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So against my better judgement and the safety of my wallet, I’ve been considering an order from Andrews & Dunham teas (in addition to a golden moon order). Specifically of their Yunnan Gold Tips, which sound oh so tasty, but is oh so expensive for a tea I have no idea if I’d like or not. Unfortunatly I have very little set distinction between the differences of Assam, Ceylon, Yunnan, Keemun, etc aside from what they’re vaguely supposed to taste like and what people say. I’ve been mostly concentrating on flavored teas since I started. One day I’m going to get solid examples of each and make them all and compare. But that’s a project for another time.
Anyway, I found this Yunnan in my Adagio samples and figured that it would give me something vaguely to expect, though probly comparing this and the A&D tea is like comparing apples and cherries. XD But it was something.
Dry this smelled chocolaty and rich ish. I only had about two tsp left so I dumped the rest into a strainer and added a bit over my usual 12oz. Now this is where I may have gone wrong, or possibly the temp (205*), or even the time (3min), but this cup is pretty undrinkable to me.
It’s fruity and chocolaty smelling, and the very beginning instant of the sip is good, but it immediately turns bitter and astringent. So I’m not sure if it was me or the tea, though I remember making a fine cup when I first got the sample, so it’s probly me.
But now it makes me question whether I want to take the chance with the fancy A&D yunnan tea. /sigh/ making this cup didn’t help and now I’m dissatisfied. Meh. But then again, it means that I’ll just have to brew another tea to make up for this one. Lol.
I really really really thought I would love this tea. I am a big fan of black teas, and Earl Grey especially.
It wasn’t that it was awful, it was just sort of middle of the road. And, it left my mouth so dry that fifteen minutes later I had to go get a drink of water. It was a really unpleasant after effect.
Edit: Second try at this tea. I started wondering if I had overstepped it the first time and that made the crazy astringency, so I made it again with a strict 3 minute timed steep. It’s still an astringent tea, but not unbearably astringent. So the moral of this story is, don’t oversteep this one.
Hello new job anxiety, my old friend!
Apparently, in order to start at my new (extremely part-time, temporary, seasonal, decidedly doesn’t even begin to cover my rent) job, I have to send some ID and proof of address and my original qualification certificates and a bunch of forms to head office in London. I’m wary enough about the idea of being without my passport for however long it would take them to receive it and post it back, as it’s my primary form of ID and I just KNOW I’m going to need it as soon as it’s gone, and my visa’s in there and I don’t know how replaceable those things are and I need it to be able to keep living here. And my degree certificate’s in storage back in Canada, and even if I can get my folks to unearth it and send it to me, that’s going to take a while. No no no, I don’t like any of this. Now I’m having an anxiety flap and trying not to cry and there’s nobody here to talk me down. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
I’m just going to funnel rhubarb tea into myself until I can move from this spot where I’m sat, petrified with fear.
Rhubarb tea is good. I’m sad it’s being discontinued. It’s sweet and tastes like rhubarb and rhubarb is my favourite thing. It’s refreshing and lovely and green. Nothing about it is overbearing. It’s softening my headache. I’ll miss this tea when it’s gone.
How does grapefruit work so well with oolong? I honestly thought it was going to be slightly gross when I first heard of the idea, and it turns out it’s pretty much actually my favourite thing to pair with oolong tea. In a pinch, I’ve added grapefruit juice to oolong. It’s not as good as Bessie blend, but in a pinch, it works!
Bessie, though. Oh Bessie, you beautiful creature! This tea smells absolutely AMAZING. The dominant fragrance is brisk, bright grapefruit, flanked by the orange and lemon. The oolong lends it a little wholesome substance beneath the citrus. This is one of those uncommon teas I find myself enjoying equally with and without sugar. Bessie’s brisk, energetic, and refreshing, and absolutely perfect.
And I’ve been falling asleep for the past 3 hours because I made the mistake of eating pasta for dinner, which is a recipe for a drowsy Kelsh indeed. Please wake me up, bright tea!
I am in love with this tea, and surprised the other review scores are so low. It’s a great black, with a warm and cuddly vanilla aftertaste. I found myself wanting to chug it instead of sip it like a lady. After my first cup I am already ordering more because I am panicking about running out.
I have SO many Doctor Who teas that I try not to revisit the same one in a relatively short space of time, but oh Nyssa.
Oh Nyssa. So nice I steeped it twice! I’ve never resteeped this one before, and now I’m really wondering why I’ve never thought to before now. The first steep is the same flawless magnificence of serene and grounding flavours of malt, dates, and hay; the second steep, on the other hand, brings the earthy farm flavour of the pu’erh to the fore, until it cools slightly, when a distinct note of raisin emerges ahead of the hay, eventually transforming the whole cup into what feels like drinking an oatmeal raisin cookie. Like WOW. It’s a whole other experience, and I love everything about it. Seriously. This is a definite contender for being my all-time favourite of any tea ever. The shifting flavours are subtle but strong, and there’s never a trace of bitterness. I never tire of it.
