1113 Tasting Notes
I was thrilled to find pyramid tea bags at Target, and me being me I gravitated toward the fruit and floral combo. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a jasmine I didn’t like!
The first thing I noticed about these bags is that the amount of leaf contained therein is fairly little. That means that it’s easier to adjust the amount in your cup when using multiple bags (smaller increments) but I’d really rather have enough leaf to make a large cup with a single bag. It’s also not particularly pleasing to the eye or nose, with a lot of small pieces and no strong scent.
The flavor of this tea is about what you’d expect from something that costs $3.50 at a grocery store. Distinctly green — the generic green that you usually get with loose leaf labeled just “green tea”. I detect a little bit of what I assume is the jasmine but probably couldn’t guess if I didn’t already know, and a bit more fruit that reminds me most of peach (the ingredients tell me it’s actually apple). However, it takes some effort to pick that out; casual sipping means that everything is blended together into a mix that isn’t very harmonious. It’s the kind of tea that would turn casual drinkers off of tea: a jumbled mess of flavors that should be good together. As someone who rather likes tea, however, I don’t hate it — I just marvel at how poorly the mix was made.
I often oversteep this in hopes that the flavor will change and become stronger, and the jasmine does — but it also becomes unpleasantly bitter.
I was able to grab the trio of Valentine’s Days tea on sale a few months after the holiday itself, and this was the tea I was least excited about. As far as I can tell, the base is the same white peony tea that is used in all of Adagio’s blends, so I was not particularly excited — I generally find these teas to have an almost indetectible amount of fruit taste, and the base itself tastes very unusual to me, in a bad way.
I enjoy this more than Adagio’s other flavored whites, fortunately. This is primarily because the flavoring is stronger, perhaps due to the fact that there are multiple additions (lavender pieces, apricot pieces, and peach flavor). It’s a pleasant combination, especially if you’re like me and love the way flowers and fruit tend to go together. Still, better than something I dislike doesn’t mean great, and the tea overall falls short due to the mediocre base. Don’t get me wrong, I do intend to finish this (especially since I don’t have any other whites at the moment) but it’s nothing special.
I’ve also noticed that the base becomes more prominent as the tea cools, which is really too bad — it might have made a nice summer iced tea!
The leaf is pretty, however!