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(6g/12oz/3min/175) The ginger isn’t too strong at all – it just adds a hint of flavor that almost covers up the soybean/cooked veggie-like flavor I tend to associate with white teas. Overall a nice mild tea that is enjoyable but I don’t think likable enough that I’ll get more. But if I liked white tea more, I can see how I would like this one more.
I love the look of the leaves resembling dark green silky needles. The smell is very grassy and a bit off-putting. Some people, I recall, describing this tea as a broccoli water :) But I actually like the taste. It is grassy, vegetal not as sweet as Sencha.
Sometimes I think my body has a mind of its own and it says: “Give me more of this! I like it!”
Now, I’m talking to myself …. Sigh. Never mind, I’ll have some more tea.
Another one bites the dust. Like with the blueberry, it’s a bit stronger than I would normally have made it because of the amount of leaves I had left.
I see I gave it a mediocre rating, and that sort of thing always surprises me with a fruit tea. Did I really mean that? I have learned to start trusting myself with this though. Sometimes I push the rating up, but most times it’s left alone.
It’s steeping now and the pot is standing with the lid off (because I’m lazy and I can’t be bothered to search for it) about an arm’s lenght away and I can smell apricot all the way over here.
Yes, I was right about the rating. Again. It tastes like apricots, yes. But it’s a sort of creamy kind of apricot flavour. It actually tastes like there’s milk in it and there isn’t. It’s the wrong sort of sweet. I could have wished for some freshness. So while it does have apricot flavour, fresh apricots don’t taste like this.
Travelling Teabox planning in second stage now, as in taking addresses of participants and people (hopefully) signing up and stuff. So far this stuff is way easier to organise than I had imagined.
I’m making a pot of this here apricot tea because apricots are yummy and so by extension so should apricot tea be. I refuse to accept the rating I’ve already given it as truth. (And kindly don’t point out that peaches and pears are also yummy but just not in tea.) Secondly, I’m feeling like this sample has been kind of neglected. I can’t remember when the last time I had any of it was, and I’m frankly puzzled as to how there can only be about a fifth left of the sample tin. If I hardly ever drink this, then where did the rest go??? O.o
It tastes a bit watery… On the other hand I did just have dinner and it involved a lightly spicy sauce which may have affected my tastebuds somewhat. With my tongue in this state, it doesn’t even taste that apricotty. Looks like it won’t be today that I can shift the rating on this one. How sad. :(
I love apricots. But while this tea definitely smells and tastes like apricots, idk… It just reminds me of your average southern fruits sort of tea. Maybe the ones I’ve had have just been overwhelmingly apricot-y but no matter what, nothing about this tea really surprised me.
It’s a great tea, very delicious, just not one that really stands out to me. I’m not sure if it’s one I’ll purchase again or not. Maybe if the mood strikes me.
Here is my latest Signature Blend at Adagio! This is a coldy dark color after steeping. It has a smokey aroma with a bit of grapefruit…but just a hint of it. I can barely smell the peppermint probably because I only used 10% of it while blending. The taste is quite unique. You can taste the gunpowder but it’s not as overpowering as some gunpowders may be. I am surprised you can taste the Grapefruit Oolong as much as you can – more oolong than grapefruit but you can taste just a hint of the grapefruit as an afterthought. With these two blending it brings the gunpowder smoke-E-ness down a notch. Not Bad. Throw in a tad of peppermint and there you have it. I must say I was pleasantly surprised with this. It was much different than I thought it would be. I like it if I do say so myself. :)
OK, I think I must be doing something wrong here. I got a sample of this tea from Adagio today. My first attempt at brewing came out tasting of hot water. I set my Utilitea kettle for green tea, and steeped for three minutes by timer. It tasted like bathwater. I threw that steep out, and steeped again, adding much more tea, about 3 tbsps total for a two cup pot. This was somewhat better, but the result was just mildly sweet, without much in the way of a distinctive flavor.
I suspect this is operator error – my only previous experiences with green tea have been of the premeasured bagged variety. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I steeped for 5 minutes. The color is very pale yellow. I do smell a faint “tea smell” but there is almost no taste. As the cup started to cool off, I began to taste a little tea. Slightly earthy with a faint musty smell and taste. Maybe I needed more leaves despite being careful about the portion due to TeaEqualsBliss’s review. Not good…not bad. This one is just blah.
As a resident of TN, I have unlimited access to average tea/slightly above average tea at every restaurant I eat at. Even our Sonic and Subways have ok Southern Sweet tea if you don’t mind risking a diabetic sugar coma. I don’t think these Black Dragon Pearls are anything to write home about.
My office just received our complimentary flu shots this morning, so I brewed up a cup and had it on standby. Keep in mind that I’m a HUGE needle whimp, so I was looking forward to a hot cup of soothing goodness. It just didn’t come through for me like my Wuyi oolong probably would have.
Taste = C
Entertainment factor = A
Will comfort and get your back = D
I don’t know about this one. Watching the pearls unfold and seperate was pretty cool. I think the hand rolled teas are awesome to look at but they always seem to smell musty and sharp to me. Tastes like regular black tea with a VERY subtle cocoa-musty aftertaste. I used 3 pearls for this cup. Just kind of, “ehh”.