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I went at this with a much lower steep temperature, hoping to leave out some of the smoky/roastiness that I don’t particularly care for from the gunpowder.
short story, it was a success, though it nixed some of the citrus flavor from the Citron Green as well. The berry flavors dominated the cup, and there was still kind of the brothy fuller mouthfeel I associate with gunpowder, but no smoke flavor. While I still don’t think I’d purchase myself this blend, I’d drink it again at these parameters.
This was a ghetto prep – microwaved water and a metal strainer, steeped in my contigo traveling mug for 3 minutes while I got ready for work.
I found this to be surprisingly pleasant, mild, and every time I took a sip surprised once again how pleasant this was. Very smooth, dark, and gently cocoa-y.
So this was the last of this tea. It’s a bit of a bummer because there aren’t too many tart herbals I even remotely enjoy, and I don’t actually know how to re-obtain this one. I might have to send an inquiry Adagio’s way.
For now, I’ll just have to get my GoT kicks from talking about the books with Fiance, (He finally finished them a bit ago. I love fan theories and desperately needed someone to talk to.), waiting for Season 4 (hurry up, please), and possibly ordering some fandom blends.
I would totally buy this. Please let me buy this. I never say this about hibiscus blends!
I really like this cold steeped for 8-16 hours with 1/2 tsp rock sugar for my 16 oz thermos. There is so much hibiscus in the blend that just poofs and leaves the fruit flavors when it’s steeped this way. I get both the orange and apple flavors, and the hibiscus adds an element of tart, but there’s no coppery aftertaste or anything that makes me immediately go ‘Hibiscus! Boo Hiss.’ It reminds me a lot of unsweetened fruit juice (if the fruit had hardly any natural sugars).
Is it bad to give my own blend a 100? Oh well. I think this deserves it. There isn’t too much for me to say about this tea. I made this blend on a whim one day when I wanted to use up some of my favorite herbal blend.
I brew this at 212 for 3 minutes with 3 tsp per 16 oz. This tea comes out delicate and refreshing. The flavors mix well in this and make for a great “studytime” tea. I adore this and plan on buying some more once Adagio answers my email about buying a single tin from their site (they only sell their tins in 3 packs and I really only want one tin because I have no use for three…)
p.s. I’ve been gone for a while! It is great to be back :) This is all I’ve really been drinking besides the Tardis blend for the last week or so.
I kept the parameters on this one the same but used a different steeper today. It definitely (and unexpectedly) tasted more balanced and the ginger was less overwhelming. A bit creamier too. I’m not sure if it was just the spoonful I happened to get or the steeper, but I’m upping the score a couple points because I appreciated it a little more.
First impressions: there’s some seriously potent gingerness to this blend!
There’s also a pleasant maltiness present, which overpowers the slight metallic feeling I find present in Adagio’s black base from time to time. The gunpowder lends a bit of smoke, and the cream offers more mouthfeel creaminess than anything. It’s a heavy, savory feeling cup that reminds me of a meal. This isn’t something I’d have picked up on my own, and I probably won’t pick it up again, but I’m glad I had a chance to sample it. (From the 12 Days swap, Day 9)
My own tea so not rating. Still have quite a bit of it so I made some for my first day back at work.
Unfortunately I got so occupied by emails it’s cold by the time I got around to drinking it, but that’s okay, it’s still good.
Like Tea Sipper said, there aren’t many candy cane parts that I can see, unless they dissolved with age or something. This tea, like most of my original teas, is almost a year old. It hasn’t seemed to have lost it’s tastiness though, it’s just a bit milder than it was.
Day #9 of the 12 days of Christmas. Thank you Khaleesical-very cleaver how you tied it in! Can I just say how excited I was to read that this is from the “Tales and Tea Leaves” Lord of the Rings fandom blends. I have an Arwyn in my house, so if you are on the same wave I need not say more! This is my first Adagio experience. I will say I enjoyed it. The black tea blend was all that I tasted and it was nice.
9th tea of Christmas! Not too many left…could I finish them today? Maybe. I need to get to cleaning more again. Oh dishes. Dishes need to be done but I need a new package of sponges. Sigh.
So I was worried about this because of the oversteeping comment too, I already have an awful time with Adagio black teas so the gunpowder in here along with that had me a bit more concerned than usual, but it worked! I think I steeped it at 190 too just in case.
I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. It was pretty hearty, with just a little smoke and a good bit of spice. Nothing too strong and overpowering, it all worked really well together.
This is definitely not a tea I would ever have found on my own, so that’s awesome. Not that I might drink it again after I finish what I have from the swap, but it’s nice to know that some people out there can do such an amazing job making up blends on Adagio’s site.
This is the tea for day #9 of the 12 days of Christmas. Thank you Khaleesical!
I will be honest, I was a bit scared of this one and I can’t even give you a valid reason why. Maybe the warning about not over steeping, maybe my last encounter with Irish breakfast tea, whatever it was I am glad I got over it because this is a pretty enjoyable cup of tea!
From the dry leaf I get the spicy fruity/ginger smell. The tea steeped has a nice balance of malty, ginger and cream. I was expecting this tea to be a bit astringent, but I am not getting much of that. This was a great tea for my morning cup. This is again another tea that I would have never picked to try on my own that I am really liking from the swap!
I thought this tea was fantastic for the first few cups. However, after a while I started to taste a weird flavor in the background which I don’t care for. This blend is amazingly caramel-y and sweet. It has a slight burnt-sugary taste as well. I think the ‘burnt’ part might be the part I dislike.
Oh Steepster, are you having hiccups again? Boo. Thus my reasoning behind why I’m struggling to say who exactly sent this tea via the 12 Days of Christmas swap – however someone did. Even drew The Doctor with a bowtie on the baggie! So awesome.
The person who shared this also shared that this tea gets bitter quick, and boy were they right. I steeped at a lower temperature and for less time, and yet I still get astringency right off the bat. As per usual, some sweetener helps to tone it down a bit, however my mouth is still dry and puckering. I get a touch of caramel in there, definitely the cream from the coconut, and little else other than – dry base. :(