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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.
I’m the first one to try this, eh!? Well, here goes! The aroma is perfect (if you like flavored black tea). It’s the great black tea scent with hints of cranberry goodness! It looks like a typical black tea when infused. The taste is a little bitter – but then again – many cranberry things are bitter, right!? It’s pretty good for a cranberry tea, I suppose. PLUS I was in need of more flavored black teas in my stash so it serves a purpose or two.
I’m a little surprised at how fast the aroma and liquor lighten w/ only the 2nd infusion. The liquor is more of a dirty leather color now and the aroma is a very light make up of mostly ceylon w/a a hint of sweetness.
Starchyness is gone. This is now a black tea w/ a hint of sweetness. Even though I don’t personally care for blacks, I like to at least get 3-4 infusions I try no matter if I like them or not because to me it’s a sign of a quality tea. We’ll see what happens w/ this one…
2.25 grams of leaf steeped in 6 ounces purified boiling water for 5 min.
This is a hard tea for me to log because I typically do not prefer black teas unless there’s a flavor that I can’t find in a green, white, yellow, or oolong. So please take that into consideration when reading this although I will do my very best to be biased.
This tea (both raw leaves and steeped) definitely smells sweet, but the ceylon tea is also very present as it does not smell like a cream or even vanilla flavored tea. When I taste it, the 1st thing that hits my tongue is the ceylon. I hate when I drink a flavored tea and all I get is the flavor. Then the hint of sweetness. The potato doesn’t come thru in the flavor as much as it does the mouth feel and texture. It may seem weird that I say this because tea is a liquid, but this tea definitely has a dry, starchy texture and mouth feel. But then again wine, which is also a liquid, can be dry so I’ve decided tea can be as well. I’m going to resteep this, but I probably won’t get as many infusions I consider satisfactory as a person who really enjoys black teas as I find that for me they get watery tasting very quickly.
Conclusions: While I didn’t give this a very high score, I think a person who really enjoys black tea and/or dry wine would give this a very high score. I also think this is a great “safe” place to start if you want to get someone a savory or weird tea.