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That’s it! No more honeybush til I get a better infuser! It’s insane just how much of this I ended up chewing….it’s a good thing it tasted good. I think I would rather blend this with something than to drink it straight, but I was very pleasantly surprised with its flavor. It would pair wonderfully with chocolate flavors. I’m going to try making a cup of this mixed with a bit of the Cream sample that I also got from Adagio. This also makes me want to try their black tea version of hazelnut. It’s certainly nice to have a cup of this sitting nearby just to smell it!
This sample came to me from Lariel forever and ever ago. Thank you!
This is a nice herbal, but I can’t say that there’s much in the way of orange flavor. Strangely enough, the rooibos isn’t over strong either. There’s just a sort of generic sweetness throughout the cup. It’s not bad, but I don’t get “orange” from it. It could be due to age as the sample is almost a year old. Regardless, I was happy to try it, and I had no trouble finding the bottom of my cup!
September Sipdowns: 5
I was half awake while making my tea this morning and just randomly was digging through my samples. When I got to work and opened my thermos I was like ‘whoaaa, what’s this? CHOCOLATE!!!’ But it’s not Valentines?
This tea is indeed to my senses very chocolate and malt. It reminds me of Whoppers… without all the sugar. =D. It did Ok grandpa brewing. It is a heavier tea than I usually prefer for an all day steeper, but it didn’t do too bad.
Also, when I say grandpa brewing, for me that also means vacuum thermos and 195*F water and a few ice cubes, just to cool it enough to drinkable temperature in the initial brewing. Then I cap it and keep adding more water through the day when it drops to about 3/4 empty. The first ‘steep’ from when I add water to when I get to taste it is usually 1-2 hrs.
Adagio’s samples are crazy man. They just go on and on….
This one was very nicely grapefruit. Not to sweet, not too tart, not too bitter. The grapefruit scent was very juicy. The black base didn’t however pick up much on the fruityness of the flavoring. I smelt it and was salivating… and my taste buds were like…. huh? The black base at least was fairly smooth and mild, which isn’t too bad, all things considering. It did fine on a 2nd steep too. The flavor is very light on the 3rd steep though, I stopped trying after that.
Honestly I lovee grapefruit. At one point when my Dad first discovered he had diabetes all of our citrus fruit was suddenly grapefruit. And we’d have it at least twice a day. And we eat it down to the rind. You get used to that sweet/tart/bitter combination. Between the types though, I’ll always go pomelo, ruby red, white.
Thanks Allie for sending this one to me in a swap.
It was a nice Jasmine Silver Needle. I think it definitely sits right along with the Teavana Jasmine Silver Needle. This one is a bit less perfumey than the Teavana one, which is nice. This one is also now a Sipdown! Woot!
I am making slow headway on my sipping down of my tea cupboard. And now that I’m on an actual tea buying ban, I should be able to actually make some space. Instead of making space and immediately filling it back up with new tea. Though my Just Organic Tea order from the Kickstarter should be arriving relatively soon… and there’s so much tea in that order. XD
I was in desperate need of an afternoon pick-me-up (so tiiiiiired!), so I put the last of this sample into my infuser and settled in for a nice tea break. I added sugar and cream to my cup and ended up with a very whipped creamy tea. It was such a treat and just what I needed to help me get through the end of my work day, the kids’ homework, and all of the back to school forms that keep trickling in each day. Oy.
Thanks again for this one, Blodeuyn. It’s great.
September Sipdowns: 14
This tea came to me via the lovely Blodeuyn. Thank you!
I’ve been curious about this tea for a while because it is in soooo many fan blends. I was also wondering exactly how Adagio would interpret cream as a flavor. Turns out with about a teaspoon of sugar this tea taste a lot like whipped cream. The base tea was smooth which added to the cream feel. I have to admit that I sipped my way to the bottom of my cup fairly quickly. This is a fun and easy to enjoy tea. I can see myself picking up more of it in the future.
This is less of a review than an update of my personal journey into pu-erh land. I know there are folks in Steepster who have been encouraging this journey, so this note is for them. For those expecting a review, I apologize.
I am still trying to understand my reaction to this tea. It is not at all what I usually like in a tea: it has a tinge of bitterness, a flavor that is earthy and not terribly complex, but slightly sweet. The main positive characteristic is a really great feel in my mouth; kind of like umami. And yet, when I drink it I feel really satisfied. It is also VERY conducive to relaxation, which is something I find very hard to do (serious type-A, with the high blood pressure to prove it).
I recall a discussion about drinking pu-erh for non-taste reasons. Perhaps this is it?
Thank you TeaTiff for swapping some teas! I always love to try the Adagio flavors… they are usually spot on. This one is no different! At first, the flavor is like I’m chewing actual raw almonds, the nuttiness that they have. Then at the back of the sip the flavor shifts to a marzipan. So it’s almost like I’m drinking a tea with two types of almond! No actual almonds are in my sample that I can see. I guess Adagio wanted to be double accurate with the flavors this time. The black tea itself is never too terrible, this time it seems a little cardboardy, unless that is the almond itself but I’m not going to complain when I usually love the flavors. I’ve had better almond/marzipan teas though.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min
Mmm, this is unexpectedly the perfect tea for the changing of the seasons. The very first hints of fall are showing here, making me excited for heavy, smoky, and spicy winter teas. But not yet! It’s still in the eighties during the day, and the sun isn’t all the way down until nine.
Anyway! The tea itself is beautiful. Slender, green leaves mixed with bright red peppercorns, white coconut shavings, tan pineapple pieces, yellow lemongrass, brown cloves and cinnamon. The aroma is strong, spicy, and promising. It reminds me a lot of Adagio’s Thai Chai, which is one of my favorites.
This tea brews up to a very light tan, and when the milk is added, it almost goes completely white. Very interesting… I wonder how it would look with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top! Flavorwise, the cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon are in the forefront. There’s really too much going on in this to taste the white tea (at least, in the way that I prepared it). The lemongrass is very present as well, but I can hardly tell there’s any pineapple. Can’t taste that much at all, but it’s there. Same with the coconut. It’s in the very background, but present. Anyway, this is pretty crazy, and I like it a lot. I might have to reorder once it really starts getting cold.
Full disclosure: I didn’t look at the steeping instructions on this. I winged it, for once.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Fruity, Ginger, Lemongrass
brown sugar, mocha, coffee!
real emphasis on mocha.
this was amazing!!!!!!
i get the sweet caramel for sure but i can’t stop thinking of a mochaccino!!
coffee/mocha/caramel are really pleasing to my taste buds and i was not expecting all that to come from this tea! what a pleasant surprise.
smells like mocha coffee syrup. and the best part….you can also taste it! the ‘caramel’ flavor translates to the tea very nicely, and of course i had to add brown sugar & soy milk. what a heavenly cookie. mercy!
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Coffee, Mocha