19 Tasting Notes
It’s beautiful. What else to say? Tehe… I made a whole pot of it. I’ll probably be up to like 3am, but NO REGRETS.
I kept putting trying this one off because I actually bought a full 2oz without trying it first based on recs, BUT had been disappointed in the other samples I’d bought at the same time. I’ve been going through Adagio’s Valentines regularly recently, but after a whole weekend of it, I wanted something a bit richer in the tea taste, but wasn’t in the mood for a green.
One of Teajo’s big selling points I think is that they take care to make their flavored blends with a nice base. I definitely get that with this one. While it’s olfactory appeal is wonderful- very chocolatey and berry and tea-y, the tea taste and mouth feel is not at all disappointing, and this one had alot to stand up to because I had come from finishing McD’s strawberry covered frappe. For me, coming from something like a frappe- espresso+creaminess+sugar and not being disappointed by a flavored tea is wonderful.
Not only for the olfactory side, also the rich mouth feel from the creaminess of the frappe wasn’t harshly cut like some teas can do. The mouth feel was rich and full, and at first mingled nicely with the leftover richness of the dairy and yet left the mouth with nice clean tea feel after without the dry feeling you can get sometimes. (I have no idea if this paragraph made any since. It’s soo difficult to describe!)
I’m soo incredibly glad I didn’t get a horribly synthetic raspberry flavor with this, I generally hate raspberry flavored/scented things for that reason, no one gets it right…. and consequently I had developed an aversion to the fruit even because in my head it was always soo awful- another reason I had hesitated on this tea. The raspberry flavor to this one is warm and not too sweet. Even as not a fan of raspberries in general, I can get behind this tea.
Overall, it’s wonderful. A side benefit is that it’s organic if you’re one to care about those things. The way it’s set up is that it’s flavor profile is similar to Adagio’s valentines, but the tea base and flavor blending is like 6x better. I love it. However because Valentines is similar enough in profile and offered at a lower price point, I’ll probably keep that one in regular rotation, while I hoard this one. It’ll be a special occasion tea or a ‘I need a nice tea to cheer me up’ type of event… At least until I get to the point where I’m spoiled enough by nice tea I won’t even bother with Adagio anymore. This Teajo’s creation is definitely on that next level.
This tea gets a happy face. =D
They were out of the sample I ordered, so I had to pick another. Piccolo recommended this one, so I gave the OK.
I’m either learning that I just don’t prefer rooibos, or I just am not getting anything from these blends, so take this note with a grain of salt.
I double leafed this one, but I must still be brewing it wrong. Usually I have to underleaf a chai since they’re soo spicy, but I’m not quite getting what I want out of this. Maybe if I boil it for a very long time? The steeping directions say 5mins at 212F, which isn’t what I did, because I’ve never had to steep a tea for that long at that high a temp before. I haven’t quite mastered the learning curve for this one yet, but I might run out of this sample before I do. The sample size is 8-10 servings for 8oz cups, I usually do a 12 oz cup, so this might only last me 3 tastings if I keep doing double leaf. =(
It’s only very very VERY lightly mango, I’m getting mostly rooibios flavor, which I’m not the greatest fan of, I’m discovering. I sat there just sniffing the liquor for the longest time waiting for hints of fresh mango, any type of mango really. It’s more like faint mango whisperings, and very synthetic. I caught it only in the scent when I’m outright gulping it down. I thought it might make a nice before bedtime dessert tea… but the only fulfillment it gave was ‘before bedtime’. I’m not sure I’ll finish up the sample.
It smells like orange creme. Yum. But it doesn’t taste like it. =(
This tea bothers me in the fact that it’s never what I expect it to be, so I keep trying to change up brew times and such to find that perfect combo. I’ve tried this one at least twice before but forgot to log it both times- but I didn’t have much to say about it either.
The creme (cream?) smell is fairly strong on the first steep, I keep typing it creme because the smell reminds me of the Cadsbury creme eggs that my coworker keeps at her desk at all times. I actually get no earl grey smell from this, other than that citrus bit, but it blends in more with the creme smell so I don’t think ‘tea’ when I get a whiff.
The black base is not too heavy, and is fairly disguised by the scent for me on the first few sips. It’s more dry mouth feel and light black tea notes. I quite like it, but I don’t flavor the scent so much. It makes me crave orange creamsicles.
