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I’m not a huge fan of Golden Monkey teas, but I got this one as a free sample so why not?
Looks like a Golden Monkey tea with the curly leaves.
Smells like a Golden Monkey tea. You know, kind of like honey.
Tastes like a Golden Monkey tea. A bit of natural sweetness that balances the tea fairly well and makes it completely unremarkable – unless Golden Monkeys are your thing, I suppose.
Made a great, just slightly sweet iced tea when cold brewed over night.
I enjoyed drinking this tea both hot and cold, but there are other teas I like better.
A light, yet refined Fujian Oolong which displays perfume-like orchid aromas mixed with warm sugar cookies. The pale ivory color is so light that one might think it didn’t steep long enough… and because the tannins are forgiving you can steep longer than recommended without hurting it. Soft and supple mouth fell yielding to lovely palate which reintroduces the buttery sweet orchid notes with a mild nuttiness and subtle tastes of cooked vegetation. The tea finishes very smooth with a light acidic kiss that conjures up flavors of crushed limestone. I have had Ti Kuan Yin from a few tea merchants and this one is easily on par with the best. A great tea for relaxing or to have after dinner with a very light cookie. I will be getting more of this soon and would recommend it to anyone. Multiple infusions are possible and the price can make this a lovely every day tea.
This is a good Indian black tea if you looking for something that isn’t going to be chalked full of bitterness. They claim to have notes of raisins but honestly I don’t taste it… However, I do enjoy the light malty flavor it offers!
I would suggest this tea if you are new to Indian blacks (which I am). This will give you an idea if you need to go sweeter (Maybe a nimbu) or if you need to go more bitter with a straight Darjeeling. Maybe you need to stay about from Indian blacks and stick with the more sweet flavors in Chinese blacks.
I don’t particularly think I would like anything much more intense then this. I don’t like it as much as a nimbu, but I do like it more than some of the more bitter Darjeelings I have tried. Overall I would purchase this tea again but am also looking forward to experimenting with more assams.
Please give me some recommendations if you know of any particularly good assam teas!
Flavors: Bitter, Malt, Sweet
A lovely treat for the price! Rich amber, almost leaning towards light maple in the cup. Classic aromas of muscatel and dry wood come off of the steeped leaves, while the liquor carries a sweetness along with it. Wonderful sweet musk and wood flavors command the overall flavor profile, followed with hints of coco powder, black strap molasses and roasted acorn squash. Finishes with a lingering astringency which allows the coco, molasses and squash notes linger long after swallowing. Recommended infusion time from Adagio is right on at 2:00-2:30, allow the liquor to cool a bit before tasting to open up more flavors. If there is such a thing as an every-day single estate Darjeeling 2nd flush this may be it as the price is VERY reasonable and 2-3 steeps are possible.
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Flavors: Flowers, Peppermint, Rooibos, Vanilla
I love this tea. I bought sample baggies of Adagio’s black Hazelnut tea and this one at the same time, and this one was definitely my favourite. The black tea was quite nice and hazelnutty when brewed quite strong and then with milk and sugar, whereas this one is just wonderfully hazelnutty on its own without much fuss. No bitterness, a lot of hazelnut, and a bit of something else that gives it depth. I’d take it that’s the honeybush, but as this is the only honeybush I’ve tried, I can’t really judge. I’m sure to try more, though! I think I definitely prefer honeybush to rooibos.
Looking at the ingredient list on this, it seems like there should be a lot of different flavors going on here. What actually happens, at least when I taste this tea, is that all those flavors lump together and produce a strong black tea flavor with a very bitter orange peel component. I really don’t notice any of the spices or anything like that.
Flavors: Bitter, Orange
Light fuzzy needles of Fujian joy! Lovely Pale yellow ivory in color. Delicate floral aromas which yield to a soothing sweetness highlighted with notes of honey and lemon peel. Palate is much the same as the aroma with the addition of a slight musk and a juicy brisk finish which recalls the acid of the lemon notes and balances the sweetness perfectly. Flavors change as the tea cools, with notes of fresh cucumber coming into play and enhancing the overall experience. Multiple steepings are possible here, which is good because this in not an inexpensive tea. All this being said, this is a “I am in the mood for really good white tea” kind of experience and not an everyday tea in my opinion which makes purchasing a small amount a good choice.
Charming and light. Lovely light pale yellow color fading to near clear at the edges. Brilliantly floral on the nose… fresh lilies and jasmine come to mind. Light and smooth… honeydew and vanilla notes weave with the natural flowery green flavor. Perhaps a bit light for my tastes, but I really enjoyed this tea and would recommend it to anyone. A perfect way to start a tea tasting or tea dinner. A very classy cup!
