I have been consistently disappointed with Adagio’s teas since ordering several of their sample packs last week. I decided to order a large amount of blacks, greens and whites to try the brand, after hearing so many good things. Unfortunately, Adagio does not live up to the hype. I find myself having to steep the teas far longer than instructed just to get SOME flavor out of them, even at the proper steeping temperature. They are weak, thin, and the only characteristic I am close to being thrilled about are the scents and smells. They are spectacular, if only the flavor itself lived up to the smell.
That said, of the teas I’ve tried, this one seemed to be the closest to satisfactory. I’m not sure if it’s that my taste has been thinned from drinking weak teas all week, or if I’ve actually stumbled across a decent tea. It’s smoky, the liquor is darker than other Adagio black teas I’ve tried, but still far lighter than a black tea should be. I am being generous with the rating because I didn’t hate the experience. And the smell is giving me the kick I was looking for in the tea itself.