Fantastic! What I really like about this black is that it’s sufficiently mild and subtle in flavor. Most black teas seem to love being bold and full, and while sometimes that’s awesome, I really appreciate the art of nuances and medium body blacks. The color: a lovely deep orange really compliments the hints of mango which seem to dance with a floral aroma. Great for a breakfast tea.
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I’ve spent probably around 2 months trying to find a way of preparing this tea that wasn’t as bitter/floral… FINALLY GOT IT!
Steeped at 4 minutes at 185 degress I decided to try it iced with a touch of lemon. Maybe lame, but tasted great! Didn’t use as much tea as normally one would use for iced tea (only 2 TSP) but this drink was awesome.
Was very excited to try this tea, as I had only heard great things about the rich chocolate taste that this blend is so famous for. Everyone is spot on! This Mate is fantastic and I’m sad I couldn’t stick around the party for a second steep. Anywho… this mate, which so far holds the gold in my book on cinnamon/chocolate blending, was one of the richest and full body ‘teas" I’ve tasted. Would taste amazing with cream, however I’d be careful with sugar as this tea is already naturally sweet.
Jasmine teas are tricky. The floral aroma can easily fool one into thinking “this tea is gonna taste sweet” when in fact the honey smoothness you were looking for is no where in sight (*normally). Now, if I’m being honest, I have a limited experience with jasmine teas (i’m working on it)… this one is very enjoyable. Potentially bitter, so be careful with your steep time. The leafs are very fun to watch unfurl during the steep so don’t just leave it there… enjoy the show.
Fantastic blend! I was very impressed with a seemingly perfect balance between the chocolate and mint, while offering an undertone of hazelnut to balance the overall flavor of the tea. Perfect for after a meal. Suuuuuuuper curious about 2nd and 3rd infusions.
“Champagne Formosa” is the perfect nickname for this tea and explains the quality, character and essence better than any review I can come up with. By far one of the smoothest and most enjoyable oolongs I have ever tasted. With small hints of honey & floral tones mixed in with a most enjoyable medium bodied oolong I was blown away by the flavor of this tea. Perfect for blending but let’s be honest I’m gonna enjoy this straight. Not sure how the crew at Teavana prepared…My first 100.
While over at a friends house watching The Office & Community (both hilarious shows btw) I was introduced to this tea. Being the only one in her “stash” that seemed better than Tazo or Lipton I decided to give it a try.
The smell of this tea is absolutely delightful. Obviously blackberry surges through every fiber of this teas being, however the sage does add a nice balance to the aroma that would otherwise be pretty fruity.
Now since this tea is technically a “dust” tea it’s a little frustrating trying to find the full range of flavor you’d desire from a tea with this name. Anywho.
Steeped at boiling for 3 minutes this tea, while fantastic on the side of smell, really needed some help on bringing out an enjoyable flavor. Due to the mild steep I wasn’t expecting the taste to come off as bitter as it was, however once reconciled by the appropriate amount of cream & honey this tea wasn’t that bad. Any ideas on the steeping time?
Jasmine teas are always a funny blend if you ask me. The floral nature of the tea can always be a little misleading and therefore we must as tea drinkers remember that floral doesn’t mean sweet, no matter what our nose tells us. On that note I was pleasantly surprised at the subtle character this jasmine green had, compared to other jasmine blends I’ve tasted in the past. Honestly I wasn’t given much freedom to experiment with this tea, as I was at a buddy’s house and the water was boiled for me and I had to use a tea ball, but all that aside I really ended up enjoying the tea. Would probably have added honey if I had it available… we shall see in the future. Easily over steeped… becareful. Beautiful golden color. Medium body. Enjoy!
This is an awesome tea and I’m so glad I got to try it! While normally known as a bitter and grassy tea I was very pleased with the smoothness of this one. The aroma kinda reminds me of the ocean, and is super soothing. Can be enjoyed for several infusions without really losing any of the complexities. Enjoy!
Disclaimer I was stupid and hate vanilla pudding before steeping this tea (I know, i know… but it looked so good!) So my palette was definitely compromised by the time I sat down to enjoy this cup of tea.
The leafs of this tea, while very sweet, aren’t overbearing as much as you would think. Good size, great color, very impressed with the look of this tea.
Steeping for 3 minutes @ 175 degrees, I realized that my sweet tooth while over saturated by the pudding was in for a treat.
The aroma… a little sweet, and ends up smoothing out the grassy smell of the green.
The taste: It’s exaclty how you think it would taste… however I must admit one must be mindful of steeping time, as it easily can become bitter. A little sweet for my stomach right now… but again my disclaim proves this is my fault.
Lesson learned: What you eat can and most likely dictate how your tea tastes.
When I first opened this tea I was blown away by how pleasant the leafs smelled. The bits of pineapple added the perfect amount of sweet to the classic rooibos scent that I instantly became uber excited to steep a cup of this…
LIES & DECEIT!