Poor Ben and Polly. They’d for sure get more love and attention than they do if so many of their episodes weren’t still missing. I’d give my good leg for Power Of The Daleks, or The Highlanders, or The Smugglers, or the rest of The Faceless Ones. Oh man. They’re just so much fun. And Anneke Wills is sweet, and they need to get her on more DVD commentaries.
(Fun fact: I quite desperately want to be involved in a production at some point such that I’m asked to be part of the commentary. Or, hell, just let me be the moderator on a DVD commentary for something I haven’t been in, but that’s really old and I know lots about, so I can chat to the commentators, who probably don’t remember squat about having made this thing because the 1970s is all a blur to them now. This is my dream job. At least two of my very dear friends have done this and I SEETHE WITH MILD JEALOUSY AND QUIET ADMIRATION. SEETHING ADMIRATION. But I digress. I’m drinking tea.)
If it’s possible for a tea to be cute, then Ben and Polly blend definitely fits the bill. The scent is precisely that of chocolate-covered berries: rich and sweet, but not cloying or overpowering. The result is a solid, assertive brew possessed of a lovely bright berry sweetness surrounded by smooth cocoa, finishing on a lovely note of balanced black tea. It’s well balanced and level-headed, but there’s definitely an interplay of flavours that’s quite a bit of fun. Indulgent without being overwhelmingly so, the flavours are as perfect together as the blend’s namesakes. It’s a fab brew, all right!
I do quite this tea late in the afternoon or after dinner. Peppermint makes my tummy happy.
The flavor is dominantly peppermint, with the roundness of the darjeeling kind of comes out at the end. It feels a bit more substantial than a normal peppermint, but there isn’t much flavor past that.
My first GOD (glass of the day) was Adagio Silver Sprout, to accompany my first MOD (meal of the day), couscous with honey.
The tea brewed up pale yellow veering peach, so I must have used fewer leaves this time. The water was cool, so that did not affect the final brew. I found this cup rather clean and only slightly vegetal. I did not even notice the smokiness in this glass, so next time if I’m craving a smoky green, I’ll double the leaves or perhaps increase the steep time—or perhaps both.
second infusion: better than the first!
Hello rejection letters, my old friends! GRUMPTIES. I can’t afford to be unemployed no more, and so onward I go, filling out more forms. What an exciting day it is. SIGH.
Also, this tea is so very, very silly, and I needed something silly today. I find it really sweet to drink straight, so I cut this with about half Irish breakfast and it’s just the right amount of silly. With sprinkles.
Speaking of silly, I suppose I ought to file my tax return, as that refund would go nicely toward, well, not being evicted this month.
Lately, I’ve been having some tea blahs where I don’t really feel like drinking much tea. So as usual, I decided to reset with a hojicha. This one was the first one within reach. Not necessarily my favorite hojicha, but still a very nice cuppa. I hope to get over this phase soon because I still have a bunch of swap samples to try out!
MAN. Well, in spite of two shiny new rejection letters, I feel moderately positive today. Probably because I decided to totally wing it with this week’s comedy bake, and my maple and honey banana and prune flax and wholemeal spelt tea cake is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. I’m seriously impressed with myself. I wish I could bake for a living. I’m really good at it. Also I wish I had a living. My agent hasn’t rung in a month, and I swear it’s because my headshot makes me look like a bland, flavourless lump instead of a fine Canadian queen. I’m depressing myself. Dammit! Onward to brave tea, then!
Gosh Harry, you really are a cracking good fellow, old thing. The tea’s fragrance in the bag is that of soft almond backed by a honeyed sweetness, faintly reminiscent of pipe tobacco. When brewed, the sweet almond becomes a more subtle finishing note, allowing the solid, strong tea to come forward, as well as the fragrance and flavour of caramelized pumpkin and warming spice. It has a soft, slightly starchy mouthfeel that pairs beautifully with milk and sugar. Harry Sullivan is nothing short of genius.
Thanks so much TeaTiff for selling some teas! I couldn’t resist! A few always perfect-for-me Adagio teas. I woke up thinking of an assam just like this one! I’ve never even had this tea before and it was perfect for my craving. The one tea that would have been perfect in my entire collection!
Steep #1 // 2 min after boiling // 3 min
SUCH a delicious cup! Malty, a tiny bit brisk, hints of dark chocolate. Everything an assam should be. I feel like there could have been a bit more chewiness or robustness of flavor, but that could probably be arranged with a minute longer steep or some more leaves (used a teaspoon).
