734 Tasting Notes
i’m not a huge white tea fan, but i actually to honest goodness loved this tea!
i bought it for oddree because it has roses in it, it’s a thing i do. find a tea with roses, buy it for oddree. but i really didn’t expect to like it much. basically figured i’d drink it once or twice and the rest would be hers. so what a nice surprise to find it to tasty. especially since there are several low ratings by some other steepsters that i follow.
i brewed it and put the lid tightly on my timolino and then put it next to my bed and drank it first thing in the morning. it was still warm. it totally was.
today i took a spontaneous trip to ikea a couple of hours away and spontaneously bought a standing desk and i am writing this review while standing at it. this desk is SO BEAUTIFUL. fukin A. and it was a glorious day to drive with my sister and talk about fanfiction the WHOLE way there and back. warm fuzzies. super warm fuzzies.
Ah ha! see! this is me learning.
the minute i smelled and tasted this i recognized how similar it was to the Steve Rogers blend i recently fell in sorta-love with. but i was struck by how much i liked that one vs how much i didn’t super love this one…?
subtle (or not so subtle) changes can make a big difference :)
both teas are Spiced Apple Chai forward blends. apple pie and pastries nom nom.
but the rest is almond vs vanilla, and Assam vs Irish Breakfast (a Ceylon & Assam blend).
what’s not to love about almond OR vanilla? potato, potato.
so …SCIENCE! i’m guessing i don’t like Ceylon as much as some other types?? i’ve always known i’m an assam gal. go figure.
controversial opinion: i liked the first movie more than the second one. kinda lots more. could be the book and fic reading changed my expectations? bam!
i know i don’t have to say it every time, but i had so much fun planning the adagio buy & swap i did with moraiwe that i just feel compelled to mention it yet again.
LOOK at ALL THE TEA i get to try! looook!
and i get to share it with my sister too! double fun all around. and my sis is the reason i even read The Hobbit in the first place.** so totally awesome.
not a bad tea at all! but, ….yes but, ….i’m gonna blame the white tea for why i don’t mega love this blend. i like oolongs lots, but sometimes i just need my white in a very specific context to really enjoy it in the best way. so it’s a very yummy tea, but it just doesn’t warm my veins the way some other similarly flavored teas do.
it’s cool though, more for oddree!!
**(being an english major and an ex-english teacher and a general overall power reader, she has read LOTR and The Hobbit numerous times.) (also, with that bio under her belt, she seriously makes the BEST fic recs. and she sent me a brilliant fic that i started reading but had to stop because i hadn’t actually read The Hobbit yet. so i saw the first movie, paused the fic, read The Hobbit, then resumed the fic. all thanks to her nudges.)
(in hindsight, i hope oddree doesn’t mind that this post is like all about her?? haha, i just had the stuff to say about the stuff and stuff. xo)
sorry sis but i drank ALL of the Pancake Breakfast myself!
i couldn’t help it!
this tea has some similar qualities to the ATR brioche, but with less almondness and more of maybe a buttery note. i don’t get too much maple from it myself but i do get a nice bready sweetness.
i haven’t had much luck with 52teas in the past, and took a kinda long break from trying them, but i’m starting to think that i just had bad luck and also that i was too inexperienced to know what i was tasting. i was seriously a newb.
so! a special thanks to Eva for swapping this with me and re-igniting my interest in 52teas.
a balanced tea. easy to drink.
so easy that i kinda just gulped it down and didn’t really ‘stop to smell the roses’.
the green & chunky spice made this cup nature-ready for the sunrise, but the cream and apple flavors kinda got lost in the morning dew.
i’ll add more to this note when i get to my second cup.
the dry leaf blend smells pretty amazing. peach city!
steeped and plain, the tea falls SLIGHTLY flat for me, but i bet if i add just a touch of agave it’ll kinda fill out. i’m also going to try different steeping times and leaf quantities. it’s one of those occasions where the good outweigh the unsure qualities, and with just a little experimentation the tea will reach it’s proper potential. (i’ll keep ya posted.)
but in the meantime, does anyone here make their own adagio blends? if so, what method do you use? do you buy sample sizes of different teas and then measure out tiny half teaspoon ratios? and the brew them each in a tiny cup? or do you just think really hard and make a blend on the website and just go for it?
i really wanna be able to at least make one blend i feel good about, but i’m afraid i just might not have the knack for it…
i’m not really a green tea girl. i drink them and i’m always looking for one that helps it all click for me, but i don’t seem to have found it yet.
the apricot is nice, the vanilla gives it a smoothness, but for me it’s ultimately just too light. i drank most of it but i didn’t finish the cup before it got cold. then i put a plate over the mug to protect it from cat mouths and just added some hot water in the morning before i gulped it down.
it’s an appropriate tea for Thranduil, but not for me. (maybe my sister will like it :))