Second steep is more or less straight up earl grey, but nothing spectacular. The bergamot scent pulls through much more strongly, but still in the sweet sort of way. I think from the way I feel about this, I might prefer the tarter smelling earl greys, which could be true because I’m loving their Earl Grey Bravo. Sort of feeling sad I have a full size of the Moonlight and only a sample of the Bravo. I have plenty of EG in the cabinet though, so it’s not such a loss. This will definitely be a dessert type tea for me in the future.
This is a continuation of last night’s tea session. The third steeping and beyond were average tasting of a more mature green tea, although the roasted taste lightened with each steeping so by the sixth it was almost gone completely. The first two steepings were much too strong for me personally, but the tea mellowed out eventually the more you infuse it and that’s where it really shined. Whether I’ll have the patience to sit through those first two infusions again is another matter…
Warning: Long note ahead! At heart (and work) I am a scientist. I take copious notes when I am in the mood.
The dry leaf smell is definitely Roasted Green Tea. Yum. The leaves are large, and not as tightly furled as other teas I’ve had, but tight enough to not be fully unfurled after a two minute steep.
It came as a generous sample in a vacuum sealed, plastic lined, foil baggie with a large, clearly printed label. The label is colorful, which is nice, but provide no brewing instructions. The back side of the package is clear so you can see the tea leaves. I quite like the packaging, but I wonder if the transparent packaging will protect it from UV at all.
I washed my leaves in room temp water before brewing.
The post-steep smell of the leaves is the normal slightly floral smell of green tea. Not overly fresh, but it has lost the roasted smell.
The first steep was strong in roasted smell and taste, almost to the edge of a bit too dark for my tastes, but still definably green tea.
The second steep is still pretty strong on all notes. 1:30 steep. Perhaps I added too much leaf. The leaves are still not all the way unfurled.
This is probably one of those I would end up resteeping again and again and again merely because it still has robust flavor, but because of how strong it is, but it’s not one that I would WANT to have gallons and gallons of unless I was serving a bunch of people for dinner. The tea is not too strong to distract from the flavor of food, but IMO not one I personally would showcase .
On the other hand, it is still giving up a good burst of caffeine with each steep. Probably more suited to a morning/afternoon tea than an evening tea.
The third steep is at a nice level for me, still fragrant, but not too dark or robust. But I tend to like my teas on the lighter side to the tongue while fragrant to the nose. I believe most of the leaves have unfurled, but they’re still crinkly.
I’m going to stop and save the fourth steep for the morning, else I may be up all night. Stem to leaf ratio is smaller than I tend to expect, but that’s probably contributing that ongoing strong flavor.
This tea was not what I was expecting, but it wasn’t a bad tea. It’ll probably need experimenting with until I figure out the best way to brew it to my personal tastes. Overall, I think it’s a good everyday type green if you’re one that likes the taste of roasted greens. I might brew it in the mornings if I need a strong pick-me-up and take the rest to-go. Next time I brew, I’ll probably try using less leaf (if I remember).
I was sent this sample free for review and am under no obligations to provide a positive review. I’m using the ingenuiTEA by Adagio Teas.
It’s a never ending cycle… at least until I’ve figured it out. Currently it’s ‘feel bad all day’ because I haven’t had tea, and/or ‘feel bad at night’ because I can’t sleep because I had tea too late. lol
I still can’t figure out if I like this one or not. I made a few mugs over the weekend, and two pots today. It SMELLS like chocolate- like the faint whiff you might get if someone at the next table was enjoying a hot chocolate. But it doesn’t taste like chocolate. I kind of wish it smelt like when you’re baking brownies and that lovely chocolate smell fills the kitchen. I wonder if there are any teas like that.
Fair enough, I feel like the first steep of this tea always tastes burnt, even if I leave it in for something like 20 sec. I’m probably doing it wrong, which is sad because I have an entire tin of the stuff. The other steeps are like ‘what is this? I don’t know. What does it taste like? Ummm….". I don’t get the mango, I don’t get the vanilla, I do get the black tea. Maybe I need to rinse the leaves in cold water first?
On the other hand it smells delicious while it’s brewing. And the leaves look soo pretty after you drain them.