The flavor of this tea can be summed up in one word: lacking. The pineapple bits while giving the dry leaves a fun dynamic do not translate to the flavor of the tea. I added some cream to give it a little more personality, but so far have been sorely disappointed in this tea. Will continue to experiment for better flavor and more complex nuances.
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After enjoying some more exotic green teas from the Adagio green tea sampler I was pleasantly surprised and delighted by the taste of this Pi Lo Chun. With a wonderfully smooth and mild body this tea offers a fantastic substitution for those of us looking to broaden our green tea palette. Nuances are the key to good taste and this tea isn’t lacking in exploration. A hint of saltiness compliments the classic green tea grassiness, a near perfect compliment. This tea’s character is one of full flavor that tappers off to a soft aftertaste that isn’t found in other delicate greens. Enjoy! Try a second steep for sure
While a little awkward, due to the fact that if I close my eyes it tastes exactly how I sense a warmed lime Perrier would taste, I think I may end up enjoying this unique sample of green tea. The citrus flavor, while obvious and strong gives this green an otherwise surprisingly refreshing finish. The second steep (3 minutes) was just right and diluted the punch to the face that the first steep gives. Not my favorite, but enjoyable none the less.
By far one of the most delicate teas I’ve ever tasted… I really like. Sure the aroma and flavor could use a boost (which apparently can come from a longer steep) I’m not so sure that’s how God intended this tea to be tasted. Being the first tea I steeped from the Adagio green tea sampler, I’m pretty sure I have a fun couple of weeks ahead of me. Anyways.
Green Pekoe, a light and mellow green tea that is as subdued as her color suggests. Enjoy the nuances and don’t come down to hard on her. :-)
I picked this up in my first sampler set from Adagio Teas and saved it for last in my sampling. Right off the bat I was a little hesitant due to chamomile, which if I’m being honest I’m not a huge fan of (due to the fact that most blenders over due it). The blend itself looks awesome though. The red rooibos and black tea mixture offers a very unique look while the addition of the chamomile flowers just says “sexy” all over it. I steeped for four minutes as a safety zone, may need to be a little longer. The color of steeped tea is a deep red orange, beautifully classic for those familiar with Rooibos.
Enough about the looks!
This tea is alright. The rooibos is by far the most prominent flavor in this tea. Unfortunately while the orange black tea aspect of the blend desperately desires to be enjoyed by your taste buds, it never fully gets the chance as the chamomile comes in quickly smoothing out the taste for a calming aftertaste. Personally I want this tea to be more dynamic than it actually is, however if you’re a fan of calm chamomile teas this may do it for you. Enjoy.
Fantastic! Recommended to me by the guy working at Teavana this flavored white is the perfect blend of pomegranate and sour cherries I’ve ever tasted! Full of flavor with a light and delicate body. I added sugar per recommendation… regret it. Can’t wait to get some more of this.
Smells amazing. That’s about it. I wasn’t to pleased with the deceptive nature of this tea. With what appears to be a hint chamomile and a few Goji berries this tea is easily over steeped. Perhaps I shall give this one another try in the future with a lesser steep time. Flavor over all misses orange as it’s primary target and we’re left with just the taste of chamomile to keep us entertained. If you like that then give this a try. If not, don’t be deceived by the aroma!
Where’s the flavor! While the aroma of this tea smells pretty awesome I was sorely disappointed in the lack of flavor. The tension between the vanilla and cinnamon (which always has the potentinal to ruin a good rooibos) was perfect but just needed to be turned up a notch. Any ideas on how to add to the flavor? More tea? What’s your steep time on this?
Ok maybe not all Earl Greys are made equally. This one just seems to have a lack of flavor that so many other’s bring out. Even in loose leaf I was sorely disappointed. Eh it’s ok, with a little sugar and cream it makes for a good tea to find on almost every corner in America. ;-)
Not to sound harsh but all Earl Greys taste the same… this one is no exception. HOWEVER, with the right amount of cream and sugar this tea really makes for a delightful afternoon tea (especially if it’s raining!). Don’t worry to much about over steeping, and again I do recommend experimenting with different amounts of cream and sugar.
I’ll say it… I’m a huge fan of Roobios teas. BUT this didn’t do it for me. I really am starting to believe that Chai’s are the coolest teas to blend with. This tea, while retaining it’s Rooibos features, color, and taste is still overpowered by the spicy flavor of the chai. I ordered a “large” on accident and it was just to much for my taste buds to handle. I also added cream in hopes of curb-siding the cinnamon punch to the face. To no avail.
YAY LOOSE LEAF! Starbucks finally got smart and changed over to whole leaf teas from Tazo. Makes all the difference! China Green Tips is by far one of the most classic green teas I’ve tasted. Very bold grassy taste that says “I’m a green tea!”. Perfect straight. Put down that creamer & sugar!
The name of this tea says it all. After enjoying a couple of the other oolong’s in the Oolong Savant Sampler by Adagio I decided to give this one a try. IT’S AWESOME! Very full and bold oolong taste with a perfect aftertaste. Looking forward to a second steep to discover more of the nuances, but as for now just really excited I have more to drink. Color is darker than most oolongs but gives it a unique character.