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This tea gives me… mixed feelings. On the one hand it’s a huge bag of dust (like honestly, tea bag fanning level dust), on the other hand I enjoy it wayyyy more than Adagio’s white blueberry. It’s sweet and a really nice blend of rose and fruity notes. I save this for when I don’t mind having a cup that tastes slightly artificial. Would probably be grand iced.
I’m trying desperately hard to sample through the still quite large pile of teas I selected out of this TTB by the end of the week for two reasons (1) I go home to Oz very shortly to visit family (my first trip home in 3 years!!) and (2) I’ve had the TTB almost two weeks now and it’s really time to pass it along!!
This is one I wasn’t really sure I would like all that much, it smells super gingery in the packet but I wanted to give it a try because generally I’m a ginger fan (in small doses) and I’m really glad I decided to steep it up because the scent was a ‘red herring’ and the tea actually had the perfect balance of ginger and fruit for my taste buds! Brewed it tastes like fruity ginger beer which is alright by me! I’ll be adding this to my next Adagio order!
The art for this seems to suggest that Accidental Awesome is kind of like…walking off a cliff? Fortunately, the actual tea doesn’t offer that kind of experience. The blend consists of black tea and lots of mint leaf. Lots and lots of mint leaf. It has a pleasant, chocolate-and-mint aroma. Brewed up, it initially tastes like peppermint candies or maybe candy canes—this would be great right around Christmas time. The chocolate flavor comes out to play a bit later, and is mild and sweet. The tea base is smooth and light, with a little raisiny sweetness of its own. It makes for a nice dessert tea overall, and all the flavors are present in just the right amounts.
With all the mint teas I’ve tried over the past few months, I feel like I’ve gotten a quick education in mint and finally learned to appreciate it. Thanks beelicious for the sample!
My first pu erh! Fortunately, I like the taste. Unfortunately, I currently have no other pu erhs to compare it to. I had been interested in trying one for a while due to their benefits for digestive health – and my recent trip to Adagio seemed like as good a time as any to finally buy one. The aroma of the dry leaves is yummy hazelnut and strawberry, which convinced me to try a brewed sample of this tea in the store. That time, I tasted both hazelnut and strawberry, with an underlying fermented (but not unpleasant) taste that I’m guessing was from the pu erh base.
Fast forward to drinking it for the first time at home. I’m slacking and still haven’t purchased a proper kettle, so I brew hot water straight from my Keurig machine. Unfortunately, it doesn’t heat water all the way to boiling, so I think that may have affected the taste of this tea. I was able to get a faint hazelnut flavor still, but I only got strawberry in the aroma and not the taste. Oh well, no matter! I’m still glad I bought this tea and look forward to getting it to taste better next time.
Flavors: Hazelnut, Strawberry
This is a really interesting tea. It tastes exactly like it sounds like it would – Oolong with a light and very natural flavor of grapefruit. It’s not one I reached for particularly often, but I appreciated it every time I drank it. It’s a nice change of pace. I’ll be picking up more next time I order from Adagio.
Flavors: Grapefruit, Tea
I love vanilla black tea so I had to try this one. the vanilla smell on the dry leaves is quite nice but honestly I’m not enjoying the flavor as much as I thought I would. Somehow vanilla just seems to go better with black tea in my opinion anyways. It is light and I can barely taste the green tea but it’s definitely there
A very nice honey bush with a nutty taste. In all, a smooth tasty tea. I have about an ounce which I am glad for because I think I’ll enjoy this a lot. I often need a good caf. free alternative to my favorite flavored blacks.
Adagio is only about 20 miles a way so there is some chance of getting there some time for a refill.
Just visited Adagio for the first time two days ago. After the awesome staff informed me of the health benefits of hibiscus teas, I chose this tea with hibiscus and blood orange as one of my four teas. I didn’t sample it in the store first, which made me nervous – I heard hibiscus can come off as tart and sour and I wasn’t sure if adding citrus would push it over the edge. But it smelled so goooood!!!
So far, I’m happy with it – after steeping for about 8 min, I can really taste the blood orange and the hibiscus comes through also. The flavor is tart, but not excessively so, and I added a bit of sugar (I add sugar to about 90% of the teas that I drink) Also, it’s a beautiful scarlet color.
Flavors: Blood orange, Hibiscus
At first I wasn’t impressed with this tea. It gave me heartburn and I found the taste to be kind of bitter and not very exciting. I rebrewed it yesterday “grandpa style” in a pot and it was much better than before. I used about 6 balls with ~1000mL of water over an hour. The tea is very dark and heavy, but had more of an earthy flavor and less bitterness. It also tasted more like the unsweetened cocoa flavor often associated with this type of tea. I am still on the fence about whether I would buy it again but I think it could be an excellent morning tea. I am going to give it another try and see if I can perfect steeping times and quantity of water to avoid bitterness.
For a cup I wasn’t expecting much out of, this one surprised me.
Dry it smells so strongly of chocolate and orange, I’d almost believe I’d just opened a box of it. Once steeped, the flavor is dominantly orange. The chocolate flavor isn’t really present, but the puerh base has an earthy, dark, astringent note that reminds me of unsweetened cocoa or really high cocoa content dark chocolate.
So, while I’m not blown away, it satisfies a craving for this flavor combination, but it’s not a frequent craving I get and can’t see reaching for it otherwise.
So, I got a pound of this tea for a birthday present by someone who isn’t particularly into tea, so major kudos to him. First thing I do with new tea is look up what people have said on here, and funny enough, what people didn’t like about this tea is what I love! Yes, this tea is VERY heavily bergamot, both in taste and smell, and so if you don’t like bergamot, I would not recommend this tea. But! If you’re like me and you love absolutely anything bergamot (most amazing candy I ever had was bergamot salt water taffy), this tea would be perfect for you. Also, I totally agree with the other poster who said it reminded them of Froot Loops. It really does.
For this steep time, I think it could’ve gone a bit longer without becoming bitter but adding more flavor.
We are having icy weather here in DFW, so I am working from home today, anticipating lots of tea drinking. I decided to give this a try – I got a few flavored samples from Adagio on my last order. I have been working through the caramel sample, but decided to go with this instead.
I want to like this, and it’s not bad, but it’s just not speaking to me. The flavor masks the base tea too much. I don’t know if that means it’s a weak base, or there’s just too much flavoring. Hrmph.
Great idea in theory!
It brews tea well— My only objection is that it’s hard to clean. Some tea gets trapped in the chamber between the pot and the strainer part on the bottom, and the only way to flush it out is to push down on the bottom while running the faucet into the pot. Leaves cling to the plastic inside of the pot in the bottom crevices near the strainer and are not easy to get out, either.
The lid also pops off easily but then doesn’t snap back on nicely.
All in all, it’s good for when you’re in a rush, but not so good once you get around to cleaning it out.