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This is one of a few teas I traded with Stephen Hockman. Thank you so much! No matter how artificial Adagio’s flavors are, they are usual SPOT ON so if the flavor is at least there and actually seems what it should be, I’m fine with artificial. This is the most caramelly caramel teas I’ve ever tried, and it doesn’t even have those caramel cubes in that blend. Just flavoring on their black tea base. It isn’t like a realistic caramel, but the flavor is surprisingly strong. It’s very milky and sweet. The second steep had a ton of flavor as well, so it doesn’t all disappear in the first cup. I don’t get the low rating on this.
Steep #1 // 4 min after boiling // 3 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min
The aroma of the dried leaves of Adagio Organic Blueberry White (that’s the name on my packet of sachets obtained from a grocery store) is not very pleasant. Does it even smell like blueberries? Maybe I just don’t know what blueberries smell like. But wait: haven’t I consumed a truckload of them over the course of my life?
The good news is that the tea brews up into a tasty blend of je ne sais quoi—it certainly does not taste like blueberries to me!—with a very silken and lovely texture. Judging by the taste and texture the base tea is clearly of high quality, and I do see that a few furry silver needles have been thrown in for good measure. It’s possible that the flavoring has metamorphosed, as I just noticed that I was sold a package past its “best buy” date! What? Is that even legal? Maybe I should return it to the store. It was on sale, but really now…
I probably should refrain from rating this tea, but it was pleasant enough to drink—even though it’s old!
What tea. So campfire. Wow. Much smokey. Many burning.
I am … floored. By the incredible similarity between taking a whiff of this tea and standing by a campfire. It’s incredibly evocative of a campfire. I mean, I feel I need a shower because obviously if I’m smelling this, I smell of smoke. Right?
I had to try this. I saw so many people talking about Lapsang Souchong and it sounded like something people really inflate with their descriptions because how could tea smell like a campfire? Well guess what. It does. It’s a freaking pouch of campfire. And I brewed it and tasted it. I was very brave.
It was not a bad taste. I mean, I didn’t expect it to be so… not-bad. I smelled it and thought “This will make me lose my lunch.” It didn’t. The warm flavor was smoky and strong, but not bad.
I can’t figure out why anyone would want to drink it tho. I mean, I can see how it smells amazing and reminds me of beef jerky that I used to get when I was a kid… but I don’t see how it would be something you’d think “Man I really want a cup of that right now.” Maybe in blends. But… straight? No. Not for me.
It wasn’t bad tho. It just … wasn’t something I see myself wanting to drink.
So I have tried Lapsang Souchong. I have done it. Now I know. That is all.
Flavors: Campfire, Fireplace, Smoke, Smoked
Got this sample with my last Adagio order. I liked the almond oolong enough to buy a pouch so I wanted to see if another oolong was any good from them.
I’m disappointed with this one. It tastes vaguely of vanilla, but I wouldn’t know it’s oolong. I mean, I don’t know Oolong super well but I didn’t specifically notice the oolong, and yet the the vanilla wasn’t overpowering either. Maybe it needed different temp or longer steep. I’m not sure. This just wasn’t a night for amazing tea I guess haha. :)
Delicious white pear flavor. I mean, this is a white tea with pear flavor. It tastes of pear and white tea. That is all you could ask from white pear tea eh? :)
From Stephen Hockman’s stash that he passed to me. Thanks much for that! I enjoyed the White pear tea. My sister wants me to make it cold next. We may end up having this in our house next time I order from Adagio. :)
I’m super picky with whites and this is one of the few I’ve really, really liked. :)
Flavors: Pear, Sweet
Made this iced and the result is a very refreshing cup. At first, I thought it was lemon that provided the bright citrus notes but I am guessing it was probably the orange. This is sweet and fruity and very nice and whether hot or cold, it is pleasantly delicious. I definitely will be getting more of this one in the future. Thank you Scheherazade for giving me a second opportunity to try this tea! I really appreciate it :)
Thank you Cavocorax for sharing with me. I am getting a lot of the berry flavors from this, specifically the raspberry, and it pairs wonderfully with the green rooibos base. Plus, there is a nice sweetness from the apple. I would actually consider stocking this one as its a pleasant caffeine-free choice for the evenings/night.
