself to never buy it, ever again). This tea tastes like soup to me. Maybe some people are into that, IDK. I’m really not. It’s not appetizing at all. I’ll just pop over to the closest Thai restaurant and order some Tom Kha rather than drink a “tea” that tastes just like it.
Oh, and it has no chai taste whatsoever. None!!
Since I discovered Adagio a year ago, I’ve tried several of their teas and have found them inconsistent. Some I find tasteless, no matter how I steep them, and others – such as this one – are wonderful. I first received this as a sample from the Old Orchard store in Skokie when I was purchasing something else. Considering that some of their flavored teas have fallen short for me in the past, I was in no hurry to try this one. I’m glad I finally did! In the past few weeks, I’ve finished my entire sample bag (quick tangent: THANK YOU Adagio for giving customers sample packages that contain enough tea to make several cups – you can’t always form a complete opinion on tea from your first cup or two!) and have returned to the store to purchase a 3oz bag of the stuff.
I like this tea best when I add a little sugar (which enhances the sweet caramel flavor) and no cream. I find that adding even a little bit of cream drowns out the caramel flavors that make this tea so wonderful. I can see myself adding this to my regular rotation!
This is one of my favorites from Adagio so far. With some sugar added, it’s got a nice caramel flavor. When I let it cool down a little, I can also taste some chocolate. This is a great tea for a mid-day caffeine pick-me-up.
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate
Delicious peachy tea, with a smooth white tea flavor underneath. I think this tea is very well balanced, and tastes delicious. My only dislike is that it isn’t very strong unless I use a little more than the recommended amount of tea
Flavors: Apricot, Floral, Peach, Sweet
Holidays TTB: Took the kettle off before it whistled for this. I can’t wait until my Tea Maker comes in later this week so I know that I’m using correct temperatures. I ended up adding some sweetener to this and it brought out an almost juicy flavor and texture. There is a bit of a grassy flavor and something else. My guess would be some sort of citrus or melon flavor?
I opened this bag of tea from Adagio and the first thing I smelled was fish. I thought that it was just a strong odor from being packed too long, so I let it air out before making myself a cup.
I steeped this tea with a few different temperatures and a few different water ratios, and each time I got a nutty salmon taste. It was the grossest green tea I’ve had so far.
I would rate this tea much lower, but this was one of the better qualities of fish broth I’ve had.
Flavors: Fish Broth, Fishy, Nutty, Sour
Everything about this Green blend is animated; the aroma is sharp, the colour is vibrant and the flavour is tangy. This is definitely a tea that awakens the senses and so makes a great morning brew. The strength of the raspberry flavour itself is a tad more neutral than the smell, however your taste buds will still receive that sharp transmission that raspberries usually provide. The raspberry elements provide, not only a tangy taste, but also a medicinal quality. Raspberry leaves are high in magnesium, potassium and also contain iron, vitamins B and C, making it a super little drink for anti-inflammation of oral issues such as sore throats and gums.
For the full review see: http://tastethetea.co.uk/2016/02/06/raspberry-green/
Flavors: Fruity, Raspberry, Sour
Holy smokes. I’m in love!
This tea came in a sample set from Adagio, and it was probably the one I was the least excited about, mainly because the description sounded a bit vague. So, it’s kind of a like a chai, but not really? I couldn’t tell for sure.
This tea knocks my socks off. I completely adore it. I’ve been nursing a giant 20-oz mug of it all morning and all I can think about, as I’m nearing the end, is how soon I can make more. I had decided to put off ordering more tea for at least a month, but there’s just no way I can hold out that long. I need this tea in my life!
I’ve been on the search for the last few weeks to find “my” go-to chai, the favorite I could keep around as a pantry staple. I think this is it. I can’t imagine an improvement to it. It’s delightfully sweet, spicy but not too spicy, comforting, lovely. I want to start and end every day with it. I want to fill a bunker with it in case of the nuclear collapse of civilization. It’s just that good.
Pollution is bad, guys. For reals. So last Wednesday, my husband and I flew out to Los Angeles for a long long weekend of dorky social and mayhem. He’d never been to America, let alone LA, and I’d been a fair few times now, but MAN, it is full on. I’d be exhausted regardless, but I’ve never felt the smog quite as much as we did on this trip. I don’t know if it’s my age or it was just really heavy right now, but just being outside and breathing in, you immediately get this hit of something nasty grating against your airways. I’m used to the black snot you get from a day out in London, but this was HARDCORE. The only place worse that I can think of is Beijing. Now that we’re home, it feels like something crawled down my throat and died. Otherwise it was fun, even though my anxiety was in full swing because weather/people/too much everything.
So I kind of didn’t want to caffeinate myself once we got home yesterday, as we flew out Monday afternoon and landed Tuesday morning, and I really wanted to get a good night’s sleep to try and iron out my crumpled circadian rhythms. Had this with lazy takeaway Singapore noodles and catching up on the cooking shows we’ve missed since last week.
This is just sweet and lovely, like sweet strawberry jam sprinkled with lavender. The vanilla gives it a round warmth, and the lavender is fresh and present, but doesn’t steamroll over everything else as lavender sometimes does. I feel like this would be good cold too, but I super needed warmness.
Adagio sent this as a free sample, and I’ve been really excited to try it, because I’m a pretty big fan of the chocolate-mint combo. Well, I’ll keep this short, because my husband wants to play a couple video games with me and I don’t want to keep him waiting. So yeah, I love it. Absolutely. It’s like an Andes mint, honestly. I am completely thrilled, and putting this on my “permanent” list. Another wonderful green to keep around; I couldn’t be happier.