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I think there will be LOTS to say about this one! Before steeping it’s almost like a fruity pina colada smell to it. I’m not really into Pina Colada usually but the first sniff offers a little something extra and makes you wonder what it will taste like! So…I continued on with the steeping process! While Steeping it has more of an earthy aroma kind of like a leafy or sweet grassy scent. Very different. Maybe even a sweet basil smell or something. After steeping it’s a slight tropical beach drink smell…the coloring is a typical white tea color. I wasn’t sure if I would like it much but it’s very different than I thought…I can certainly taste the Pina Colada Flavor/idea going on with this one…but there is a little something that is trying to push thru…a bit fruity but just enough to keep you guessing. Right toward the end you can taste the coconuts and pineapple…maybe more so at first the coconut and towards the end more so the pineapple. I think I like it!
Upon opening the tin it smells like Vanilla Ice Cream as described. As you steep it’s more of a wood or bark type aroma. After Steeping equal parts (or should I say sniffs) vanilla/equal Oolong on the verge of earthy scent. The coloring is nice. A little darker than I thought it would be. The taste is Earthy yet pleasant and slight creamy vanilla undertones. This one is fairly good in my book!
I’m looking for the little blueberries that obsidianbladed commented on and I can’t find any in mine but I just bought the sampler size. As you open the tin you can smell the blueberry with a little bit of a leafy scent as well. While steeping it morphs into a Blueberry slash perfume smell or something. It’s an average White Tea Shade. The taste is a light and pure mix between white tea and Blueberry. I’d certainly drink it again!
It smells more blossom or floral than tangerine to me…but you can get a hint of tangerine just not as much scent as I thought based on some of the other Adagio Teas. After steeping there is little scent but you can grab the white tea aroma. The color is a typical white tea color with tint of color to it. The taste is more white tea than tangerine…there is only a hint of it there. This would be a good tea if you are new to white teas or aren’t into extreme flavors or heavy tea tastes.
A nice spice scent prior to steeping. While and after steeping it’s a slight spice with almost a citrus hint or two. Looks like a pale black or herbal tea when it comes to the coloring. I kind of thought this would be spicier but am glad it isn’t. A nice change from the over the top and dark spiced bagged teas. I like this one – glad I got it!
You can sure smell the Apricot prior to steeping. While steeping you can almost smell what seems to be a hint of chocolate even tho I know it’s not…and maybe even a very little bit of fresh wood or bark even…but just a pinch. After Steeping it’s more of a earthy and apricot-esque smell. Nice. The coloring is a rich reddish-brown. The taste is a great blend of Honeybush and Apricot – neither too overpowering. Very pure tasting.
Light in color but not in scent! Before and during the steeping process the scent is like nothing I have ever smelled before. There is so much going on here! It’s Chamomile but better…minty but with other influences jumping in…herbal but not medicine-smelling…even smells a little fruity or even like a vegetable garden at times. Pleasant to look at and smell. The taste is refreshing yet calming. I really enjoy this one…maybe even so much so that it’s my new fave nighttime or bedtime tea.
The scent prior to steeping was pure peach. After steeping Peach and almost a hint of twig. The coloring is neat…a nice light brown. At first sip you get the peach taste but it’s not overpowering…towards the end you can get a bit of twig-taste, but just a hint. I would suggest this one to someone who is new to Oolong and enjoys the scent and undertone taste of peaches. A Delight!
The Vanilla aroma is that of a Vanilla Bean and not some average imitation flavoring. It is very strong…before, during, and after steeping. The coloring is wonderful. Since I am not usually a vanilla freak I was a tad afraid of what this would taste like based on the scent. After tasting…I have discovered that I LOVE it. Nicely done, Adagio!
Upon first sniff it’s true “chocolate covered strawberries” as described. During/After Steeping the “chocolate” scent is subtracted quite a bit. Strawberry scent is more prominent. But when you taste it with the taste and smell combined it’s like a “smoked” chocolate with a hint of strawberry. I really like it, tho. A good blend. Closer to a black tea than a flavored blast which I like. Worth a try, indeed!