Hooray, another Yunnan to try! :D I picked this up in my recent Adagio order because I had a $5 coupon and the sample was $5, so I figured that makes it free! ;) Do not question it! The leaves are very cute. They’re all curled up into little loose balls, bi luo chun style. Mostly dark with some golden tips in there too. The dry scent is strong malt with honey and a hay accent – pretty much what I expect at this point. I brewed this twice, first at 4 minutes and then at 3 (not a resteep, with separate leaves each time).
I did 4 minutes first, because it’s the average time for this tea on Steepster. The leaves get pretty big when they unfurl! :D Smells mostly malty with some bread and honey notes mixed in. The taste seemed kind of one-note to me. It was a ton of malt with a little earthy smokiness in there. Meh. Trying again.
Then I did 3 minutes in hopes I would get some other flavors. The aroma was similar, with more honey and some hay as well. I still taste mostly malt, but now there is some honey in there and none of the earth and smoke taste. Still not a super complex flavor profile. I added a bit of sugar and I felt it helped to round out the taste for me. I found this tea pretty good but not great. Somewhere between H&S Tippy Yunnan and Yunnan Golden Tips.
On another note, I saw several reviews for this on Adagio in which people said it didn’t have the normal Yunnan taste. This confuses me a bit because in all the Yunnans I’ve tried so far, the predominant flavors have been strong malt, bread, and honey notes. And this tea definitely has some of those. So I guess I don’t get what the “typical” Yunnan taste is supposed to be. :P
Flavors: Earth, Honey, Malt, Smoke
I ordered this to remake Morrocan mint.
I made this just now with fresh mint.
It does not taste like Morrocan mint.
I’m not even sure it tastes like anything. :c
I get a vegetal note, but not much smokiness and I guess my mint doesn’t give as much mint as the mint tea I’d had before because I don’t get really any mint at all.
By itself, I don’t think the gunpowder really impresses me that much. Maybe I did something wrong. I’m disappointed.
Weirdly, the Morrocan mint I’ve liked best so far… is Teavannas. That makes one tea by them I like. >_<
Flavors: Mint, Smoke, Vegetal
Back to back tie guan yins. I just tried Yezi tea’s master grade TGY and followed it with this one to compare. I didn’t expect it to be quite as good as Yezi’s since this one is not “master grade” but it was still disappointing to have such a lack of flavor. The wonderful floral and perfumey notes that the other tea had were lacking here. You could kind of taste them as an aftertaste, as if this was just old tea that’s lost most of it’s flavor. I was able to get more flavor in the later infusions with the increased steeping times, so maybe timing is the only issue here. Luckly Adagio’s sample for this tea is generously sized, so I should be able to try it out at least two more times.
Small Big Traveling Tea Box
Apparently the way that I am drinking my tea is so humorous… my boyfriend just walked downstairs and started cracking up in laughter XD Yes, my cup is tiny, but I think it is adorable! Thought I would attach a picture for so you guys can enjoy my adorable, little mug! (https://www.flickr.com/photos/125647446@N05/14340903979/ )I like doing TTB taste tests this way so I can try virtually all the teas without completely stealing a tea that someone else in the line up can hardly wait to enjoy. :] Ta-DAH~
This tea has a sweet malty flavor to it much like a golden monkey. I expected this tea to be a bit plainer in flavor than it actually is, but it has several notes. I love the malt the most, but it has a slight essence of cinnamon or pepper that is so unexpected it is delicious. Although it is a light black tea in flavor, I’m really enjoying it.
Decided that it was probably best to squeeze in a few of the caffeine teas from the other TTB before it gets too late and the caffeine keeps me up all night… then I’d be up all night tasting teas :P tehehe.