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
Another nice cup, but weaker than the last, when the last cup already had the problem. But as I said, it’s the amount of leaves or the time I steeped. I love this tea. Adagio is just usually perfect for me. Gorgeous teas all the time, all the time. Adagio might not be for everyone but they are for ME. If I could only order from one tea company for the rest of my life, Adagio would very well be in the running. And they have all of those fandom blends to support my nerdy love of all the things.
my entire blog is Colin and everything hurts
I brought a whole lot of teas with me back home, and a lot of them I jsut brought enough for one serving because I know mother doesn’t like the teas that I enjoy. This one is a bit… it’s very much on the green/spinachy side. Very very grassy. I don’t know if I like it.. like it’s good and I’m sure it’s a great tea! But not my taste.
I have had this tea since November last year and have only had it once. Apparently I even left a tasting note? Or maybe just a rating? I don’t know.
Either way, I have been kind of avoiding this tea since I remembered that it wasn’t very good. Today I decided to brave it, and I added almond milk to it. The milk didn’t help much, it’s pretty darn bitter with a tiny hint of an uninteresting spice medley. Nothing much to it, really. I think I will just have to dump the rest (about a half) of my mug out because I noticed that if black teas turn out bitter, they tend to irritate my stomach a bit.
I will probaby stuff the rest of this tea in a ziploc bag and put it in a giveaway pile.
Good ol’ Adric. The saddest thing about his departure, to me, isn’t so much that he was a totally awesome dude, but that he was young enough to have so much potential to have matured into an awesome grown-up and he never got the chance to. That’s the tragedy.
I might be a touch biased about Adric because one of my very dearest friends, as a fresh-faced youngster, was the dude who wrote Adric’s introductory serial, so I think it’s fair to say my soft spot for Adric stems at least in part from the fact that he always makes me think of lovely Andrew, who’s been such a supportive presence for me since we met. And what a talented fellow he is, too. Do check out the latest audio drama he’s done for Big Finish. It’s intense.
But I digress, as this isn’t meant to be a review of the amazing friends I’m blessed with knowing (though I could gush for ages because I AM BLESSED WITH SOME OF THE MOST AMAZING FRIENDS) so I suppose I should say something about Adric blend tea and why I love it so.
I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say it again: Adric is a snotty little brat, but I still kind of love him. You might think the combination of flavours seems a tad off-putting, but in reality, the blend is redolent with fragrant summer fruit, like a bumper crop of peaches and rhubarb ripening in the garden. They’re definitely not quite ripe yet, though, as the flavour that hits you immediately on first sip can be best described simply as green. It’s not terribly grassy though, or particularly vegetal either; rather, it’s reminiscent of that green, slightly dry astringency of a peach that’s quite pale and still crunchy. A decided sweetness follows closely, however, and is enhanced by a little sugar. At times, the interplay of flavours seems almost as complex as Fermat’s last theorem: it is brisk, tart, fragrant, and thoroughly engaging. This is a tea that definitely seems a bit odd at first, but very quickly grows on you.
Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box
Um, why have I not heard about this tea?! It’s pretty comparable in my mind to Della Terra’s Lemon Chiffon; though maybe, possibly with slightly more rooibos taste. But again, for those of us that don’t mind the taste of rooibos, this lemon/vanilla blend is quite lovely and I would certainly put it in my basket when making an Adagio order.
2 tsp + sweetener
A sample from Shmiracles. I think this is actually the first Adagio custom tea I’ve tried, although I have a few in my stash. This is one I wouldn’t have got to try if it wasn’t for Shmiralces, so many thanks to her for sharing this with me!
It’s an interesting one. Dry, I can smell mostly chocolate, and while brewing I mainly pick up Adagio’s black base. To taste, though, it’s a different story. Blackberry cream, with just a hint of chocolate, and a pleasantly robust, slightly malty, base. I could happily drink this for a good long time — it’s one of those teas that’s easy to sip on and easy to like. A very tasty treat! Hopefully Adagio expand their custom range in the UK soon. If they did, this is one I’d definitely look to restock.
Sipdown no. 131 of the year 2014. Today was incredibly hectic and I only have about 15 minutes before we head out to dinner, but that’s enough time for an oolong!
It’s a chilly day even though it’s sunny and I was cold watching no. 1 play baseball, so this is a nice warmer upper. It’s also a very nice flavor. Today it’s making me think apricot-y peach-y toastiness.
I have so many oolongs I can’t even keep up with them all, so while I won’t be ordering this any time soon (if at all), I can certainly say I enjoyed it while it lasted.