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I just got this in a sample from adagio. Dry loose leaf smelled like apricots and it got my hopes up. I steeped it in boiling water for 5.5 mins. and the liquor was a medium amber to black. It tasted like a malty scotch with some dried apricots at the end. I got 3 steepings out of 1 teaspoon of leaf. Overall it was OK at best.
I really expected to hate this tea. It smelled delicious in the tin, but I could not reconcile chocolate and black tea together in my head.
I’m learning that I like my tea a bit stronger than normal, so I cut the suggested heat down from 212 to 180 and brewed 8 minutes instead of 5. I also used a bit more tea.
Not really the best tea I have had when plain. Sipping it tastes like black tea, with a slight watery chocolate aftertaste. However a small amount of cream and sugar (which I really, really usually despise in any tea) made it delicious for me. For my tastebuds, the cream and sugar definitely perked up the chocolate taste for me.
Today was cold and rainy, and I didn’t get home til midnight – this was a great tea to warm up and relax with while surfing the net tonight!
Well I steeped this cup for less time than before and I’m still getting an unpleasent bitterness initially when I take a sip. I am getting a more distinct yam/sweet potato flavour on the tail end of things, which actually isn’t too bad – although I was hoping for more toasted marshmallow, like the description on the Adagio website suggested. ;)
As the liquid cools, I can taste a bit more of the ‘sweet’; it’s not a very sugary sort of sweet, more like a muted, starchy sort of sweetness.
Meh, I’m still not terribly impressed with this tea.
I’m pretty sure I steeped this tea for too long so when I try it again I’ll likely adjust my rating.
The smell of the dry leaves is slightly sweet in a starchy way and while I was brewing the tea the odor of sweet potato unfolded quite clearly and pleasently. The taste wasn’t so pleasent unfortunately, as it was quite bitter with a starchiness I didn’t really care for.
Seeing other peoples’ reviews of this tea I noticed that most of them used less time in their steeping so the next time I try this tea I’ll adjust accordingly and then I’ll see if that makes a difference.
I followed the suggested directions on the tin and found the flavor too light. Steeping it a bit longer made all the difference in the world to me.
First steep was still good, but very light. The deeper steep was a vast improvement. The green tea was very very mellow which I liked in combination with the toasted rice and popcorn flavor. I was hoping that I’d like this one and I wasn’t disappointed. I can understand completely why others may not like it.
In the tin it smells delicious and popcorny. While it was steeping, my kitchen smelled like air popped popcorn.
In the cup it smells like stale wet popcorn which is about the only bad thing I can say about the tea.
And even though I like most of my tea without sugar or cream, I had to at least try a bit of sugar and it wasn’t very good, but someone may like it. It just made me grimace and go back to the pure tea.
So honestly? Guanabana tastes exactly like what it sounds like – the marriage of guava and banana. It’s a tropical, fruity black tea. It’s also rather sensitive. When I steeped the leaves for five minutes, the tea had a nice balance and pleasant flavor. When I steeped the leaves closer to ten minutes (webcomics can be so distracting) this cloying musky note that I associate with guavas overwhelmed the brew.
Trivia fact: “Guanabana” is also known by the name “soursop,” but there’s nothing sour in the flavor so I’m betting that’s why Adagio went the other route.
When steeped for the proper amount of time, I could taste the creamy banana-like notes blended with a bright pineapple – sweet and slightly tart – and a dab of that guava flavor. (Y’know what sucks? I’m trying to think of words to describe the flavor of guava but I’m coming up with nothing besides ‘sweet’ ‘tropical’ and ‘musky.’ Help?)
It’s quite lovely, but finicky, which is a problem for me. I am a very careless brewer.
With the name Oolong #18 I didn’t hold high hopes for this tea. It feels like Adagio didn’t care enough for it to give it a decent, meaningful name. The truth is this oolong is great and totally deserves some recognition.
It has all the qualities I appreciate in green oolongs – buttery, almost oily notes, flowery aroma and flavor with slightly dry aftertaste. It brews very light and gives away two tasty infusions, I found the third to be lacking though so I didn’t go beyond that.
Taken Plain and with Mild and Sugar.
Way too much spice… not enough pumpkin.
And no flavor development until milk and sugar are added. Is this a trend with flavored blacks from adagio?
Plain it just tastes like poorly spiced water.
And with milk and sugar it is totally drinkable… but not re-orderable.
sigh Of disappointment.
Preparation: Teavana Easy Tea Steeper, sweetened with a dash of splenda
The first taste is black tea, and the aftertaste is a bit of chestnuts – it lingers in my mouth. It also has a somewhat starchy, dry feel in my mouth. Not really pleased with this one.
ETA: After 2 hours I haven’t even finished it… off to make something else, then.