78 Tasting Notes
I think I’m hitting the bottom of the barrel with this. I had a cup the other night and didn’t get any of the fruitiness I’m accustomed to. Without the fruit, it actually tastes kind of weird. It’s sweet white tea, and I’m not sure what’s causing the weird sweetness. The rosehips? I don’t know, IT WAS WEIRD. Need to restock!
So, it’s been a couple days since I’ve updated. I was laid off my job on Friday so that’ll probably put a damper on the whole “trying new teas thing.” Sad day. :’(
IN BRIGHTER NEWS THOUGH, I WON A TEA GIVE AWAY ON TUMBLR!! YES! I got 4 of the Adagio’s Zodiac teas. I thought I would start out with this one because I am a Sagittarius, hurhur. MAN, I’m glad I picked this. It was SOOO good!
I resteeped this 3 different times and every time it was fantastic! The third time it started losing flavour, but that’s to be expected. I was excited to have the raspberry as the fruit in this tea since the other Adaigo tea I’ve had with raspberry was also really good. I was worried, though, that it might be too fruity. Fruity teas are among my favorite, but based on the ingredients I really didn’t want it overpower everything else. Thankfully that was not the case.
The raspberry was very subdued and made a great compliment to the vanilla and creme. The vanilla and creme was more in the forefront, but unlike the strawberry creme tea I’ve reviewed in the past this was not creamy in a gross way. The earl grey was definitely in there too, but I really had to try and pick everything out. This tea really just blends everything together in a wonderful way. Sweet, and delicious. Adding a bit of sugar made it even better.
I gave this tea another shot yesterday while making dinner. Instead of steeping for the recommended 2-3 minutes, I tried 6 in hopes that it would bring out the strawberry more. This time around I also decided not add milk, or sugar until I tried it plain.
The black tea was really strong when I took my first sip, with slight strawberry undertones. It was okay, but definitely needed sugar. After I put about a 1tsp of sugar in it tasted a lot better. Definitely not as creamy as the last time I had it.
I would have still liked the strawberry to be more pronounced in this. I saw that they have a fruit version of this tea as well. Maybe that version is more along the lines of what I was thinking this would be. It’s just not doing it for me. Next time I give this a go I will probably try it iced.
Thanks Starberry for the sample!
MMMMMMM! This is what I was hoping to get when I tried the Trader Joe’s Pomegranate tea. Something light, with a bit of fruit flavor to it. I brought this to work with me wanting something different than what I currently have. It’s PERFECT for what I’m looking for in a work tea!
I didn’t get much smell out it after steeping. The initial sip gives you a hint of the raspberry and cranberry, with the hibiscus coming through more in the after taste. I’m not getting any bitterness like some people are describing, or tartness either for that matter. I did use one bag for my 16oz travel mug however,which is probably making this a lot lighter.
I need to pick some of this up!!
This is my first time having Earl Grey tea! I generally avoid my works selection of tea because, last I checked, it was mainly minty teas (ick). One of my co-workers mentioned that this was in there though so I was decided, “HEY! LETS GIVE IT A SHOT!”
After reading some reviews, I really wanted to try Verdant teas “Earl of Anxi”, but my friend discouraged me since I had never had earl grey before. I’m glad that my work had this, so I can make my decision!
It’s pretty alright! I like it. It’s a lot more robust than the teas I’m used to having. It’s also a black tea, which I usually sweeten, or latte. I could definitely had a bit of sugar to this, but I’m also enjoying it plain. Now I know what bergamot is as well! I can see why my friend’s dad loves it, he pretty much exclusively drinks earl grey, though he prefers it iced.
Overall, this was a pleasant first experience. I wouldn’t mind having it again. This particular tea isn’t something I would stock my cupboard with, but it’s good enough for me to get a sample from Verdant I think!
To quote Starberry’s review: “I actually gave it all away to my friends… I wonder how much they hate me now. :’)”
GEE. THANKS A LOT.
First off, I have had this tea in my cupboard for over half a year. If that says anything about my excitement to try this, I don’t know what does. Starberry did nothing to ease my nerves after telling me she thought my glowing review for Teavana’s Wild Orange Blossom was about this tea. Oh yes, and then there’s her review about the tea… My confidence is high.
Took it out of the bag.. NOT EVEN THAT IS DOING IT ANY FAVORS. The ingredient combo doesn’t seem to thrilling either. I feel like there is going to be A LOT going on with this tea. Almost too much maybe? We’ll see.
The smell is most definitely agreeing with my “a lot going on with this tea” statement. There’s floral, citrusy scents going on, all being lead by orange. To me, its not pleasant.
OH DANG IS THAT TART. VERY orange indeed. It reminds me of when you eat a warhead sour candy and you have to get through the sour powder to get to the sweet candy. Now, I like warheads, but the powder has this strange gross element to it, maybe that’s what sour tastes like. It must be the lemongrass causing it. The aftertaste brings out hints of the spearmint. Now, I do NOT like drinking minty drinks, so that’s not doing this drink any favors.
I don’t like it.
AHAHAAHAHAH, I just gave a sip to my sister and she said the exact same thing I did, “OH MAN THAT’S TART.” She then made a nasty face. I asked if she added a crap ton of sugar (how she normally takes any of her drinks) to it would she enjoy it, and she just responded, “I don’t even know. 8|” She is not impressed. Tazo passion, is one of the few teas she actually likes so I thought MAYBE if she liked this she could just have the rest.
Guess I’ll have to find some other friend to pawn this off on… CARRY ON THE TRADITION.
EDIT: Lowering my review score because I have any awful tummy ache right now that only this could have caused…