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This was my first experience with Pu Erh tea, and my first time hating something I tried from Adagio. I’m glad I went with the sample size, because I actually ended up throwing this one at (another first). I got a little worried when I opened the tin and was hit with a rather fishy smell. But I was hoping the taste would be different. It really wasn’t. Earthy is fine, I usually like earthy. Fishy, however, I don’t like.
When it comes to black teas, I usually tend to go with ones that have been flavored. But Yunnan Gold is an absolutely fantastic plain black tea. Certainly it’s a bit on the pricey side, but it’s well worth it in my mind. It’s such a rich tasting tea. Full of flavor, with some lovely peppery notes and a lot of body. I’ve found this a great tea to pair with just about anything, or to enjoy on it’s own, curled up on the sofa with a good book.
I got a sample of this because even though I did enjoy Rooibos, I found the flavor a bit dull and uninspiring. Well, when I first opened the container, I thought this sort of smelled a bit like tobacco with a hint of…a sickly sweet, almost spoiled smell maybe? A proper description of the smell eludes me. When brewed however, it mellows out with a very pleasant and sweet aroma and taste that only gets better the longer it’s steeped. I usually let it steep for at least 10 minutes.
Like Rooibos, this plant has an insane amount of supposed health benefits (via antioxidants, nutrients and more) and lacks the tannins oxalates and caffeine of tea.
Both Honeybush and Rooibos are 100% great for insomnia, relaxation and reducing anxiety, especially when combined with Lemongrass. The combo will knock me out in 10-15 minutes after the first cup, especially if I’m already laying down.
This is an interesting plant. The dry product in the container smells of pipe tobacco…although a bit more earthy and not nearly as strong. Brewing it brings out the flavor a bit but remains a bit shallow compared to the complexity of variants of the actual tea plant. However, due to the insane amount of supposed health benefits (via antioxidants, nutrients and more) that this plant has to offer, and the lack of tannins oxalates and caffeine that tea does have, I’d recommend frequent consumption of Rooibos simply to promote better health, and then have your favorite teas to please your senses and taste buds. :)
For those not fond of the taste, I’d recommend trying Honeybush, as it tastes worlds better, and since it is from the same family of plants, it shares the health benefits. I’d highly recommend it over Rooibos in terms of taste.
A few more things…neither this nor Honeybush can be oversteeped, (the flavors only enhance with steep time) and both are 100% great for insomnia, relaxation and reducing anxiety, especially when combined with Lemongrass.
This is a very great and very unique black tea. It’s one of the smoothest and least astringent black teas I’ve ever had. There is truly an umami meaty thing going on in this tea, but not in the MSG powered traditional sense. Upon tasting, I think it could best be described as an extension of and/or a twist on the typical malty sensation and heavy mouth feel of a malty black tea but with a more savory taste/aftertaste attributed to the heavy maltyness. Great stuff!!
The initial smell is peachy and the taste is peachy but not as sweet as the smell. Pretty smooth. A little smoky from the oolong, I think. I think the white peach only comes out in the aftertaste – it seems sweeter/fruitier than the peach oolong on its own has when I’ve had it before. The sweeter white seems to balance the smokier, dark flavor and it’s all wrapped up in a peachy bow. All in all, a pretty good peach tea.
Meh. Maybe I didn’t steep this long enough? It just tastes like hot cigars. And if I want that I drink Tea Spot’s Red Rocks. I’m really disappointed in Adagio’s Rooibos Sampler. I’ll give this another shot with a longer, stronger steep and add some milk & sweetener.
I absolutely adore this tea. I read a review that described it as incredibly smooth, and I think that’s the best way to describe it. It’s soft and almost silky and the contrast between the hot tea and fairly subtle peppermint is very nice. I don’t think it tastes medicinal as I’ve heard others do. Great evening tea or for when you’re sick.
Oh my lord…….it’s BBQ water. If I wanted this flavor in a liquid, I would grill a few porterhouses, scrape the grill with the traditional wire brush, and then collect and brew the particulate matter left over after all the scrapeage. DEFINITELY not what a tea should be in my opinion haha.
Kudos to all of you whose taste buds can handle (let alone enjoy) this!!! lol
One more sample gone now – yay!
But that’s pretty much the only good thing about this tea. It tastes flat and like it’s the water used to boil some edamame or something. Maybe it is because this was stored in a plastic bag (yes, I know, shame on me) or because it is pretty old (I’ve ignored it for a couple of months and I don’t think it was all that fresh when I got it). But whatever it is, this isn’t enjoyable to me.
I’ll probably finish this cup because it isn’t awful or anything, but I don’t think I’ll try a second steep. Ever.