Small Big Traveling Tea Box
This tea is different than what I was expecting. The name leads me to believe that it would have banana and guava in it. But to no avail. Luckily it does have some fruity notes, a bit mango-y to me. Actually, this reminds me of a black tea version of their green mango tea. Hmm. I’ll have to add some to the box so people can try both of these.. :]
Herbal Traveling Tea Box
How did I miss this tea when I was doing my Adagio sequence yesterday? Oh, well, this tea served as a great change of pace from all the fruity teas that I have been sampling recently:P Oh, pancakes..This tea reminds me of maple syrup:D Which is really quite good. So I’m quite a small person, but for some reason I can out eat my 200 lb brother when it comes to pancakes. 30 full-sized pancakes in one sitting is not too difficult for me. Ihop never sees it coming when I walk in the door— especially after the Tough Mudder Run. Muahaha>:} But anyways, I’m a fan of maple syrup. This tea also has a lovely hazelnut with a touch of….. caramel?.. It is a bit strong of honeybush but I like that flavor, so I don’t mind. :P
Flavors: Hazelnut, Honey, Maple Syrup
Well finally logging a sipdown; I’ve just been adding stuff to my cupboard and it’s been a tiny bit scary because I know I’ve been sipping stuff down the last five days but because I haven’t been logging regularly on Steepster I’m just seeing my numbers grow. I think my goal for the month, although it may be too ambitious at the rate I’m finishing stuff off, is to end the month with 125 teas or less. I’m pretty close to 150 right now…
I added milk to this cup since I’ve had it once without milk already; I thought the milk made this taste a hell of a lot more like peanuts (really, like creamy peanut butter) in addition to all the other assortment of nut flavours like hazelnut. That still baffles me because apparently peanut isn’t a thing in this blend. But damnit, I taste peanut butter!
But yeah, this grew on me. I want more of it I think. Maybe not 3 oz. more, but maybe actually yes? I could maybe get behind having that much of this if I ever do place an Adagio order. I mean, Adagio is a lot more accessible now with the recent shipping changes so that could possibly be the next company I order with? I wouldn’t mind picking up more The Woman and getting some Apache Tracker because I liked that one a lot too. And I could take a gamble on Thor? I’ve been eyeing that one up for awhile.
I just don’t have many rooibos/honeybush options and this is one I do like – and the fandom aspect is awesome too…
Another magic potion blend from Dexter! I picked it for tonight because it’s a rooibos/honeybush blend, and therefore nighttime friendly! I had no idea what was in it though; the smell was not super telling.
However one sip in and it was pretty obvious that this blend was a nut heavy one. Really, it screamed nut notes at me. Honestly, I picked up the almond and hazelnut but more so than either of those I got peanut! But looking at the ingredients list right now, I don’t see that included. Odd.
It was good though once I got over being initially overwhelmed by all the nut flavour; though every time I have hazelnut anything and there’s no chocolate either than always throws me off a little regardless. I’m very accustomed to that due. I thought the rooibos/honeybush were both present but in a relatively soft way that I don’t necessarily think anti rooibos/honeybush drinkers would find offensive. Or rather, maybe it’d be less offensive than usual? The caramel was a weird flavour; it was so buried under the almond/hazelnut/peanut and I think mostly it just kinda sweetened stuff up a bit so the blend didn’t because too nutty.
I have one more cup of this one left so we’ll see how I feel after that one; but I could maybe go for more of this! It wasn’t bad at all, and I think it’s pretty different from the other rooibos/honeybush blend I have stocked up.
Flavors: Almond, Hazelnut, Nuts, Nutty, Peanut
Herbal Traveling Tea Box
This is the last Adagio tea in my line-up. After taking a sniff, oh gosh, almost had to put it back. Not only is it is medicinal smelling but it smells exactly like the medicine that made me oh so sick when I snapped my wrist across the growth plate. But had to give it a chance, after all, it worked out for the lemon cloud tea.
As with the vanilla rooibos, it was just okay. The liquid has a gorgeous orange color, but the flavor wasn’t there for me.
Herbal Traveling Tea box
Watching the Fifa USA vs. Ghana game.. Oh my lordy, talk about a head smash:O Glad they are starting to take head injuries a little bit more seriously. But those poor players, makes my head ache in empathy..
This tea is much like the game right now… just ehhh. It’s a bit too woodsy and a little less vanilla-y than I would have liked. Not a bad tea, just nothing to write home about.
Flavors: Vanilla, Wood