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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.
Following my craving for Black teas today…I decided to try this one again. I really like it. I will say – the black tea doesn’t seem to be as strong as the black tea flavor in the Strawberry Adagio Flavored Black. I also noticed that the Raspberry is harder to oversteep than the Strawberry…just a few comparison notes there…hope you don’t mind…now back to our regularly schedule tea programming…
My New Tea Shipment is HERE! YAY! I randomly chose – out of the ones I ordered – to sip first – and here it is! It’s the Raspberry Flavored Black. At first sniff this tea reminds me of Raspberry chocolate almost. It seems to steep quickly and the aroma lingers. The coloring is that of a regular black tea. The taste is a medium flavored black tea with slight raspberry flavors throughout. I know I will enjoy this tea most mornings! First sample – a success!
This is my 1st oolong since my shocking cup of Ooooh Darjeeling as well as my very 1st Jasmine.
Raw leaf observations: I love teas that are as much of a delight to watch steep as drink when they are finished. The tightly rolled leaves have a smooth and slightly sweet aroma, nothing similiar to a pu erh as some oolongs have.
Steeping method: 2.25g of pearls in 6oz of purified water heated at 195 degrees F for 5 min in Adagio’s IngenuiTEA.
I’m surprised at the light yellowish-amber liquor of the 1st infusion. By far not as light as a green or white tea, but definitely lighter than most of the oolongs I’ve tried.
It smells just like it did in the tin, although a bit more pronounced. A smooth and sweet scent, yet not flowery or perfumey like rose might be.
This is much more positive than my last oolong experience. It tastes just like it smells. It’s not weak for my tastes although a bit weaker than I expect from an oolong. It does not have a strong punch of flavor that you’d get from a black tea. It’s lighter and smoother. It doesn’t upset my stomach like most black and flowery teas do.
2nd infusion: 6 min. Hmmm… Interesting. This infusion is darker than the 1st. The smell is a bit stronger as well which makes me wonder if there’s more caffeine in this infusion than the 1st. While this infusion is stronger, it’s not too strong. It’s a personal preference as to which one a person might prefer but both are not just drinkable, but good.
3rd infusion: 7 min. Lighter in liquor, aroma, and taste than the 2nd but yet still stronger than the 1st. Still very good. I think I’m going to switch to something else now, but I’d think one could get a 4th good infusion out of this and I will try next time I desire an oolong. I can see myself buying this one again.