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I got this tea at Shadowfall’s stash sale a while back… It is close to a sipdown now. It seems like I have never reviewed it.
I still have a cold, my taste buds still don’t work right. The lavender is pretty much all I can taste in it right now. So I will just roughly consolidate my previous experiences with this tea: I do enjoy it although it sure is not the greatest earl grey out there. The bergamot is rather citrusy than floral, and there’s no creaminess in the tea either. On the other hand, the bergamot flavoring doesn’t seem to taste particularly artificial, which is always a win. The base is decently strong, even a bit astringent.
Oh, and there’s lots of lavender, the whole meadow of it. I don’t seem to mind it.
Overall it makes a pretty solid everyday earl grey with a purple twist from the lavender. I would love to try a lavender EG from some other purveyor one day.
I discovered this tea on the Adagio Tea site and purchased it as I am a Capricorn. The tin it comes in is quite lovely. The appearance of the tea in the tin is earthy as it should be for a Capricorn. The first thing I smelled was the vanilla. One tablespoon, I believe, was enough tea for two and one half infusions. Don’t use more than 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar, unless you like a very sweet cup of tea.
I really enjoyed this, but didn’t think it was necessarily worth the steep price. It held up to many steepings, and I had to quit well before it seemed to. But it just tasted like a standard oolong that has grassier, greener notes than some. Tasty, but not repurchasing considering the price.
Continuing with the jasmine theme….
The last time I tasted this was quite a while ago, and I made it in the Breville. Today I’m doing short steeps in the gaiwan.
It makes all the difference in the world! This is at least as good a representative of its type as the Adagio Oolong #40 is for its. So I’m bumping the rating to the same number.
This responds very well to short steepings. The little rolled balls of leaves opened up for me fully by the third steep. I didn’t record in my original note whether they unfurled for me in the Breville, but my recollection is that they didn’t.
I did two at 30 seconds, two at 45 seconds, and I would have done more but we are leaving for no. 2’s birthday celebration.
Between this and the Tavalon Jasmine Dream, though, I definitely got my jasmine fix.
As I’m getting toward the end of this sample, I’m zeroing in on the parameters at which it seems to perform best.
First, short steeps are better than long ones. I did multiple 30 second and 45 second steeps today instead of going up to a minute or more and I never hit the bitter edge that was unpleasant in one of my previous tastings.
Second, lots of leaf is better than less leaf. This is tied to the steeping times. I filled the gaiwan closer to half than a third today and I think it came out better.
Third, it helps to have some time to apply to the drinking of this rather than to do it while being rushed or distracted.
It’s very roasty/toasty, and that peachy note is available when you aren’t too distracted to think about what you’re tasting.
Am laughing because I definitely don’t have enough of this tea to make a decent sipdown. The last time I had this, I saw the amount of leaves and it was between one big sipdown then, or two smaller ones and I went with the latter.
Just enough for like… 4 or 5 sips of tea tonight? Ahh well. This is a tea that I love so much! I love anything with Jasmine; that’s what got me into tea in the first place! Sad to see it go, but that just means that I can go try other types of Jasmine teas from other companies :)
Thanks to KallieBoo! for this sample. I am glad I got to try it!
I can’t find it on their website, but some people have listed ingredients in their tasting notes. As soon as I saw rose, that’s all I have in my mind, because as much as I love floral teas, I am not a fan of rose or lavender. So I pretty much just tasted rose. But I did get notes of vanilla and almond.
It’s a tea and homework day with my cousins! Wuiy Ensemble. Part of that dragon sampler pack from Adagio I got like.. Actually I just checked my order history, and I got it less than 2 months ago! So not as long as I thought it was, but happily sipping down this nice, roasted oolong :)
This is the kind of tea that I would like to keep in my cupboard, but I’m not too upset with letting it go.
