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For a cup I wasn’t expecting much out of, this one surprised me.
Dry it smells so strongly of chocolate and orange, I’d almost believe I’d just opened a box of it. Once steeped, the flavor is dominantly orange. The chocolate flavor isn’t really present, but the puerh base has an earthy, dark, astringent note that reminds me of unsweetened cocoa or really high cocoa content dark chocolate.
So, while I’m not blown away, it satisfies a craving for this flavor combination, but it’s not a frequent craving I get and can’t see reaching for it otherwise.
So, I got a pound of this tea for a birthday present by someone who isn’t particularly into tea, so major kudos to him. First thing I do with new tea is look up what people have said on here, and funny enough, what people didn’t like about this tea is what I love! Yes, this tea is VERY heavily bergamot, both in taste and smell, and so if you don’t like bergamot, I would not recommend this tea. But! If you’re like me and you love absolutely anything bergamot (most amazing candy I ever had was bergamot salt water taffy), this tea would be perfect for you. Also, I totally agree with the other poster who said it reminded them of Froot Loops. It really does.
For this steep time, I think it could’ve gone a bit longer without becoming bitter but adding more flavor.
We are having icy weather here in DFW, so I am working from home today, anticipating lots of tea drinking. I decided to give this a try – I got a few flavored samples from Adagio on my last order. I have been working through the caramel sample, but decided to go with this instead.
I want to like this, and it’s not bad, but it’s just not speaking to me. The flavor masks the base tea too much. I don’t know if that means it’s a weak base, or there’s just too much flavoring. Hrmph.
Great idea in theory!
It brews tea well— My only objection is that it’s hard to clean. Some tea gets trapped in the chamber between the pot and the strainer part on the bottom, and the only way to flush it out is to push down on the bottom while running the faucet into the pot. Leaves cling to the plastic inside of the pot in the bottom crevices near the strainer and are not easy to get out, either.
The lid also pops off easily but then doesn’t snap back on nicely.
All in all, it’s good for when you’re in a rush, but not so good once you get around to cleaning it out.
I can’t drink this tea without milk. My tastebuds really protest cornflowers. I didn’t realize this had cornflowers when I purchased it. With that said, this is nice with some added milk because the milk masks the cornflower flavor. I had really high hopes for this because I love Earl Grey Bravo.
Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Floral, Orange, Vanilla
Painting update, for those who are following along in my Dropzone Commander Scourge painting adventure. I am almost finished with the red ‘veins’ then I need to do a blue wash, then some bone detailing, then wash those and then I will be done! Well that is not entirely true, I will be done with everything but the Desolator, which I am going to make into an epic showcase piece along with it being a my command unit. That monstrosity is possibly my favorite miniature ever because it is a space cuttlefish and for extra geek points looks like a Reaper from Mass Effect, sadly I cannot just love it and call it Harbinger though since once of Scourge’s other units is a Harbinger…and there is also a Reaper. Ok, that is enough of me geeking out.
I lied, I am going to geek out about tea now, like I do! Today’s subject of geeking out is Adagio Tea’s Anhui Emerald Seed, their name for Lu An Gua Pian, which translates to Lu An Melon Seed, alluding to the shape of their leaves. Most green teas are all about the first leaf, but these leaves are the second leaves with their veins removed and then rolled to give them their fun shape. It has a lengthy history, first showing up in texts during the Tang Dynasty and being a tribute tea during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The aroma of the leaves is a delicate blend of green beans and sesame seeds with a touch of spicebush flowers and hyacinth. There is also a tiny hint of chestnut at the finish, the aroma notes are not the strongest, but they are pleasant in their delicateness.
So here is where I might make my tea drinking friends do a double take, I brewed this in my green tea seasoned Yixing teapot. Yes, I did it, I have been debating over a year, having heard heard that it can make the tea taste muddied due to the clay retaining too much heat, but I also heard you never truly know a green until you Yixing it. I do not regret my decision, drinking greens brewed in a Yixing teapot is amazing, sometime in the near future I plan on doing a side by side comparison with Yixing and Gaiwan. The aroma of the leaves in the pot are much more green now, with notes of artichoke, asparagus, green beans, bok choy, and a tiny bit of sesame seeds. The liquid got all the floral and sweet notes from the dry leaves, with spicebush, hyacinth, and honey drenched sesame seeds being the predominant notes. There is a bit of green at the finish, so it is not a huge contrast.
The taste is refreshing, it starts with a blend of melon (specifically faint honeydew) and cucumber. This transitions to grass and artichoke, and then it finishes out with sweet sesame seeds and honey. The mouthfeel is very smooth, a midway between creamy and silky, I am really fond of the mouthfeel, it matches the refreshing taste of the tea.
The aroma of the second steep is this interesting blend of vegetal and floral, like one half green beans and artichoke, the other half hyacinth and honeysuckles. It is like Two Face (Ben is playing Arkham Asylum, so Batman on the brain right now.) The taste is really similar to the first, like almost identical flavor notes, well, kinda. It is like someone took the exact same flavor notes and where the intensity was at a 6 before it is now at an 8 (scale not to scale) so that is fun. The aftertaste now has a lingering floral tone to it, which I am always a fan of.
Steep three time! The aroma is a bit of sweet and a bit of vegetal, again blending floral and green in a fun little dance of notes. The taste is not as intense or diverse as the previous steep, it starts out with a touch of spicebush and sesame seeds, then a fun bit of bell pepper and artichoke, and lastly a finish of honey that does not linger over long. Now, is this the best Lu An Gua Pian I have ever had, no, but it is certainly delicious and a good everyday kinda melon seed.
I had 2 stashes of this tea. One stash I bought at Lollicup across the street, the other I got with a sample pack from Adagio. The stash from across the street smelled amazing. Really really hazelnut. The stash from the sample pack smelled of chemical BLAH! Before I had a chance to really determined what was going on I had dumped them together in the same container.
So I brewed a mug hoping for the best. Not undrinkable, but there is definitely a chemical funk to this one. I had really high hopes for this as I love the Hazelnut black and the first stash of tea smelled so nice. Oh well. My wallet is thanking me for a tea I don’t dig.
What I really enjoy about Adagio is that the the aroma of the unbrewed tea really does signal what’s to follow. Open a bag of this tea and what do you get? Marzipan. It makes for a very comforting cup of tea. Bold marzipan flavor and very smooth.
Flavors: Almond, Almond, Marzipan, Marzipan, Nutty, Nutty, Sweet, Sweet
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Flavors: Cocoa, Earth, Pepper, Smoke, Spices, Toasted