2221 Tasting Notes
Wanted something a little easier on the stomach… although if I want caffeine for the ride home, I’m going to have to finish it quickly to get something going! So thanks for the sample of this tasty-smelling one, Indigobloom!
Now, silly me forgot how much rooibos gets into my cup when I make a rooibos with my tea ball. Sigh. So there are floaters everywhere. Icky. But I guess I’ll drink around them…
Dry, the smell is definitely blueberry rooibos. Unmistakeable (well, except for rooibos of another dark berry variety. Perhaps blackberry. I digress.)
Steeped, the smell is really… odd. Tart, and not… not really in a good way. Maybe there is hibiscus in here, Indigobloom??
The flavour is definitely pretty tart, which I wasn’t really expecting, since the blueberry teas I’ve had lately have been more of the hot baked blueberry variety, not the tart fresh wild blueberry variety.
I should also note that although the water impacted this morning’s cup of Jane Austen Mafia, it’s not a factor in this one – I used filtered water out of my waterbottle this time instead of tap water. I had to gag down the last of my earlier cup because it was murky and cloudy and… yeah.
Egh, the more I drink of this, the weirder I feel about it. I don’t know if it’s the rooibos or the blueberries, or something else lurking in there, but… egh. I think I’d rather brew up some 52teas Coconut Cream Pie quickly than finish this one. So into the sink it shall go.
On the plus(?) side, it’s nowhere close to beating the nastiness of that Pina Colada tea from Saturday evening….
This seems to be one of my favourite reliable morning teas. I just love the blackberry and cream in this one, and will be sad to see it go…. which luckily won’t be for at least looks 4-5 more cups since Azzrian sent me oh so much of it!!
Unfortunately today it’s a bit off, but I’m 100% certain that’s because the water is hard here, and I didn’t steep it long enough (or the water wasn’t as hot as I thought). Pitfalls of being away from one’s home/office. It still smells amazing though :D I am in such a mood for cream and sugar right now; I would love to try it that way. It could only be spectacular.
Another tasty cup this morning. Although not as tasty as I remember, probably in part because it was on the hot side, and I like it cooler – more flavour. I have decided that I want to try this with sugar, but since I’m so averse to that, I’m thinking of blending it with DavidsTea’s Chocolate Cake or some other truly sweet tea just to amp up the flavour a bit more without adding actual sugar/agave, etc. Of course, I can’t try any of this now because I’m 1.5 hours south at my research station, and all I have with me are two mugs, a teaball, 3 black teas and a blueberry rooibos (in case my stomach starts hurting).
I’m not a big fan of citrus in teas, because it’s often citrus peel that’s used as flavouring, which I dislike – I only like the juice, which has a different flavour. Anyhow, picked this up a while back to try anyways, because I’m ever-curious about new teas!
Steeped, the scent is citrusy. Citrus peel, definitely, but that’s what I saw in the dry tea, so I’m not exactly surprised. The flavour follows suit: lightly citrusy with a sencha base that comes through nicely. There’s almost a bit of creaminess as well.
If citrusy green teas are your thing, this one would definitely be one to try. Steeped as per the instructions (2 min, ~80C), it’s light and refreshing, without astringency or bitterness. My only complaint is that I’d like more green tea flavour. Common problem.
The smell of this tea, steeped, reminds me a lot of “regular black tea”. I don’t know what that smell corresponds to, really, as I haven’t tried enough straight blacks to know.
The taste is a bit more complex though. I have no idea how long it was steeped (somewhere between 2-5 minutes; I swear I set the timer for four minutes but when I checked after what felt like less than four, it was already expired), but there’s no bitterness. It’s almost a touch sweet, not really malty… ok, I don’t have words to describe black teas. There’s a nice “tea” aftertaste though, which I’m enjoying (and don’t tend to taste with poor quality teas).
