552 Tasting Notes
So, what I did to this tea tonight was completely unorthodox. But amazing.
I made a really simple tea soda.
I steeped 4 teaspoons of this in 8 oz of water for 4 minutes. Then I mixed that with 1 cup of sugar to make a simple syrup. And added about 2 tbsp of my syrup to club soda over ice.
So gooooood. It’s like a chocolatey rosey citrusy bubbly happiness. I honestly can’t believe how much the chocolate came through and how delightfully subtle the rose is. This is seriously the most decadent bubbly thing I’ve ever drank, and I love it.
This sample came from momo!
What a fun looking tea! There’s huge chunks of cinnamon sticks, bits of popcorn, and maple brittle bits. Oh. And of course tea.
This cup tastes a lot more buttery-cinnamon-y-tea-y than maple-y. The butter and cinnamon flavor is really good, though. Calming and smooth and the buttery flavor and texture definitely helps in capturing the essence of taffy. Unfortunately the maple comes up really light.
Luckily maple syrup to the rescue!
Oh my oh my. This is really delightful with the maple syrup and it doesn’t need too much. It retains the smooth, almost butteriness and it tones down the cinnamon quite a lot. But most of all, it adds maple. Yum.
This sample came thanks to BrewTEAlly Sweet and is really pushing me right outside of my safe zone.
I cannot possibly be the only one who thinks hibiscus always tastes musty, right? Like, there’s always a residual earthyness after the sip that makes me think of a house that needs a dehumidifier. I guess it’s also kind of metallic. My mouth isn’t really to keen on it.
Unfortunately, this is the same to me. It’s also about a 6.8 on my tart scale, and that’s way too high for me. It’s not enough to dump it out, but I’m definitely scrunching up my face after each sip. This might have a fighting chance in my mouth cold steeped with sugar.
I’m going to withhold a numerical rating on this one, as I know it’s probably my preferences and not the tea in this instance.
Thanks for the chance to try this BrewTEAlly Sweet but hibby and I will just keep not getting along for now.
Thanks for this one goes to Audra who sent me some with our trade. This is pretty yummy. Like baked apples kind of yummy.
I thought the orange and cinnamon in the apple chai was going to be more prominent because that is all my steeper smelled like when I was done. Instead it’s a balanced apple/cinnamon/clove flavor with slight hints of caramel. I’m not sure I like the EG in here though, as the Bergamot adds a dissonant note. And I’m still not a huge fan of Adagio’s black base, which bleeds through a little bit.
Overall, this is a warming kind of cup and perfect to serve to friends with a knowing “Winter is coming.”
I hate cars.
Fiance’s brother put the new alternator in my car Wednesday. And it worth so well. For a whole day…
Because the alternator ran the battery dry, my throttle control mechanism was affected by the low voltage it had received. Of course, I didn’t know this could happen. So it died. While I was 55 miles from home. Fiance’s brother and his friend borrowed a mutual friends’ trailer and we loaded my car up and carted me home. We paid him in gas, which was definitely less than towing it, also not really a good day.
I got this sample from Courtney (thank you!) and I was really excited to try it, because of all the amazing reviews it’s received. Brewing this tea up smelled so good — like I was baking up a sweet lemon dessert — that that alone set my expectations high.
As far as this tea goes, if more rooibos blends tasted like this, I’d probably like rooibos more. It’s lemon bar deliciousness. There’s sweet lemon and cream flavor on a faintly rooibos background. It has sweet aftertaste, that borders on the artificial, but it’s not a huge detraction from the cup.
I want to make a latte out of this stat.
I really really don’t like this tea hot. I really couldn’t pinpoint why, but I just know I don’t. Iced or cold, it’s quite good though.
While I don’t necessarily get an energy boost from this, I do like the underlying bite that the ginseng gives the slightly woodsy green base. The balance between the base and flavor is good, but the ginger flavor is definitely stronger than the ginseng (which helps kick the medicinal feel of it). I still enjoy this as a head-clearing cup.
1.5 tsp Coconut (Adagio)
1 tsp Lemon Soleil (Adagio)
12 oz water
I didn’t have enough for a full cup of either, so the bits at the bottom of the tins ended up in a thermos in my fridge together.
After it was done, I added a little milk, a little brown sugar, and the tea into a shaker and hoped for the best.
It’s surprisingly good like this, which I find strange because I’m not big on either of these alone. The lemon flavor is subtle, with coconut reigning as the king flavor. There’s a nice creaminess supplied by adding milk, as well. Are lemon coconut macaroons a thing? Because I’m pretty sure this is what they taste like.
I drank this cold steeped back-to-back with some Midsummer Night’s Dream (also cold steeped) from Georgia Tea Company, and I definitely like that one better. The flavor here is definitely more mango-y, but it also has a floral edge to it, that doesn’t really work here for me. It also strikes me as less natural tasting.
I still rather like this tea, and it’s quite good for what it is but I did lower the score a bit because I didn’t find it nearly as enjoyable as I did last time.
This weekend was so nice! R&R all the way. Did a tube float down a river, went fishing (read: sat in the boat while other people fished), did some kayaking and swimming. Just so nice to get away!
Thank you momo for this one :)
This was the perfect tea to end my relaxing day yesterday! It has a lightly tropical feel with the watermelon and peach. I can’t really find the kiwi, but I didn’t look that hard either.
I really enjoy that the flavors are light enough that they don’t cover the green tea (which feels a little delicate). It’s smooth and vegetal and the sip is really gentle.
Definitely make this one with cooler water! The base seems like it can get a little sharp if you start inching into 180 and up.