Dude I am actually kinda sorta happy that I’m sipping this down today! I definitely thought I had a enough for a cup left (I sent this to Flo and Sam not too long ago) but my eyes lied to me! What I thought was about a teaspoon of tea, turned out to be much smaller than that. So just a smaaaaall cup of tea today.
Perfectly fine though! I’m with my cousins and I brought a whole bunch of tea that needs to get sipped down so it’s all good :)
I will be the first to admit that i am not a fan of most of the black bases that Adagio uses. Courtney’s comment about tea gwewkerwekjrh’s cream reminded me that this one was in the box, so it was the perfect time to do a quick mini comparison of this one and the one from tea G.
this one? it’s sort of a combination of vanilla and cream… it’s a little on the fake side, but not so much that i can’t enjoy it. Also, the flavouring hides the base a little, which makes me happy. Nothing i need to buy agan but not as bad as a bunch of adagion teas i’ve had that weren’t fan blends
Lessee. It’s 7:30 AM and I’ve been up for three hours already. I feel pretty much exactly how you’d expect one to feel in such circumstances.
But this worked for this morning. It hit the comforting, caffeinated spot it needed too. I don’t know if maybe this one doesn’t work in bagged form, but I’m definitely getting an adequately strong apple flavor. It tastes a bit like extra sweet baked apples (not quite applesauce level, though), though, with a toffee-like syrup in the aftertaste.
Weirdly, I think ths would be kind of ick with milk, and maybe even with sugar. I do like it well enough alone, though.
Well…reminds me of silage, you know, the old hay/cornstalks/whatever is left after harvest that is stored by the farmer in a silo, left all winter to ferment and to feed the cows when there’s nothing green to eat? That stuff. Fermented half-rotten cornstalks in a barn warmed by 30 head of cattle and their various bodily excretions and fulmigations.
Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, mind you. Kinda.
One of my favorite teas I got in my pu-erh sampler that I got from Adagio Teas. It is a very rich and deep nutty flavor, and the smell reflects the actual taste very very well unlike some other teas. As I have said, the nutty hazelberry flavor is very rich but it is more of a dulled (the good kind) taste, it is not a sharp flavor whatsoever which makes this is a very laid back cup of tea.
There is no astringency to speak of even if you steep it for a long time, which makes this a very good evening tea and a cuddle from your cat as you watch your favorite show or draw – whatever you do in your free time.
Off topic, but this new steepster update is just fantastic by the way.
First impression: This tea isn’t bad, but it’s not overly great either. A good tea for when I just want a cup of tea and am unsure if I want spices or something more defined.
Later impressions: This is somewhat bland. It’s a green tea with candied pomegranate or raspberry enhanced pomegranate flavoring and aftertaste.
Bottom line: It’s a decent enough cup. I’m glad to have the sample, but don’t plan on purchasing in the future.
Thank you moraiwe, I’ve been curious as to what gunpowder would taste like. Now I have my newbie personal answer: Toasty and Grassy, I’m a little surprised how much I like it. I know I have liked plain green teas and would describe them as grassy but anytime I read it in a tasting note, I think “ahh, no thanks” especially to the words spinach, green bean, and asparagus. Maybe over time I will learn to get excited over reading those words.
Not sure how often I will reach for it because I’m having so much fun trying flavored teas but I’m more likely choose this over a regular green when the mood strikes. Maybe I will try adding this to another tea, I like the idea I’ve read of adding it to peppermint.
Steeped this up this morning and it tasted like disappointment. I realized that this tea really needs additives to be truly tasty, so I’m knocking it down a few pegs.
(I’m sorry tea…you’re still super yummy with soy milk and extra chocolate.)
This tea brewed up surprisingly pink . . . like almost clear with one little curl of pink right in the centre of the cup. Very odd.
But mmmmmm I really enjoy this! It was a very mellow cuppa, with bits of sweetness and just a hint of something tart. The green didn’t get bitter and wasn’t overpowering. Don’t know if I’d restock, but I’ll definitely be drinking more.