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I liked this one less than the Yunnan Noir because I found it to be more bitter, but still enjoyable.
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I was surprised by how good the dry leaf looked. There were a mixture of large, broad leaves and long needles. The smell was pleasant, though not identifiable. After steeping, the tea smelled and tasted like a mild cucumber water. The tea base was quite smooth, but not that flavorful. The second steep was completely flavorless.
I would love to sample more cucumber white teas, but I don’t feel the need to try this one again.
enjoyed it. Could have used a little more pomegranate
This was my very first cup of loose leaf tea, and I initially thought it was perfectly delicious. I drank my first few steeping without sugar, steeped at 180F @ 2.5min. I have since tried some other greens and oolongs, and have come back to retry this delicious smelling tea. I must agree with some other reviews here, the pomegranate is very subtle, but is enhanced with a bit of sugar. I still think this is a very good, delicate cup of tea that tastes great after a big meal. Don’t come looking for a heavy fruit taste, and you will not be disappointed with this aromatic tea!
I love black tea and rose. It’s a lovely flavor combination. Sweet and floral.
Having this tea for breakfast and for crocheting time. I finished my last amigurumi commission yesterday, so finally I can work on my own project, which is another owl. After him and maybe another one, back to working on my best friend’s mittens and my mystery shawl of pain.
Some days this tea is great, nice malty flavor that doesn’t get bitter. It works so well in a travel thermos, which I’m using right now because I’m lazy!
This green tea is surprisingly sweet.
This is a good tea don’t get me wrong. But as a fellow cancer I just have to say it’s far too mellow. Although it does have a charming taste to it, that’s not at all bad. It just didn’t do it for me as well as I had hoped. To me it’s not a tea I would drink every day, but every so often.
When I grabbed a sample bag of this with my last Adagio order, I really, really thought it was coconut and mint. But um. Nope. That’s not hugely disappointing, but was a mild surprise when I opened the sample baggie. This seems to be a common thread in the reviews, so I don’t feel too stupid about this.
That said, this is a little like melted Junior Mints. It’s dark chocolate with a slightly artificial tasting minty flavor. When hot, it’s basically a dark chocolate green tea with a minty after effect. The artificial flavors are waaaaaaay more prominent this way, and I can honestly say I don’t like it. It’s much better iced where the mint is the prominent flavor and the chocolate is less plasticy and more subtle overall.
Definitely an overwhelmingly meh cup.
I’ve got agree with other reviewers that this tea is decent but nothing spectacular. The mango flavor comes in nicely and it’s great if you want a wake-up tea that had a fruitiness to it, but overall there’s not a ton of complexity to this cup. I’m glad I only ordered a sample size of this tea.
I felt like a little bit of a celebration this morning. The night before we encountered this equation: cat + 7-Up + MacBook = sadness. Last night we took it in to the GeekSquad and discovered I had actually purchased the klutz coverage, so my laptop is going to be brought back to life!
So until it returns from the dead, my activity is going to take a little hit, but I can totally deal with that!
But on to the tea ;)
I don’t remember if I’ve had this before, but I’m getting more of a crème brûlée flavor to it. It’s the flavor of toasted (but not entirely burnt) sugar crust. Hmmm… maybe I should make some up and have an excuse to play with a mini torch!
It begins! My birthday weekend, ok it isn’t until Tuesday but since Ben has school that day and everyone will be out of town next weekend, we are celebrating this weekend. No idea what all we are doing except going to the British Faire held by the Daughters of the British Empire local chapter. I plan on talking to them about joining, my dad was English and on my mom’s side I can trace my genealogy back to English and Scottish royalty, I am a perfect candidate! A good way to start off the celebratory weekend is with a good chocolaty tea!
Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas is a Chai blend featuring Chocolate flavored Ceylon tea, Cardamon, Ginger, Cloves and Cinnamon. The aroma is very chocolaty and reminds me a little of Xoclatl (Aztec drinking chocolate) with its blend of spices and chocolate. There are rich malty undertones and sweetness. This aroma is quite delicious, especially if you are craving some chocolate.
Once the tea is steeped the aroma becomes even spicier with the ginger and cinnamon being prominent with a touch of peppery spice. The chocolate is not as strong after steeping the blend, but there is still the malty aroma. The liquid without all the leafy goodness has a very sweet aroma with strong notes of chocolate and spices. No one spice stands out as dominant.
The taste perfectly hit the spot, creamy, spicy, chocolaty goodness! The blend of chocolate and spice makes for a balanced cup, I do wish that I could have a little bit more cardamon, but that spice is strong so I can see how getting it to be balanced would be a pain. The taste still reminds me of Xoclatl but with a bright tea taste instead of just the chocolate spice. Brewed with milk (whole milk in my case) and a bit of sugar this makes for an excellent chai with a chocolate twist.
It’s taken me a bit to get around to reviewing this tea. I’ve been really busy with work and haven’t had it on my mind much. I really enjoy this tea! The spearmint smell is strong just how I like! It doesn’t need much sugar to taste divine! It’s one of those teas that I can have several cups of. So I have to make sure to limit myself so I don’t run out quickly.
Mm today this cup seems brighter with a light citrus note.
AMAZING! Makes me want to sit around a bonfire or a fireplace and do nothing but read a book and relax =)
Ech, okay. I think I just need to accept the fact that fruity infusions are just not my thing, at least not hot. I’ve tried blending this one with black teas but have found it to be overpowering or overly tart. It might be nice with some green tea iced—I can see that being very refreshing. On its own, though, it’s more tempting to eat than to steep.
Funny thing is, this is a free sample from adagio. I would have never looked to purchase it. And, surprise twist, my boyfriend loves it!
I’m not a hibiscus person, but he got one wiff of the bag and was immediately like ‘I want that’.
And I am not a person who will deny a man his tea.
What the heck, Adagio?!? You have to leaf the everliving heck out of this to get any flavor! And then it’s still pretty subtle. Leaves are golden and pretty, though. And the aroma is amazing; it reminds me exactly of black dragon pearls. The flavor, though… it’s hard to pinpoint. There’s a bit of cocoa-ness there, but it’s more dark fruit-y. Maybe a mite bit peppery, too.
I don’t really know how I feel about this one. Good, but not one of the better ones out there. It has hints of greatness but it’s just too light.
So this is the second tea that I’m trying from the Orchard Sampler (vanilla, almond, peach, grapefruit). The dry leaves smell strongly of dried grapefruit rind. Now I’ve never actually encountered dried grapefruit rind, but I imagine this is what it would smell like. The taste is citrus-y (orange & grapefruit), but not juicy. Kind of again with the grapefruit rind, it’s slightly bitter and almost dry tasting (not astringency). It also has a woodsy flavor like others have mentioned, which I guess comes from the oolong itself. It’s good enough for this morning’s cuppa, but I probably won’t be reordering.
Yuck! I made 8oz of this before bed last night hoping for just a nice calming light tea. When I opened the sample pouch it smelled nice, but very chemical-ish. Blah. I am not even sure I would give this away to anyone else. There are very few teas I have had that I won’t at least finish the cup, but this went down the drain.