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I am not fond of the dry leaf scent. The aroma morphs as it steeps, however. This I appreciate. It’s a typical Green Tea Coloring. The taste is sweet and green but without the harsh green aftertaste you can sometimes get. It’s hard to believe that this tea is an artichoke tea. Thumbs up for the creative-ness. It’s a pretty tasty tea. I am going to do resteeps/infusions and report back, too.
I can’t help but compare this one to Samovar’s Yunnan Golden Buds, which is unflavored but tastes of baked sweet potatoes with butter and brown sugar (in other words, awesome). I’ll tell you right off – this one? Doesn’t win the contest. But at the same time, I like it. For me, it needs milk and sugar to really work, but with those additions it tastes like uncooked sweet potatoes with a starchy undernote that makes me think of the baked Yukon Gold potato I had yesterday). It’s a solid tea with some good texture to it, which I really like for the mornings. Bold and thick, it makes a good morning tea that is just fine in a tumbler (something I don’t think I’d ever attempt to do with YGB). So while this isn’t anywhere near the delicious sweet potato-ness of YGB, I still like it.
Anybody have any idea what the tea base of this is? Adagio’s site doesn’t say but I know typically they use Ceylon, yes? But this tastes more like an Assam. Bake-y and a little malty. Or maybe I’m on crack. Either or.
Smell-wise, I get a lot of bake-y smell then followed with sweet potato – a not fully cooked sweet potato casserole maybe. DH got the bake-y, too, but he thought of some sort of rich biscotti.
Taste-wise, it’s a mix of sweet potato casserole, raw sweet potato and pumpkin pie for me. I could taste a faint marshmallow after the sip but had to look for it – only got it on the inhale after a large sip. The first was a bake-y taste that made me think of pie crust. Then the mid-taste which hit me as very much potato-y and alternated between cooked and raw (there was a sort of crispness to the smell that made me think raw). (DH is going with a predominately pumpkin pie taste).
So yeah, weird to have a tea taste like sweet potato but I kind of love it. Some of the notes (particularly the bake-y) reminded me of the much loved Thomas Sampson which is why I wonder if this has an Assam base. I do think I will love this tea.
ICK! One more time. ICK! Where’s the peach? The ginger is so overwhelming and artificial tasting. If the tea wasn’t labled “Ginger Peach” I would have sworn it was just a Ginger flavored black tea. Adagio offers a flavored ginger tea, so I can’t imagine how much stronger and intense that tea would be. Yikes! I love ginger but this is just too much. I found myself grimacing and scrunching up my nose trying to finish the cup. And one cup was enough for me. The taste is lingering…and it’s not the most pleasant.
This one is going into the drawer of misfit teas in hope to be swapped at a later date.
I have toasted sesame seeds before and this is certainly what they smell like, indeed! Once steeped, however, they just smell like regular sesame seeds. The leaves are greasy looking – which is something ‘new’ from Adagio. It’s not a bad tea…I actually somewhat like it. It’s a strong and bold taste so if you are looking for something a little lighter…try understeeping and/or less loose leaf while steeping. I’m thinking about using this to make rice for flavoring just for the heck of it. Not bad…E for effort. Nice creative attempt on something new.
I thought I would give this one another try. I’m still not very fond of it BUT I understeeped to see the difference and I think I like it understeeped for a change usually I like the more bold and dark and powerful types of tastes but this one I enjoy on the lighter side…the ole’ less is more theory.
This smells JUST LIKE Gingerbread! It’s steeps quick and is dark in color. At first sip I was turned off my the overpowering gingerbread taste…it’s probably one of the more flavorful black teas that I have tried from Adagio. After the first sip I was afraid I was going to write a really bad review BUT the second sip was much more pleasant…maybe my palate just wasn’t ready for it!? Not sure. As I drink it more I’m adjusting to the taste. It’s OK but not one I would buy again. I will continue to drink and continue to try and mess with the amounts and lengths of steeps.
I had this two night ago, and wasn’t really with it at the point to write a decent commentary. Now its not directly in front of me, so I’m working from memory here.
The first impression of the smell is chocolate, infused with mint. A deeper whiff adds a smell of dry earth, very dirt like. In the taste the earthiness of the rooibos became much more prominent and almost interfered with my enjoy of the cocomint. The chocolate wasn’t to over the top sweet, and the mint tasted fresh and real. These two blended very well together, while the roughness of the actual rooibos was a bit out of sync.
I did enjoy it throughly, and will drink deeply but I will have to make sure I’m the proper mood for such a tea.
I had a decently sized, well thought out comment on this tea. But then I got distracted, ate dinner, did some work, watch a little South Park, and realized I never finished or posted the note. And then we had a system update, so it was lost.
All in all it boiled down to this tea tastes like sesame seeds and it was delicious in that sense. But I’m not a huge fan of sesame, so I won’t drink it often.
Also, the dried leaves smell exactly like soy sauce, and maybe a little bit of peanut butter if you stick your nose in there deep and good. They look super oily too. Very odd.
Just finished watching District 9 and thought it was time to change up the tea I was drinking. I realized I haven’t had this in a while (and I’ve only had it once) so I pulled it out. It smells a lot more floral than I remember. Taste-wise, it’s odd. A little tart, a little floral. When I take a big sip, I get a raw, sharp green veggie taste (hello artichoke) and the aftertaste is slightly vinegar-y. The front taste of each sip is also odd. Almost a powdery floral taste. Very weird and this one bit of taste just doesn’t really go for me.
So yeah, dropping the score on this one just a little. It’s odd and go Adagio for attempting the weirdness because you never know until you try, right? This isn’t a great tea, but if I was in a weird mood, I think this would fit pretty well. Not a tea to drink when looking for a lot of subtlety because it isn’t a subtle tea and if you look too hard, you end up with powdery floral. But hey, want a green to smack you around just a little bit and give you something unexpected? This would do it!
My turn to try this oddity!
The dry leaves smell sweet. Not syrupy or anything, just sweet. Can’t really link that to artichoke… While brewing, it has a different smell… some of the tang is coming through. It makes my mouth water just a bit. Almost like very diluted bread and butter pickle juice.
It tastes… neat. Different. Softer than I expected. The first taste is hard to place. Vinegar? But not like straight vinegar and not as strong as the smell. It just has a similar note to it… a clean sort of tang. The ending taste is the most fresh artichoke-like taste I think. As I inhale after the sip there is a very fresh green almost floral taste. I would say this gives me a very pickled artichoke feel but pickled artichoke has always been very mouth puckering to me and this isn’t sour/tangy enough to do that. Just tangy enough to add interest.
Anyway, so far I’m intrigued. It’s a weird flavor to have in tea but I think it is done well. Not sure how in love with this tea I will be once the freak-factor is eliminated from it but I won’t have any problem going through the sampler tin.