This was bitter as all-get out. Better with milk and sugar, but not really worth it. It did make the whole house smell lovely, so maybe it will be great steeped, but not consumed.
124 Tasting Notes
I’m not sure about this. It is such a strong chamomile and the appeal of chamomile is usually its mellowness. It tastes exactly how it smells: like an herb garden. I suppose chamomile and fennel are the dominant flavors. Very spicy and it kind of burns my tongue.
EDIT: Scratch all that! I figured it out. Celery! It tastes exactly like celery.
This was part of a tea sampler Christmas gift that I received today. Yay tea! My caffeine problems normally keep me from drinking black tea but I’m gearing up for a long night of festivities. This smells yummy. Orange and sweet. Just tastes like black tea until I add milk and sugar which transforms it into a dreamsicle.
Heart! I’m so glad I finally found this. I sniffed the pepperminty box all the way home from the store and was burning with anticipation. My steeped cuppa smells strongly of peppermint. The taste is more honey-vanilla, with a cool peppermint aftertaste. It reminds me of celestial seasoning’s honey vanilla chamomile…with peppermint. I love it. I just wish I’d taken note of the green tea aspect before gulping it down in the evening. Here’s crossing my fingers for sleep tonight!
You guessed it. Sore throat! Tag says “Every smile is a direct achievement.” Very true when feeling under the weather.
Well, I only steeped 2 minutes this time, as directed. I’m adding a couple rating points, but I’m still not happy with the flavor. Maybe this is supposed to taste bitter. My mouth feels so dry after each sip that I want to chug a glass of water now.
Can’t really decipher the taste because I steeped it 2 minutes too long. Just bitter. Sigh. It was fun to watch the little pellets unfurl. The leaves smelled grassy when dry and are now a nice woody scent.
Oh my goodness I’m in love. As I lean in to take a sip, it smells strongly of tangy ginger. But on first gulp, all the other flavors just slightly pop out. A little peppery, some cardamomishness, then it finishes with a lingering sweet mint on the roof of my mouth. Such a nice spice rack journey from ginger, to chai, to mint. I will have to buy more of this immediately.
The scent is right, but the rest is all wrong. For once, celestial seasoning’s obsession with propping up fruit teas with tons of hibiscus tartness would make sense. But no! There is no tart cranberry or hibiscus flavor in sight. This is a dull plasticy flavor that tastes very synthetic. I don’t know how else to describe it. Wait, I do! It has the same aftertaste as old jolly rancher candies. What is that weird flavor?
I haven’t developed the palate or vocabulary to describe green teas, so I’ll defer to others’ descriptions here. The leaves definitely smell like hay (in a nice nature way, not in a way that conjures up images of horses and petting zoos). I keep wondering if I’ve under steeped because the color is so light, almost like white tea, and the flavor is slightly stronger than water. But I steeped for the recommended 6 minutes and I think I even used more leaves than recommended. So…hmmm…I’m undecided on this. I think I like it, but its not anything I’m going to crave in the future.
This is from my Adagio Fall Tea Sampler which I’m happy to revisit now that tea weather has officially hit Texas. Not my favorite chai, but a nice change of pace. I do love the spicy apple potpourri scent, but the actual taste is more watered down.
My last cup of this (from the Rishi rooibos sampler). Loved it from start to finish. Such a strange combination of spices. Peppermint? Black pepper? Fennel? Ginger? What!? I taste different flavors each time and its great with soy milk & sugar. I’ve enjoyed this on its own, with sweet breakfast foods, and with last night’s curry. Yum all around. Because I’m so sensitive to caffeine, I really appreciate having a good rooibos based, caffeine-free chai. I’m debating ordering more.
My opinion of this improves each time I try it. I think changing my expectations makes all the difference. The word “spice” should be completely removed from the name. This tea is all about the subtle flavor and sweetness of pumpkin. When I load up on the sugar and milk this is a fantastic rival for hot chocolate or lattes. It might actually be good with something added from the home spice rack next time.
Grabbed a bag of this at Panera. Simple and straightforward flavored black tea. More peach than ginger flavor. Great with honey. I loved the last few heavily sugared sips at the bottom of the mug.
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Better this time. Longer steep, turbinado sugar, soy milk, thick mug instead of thin tea cup. Soothing, like hot chocolate. But ultimately boring
Meh. Maybe I didn’t steep this long enough? It just tastes like hot cigars. And if I want that I drink Tea Spot’s Red Rocks. I’m really disappointed in Adagio’s Rooibos Sampler. I’ll give this another shot with a longer, stronger steep and add some milk & sweetener.
I drank this, took a 3 hour nap, and woke feeling slightly better.
Hm, somehow I did not realize that Earl Grey has bergamot, let alone that bergamot is THE defining ingredient of Earl Grey. Therefore, I was quite surprised and confused to open my new sampler tin of Rooibos Earl Grey and get a huge waft of orangey, floral bergamot. The bits of blue and orange petals scattered among the red honeybush further convinced me that Adagio had mislabeled my tin. I was expecting something more stoic, dignified, and well . . . grey. But a quick internet search told me that I am an idiot and Earl Grey is far more complicated than I’d imagined.
After all that, I’m still not sure if I like it. The strong floral and citrus (I assume this is bergamot) scent is too reminiscent of Pledge and potpourri. My mouth is left tasting like some fancy soap my mother used to use.
If anyone wants this let me know. I’ll definitely swap this one
Feeling so so about this. It tastes a little like bitter coffee to me. Better with soy milk and turbinado sugar, but still far too coffeeish.
Sore throat again. This helped sooth my throat so I could take my morning run. Steep as long as possible for best results.
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My first taste of the Adagio Rooibos sampler. So far, this tastes like nothing but warm rooibos. However, I did just finish an apple, so maybe that’s blocking all the flavor. There is a hint of a tropical fruit scent.
Oops. Accidentally forgot about this and let it steep for an hour. It tastes like sour rotting fruit. DO NOT STEEP FOR AN HOUR! What a waste.