2 Tasting Notes
I have brewed this hot several times, but wanted to try it iced to enjoy this afternoon. I used six tsp of the blend plus 1 very heaping tsp of German rock sugar and brewed for twelve minutes, then strained the blend over ice in a 24 oz tumbler. The hot version is pretty delicious, but the iced version is flat-out fantastic… rather like fruit punch, but more interesting. I even managed to get a second steep out of this (212 degrees for 20+ minutes) which was a pleasant surprise.
My first Adagio order arrived last night; I essentially ordered a box full of samples so that I could play kitchen scientist. I took to the Adagio site for inspiration and discovered that the I had the ingredients for this blend, so I measured three teaspoons of each tea into a small jar and set it aside to enjoy this morning. I’m pleased to report that my “homebrew” version was absolutely delicious! I drank this as I do most teas with chocolate notes, with a tiny amount of beet sugar and a splash of half and half. The flavor notes were all well defined and I was surprised that no one taste overpowered the other. (Especially the cinnamon, which can knock you out when sniffed in the bag.) I even got a second steep (brewed for five minutes rather than three) for my travel mug. I would not hesitate to purchase a full bag of this once my individual sample teas are depleted.