A brilliant selection, with velvety complexity which is well worth the price. The golden oxidized tea buds are beautiful to look at. Brewed, golden-orange in color, fading to sunglow nearing the edges. Intense aromas of malt and wood with notes of orange zest and almond. Very silky and creamy with a dynamic palate that ranges from sweet potato and raisins to honey, coco and almonds finishing very sweet and long with balanced flint-like mineral acidity and very slight astringency. The honey notes increased as the tea cools, which added to the progressive experience. One of the best teas I have had in a while.
Loved the jasmine flavor in this tea but I find that it isn’t as fragrant as the white jasmine I tried yesterday. Still delicious though. I didn’t over brew it this time so it doesn’t taste bitter at all! Will have to try the Teavivre Jasmine Pearls next and will compare!
This is a very unique chai. I was having the darnedest time trying to pin down what flavor it reminded me of until I read the other reviews. The sweetness of the almond really threw me off. But in a good way. This would be really good in a muffin of some sort. I love to cook with tea
First time trying a jasmine white tea and I have to say I LOVE IT! It tastes a lot sweeter than green tea and I feel like I almost taste a fruity finish on it. There’s less bitterness with this tea and you still get that great jasmine flavor. Yummm would definitely recommend this tea to others!
Flavors: Fruity, Jasmine, Lychee
I do this one an injustice, I feel, by forgetting about it when I choose which tea to drink. I usually reach automatically for a black tea, particularly at work, but I enjoy this one so much I really should try and remember to choose it more often. It’s wonderfully creamy, and the lemony citrus flavour is deliciously candy-like. Adagio can be hit and miss, but this one is a definite hit. It’s just so perfectly put together, with really well balanced flavours. I’m glad I have a large-ish tin of this one!
I was sure I’d written a tasting note for this one, but apparently not. I know I’ve tried it at least a couple of times before. Still, better late than never! Usually, green tea is not my thing. That’s probably why I wasn’t hugely encouraged when I opened the tin and saw how dark the green tea leaves are. In my mind, dark green tea leaves equates to bitterness, although obviously this isn’t a reliable rule of thumb as I’ve proved to myself on more than one occasion. This time is no exception.
I used 1 tsp of leaf, and allowed the water to cool to around 170. I gave the leaves 2.5 minutes, and the resulting liquor is medium yellow-green. The taste is surprising. It’s so creamy, it’s hard to actually taste the green tea base at all. The main flavour is sweet, candy-like lemon, with a strong, creamy overcoat of vanilla. It’s like eating cheesecake, or some kind of delicious lemon cream dessert. It’s not often that I really, really enjoy an Adagio tea, and seemingly less often that I really, really enjoy a green tea. This one has defied all my expectations, however, and is actually very pleasant. I can see myself coming back to this one a lot in the future. I may even take some home for icing, as I suspect it would work just as well cold. A surprise hit!
This strong tea brews up a bit too heavy for my tastes – I’m not sure if I overleafed or what, but it was far too thick and powerful for my palate. If I decide to have another go at brewing it I’ll definitely try cutting the leaves down by half.
So it’s an interesting tea, but not for me…
I brought this tin to work a while ago, but only opened it today. It’s not one that really screamed at me to be tried, it would seem. I’m trying to be good, though, and to drink my older teas up first, so its day finally came.
According to the tin, the ingredients are chamomile, peppermint, hibiscus, lavender and rose petals, on a blackberry leaf base. The dry leaf itself is light and fluffy, so I used 1.5 tsp when making my cup. I gave it about 4 minutes in boiling water.
The resulting liquor is medium yellow, and smells strongly of lavender. Heavily floral teas aren’t usually my thing, so it’s with trepidation that I approach this one. While brewing, the scent was more generically “herbal” by which I mean, I think, that it smelt of chamomile, mint, and vaguely “green”, like fresh hedgerow. I was actually expecting a much darker, reddish-pink, liquor given that there’s hibiscus in here. On second glance, there’s so little of it that it probably isn’t able to make much of an impression. For once, I’m a little disappointed. A touch of hibiscus might have brought this one over from being too overwhelmingly floral. But still, it is what it is.
To taste, the main flavour is lavender. It’s almost equally matched by the chamomile, though, so my overall impression is reasonably positive. I get along quite well with chamomile, and I do find it helps to calm me in moments of stress. It’s probably a good thing this one’s at work with me! I can’t taste peppermint, hibiscus or rose at all, and if it weren’t for the tin I don’t think I’d know they were even there.
This isn’t ever going to be a favourite tea. It is strongly floral, and after a few sips it becomes a little too much for me. Perhaps less leaf next time, or a shorter brew time. I’ll probably finish the tin, but it’s not one I’d look to replace. There are herbals I like a lot more than this one!