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I’m glad that I took enough of this tea to try it iced as well as hot, because cold it’s miles away a better drink. I did it up the lazy way where I brewed a cup, sweetened it with a spoonful of local honey and let it cool in the fridge. It literally tastes like fresh strawberries were juiced into my glass. I’m not sure whether it was the temperature or the honey that tamed the hibiscus but thankfully it’s barely an afterthought. So tasty and thirst-quenching. I’ll have to buy more now that Adagio has (finally!) lowered their international shipping rates.
Another one from the Great Canadian Traveling Teabox. I just wanted something with no caffeine to try before I went to bed (6 am work, yay) and and just from looking at the tea I didn’t think there was any hibiscus in it. The red flush of colour after adding the water proved me wrong. However it isn’t as bad as I feared though, as the flavour is distinctly strawberry, though a rather sour strawberry. I bet this would be so much better iced, so I’m not going to rate this tea until I can give that a try.
I was confused why there were two listings for Scorpio on Steepster, one labeled 2012. It seems the description for this one includes the black tea, where the other was just rooibos. I have the newer version with the black tea.
It looks like I’ve been drinking just Adagio all day long, but I haven’t! I had some Lupicia with me on my walk! But when I got home and was looking through my cupboard I guess this one drew me in. And why not? The tin is beautiful! The Scorpio page on the Adagio website confuses me though, it definitely used to come with options for bag or tin, and not there’s just one option… and the option for the Sampler. So I don’t know anymore! If they sent you the bag, wouldn’t you be mad? Because the picture shows a tin! If they only send in tins now… well, I paid more than that!
I remember not likign this the first few times I had it, its been in my cupboard for awhile. Mainly because of the rooibos, which I dislike. BUt I know better now how to brew rooibos, and can tolerate it better (but still avoid it like the plague).
Alas this one just tastes like a good black tea to me, on the chocolate side, of the spectrum, but I’ve had some straight blacks that have accomplished that as well. Maybe because my tin is over six months old? I have to have it HOT though, or the rooibos flavor will become more present. I don’t get the mango in this, but I suppose the vanilla addition is why it’s so smooth. I like that this tea isn’t too heavy for a black, but I don’t know whether to attribute that to the black, the rooibos, or maybe to the vanilla.
Upon hearing me talk about how much I like pu erhs, my boss recently gave me a handful of her flavored pu erh teas from Adagio. Among such selections as Pu Erh Chorange (which I really like) and Pu Erh Spice was this little gem, Pu Erh Tahiti. Which is apparently a pu erh with tropical fruit flavors.
Uh huh, this tea is every bit as weird as it sounds. When I smelled the bag, I thought, “Well, maybe it’ll taste better in liquid form.” Aaaaaand it doesn’t. I don’t know how to describe it. Let’s just say that earthy/fishy and mango/pineapple/citrus/tropical do not go well together – the final result is somewhere between burnt rubber and something going bad. It’s even worse when it cools. (…Which I accidentally let it do. Whoops.) I’ll try to finish the cup, but I make no guarantees.
Actually, this is part of what I love about talking tea. I love telling stories about the weird-ass, disgusting teas almost as much as I love spouting poetry about the really good ones. Another weird-ass tea tasting for the win!
(Side note: speaking of coworkers and weird teas, I offered to let one of our part-timers – who is not a tea drinker at all – try one of my favorite shus recently, just for the experience of having a tea that I kept describing as tasting like dirt. He was like, “This does taste like dirt. … It’s really good. Like, I would drink a whole pot of this!” I have created a new convert! SCORE!)
Dry leaf aroma: Cocoa and malt, with subtle dark fruit notes.
Dry leaf appearance: http://instagram.com/p/skt-BhlcEs/
Wet leaf aroma: Slightly smoky.
Wet leaf appearance: http://instagram.com/p/skyyn2FcLx/
Preparation: Brewed western style in a ceramic infuser mug.
