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This is one of my signature blends at Adagio. I created it because I LOVE Orange Chocolate. I’m originally from Buffalo, NY, and until I moved – I didn’t realize most people have never heard of or tried Orange Chocolate before. Anyhow…Since this blend is made up of 3 black flavored teas I knew it wouldn’t be a true Orange Chocolate so I added “dark” to the name. It’s smells a lot like Orange Chocolate but I was correct in my assumption…it tastes more like a DARK Chocolate with a small hints of Orange. The cream is barely there – if at all – but that is by design. The after-steep scent you lose a little of the orange scent, too. I have noticed it’s a very bold blend and I am certainly going to enjoy it more in the morning! Or when I need a pick-me-up! And I am glad that I ended up putting “Dark” because the more and more I sip it as I review it – it certainly reminiscent of DARK Chocolate…with a hint of orange. I’m liking it.
This isn’t a bad tea by any means. It definitely tastes like sencha. Buuut, it’s not as full flavored as other senchas I’ve had.
Those distinctly grassy, vegetal notes are present. They’re just…not quite as opaque. Almost like they’re slightly translucent? Someone needs to adjust this tea’s alpha channel. [Apologies, horrid photoshop reference there.]
To be fair, and maybe it’s because I’ve been drinking a lot more black tea, most green tea has a sense of translucence to it. The flavor in greens is always absolutely present, but most have a kind of watery quality to them. Which makes sense in a way, I guess. That characteristic is just more present in this tea.
All of this leads me to conclude that this might be a very good starter tea for someone who is looking to get into greens. However, as someone who has grown to acquire the taste of sencha it just isn’t cutting it. It’d do in a pinch, though.
This tin is so hard to open. I’ve already had to vacuum up little leaves off the floor. :(
DH says the dry leaf smells like Christmas. Well, I’ll see him his Christmas and raise him a pickle, combining to make a sort of pickle potpourri. If they, you know, made pickle potpourri…
But hey, I’m not judging. Yet.
The liquor smells more potpourri and less pickle. I smell something like cinnamon. No, more like Red Hots (or Hot Damn). I am insane. (Or not because I made DH try some and his first question was “Is this a cinnamon tea?”) But underneath the Red Hot, I smell cucumber. Ooookay. As it cools, I smell more cucumber, less Red Hot.
The taste is… kind of nifty. The main flavor is very cucumber. Juicy, musky, good cucumber. The Red Hot flavor is hanging out a little underneath the cucumber – pretty much a reverse of the smell – but it moves to the front as I hold it in my mouth.
Mentally, these tastes don’t seem to go but in actuality it works. It’s flavorful but not as overpowering as the smell would indicate so that’s good. Not sure if I want a Red Hot cucumber tea though so rating subject to change.
ETA: 2nd steep @ 7mins. The flavor isn’t as strong but pretty much all I can taste is diluted Red Hot. DH says this tea should be called Big Red. I concur.
I remember when I was younger visiting a friend that had Chestnut Trees on their street. We LOVED it when the Chestnuts fell from the trees…we would crack them open and take a sniff…they smelled just like these dry leaves! Sure does bring back memories!
After this tea steeps there is a bit of woodiness scent with the dried leaves and the taste is a mixture of Black Tea, Chestnut, and Vanilla. It’s quite interesting. I am enjoying it…I must admit it wouldn’t be something I would buy just to buy – I received it in the Holiday Flavors – I was looking for variety and really wanted the Candy Cane one so I figured why not try them all in the sampler! Regardless I am pleasantly surprised by this one. It’s strong and bold. I would guess flavored coffee drinkers might enjoy this one as well.
Well, it looks like I can type 1,678,556 words a minute today…so…I guess that means it’s time to switch to greens, whites, oolongs, and rooibos teas and tisanes for the rest of the day! LOL
I haven’t had much Adagio Tea lately – only because my stash is filled with all sorts of companies at the moment…so…I am going to start randomly choosing (except for the 1 Oolong I have yet to try from Auggy!)
For this specific go-around with Adagio’s Artichoke Green I thought I would under infuse for a change – just to see if there was a difference…
The post-infusion liquid is still murky but the aroma is more like what I think an artichoke is to smell like. Buttery Artichokes…yup! Pretty much. Altho I like this tea basically anyway you infuse it…it does certainly taste different depending on steep times and amounts.
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.