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I’m not a big Jasmine fan. Normally. This is the BEST Jasmine ANYTHING I have EVER had yet. It makes me ENJOY Jasmine. I never thought I would say that but it’s true. Not that I will suddenly turn all Jasmine on your arses but this is good stuff right here. As soon as I opened the tin it was like I was in the center of Jasmineville. And instead of the Jasmine smelling of old lady perfume it was more of a natural Jasmine scent…truly unexpected. As I steeped the leaves/needles the scent lingered but was still true. After the steep it started to even out but was still quite strong. At this point I was a little worried that the Jasmine taste was going to be too over the top based on the aroma but it was just right. That taste was paired with a nice, soft sweetness which led me to a smirk or smile…this tea has proved me wrong and I don’t mind! The BEST 2 parts was that it WASN’T bitter and that there wasn’t a funky aftertaste. The only thing I disagree with is that the descriptions says a ‘whisper of jasmine’…for me, it was more a SHOUT, but, it all worked out…to be a wonderful tea experience.
I received this from Adagio along with the other holiday blends, and I have to say, this is MUCH better than the previous Pumpkin Spice blend I had earlier today.
It’s taste does resemble chestnuts, though I would wager that it has more Vanilla in it than anything. I also got an oak-like, or “smokey” taste in this tea, which I am guessing is the chestnuts. I get the smokey taste after I swallow it, so it has that sense of an aftertaste.
I really do enjoy this tea (even though it is a black tea), but I can’t help think that it derives from the Pumpkin Spice. Perhaps it is in my mind/palate from earlier in the day, but these two are definitely similar. Yes I realize that they are the same type of tea, but the taste is all too similar.
Steep Method: IngenuiTEA
Steep Time: 4 Minutes even
As usual, heated water and poured it on top of the leaves. Used Steep.it again, but setting it to 4 minutes instead of 3:30. Good call.
Sip, sip, sip! Opinion and Reaction
The chestnut flavor and the earthy tones of the black tea blend well with he subtle Vanilla-Caramely flavor of the tea. Excellent tea, especially for those just getting into black teas. Not overwhelming, but has a consistency throughout the entire experience.
Certainly reminds me of chestnuts (and caramel) over an open fire?
TeaCast scale: 86/100.
Smells a bit rice-cakey. The coloring is somewhere between a white and green tea color. After steeping the rice-cakey smell turns into a slight – that’s a VERY slight – smoky scent. The taste seems a little reminiscent of green tea meets plain-NO-buttered popcorn. The aftertaste is a bit grassy. Not bad. But so far not in my fave TOP 30 Adagio’s. Will try again, however.
Though I contemplated reading my Computer Organization literature, I decided to take a break to try one of Adagio’s fine seasonal products. Though I have had seasonal teas in the past, none quite compare to this Black Tea, that which is full of flavor.
I’ll admit, I’m not really a big fan of Black Teas (though ironically it is the type of tea I started on), but I am always willing to try Adagio’s flavored stuff, as it is usually pretty decent. There was that one occasion where I bought their Pineapple Black Tea, which I am still afraid to touch, let alone DRINK! Anyway, I digress.
Right now my window is open a crack (Allegheny likes to CRANK the heat, which is bad when my door is closed), and I can smell the faint sense of Autumn. Leaves are falling and that chilly air is just creeping in, though not as bad as winter, that’s for sure. So, the mood is set for some Fall-esque tea, am I right people?
Steep Method: IngenuiTEA
Normally, when making some tea from Adagio, I use their/my trusty IngenuiTEA steeping mechanism. I figure since they sell it, they’d want you to experience their teas in it. Also, I feel that I get a better, more thorough taste, than with my Zarafina, or some other auto-teamaker.
Steep Time: 3 Minutes, 30 Seconds
I heat the water first and when it’s boiling (about 200° F) I pour it into my steeper, the Pumpkin Spice already in there. Decided to have some fun and use Steep.it for their recommended amount of time for teas. A good thought, but I should have set my own time (3:30 was too short for this black tea).
Sip, sip, sip! Opinion and Reaction
This tea is surprisingly light for it’s type (black) and certainly has that “Fall” attitude to it. The taste is definitely there, a plethora of Vanilla and Oriental Spice-ish taste, as well as some Pumpkin flavoring to it. I’m actually surprised that there wasn’t MORE pumpkin flavor. I swear I need to steep it longer. I’ll try that on the next steep, but man it definitely needs MORE punch! So, Adagio, if you are listening, I am giving you the Thumbs Up on Steepster.com, but for next year (or even your next batch) please please add more Pumpkin flavor! Maybe there is a lot in it, but the Black Tea tastes overwhelms it? If so, use White Tea or even Oolong (my favorite!). It does go well with my mood at the moment, but there’s simply not enough Pumpkin flavor, I expected Pumpkin Pie! It’s more like Oriental Spice with a twist of Vanilla and a little hint of Pumpkins. Just sayin’.
