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This will be my second crack at this tea. I think that the smell has toned down a little. I’m actually surprised because all other online reviews of this tea are seemingly positive; most giving it 5/5 or 4/5 stars. I guess I must be in the minority of people who find the smell of this overtly perfume-esque.
I followed slightly different brewing parameters this time: 5min at 180F. This time the coconut is much more apparent. I still am craving more from the chai in this. When I read this and Peeta and both had chai, I thought it meant CHAI!!! But alas, I would need much more spice to satisfy my unique cravings.
ahhh. I must admit that trying it this time was much better than my first go! The coconut is much more pronounced in the flavor when compared to the overall smell of the product. There is some other fruit in this as well; along with some floral notes. I am only really disappointed by the fact that I was expecting more spice and maybe I will have to add that myself via some lemongrass.
This is such a strong smelling tea! Opening the bag I got a huge whiff of sweetness! It smells like strawberries and chocolate with cream… just like the teas used! It’s so sweet-smelling I feel like I’m getting a toothache just from smelling it. I can see how this is an effie tea.
The tea smells just as sweet as it did in the bag. It’s a very overpowering smell, and I hope the tea is more mellow. It’s a light color, amber-ish. Any lighter and it would look pink and would definitely remind me of effie!
The taste is sweet, but not as overwhelming as its smell. I taste the cream and the almonds, and the hint of rose. This tea needs no sweetener, it’s already sweet enough. It’s not a taste i’m used to, since for the past 4 months I’ve been drinking pure oolongs and white teas… but the cream and chocolate flavors gives it body. I like this, but I’m wondering if maybe I understeeped it… or put too much water in for the amount I used. It feels like it’s missing something, but I’m not sure what.
This was another part of my haul recently. I got this primarily because it just sounded nice! This tea was surprising because initial reviews I’ve read penned it as being much more in your face than what I got.
For me this tea was a lot more subtle than people suggested. The vanilla was the strongest in this blend for me. The tea reminds me of oatmeal cookies, light ones! Although the tea is pleasant and overall tastes pretty good; I have had better. I think that the other elements (besides the vanilla) should have a higher quantity in this blend in order to really stand out. I think this would be a nice “sharing” tea for my friends who don’t normally drink tea.
In love with this tea. It smells wonderful, before and after brewing, the touch of cinnamon is lovely, and, to quote my mom, it tastes like a muffin! One of the most comforting teas I’ve ever had. Tastes a bit funny with milk, but that could be just the ingredients. I like it with just a touch of honey, personally!
Perfect tea is perfect. This is everything I have ever wanted in a tea. It’s flavorful but not overpowering, the flavors mix together perfectly (especially when enhanced with cream and sugar), and it smells like a bakery. So tasty, my goodness. I just love it. If I had to choose one tea to drink for the rest of my life, this would be it, to be honest.
This is the manliest tea of all time. I brewed it way too long this time so I’ll halve the time next time, but with cream and sugar it’s still quite nice. Plain I felt like it was going to make me grow a beard, it was so manly! This tea makes me think of being out all day in the pouring rain, getting soaked to the bone, and then getting back to your log cabin, changing into soft, dry clothes and having a warm, strong cuppa to wake you up and warm you up. Incredibly comforting. Love love love.
In the bag I can tell that this tea is predominantly the mocha nut mate, which I actually really enjoy. The brewed tea smells far more like cinnamon than it did in the bag.
This tea is very tasty! I love the mocha nut and it is dominate in this blend. It tastes very roasted and nutty. The cinnamon is there, but it is kind of faint. I’d like more of that to stand out so I’ll continue to play with the temp/time on this.
This was part of my rather large Adagio haul! I was actually looking forward to this one but I may be disappointed. When I opened the bag I got a very perfume laden smell that actually reminds me of a local art store. The tea itself is beautiful, very large leaves that exhibit a number of light brown to dark green colors.
I am not sure I can rate this at this time. This tea is very sweet and far less perfume-like after steeping. There is a light background of white tea. There is a very pleasant background of coconut flavor in this with a distinct mouthfeel. So far I’m on the fence with this one.
Made another cup of this yesterday. I still couldn’t get the bitter taste out, but it was better. I decided to look up the Earl Grey Bravo that is the main part of this tea. Turns out, it’s not the cornflowers! Apparently a lot of people have been having trouble with the same problem, and it’s actually the bergamot. So, note to self, do not buy Earl Greys from Adagio. Luckily, this tea is still really good with milk and sweetener. I still have plenty of this left, though. So if anyone is interested in trying some, let me know!
