262 Tasting Notes
My first review after my forced cooldown period from Steepster due to having my access blocked by those strange security measures. And I still have to log in using US VPN server, because I can’t seem to access the site in the customary way.
Anyway, this is a pretty straightforward, cheap, chain-store black tea. And for such kind of tea it is surprisingly drinkable. A bit malty, with nice body and no astringency. My perfect breakfast tea – usually in the mornings I drink some cheap black teabag brand that goes well with my food and doesn’t force me to focus on the taste and aroma nuances.
Very strong bergamot aroma after opening the package.
Strong, malty aroma after brewing.
And a really solid taste for a cheap own brand tea, malty, with distinct bergamot flavours. Nothing spectacular, but certainly very drinkable.
Flavors: Bergamot, Malt
Discovering Adagio teas, episode #12 (out of 12).
Wonderful aroma after opening the zip bag, with a lot of chocolate and fudge caramel plus a bit of woody smokiness and chocolate liqueur.
After steeping the aroma is much more mellow, very dessert-like, with chocolate and fudge notes intertwined like in layered ice cream.
The taste is also very mellow, slightly sweet, very chocolate-y, with cocoa nibs in the aftertaste.
Really nice pastry tea, well balanced and not oversweetened.
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Cocoa, Toffee, Wood
Discovering Adagio teas, episode #11 (out of 12).
Wonderful aroma after opening the zip bag: hay, fallen leaves, cocoa, some spices, a hint of smoke.
After steeping it smells a lot like miso soup with a lot of seaweed, but it is very mellow. There’s also a bit of slightly roasted cocoa, solid maltiness and delicate fruit notes.
The taste sensation is very mellow and velvety, with a strong foundation of maltiness and earthiness plus a bit of cocoa, only a slight sweetness and low astringency. TYhe aftertaste is very peculiar, with strong mineral character.
Very good, special tea.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Cocoa, Earth, Fruity, Hay, Malt, Mineral, Seaweed, Smoke
Discovering Adagio teas, episode #10 (out of 12).
Wonderful aroma out of the zip bag, reminding me of old leather and wet tree bark.
After steeping the leather subsides, but there’s a strong wood barrel character, hot soil after the rain starts, maltiness, mellow pipe tobacco, raisins and Autumn leaves. Really unique and exquisite.
The taste is very mellow and it unwinds magnificently. There is no sweetness, bitterness nor astringency, just the rich and complex bouquet.
Really wonderful tea.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Bark, Leather, Malt, Oak wood, Raisins, Tobacco, Wet Earth
Discovering Adagio teas, episode #9 (out of 12).
And satisfying my sweet tooth. Currently I don’t eat sweets per se, but I don’t mind dessert teas, so this time I’m drinking te chocolate chip one.
It has a great smell after opening the zip bag, with a lot of cocoa nibs and chocolate.
After steeping, the aroma is still dominated by chocolate (of course), but it’s not one dimensional. You can sense milk chocolate, cocoa nibs and chocolate liqueur in it, plus a hefty dose of vanilla.
The taste is more cocoa-like than chocolate-like, with solid notes of roasted cocoa, creamy, mellow texture, some vanilla and only slight sweetness. Rich, very rich, even a bit heavy, but you don’t drink such teas on an everyday basis, so that’s not a problem,
This tea would probably teste well with some milk. I’ll try it this way one day.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Cream, Dark Chocolate, Roasted, Sweet, Vanilla