98 Tasting Notes
I have ruined the smell of this tea. It used to smell so nice and fresh when I first got it but I put it in a tin that smelled like a tootsie roll from an old tea. On the plus side it still tastes amazing. Is similar to fresh vegetables from a garden with a smooth finish.
Since I saw this was going so fast I placed an order for a sample size of this and a few of the others teas that Verdant was getting low on that I had heard a lot about. The leaves of this look beautiful and they smell like a nice summer garden. Wet they smell very similar to a strawberry poptart, which amazes me. I am brewing in my gaiwan today so I will just list my notes for each steep.
1st: No rise as suggested and steeped for 3 sec. I can really taste the Cashew notes that are mentioned on the site.
2nd: 3 sec steep. Once again their is Cashew notes but its a little subdued since there is something else coming through, I’m not sure what.
3rd: 3 secs. Alright so what I was getting is a creamyness that compliments the cashew flavor.
4th: 6 sec. Along with the creamyness there is a bit of a sugary sweetness to this one. The cashew flavor is more blended with all the other flavors now so its like cashew butter.
5th: 9 sec. See above and image its blended even more.
6th: 12 sec. nothing different.
There will be other steepings but I don’t feel the need to post them since they seem to be staying the same from here on out.
It smells a lot like strawberry mixed with raspberry, which is good because that is what is in it. Now the taste while warm is like a low quality jam. There is a strong astringency that is very distracting from the real flavor of it. Now once it has cooled these problems leave it and the berry flavor really comes out and it ends up being very smooth and enjoyable. So it seems iced would be the best thing for this.
When I am having a bad day I usually go for this tea. It tastes very similar to Teavana’s Golden Imperial Lotus but a little more chocolaty. It is not too astringent and I am able to get at least 4 16oz cups out of about 5 balls. I would be drinking this right now if it want for the fact that I have to be up early in the morning and it is already early in the am.
So I have had this tea for some time now and have just been way too lazy to add it to the site. I won it in my first contest at Adagio and had no idea they even had it until they handed it to me. Apparently it was one of 3 special mixes that they sold in-store for fathers day last year or something.
This is one of my all time favorit mixes from Adagio. There is a very nice mix of tastes with the Almond and Hazelnut that they have added to the tea. It is also very smooth and the scent is reminiscent of leather, like a nice new leather jacket or couch. You can really tell why they named it what they did and you end up feeling very manly after drinking it.