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This strong tea brews up a bit too heavy for my tastes – I’m not sure if I overleafed or what, but it was far too thick and powerful for my palate. If I decide to have another go at brewing it I’ll definitely try cutting the leaves down by half.
So it’s an interesting tea, but not for me…
I brought this tin to work a while ago, but only opened it today. It’s not one that really screamed at me to be tried, it would seem. I’m trying to be good, though, and to drink my older teas up first, so its day finally came.
According to the tin, the ingredients are chamomile, peppermint, hibiscus, lavender and rose petals, on a blackberry leaf base. The dry leaf itself is light and fluffy, so I used 1.5 tsp when making my cup. I gave it about 4 minutes in boiling water.
The resulting liquor is medium yellow, and smells strongly of lavender. Heavily floral teas aren’t usually my thing, so it’s with trepidation that I approach this one. While brewing, the scent was more generically “herbal” by which I mean, I think, that it smelt of chamomile, mint, and vaguely “green”, like fresh hedgerow. I was actually expecting a much darker, reddish-pink, liquor given that there’s hibiscus in here. On second glance, there’s so little of it that it probably isn’t able to make much of an impression. For once, I’m a little disappointed. A touch of hibiscus might have brought this one over from being too overwhelmingly floral. But still, it is what it is.
To taste, the main flavour is lavender. It’s almost equally matched by the chamomile, though, so my overall impression is reasonably positive. I get along quite well with chamomile, and I do find it helps to calm me in moments of stress. It’s probably a good thing this one’s at work with me! I can’t taste peppermint, hibiscus or rose at all, and if it weren’t for the tin I don’t think I’d know they were even there.
This isn’t ever going to be a favourite tea. It is strongly floral, and after a few sips it becomes a little too much for me. Perhaps less leaf next time, or a shorter brew time. I’ll probably finish the tin, but it’s not one I’d look to replace. There are herbals I like a lot more than this one!
Different suppliers corner the market on different signature teas/blends. This is one of Adagio’s gems. Sagittarius is, in three words, raspberry earl grey. It is a very distinctive and very appealing flavor combination that works out better than many generic fruit blacks, and has become a favorite in my family. It’s almost a shame that, as part of a larger blend set, it’s likely to need to live or die by the rest of the Zodiac series, but for now, at least, the Zodiac blends seem to still be in favor and Sagittarius is readily available.
Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Raspberry
This is one of my favorite chai blends! Which is surprising, because it has two tart flavors in it: grapefruit and hibiscus. Normally, I recoil from hibiscus like a vampire from sunlight, and I’m picky about tartness in general (I like citrus, for example, but not certain berries). But in this tea, it’s delicious! Not sour or hard to drink at all, just bright and a little lip-puckering, the way a tart blend should be. It might be because the hibiscus here is a flavored black tea, so the strength of the tea helps to balance out the tartness. But I also think the Rooibos Vanilla Chai was a good choice here. The vanilla adds a creamy note that sweetens the whole blend, and helps to bring out the spices.
I do have to remember to shake the bag before I use it, or I miss all the rooibos bits that have settled at the bottom. Also, like most chai blends, I need to use a lot of tea per cup to taste all the flavors (at least 2 teaspoons per 8 oz, in my experience). I actually forgot to use enough tea this time, so my cup is weaker than I’d like. Still yummy, though!
I’m a little shy about rating teas, but I’m going to go ahead and do it here, because this blend deserves a good score. Definitely my favorite MLP-inspired tea by Natasha N, and one of my favorite custom blends at Adagio Teas in general. (And I’m almost out of it, sadly, so I’m planning to restock soon!) By the way, the three teas used in this custom blend are Hibiscus, Grapefruit Oolong, and Rooibos Vanilla Chai.
Been having quite a bit of this at the office this week – it’s really nice for winding down in the afternoons, with its light, moreish sweetness, and a flavour redolent of steamed greens, chestnut and soft brown rice, and a touch of maybe apricot. Oh, you cozy marvel, you beauty, you jewel among teas. With your help, I think I can muddle through this very daunting but oh so fun job. Wicked!
Oh, this is beautiful. It’s got a wonderful smoothness, with a dry aroma of sweet and nutty grass, that gives way slightly to a brewed fragrance reminiscent of steamed vegetables and freshly-mown lawn. This probably doesn’t sound as delicious as it is. It’s got a lovely gentle sweetness and has a smooth, very soft mouthfeel. A quintessentially green tea in the best possible way, really.
I have like a million things to be stressed about at the moment (like the way that my banking app seems to be really rubbish with actually showing me how much money I have in real time, so I keep getting unpleasantly surprised by how poor I am, GREAT) so it’s really nice to have something mellow and nice to make me feel all warm and happy in the evening.
OH GOD NO ANYTHING BUT KANDYMAN IT IS THE STUFF OF NIGHTMARES and I’m almost sorry that it’s actually cracking good stuff, for reals. I mean, the tea’s a visual cacophony of myriad bits and sprinkles, but it smells gorgeous, all sweetness and berry candy, with a splash of watermelon to finish. Once it starts to brew, the aroma turns sour, like, mouth-puckeringly tart and tangy sour sweeets, with a liberal dose of sweet-tart lemonheads thrown in for good measure. And it’s definitely tart when it’s brewed up too, but with waves of juicy fruit flavour and a little sweetness. Add sugar and it tastes like melon berry skittles and still smells like lemonheads. And it’s definitely safer than the fondant surprise. And sprinkles.
