4 Tasting Notes
this is a great chai too. the spices here are perhaps most pronounced, moreso even than malasa chai due to the fact that the malasa chai has a pretty bold black tea as a base. still, I prefer the Bengal Green Chai from Adagio, but this comes a close second. with a tablespoon of Half and Half and a small amount of honey, this chai tastes active, lively, and earthy. the coconut and lemongrass blend extremely well, i was surprised.
bad. i’ve had many green teas, many japanese senchas in my days. my favorites come not from Adagio, but from a company called Shizuokatea.com. their premium sencha and gyokuro teas are fantastic. back to this mess of a tea: it tastes extremely bitter. the line between grassy and bitter is NOT even thin, it’s a clear delineation. this green tea, no matter the water temperature (lows to around 150-160F) tastes like someone brashly took scalding water and wrecked a brew of green tea. it’s very amateur. if you try this tea and do not like it, do NOT give up on Japanese Green Tea. JGT is some of the most distinct tea around, and there are plenty of places to acquire genuine green tea with a “vegetable/grassy” taste without or with a delicate inclusion of bite.
great. my favorite chai tea from Adagio (favorite chai in general since i’ve yet to order elsewhere). i mix this tasty chai brew with a tablespoon of Half and Half, and a small amount of honey. the resultant mixture is creamy, somewhat spicy (not to the extent of malasia chai), with a smoother green tea as a base. the green tea used is NOT a japanese green tea with a really grassy taste, so it has no bitterness to it, and blends well with the chakra herbs and spices to warm me up here in Rochester, New York in January.
delicious. calm, subdued, and complex simultaneously. has a blonde liquor, and a buttery texture. goes down real smooth. the smell is pure and projects into the flavor without any nasty aftertastes. despite all of the descriptors one can attribute to this particular tea, it remains a light tasting brew—-so not always the perfect cup, but as far as light goes, you’ll be pressed to top it!