First steeping: 5 minutes at 210 degrees. Such a delightful mixtures of aromas – cocoa, malt, dark fruit, and a subtle smoky undertone. At first the smokiness scared me after my previous smoky Keemun experience, but this is a sweeter, more subtle smokiness, not a raw in-your-face smoky. The taste is just as complex as the aroma with notes of cocoa, malt, smokiness, prunes, and something I can only identify as a biting spiciness (pepper?). The aftertaste is slightly bitter with a lingering tartness. After the cup has cooled I notice a breadiness to the flavor and the smokiness is weaker.
It is somewhat odd to me that this tea hasn’t been reviewed in 3 years. C’est la vie! I did a second stepping but was so stuffed up after my husband mowed the lawn that I don’t trust my nose or taste buds to accurately post notes about it. It was good though! I keep calling this tea sultry, it seems to fit.
I am still amazed at how much the same general style of tea can vary. I think this is part of my attraction and I certainly enjoy the discovery of each variation!
Flavors: Bitter, Cocoa, Fruity, Malt, Pepper, Smoke
This was a free sample for posting to Facebook on my first order…I’m glad I didn’t pay for it. Pumpkin?….Where? Now, it’s not a bad tea. It just isn’t what it’s supposed to be, in my opinion. Will I drink the rest of the sample? Most certainly….but….like….with my eyes closed when I reach for the bag ;)
Like several other people here I’m a Sagittarius, so I had to snag this for myself. The tea tastes like Earl Grey Moonlight with raspberry instead of orange peels. I think I prefer this to EGM, actually.
Also the tin’s purple. Not that it had anything to do with the rating; purple’s just my favorite color, along with black and red. Also it’s a black tea with red flowers. Happy day!
I’d suggest not going any longer than four minutes on the steep; I usually go for five with black teas, but when I did it had taken on a nasty bitter taste. Four was just right.
That’s it! No more honeybush til I get a better infuser! It’s insane just how much of this I ended up chewing….it’s a good thing it tasted good. I think I would rather blend this with something than to drink it straight, but I was very pleasantly surprised with its flavor. It would pair wonderfully with chocolate flavors. I’m going to try making a cup of this mixed with a bit of the Cream sample that I also got from Adagio. This also makes me want to try their black tea version of hazelnut. It’s certainly nice to have a cup of this sitting nearby just to smell it!
This sample came to me from Lariel forever and ever ago. Thank you!
This is a nice herbal, but I can’t say that there’s much in the way of orange flavor. Strangely enough, the rooibos isn’t over strong either. There’s just a sort of generic sweetness throughout the cup. It’s not bad, but I don’t get “orange” from it. It could be due to age as the sample is almost a year old. Regardless, I was happy to try it, and I had no trouble finding the bottom of my cup!
September Sipdowns: 5
I was half awake while making my tea this morning and just randomly was digging through my samples. When I got to work and opened my thermos I was like ‘whoaaa, what’s this? CHOCOLATE!!!’ But it’s not Valentines?
This tea is indeed to my senses very chocolate and malt. It reminds me of Whoppers… without all the sugar. =D. It did Ok grandpa brewing. It is a heavier tea than I usually prefer for an all day steeper, but it didn’t do too bad.
Also, when I say grandpa brewing, for me that also means vacuum thermos and 195*F water and a few ice cubes, just to cool it enough to drinkable temperature in the initial brewing. Then I cap it and keep adding more water through the day when it drops to about 3/4 empty. The first ‘steep’ from when I add water to when I get to taste it is usually 1-2 hrs.
Adagio’s samples are crazy man. They just go on and on….
This one was very nicely grapefruit. Not to sweet, not too tart, not too bitter. The grapefruit scent was very juicy. The black base didn’t however pick up much on the fruityness of the flavoring. I smelt it and was salivating… and my taste buds were like…. huh? The black base at least was fairly smooth and mild, which isn’t too bad, all things considering. It did fine on a 2nd steep too. The flavor is very light on the 3rd steep though, I stopped trying after that.
Honestly I lovee grapefruit. At one point when my Dad first discovered he had diabetes all of our citrus fruit was suddenly grapefruit. And we’d have it at least twice a day. And we eat it down to the rind. You get used to that sweet/tart/bitter combination. Between the types though, I’ll always go pomelo, ruby red, white.