I like it, but I don’t LOVE it.
TeaCast scale: 81/100.
Hmmm… I love tea blends and I certainly love white teas, but a blend of white and black tea is interesting. I just hope the black tea isn’t strong enough to upset my stomach.
Steeping method: As directed.
The aroma of the raw leaf is as interesting as the combination of teas. I can definitely smell white tea, but there seems to be a depth to this tea that most pure white teas don’t have.
The liquor is a little bit lighter than I expected. The fact that the Mambo wasn’t the largest factor in the liquor gives me a good feeling about the taste. The sent seems to be layered. The white tea floats to my nose first but is then followed by the black tea, almost as if it’s pulling the white tea back down into the cup.
As I take my 1st sip I get the same layered effect. The white tea dances on my tongue while the black tea coats it. I find this interesting because the “Dancing” in the title, comes from the Mambo, not the white teas.
Conclusions: Very good every day tea, sort of a flirtatious take on a black tea. Will buy again.
White chocolate Irish Creme CappuTEAno. 2.25g steeped in 4oz water steeped in water just below boiling for 5 min. Add 3TB Irish Creme instant cappuccino mix and 1TB white chocolate coffee creamer.
This is kind of a bittersweet cuppa (circumstance wise, not the tea itself). I’m celebrating National Hot Tea Month, but I’m mourning the fact that my left arm still hurts after my flu shot 48hrs ago, I have a sore throat (wasn’t I just sick?!), I’m dealing w/ some really difficult people, and… Adagio has DISCONTINUED their Rum flavored black tea!!! :,(
For instant, it isn’t bad. Adding the tea and the creame make it so much better. The white chocolate gets rid of the artificial after taste and the cream and rum flavored teas give the flavors in the instant mix some depth.
3rd infusion. The cup was clean but there was still cappuccino mix residue on the leaves that left the liquid lightly cloudy. I can’t imagine how light it would be had it not been. VERY light for only a 3rd infusion. Thank God it tasted stronger than it looks. Not bad, especially coming from a person who doesn’t really care for black teas and especially black reinfusions. Time for the leaves to go.
2nd infusion. I used the same mug I did for my cappuccino experiment so it’s a bit milky, but just barely. This is the reason I didn’t use boiling water. I used very slightly cooler water because I didn’t want to scortch the cappuccino residue. It has a texture more like watery milk then a chai preparation. I don’t care for milk in my tea unless it’s chai, but for those that do it’s VERY delicious. Note to self, mix this w/ Adagio’s chocolate chai.
Steeped a cup (2.25g/6oz) and used that for my (Hills Bros. brand) Irish Cream Cappuccino. (A mix) It didn’t have foam on the top so it was more like a flat latte, but still good for a mix. Couldn’t really taste the tea- possibly a little more creamy (tasting, not texture) and a touch more of a bite because of the rum tea, but that’s actually ok for this. I mainly used it to make my cappuccino at least partially healthy.
I bought this because I love dessert teas where I can actually taste the tea, but I do admit I’m a little nervous about this as black non-chai teas tend to upset my stomach.
As soon as I pop the lid on the canister some of my reservations are gone. This smells AMAZING! The sweetness of the cream hits me 1st, but it’s definitely followed by the typical Irish Breakfast aroma and then punctuated by the rum.
Steeping method: As directed.
The liquor is not surprising. Typical of a black tea. The aroma on the other hand is anything but typical. The cream hits my nose like powdered sugar frosting, followed by the solid aroma of the Irish Breakfast, then finally the scent of the rum. Nothing harsh about this.
As I take my 1st sip, the cream rolls around my tongue. I was right. Liquid frosting. But will this be a dessert tea where all you taste is the dessert? Nope. The Irish Breakfast gives it the true tea taste and prevents the cream from taking control and making it too sweet. Most dessert teas would end here, but soon the bite of the rum sneaks in as if to say “SURPRISE!”
Steep time: 6 min
A slightly weaker version of the 1st in liquor, aroma, and flavor.
Pairs surpisingly well with the ham and pepper jack pannini w/ roasted red peppers that I had it with. The Irish Breakfast was strong enough to stand up to the food and the Rum cut thru the Cream enough where it wasn’t overly sweet for the sandwhich.
Steep time: 7 min
Lightest and weakest infusion. More red/orange in the liquor. The Irish Breakfast and the Rum are strong enough to stand up to the beef stew I had with it, but the Cream wasn’t enough to clash with the stew. In some ways this is my favorite infusion. It depends on what you have it with.
Conclusions: A wonderful black dessert tea where the true tea taste is very much evident but it does not upset my stomach. Secondary infusions still pair well with foods that aren’t sweet making it a tea you could drink all day. I’ll buy this one again.