551 Tasting Notes
I’m starting to think I just like Adagio’s apple. It’s sweet and almost like a juicy baked apple, rather thn tart fresh apple. The coconut and vanilla make for a creamy up, and the Assam stays pretty muted, but offers something a little bit bolder than the standard Ceylon base.
I’m not really getting caramel like some other reviewers, but it’s good regardless.
Also if you haven’t seen this before, I feel like I should share:
Last cup of the sample, and by sole virtue of eating some lemon Starbursts (not my favorite flavor, but there really isn’t such a thing as a bad flavored Starburst), I realized this is incredible with a burst of citrus.
Lemon (or orange oil worked well too) pairs extremely well with the chickweed (presumably) and really lifts and brightens the flavor.
I’m not certain I’d seek this out again, but it was satisfying and unique.
Thanks again :D
This is a strange blend, but I think I like it. I’ve never had chickweed, so this is a new experience. I also read up on it before making this. It’s a curious little plant that gets it’s name because of how much chickens love it!
The cinnamon and chickweed pair together to create a simultaneous sweet and savory flavor, where the cinnamon is a candy-like sweet cinnamon and the chickweed adds a savoryness, a little like earth and spinach, to the green tea (which I can barely taste).
Thanks AlexaK! This was neat to try.
Lessee. It’s 7:30 AM and I’ve been up for three hours already. I feel pretty much exactly how you’d expect one to feel in such circumstances.
But this worked for this morning. It hit the comforting, caffeinated spot it needed too. I don’t know if maybe this one doesn’t work in bagged form, but I’m definitely getting an adequately strong apple flavor. It tastes a bit like extra sweet baked apples (not quite applesauce level, though), though, with a toffee-like syrup in the aftertaste.
Weirdly, I think ths would be kind of ick with milk, and maybe even with sugar. I do like it well enough alone, though.
I’m feeling really weird reviewing one of my own blends, because I feel like there’s really not a good way to be unbiased. But I’ll try. Gah!
It’s rich and creamy, with subtle sweet elements of chocolate. Caramel adds a depth to the cup, and cinnamon and nutmeg add a spice interest. Then, just when you think you’re done, the hazelnut pops up at the end and lingers until the next sip.
It all works really well together and feels far worse for you than it is. A bit bready and desserty, really. It holds up to milk and sugar really well, but absolutely doesn’t need either.
In any case, I was really pleased with how this turned out and it’s pretty nom.
I cold steeped this for about 24 hours, and liked it well enough there’s another thermos of it going now. I’m still perplexed how I like this as much as I do, as there are at least two components in here I don’t normally much care for (chamomile and hibiscus).
This brews up such a lovely raspberry color thanks to the hibiscus. It’s a bit tart, but the hibiscus is tempered quite a good deal by the mint and chamomile. The rose doesn’t come through much in the cold steep, but the chamomile does and becomes a bit apple-y. Then mint is the dominant note, and easily my favorite.
The whole thing tastes a bit like apple mint jelly, though. So that’s kind of neat.
This is a sipdown (73), but only because music27note wound up with most of it.
I don’t particularly care for this. It ranges from mildly artificial to really artificial depending on how I’m feeling that day.
I ended up mixing some of my homemade cocoa mix in because I decided that in the end, I really did want chocolate and this just wasn’t providing it.
As an aside, keeping track of sipdowns makes me realize how much tea in a day I don’t end up logging. I’m okay with that. I try to log each tea at least once, though. I think I’d burn out on Steepster if I reviewed everything every time.
So, I’m going to be at my parent’s house for eight days starting Friday to house and dogsit while they’re in Puerta Viarta (mildly jealous, but eh). The saddest part is that I’m far more concerned about how much tea I should bring and such than any other aspect of this. Because I know I drink more tea while I’m there because there’s not much else to do, but I don’t want to, like, pack a suitcase of tea.
Oh well. I’m sure I’ll figure it out.
The name of this tea has made everyone I’ve told it too giggle uncontrollably. I appreciate that in a tea.
I also like the banana candy-type flavor paired with the slightly malty black base. The banana kind of sneaks up on you towards the latter part of the sip and then explodes with a sweet banana flourish.
This isn’t my favorite of the SBTs I’ve tried so far (I think that might go to Rainbow Sherbet), but I like it and would definitely consider having it on hand again.
This is a really nice EG!
It’s a no frills EG, but that’s definitely not a bad thing when it’s done well.
Spoiler: This is really well-done.
There’s the same strong black base I’ve come to know and really like — with no bitterness or astringency — that actually holds up to the bergamot in this cup. I didn’t really find the bergamot strong or overdone, but with no additional frills it really becomes the costar of the cup (paired with the tea itself of course). And it really is the perfect pairing for the maltiness in the base.
What a nice brisk cup.
Just a reminder that they are in the final week of their kickstarter, which can be found here: