10 Tasting Notes
You know, most people will say that pu erh is for the “seasoned” tea drinker. What do I say? I’m not so sure I agree; I am pretty n00b when it comes to tea and I still have a lot to learn, but I enjoy it. Perhaps most people can’t get past the fishy smell of the brew. But to me, it is very faint and unless you’re looking for it, you will hardly notice. The taste is very earthy, but not too overwhelming. I steeped it for only 4 minutes and will extend the steeping time the next time I cross paths with this tea in my cupboard.
This was the first, true jasmine tea I’ve ever had and I was very impressed. Every jasmine tea I’ve had after it has either been too floral or too astringent for me. In other words, all others pale in comparison. Adagio seemed to have been out of stock for a while, but it’s back now and I’m so, so, so very happy it is! Sometimes you just hafta have some jasmine tea, yanno? Although jasmine tea isn’t my favorite, it’s good for what it is! A must-try for jasmine tea lovers!
I think I like this tea better than Earl Grey. takes sip I take that back; I definitely like this tea better than Earl Grey. The vanilla flavor adds complexity and is soft on the tastebuds. With a pinch of sugar and a splash of almond milk, I can see this poor little 3 oz. bag disappearing before my eyes. It is definitely a bit of a dessert tea and smells like a lemon pastry. I’m not sure which pastry to peg it on, but let’s say a soft, moist, lemon cupcake with vanilla frosting. Yeah, I think that description does it!
When I opened the bag, I couldn’t help but take a couple (okay, okay, maybe more than a couple) whiffs. I couldn’t believe the smell; It was wonderful! And I’m happy to report that the tea did not disappoint when steeped as its taste was equally as wonderful. I’ve had this tea both hot and iced, with and without sugar, and I can’t decide which combination I like most. However, I generally prefer my tea hot and without sweetener, so I would probably vote for this tea enjoyed hot and black if I absolutely had to (we’re talking life and death here).
The first sip tastes of the first bite of the perfect peach- sweet and citrusy with neither being overwhelming. There is nothing artificial smelling nor artificial tasting about this tea. I give it two thumbs-up!
I love green tea; flavored, unflavored, you name it- I’ll love it. Genmai cha is one of those teas I cannot help but try to drink before it is cool and I usually end up burning the tip of my tongue out of excitement. Without sugar, it is vegetal and refreshing. With a pinch of sugar, it is salty-sweet like caramel popcorn. The last sip of this tea with sugar is my favorite. It is a great tea to drink while curled up and watching a movie (it replaces popcorn for me). A tea that tastes great and helps me stay away from junk food? Sign me up!
Vanilla green is my go-to tea, any day of the week. It smells and tastes of warm cookies. With a pinch of raw sugar and some honey, I am whisked away to a perfect world where nothing can bother me and it’s just me and my tea. After reading a few tasting notes by others, I would absolutely love to make a vanilla green tea cupcake of sorts. I feel this tea would be the perfect ingredient! For $2 to sample it for yourself, you can’t go wrong (unless, of course you choose not to try it). I’m glad I did!
Oh, Irish Breakfast. Where to begin? In the cup you are strong, but not overwhelming. You smell of sweet raspberry jam in the pouch. But the taste? Oof, the taste is like a warm biscuit. Which is great, because I have celiac disease and can’t enjoy fresh bread. I haven’t dared to add a splash of milk nor sugar because well… you are just so good on your own! I don’t have to sweeten you up to enjoy your company. This tea is gold!
Black Dragon Pearls… where to begin? This tea is, by far, one of my favorite unflavored black teas ever. It is cocoa-y and earthy and doesn’t need sugar or almond milk for the cocoa notes to jump out at you. I can enjoy this tea at any time during the day. Well, maybe not before bed as I find it gives me quite the jolt in energy and alertness. It is a must-try for any tea enthusiast for sure.
I’m usually not a fan of Earl Grey Bravo, but this tea definitely went above any beyond my expectations. Be careful not to over steep, as I can see that being awful. With a splash of fresh lemon and a half a teaspoon of sugar, it was really good! Very true bergamot flavor that isn’t too overwhelming. A delightful cup of Earl Grey!
I am a coffee convert, so this tea is just what I needed to make the leap from coffee to tea. When I first opened the package, I immediately thought to myself that this couldn’t be so… it was heaven in a pouch. It smelled overwhelmingly (but in a good way) of chocolate and hazelnut; true to the product description. The taste is strikingly similar to that of coffee. With a pinch of rock sugar it is sweet and packs a punch. I would recommend this tea to anyone. Adagio, job well done!