Ok, I’m cheating and reading other peoples’ notes. It’s definitely mild and mellow, and I can taste a hint of smokiness now that that possibility has entered my mind. Overall it’s decent for a black tea, but nothing I’d actively seek out. Right now, if I want a straight black tea, I’ll be going with Verdant’s Laoshan Black :) (But black tea appears not to be my thing, so I’d probably pick an oolong instead, haha.)
Thanks for the sample, LiberTEAS! For teas like this, it’s really nice to just have a sample size to try, so that I can at least get acquainted with different straight blacks (and yes, I know this is a blend), but not have to attempt to drink 50-100g of them.
Awake before noon? Good time to try this tea, finally!
It smells rather like a coffee, to me. Definitely reminiscent of 52teas Malted ChocoMate, but that’s not surprising given that they both contain roasted mate.
The taste is definitely much more palatable than coffee. It’s slightly sweet, with no bitterness, and almost a toasted barley sort of flavour(?) I can perhaps taste a hint of chocolate as well.
Overall, quite pleasant, and definitely doesn’t require additions for me to drink it. However, I don’t like it as much as Malted ChocoMate (whew), so once this small sample packet is finished, I think that will be it for me :) I’m also not sure if I’ll have a problem with the coffee in it, but we’ll see.
I can’t believe there aren’t any tasting notes for this one!
I have to say… this one actually smells like a pina colada! Like, it smells like the drink I had tonight tasted! DELICIOUS! Sweet and pineapply and coconutty and rummy and good. Definitely most excited for this one!
Steeped, it still smells like a pina colada, but I’m getting more apple than I would like.
Ohhh why did they have to add hibiscus. sigh It’s tart, but luckily not too tart. And… it definitely tastes more like pina colada than either of the other two, but it’s still not quite right. Pina coladas are not tart, and do not contain a bunch of apple.
That all being said, this is a flavourful tisane that I won’t mind finishing off. However, the quest for a pina colada tea continues.
ETA: Ohhhh, my bad. Thanks to Fusion Tea Room for the generous sample!
ETA again: Finishing the cold cup this morning (since last night I felt pretty gross after the Adagio tea, I didn’t finish anything I brought upstairs for fear it would come back up anyhow). I feel like if the hibiscus was removed from this blend, there would actually be a fairly authentic pina colada flavour. Who cares about the colour – I’d rather a gross looking tea that tastes great than a great-looking tea that tastes gross.
:/ Not sure I should continue tasting the other two pina colada teas tonight, as I have a small fear that I’m going to be sick later. (And Azzrian, don’t worry, I tried the Adagio one of my own volition knowing it was bad, but a tea should never be this horrible.)
I had this one before and wrote a tasting note, but didn’t find it that great. Tonight, comparison-wise at least, it is fantastic. However, in terms of pina-colada flavour, I’m finding it a bit lacking. It’s a bit sweet, the honeybush base is definitely present, and I taste both pineapple and coconut, which is good, but something’s missing to make this into a low-cal replacement for a pina colada. Oh well.
Pina Colada night, apparently. Went out for drinks for a friend’s birthday and had a virgin one (I was driving), and came home and decided to brew up the three different versions I have to try.
First up, Adagio’s. Thanks for the sample, Azzrian. :)
Smells kind of sweet dry, but with a gross fermenting fruit sort of flavour. Makes me a gag a bit, actually. Steeped…. it smells rather like vomit. I’m sorry, but that’s truly the only way to describe it.
!@#*#()$&() This is absolutely DISGUSTING. I can’t even….
Azzrian, I completely understand why you rated this a 1. It tastes. Like vomit.
I think there is something seriously wrong with this tea. I think you/we should contact them about it, because this is the most disgustingly vile tea I have ever had the misfortune of tasting. I know i only asked for it because of curiousity as to how something could be that bad, but I didn’t imagine quite how bad it would be.
I actually gulped a bit down and am starting to feel sick to my stomach. Whether that’s simply concern over what I just ingested or what, I don’t know.
I still have some of the sample left if Adagio wants to take a look at it for themselves…. this is NOT right.