Seriously, I had panic nightmares at least once after Miwk commissioned me to paint the Kandyman because he scares the living crap out of me. But I persevered in the name of, like, a paid illustration job for publishers I love doing Doctor Who.
In other news, I’m wearing an elastic sort of awkwardly looped on my finger as a placeholder because HE SAID YES, GUYS. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
One of my everyday blends. This is a basic black tea with notes of hazelnut and vanilla. The flavors come through in the aroma more than they do in the taste. Still, it’s a strong tea with a coffee-like profile. The vanilla softens some of the astringency, but it remains fairly bitter on its own. (I wouldn’t recommend it to people like my sister, who avoids black teas in favor of naturally sweeter ones.) I imagine this tea would go well with milk or sweetener, though I haven’t tried that yet. It works well as a dessert tea (especially when paired with chocolate or pastries). Today’s steeping was a bit weak, but it worked fine for the caffeine boost I wanted.
I really like this! It smells wonderful and tastes nice and rich! This one is definitely going to get mixed with other stuff quite often. I love that it is caffeine free so that I can mix it with other flavors for a dessert tea at night just as easily as adding it for flavor in the morning.
I’m glad that I took enough of this tea to try it iced as well as hot, because cold it’s miles away a better drink. I did it up the lazy way where I brewed a cup, sweetened it with a spoonful of local honey and let it cool in the fridge. It literally tastes like fresh strawberries were juiced into my glass. I’m not sure whether it was the temperature or the honey that tamed the hibiscus but thankfully it’s barely an afterthought. So tasty and thirst-quenching. I’ll have to buy more now that Adagio has (finally!) lowered their international shipping rates.
Another one from the Great Canadian Traveling Teabox. I just wanted something with no caffeine to try before I went to bed (6 am work, yay) and and just from looking at the tea I didn’t think there was any hibiscus in it. The red flush of colour after adding the water proved me wrong. However it isn’t as bad as I feared though, as the flavour is distinctly strawberry, though a rather sour strawberry. I bet this would be so much better iced, so I’m not going to rate this tea until I can give that a try.
I was confused why there were two listings for Scorpio on Steepster, one labeled 2012. It seems the description for this one includes the black tea, where the other was just rooibos. I have the newer version with the black tea.
It looks like I’ve been drinking just Adagio all day long, but I haven’t! I had some Lupicia with me on my walk! But when I got home and was looking through my cupboard I guess this one drew me in. And why not? The tin is beautiful! The Scorpio page on the Adagio website confuses me though, it definitely used to come with options for bag or tin, and not there’s just one option… and the option for the Sampler. So I don’t know anymore! If they sent you the bag, wouldn’t you be mad? Because the picture shows a tin! If they only send in tins now… well, I paid more than that!
I remember not likign this the first few times I had it, its been in my cupboard for awhile. Mainly because of the rooibos, which I dislike. BUt I know better now how to brew rooibos, and can tolerate it better (but still avoid it like the plague).
Alas this one just tastes like a good black tea to me, on the chocolate side, of the spectrum, but I’ve had some straight blacks that have accomplished that as well. Maybe because my tin is over six months old? I have to have it HOT though, or the rooibos flavor will become more present. I don’t get the mango in this, but I suppose the vanilla addition is why it’s so smooth. I like that this tea isn’t too heavy for a black, but I don’t know whether to attribute that to the black, the rooibos, or maybe to the vanilla.
I’m just going to drink all the comfort tea until everything’s okay, and this is one of the most comforting tastes I know. And also, it’s Doctor Who night. Comforting times.
I just can’t eyebrows like Capaldi, but MAN Twelve tastes like love. The scent comes on strong, with a bold bang of rose, backed by dark chocolate. This carries into the brew, the rose sharpened and brightened with a touch of sweet-tart lemongrass, then rounded by the creaminess of the chocolate. Milk and sugar bring out its hidden cuddly side and bind it all together into something incredibly comforting. It’s at once sophisticated and silly, dark and complicated and perhaps an acquired taste, but oh so worth getting to know. This is making me feel better.
Upon hearing me talk about how much I like pu erhs, my boss recently gave me a handful of her flavored pu erh teas from Adagio. Among such selections as Pu Erh Chorange (which I really like) and Pu Erh Spice was this little gem, Pu Erh Tahiti. Which is apparently a pu erh with tropical fruit flavors.
Uh huh, this tea is every bit as weird as it sounds. When I smelled the bag, I thought, “Well, maybe it’ll taste better in liquid form.” Aaaaaand it doesn’t. I don’t know how to describe it. Let’s just say that earthy/fishy and mango/pineapple/citrus/tropical do not go well together – the final result is somewhere between burnt rubber and something going bad. It’s even worse when it cools. (…Which I accidentally let it do. Whoops.) I’ll try to finish the cup, but I make no guarantees.
Actually, this is part of what I love about talking tea. I love telling stories about the weird-ass, disgusting teas almost as much as I love spouting poetry about the really good ones. Another weird-ass tea tasting for the win!
(Side note: speaking of coworkers and weird teas, I offered to let one of our part-timers – who is not a tea drinker at all – try one of my favorite shus recently, just for the experience of having a tea that I kept describing as tasting like dirt. He was like, “This does taste like dirt. … It’s really good. Like, I would drink a whole pot of this!” I have created a new convert! SCORE!)