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3 balls for 8oz… I pretty much can’t smell it today because my nose is so stuffy. Then I brilliantly decided to have a cup of Odwalla’s Strawberry C Monster, which I love but is by NO means flavorless. So sipping on a more delicate tea afterward (because almost any beverage has a more delicate flavor than Strawberry C Monster) made me think, “Wait, is this water?”
Thankfully, I’ve washed the Monster out of my mouth and can actually taste again. Mmm, this tea is good. Makes me think of baking cocoa, the stuff that any chocolate lover has tried eating straight just once, thinking that it will actually taste like chocolate.
This doesn’t taste exactly like that. There is so spitting or face-making involved when I drink this. But this isn’t chocolaty either because it isn’t sweet enough. I kind of feel like I’m having a grown up version of hot chocolate. So glad I got a tin of this with my last Adagio order!
Thanks to Lena for sharing this with me!
First off, the dry leaves (balls) smell like someone sprinkled cocoa on them… not my cat but rather the baking powder. Really surprising. I had a little trouble getting the right amount for my cup because I weigh my tea. I had to shuffle around a combination of 5 different balls (ahem) to get my 2.3g for 6oz that I wanted. The large and irregular ball size could be a problem for me. Or else I need to relax. (Probably that last one).
Once I got them in the pot, I was good to go. I was also way too entertained by watching the balls open. How do they get the leaves to stick like that? Anyone? Way too easily entertained.
The smell of the tea post-brewing is much earthier than the smell of the dry leaves. And I don’t get the strong cocoa flavor/smell anymore except as a bit of the aftertaste. It does have a little bitterness to it that reminds me of cocoa, though. Not a bad bitterness, just an unsweetened chocolate bitterness. But without the chocolate.
All in all, I like it. It’s smooth and has a good, complex flavor. Not really knock my socks off with flavor or anything but I think this is probably something I’d get to have every so often as part of a black tea rotation. Not a have to have on hand at all times kind of thing but something to bring in occasionally, use up, then move on to a couple more before ordering it again.
And if I haven’t babbled enough – my next door neighbor is trying to start the motor on his sail boat. Yes, it has been raining all day, but it isn’t that bad yet.
Direct Link for this Blend that I create today is located here
Or you can use 60% Raspberry Flavored Black, 40% Chocolate Flavored Black, and 10% Herbal Peppermint.
Upon first sniff you can smell the chocolate and peppermint in the blend more than the raspberry.
It’s a BOLD taste. And the Raspberry and Chocolate come together nicely with the peppermint as the extra lil kick.
The peppermint also seems to linger for that minty fresh aftertaste.
Pretty Good…might only need 5% peppermint tho.
I would certainly try it again.
I’m not sure why they call the scent of this tea ‘delicate’, because it’s a big and bold aroma that is only slightly diminished by a 7 minute steeping. There’s a bit of a medicinal taste to it, but in a good way. It also has a great color, and a strong jasmine flavor that’s not too sweet, but pleasantly soothing.
Here’s an Oolong Blend I added to the Blends Section of the Adagio Site. The direct link is http://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/blend.html?blend=9297&SID=c8e6b56fbe338faf44d4543152596502
Smells like vanilla-nut Oolong. Coloring is quite dark for an oolong. The taste is certainly the vanilla oolong with more almond than I thought would be noticeable. The Grapefruit is barely there but does give it a hint of zing that makes you wonder.
This isn’t too bad if you are looking for something different and like oolongs.
Inspired by the “where is everyone” discussion post, I made a glass of this iced. It’s really good that way! I sweetened it, southern style, so it reminded me a bit of strawberry candy. I also had never really thought of making iced tea by the glass (we do it by the pitcher in my house), so I’m glad the post made me consider that. Now I’ll try a bunch of iced teas in the near future!!
This is a good tea, but steeped a bit weirdly. After 3 minutes, when I looked in the cup, all the tea was settled in the bottom and water sat on top, filling 2/3 of the cup. With a stir and a few extra seconds of steeping, it looked like a normal cup of tea.
I’m enjoying it, but after reading the other tasting notes, I want to take it home and try it with soy milk and sugar!