My first cup, and I can’t find the steeping time for it. I went with 3 minutes, which seems to be okay. No bitterness really. I don’t know what i am supposed to be looking for with this tea as I am not an Irish or English breakfast drinker. I do know that it has a nice black tea backdrop, with a subtle creamy flavor and only the slightest touch of vanilla. I do wish i could taste more vanilla and more of the Irish breakfast notes, but I am enjoying it nonetheless.
I have to say that this tea really lasts in comparison to other flavored teas. I am on my 3rd steep of this today and I think I could pull a 4th.
My husband really surprised me with this one. He doesn’t like eating nuts, but he LOVES this blend. It is not what I would have expected at all! Out of the 4 teas I recently received this is his favorite; one that he actually asks me to brew! He doesn’t do that very often, so this is a great tea for him.
I must admit that this tea tastes much better today than my first crack at it. I have a sneaking suspicion that tea is yet another food item that when shipped to my state, needs to “relax” before the flavors are right. I brewed this at a much lower temp. for a much shorter time and the hazelnut flavor came out in a much greater way. Before this was more leathery-pu’erh tasting. Now it is more grounded with the hazelnut.
I think I have issues with cornflower petals. Any time I make a tea with them, it has a bitter, astringent taste. Everyone talks about tea made with them being so creamy. I’ve tried this tea at 2, 3 and 4 minutes and still get that flavor. Am I missing something? Do you have to add sweetener and milk for the creaminess to come out? That doesn’t seem right. And when I do, I don’t get any of the caramel or hazelnut taste. I really want to like this tea. Help!
Yet another fan-based tea blend, this time it’s Dr. Who! I just started watching Dr. Who and now I can’t stop! I love the smell of this tea. It is straight up berries. I know there is some earl grey in there, but it is more of a whisper than a real player. This makes me extremely happy as I am not a huge fan of Earl Grey teas. This also has a slight tart note that makes it memorable.
When I first tasted it I looked at my husband and said “it tastes blue!” I think that it tastes very similar to blueberry muffins or blueberry bagels. I’m glad that this is a black tea blend because I think that it goes better as a base instead of a lighter one. I think that this one is going to be a great blend for school days. I will have to try this cold because I think the berry would really stand out.
Great blend and as always, very cute art!
I have to admit that I am a huge Tumblr and Sherlock fan. I’ve been wanting to try some of these blends for a very long time. This was the only Sherlock specific tea I ordered at the moment; but I do plan on more in the future. I have to say the first thing that I thought when I opened this was “mmm manly!”
This first cup will be without milk/sugar as I usually take my tea. This brews up far darker than I would have at first expected. The first sip of this was very interesting! The nut aspects are totally there. It has a certain smokey-ness to it that was pretty enjoyable. I think that this is a pretty nice blend. I think something about it screams “wake up blend.” I think that this tea is much more strong than ones I normally choose for myself, but nevertheless it is excellent. I think that this is a perfect “character tea.”
I must admit that these Adagio teas are very excellent for the price/amount. I am very pleased with the quality of flavor I’m getting from these. I’m going to be trying this tea with milk/sugar tomorrow just for reference.
This tea is my personal blend, it’s a mixture of Adagio’s Valentines, Cream and a dash of Cinnamon. It’s a VERY rich and indulgent blend, and definitely not to be an iced tea. Chocolate notes usually don’t translate well to ice. Very much a dessert tea.
This tea feels like being wrapped in your favourite snuggly jumper by a fire. It wraps you up and tucks you into the corner of the sofa and kisses the top of your head. It’s so incredibly smooth despite the cinnamon flavouring and nothing beats it in the early hours of the morning or just before bed. Though I normally take any Earl Grey with a slice of lemon, the Irish Breakfast balances it out enough that it’s absolutely lovely with a splash of milk. When brewing the smell of cinnamon is strong, but not over powering. The Earl Grey green is really what blends these flavours together and makes for the perfect cup of tea that can appeal to anyone who enjoys a lovely cup of tea.
You can certainly smell (and taste) the cinnamon, and the combination of flavours is…different. It’s powerful, and I feel almost like I need to try this again before I decide if I like it or not, because on my first go around it almost felt like there was just too much going on flavour-wise for me to pay attention to the richness or enjoyment of the tea. I thought there was some…mint involved somewhere— I find it a bit odd there isn’t.
I’m ending the afternoon with this cuppa. I really like the medley of berry flavors and the hint of lemon. I did add sugar to cut the stringency, but that’s a personal choice. Love the aroma on this one too. I’ll have to try iced.
Spicy and jammy is the best description of this tea. When you open up the bag it smells immediately like berries with a bit of a sharp edge. Once brewed, it’s amazing. It smells warm and sweet and doesn’t lose the sharp spicy bite. Adding in a spoonful of honey sweetens it up just enough to make it into a dessert tea. However if you pass on the honey, the chai spices blend with the berries beautifully and create a flavour that works for early morning with a blueberry muffin.