157 Tasting Notes
After enjoying a relaxing long weekend with my finance, I’m sick. It’s not even the good kind of sick (pardon the oxymoron) where you sleep for a day and feel better. Nope. This is the sort of cold that both keeps you awake and insists that you sinuses also be plugged.
I received this as a sample in my most recent order. It’s not something I’d ordinarily try as I historically haven’t been a huge fan of ginger in my tea. Truthfully, I keep expecting to hate this one, but I don’t. It’s spicy and hot and really soothing. I’ve already gone through a pot and I’m making another.
The only downside is that I don’t have any more of this. I can see it being really helpful when I’m back at work tomorrow.
I got a pitcher pack of this to try and I’m really on the fence. It’s not as caramel sweet as I was expecting — the first steep reminds me of Fruity Pebbles cereal, of all things. The second steep is very apple cinnamon — pleasant, but not what I was expecting from a kettle corn flavored tea.
This was sort of a cheater sipdown. I usually steep everything twice partly because most of my teas seem to hold up well to a second steeping and partly because I’m cheap and this helps me justify the cost of my tea.
With this tea, though, I just couldn’t bring myself to resteep.
Oh, the flavor is spot on. It’s very orange and very chocolate. The flavors just don’t meld for me; the whole thing was just too sharp. So I dug out the biggest cup I have, added a tiny bit of sugar, steeped the little bit I had left, and gulped.
Turns out, this one isn’t terrible if you sweeten and understeep. And, turns out, I don’t feel as guilty as I expected to, only steeping this one once. The cabinet space more than makes up for it…
My fiance and I have been working on our apartment recently. Specifically, we’ve been unpacking and finding homes for everything. We actually moved in together last October and had originally planned to make the move in a month-long get organized extravaganza.
Yeah … so that didn’t happen at all. The closest we came to settled was putting our clothes into the dressers and unpacking the kitchen stuff. And – fun bonus – our apartment is seriously lacking in storage space which means there really isn’t a place for everything to go.
To resolve this problem, we bought a hutch for our dining room and, since it finally came in, I’ve been on a bit of an organizational bender. Also a tea buying bender seeing as hutch = more places to store tea = I can stock up.
(My fiance, feeling guilt over his third!!! fishtank, is surprisingly supportive of this. Hmm.)
Anyway. I got this as part of a fandom sampler from Adagio and made it yesterday to take to work. With a little added sugar, it’s not bad, but it’s definitely a bit biting — I’m not sure which of the ingredients is causing that. I tried again today with some milk and sugar and it’s quite tasty. The berries aren’t as prominent and I don’t get any chocolate, but it’s a nice tea to wake up to.
Backlog from last week.
My tea drinking has gone down lately between work being busy and the weather getting hot and muggy. I had this with breakfask thinking blueberries and cream would make for a nice, light tea.
It’s not bad. I definitely get a creamy flavor. Seems like the blueberries got lost in the shuffle. Maybe it needs some sugar?
I finally got around to placing my first Adagio order late last week. It’s getting close to my birthday and my fiance just got a third (!!!!) fish tank, so I figured some tea was in order. If my apartment is going to be slowly taken over by aquariums the least I can do is compensate by ordering lots of tea. Really, I see no other solution.
I got a sample tin of this tea because I love Earl Greys and Earl Grey + fruit just seemed like a winning combination. I steeped this at work (so, I have no idea how much tea was used, how hot the water was, or an approximate steep time .. oops) and added a bit of sugar. It’s not bad, maybe not my favorite Earl Grey, but I love how smooth it is — no need to add milk! The fruit flavor is vague but there, and makes this tea just a little more special. Probably not something I’ll reorder, but I’m really glad I tried it.
This is the sort of black tea that I love – one where a 2 minute steep is sufficient. I don’t have a lot of time in the mornings, so teas like this one are perfect for making in a travel mug to bring to work. I made this in the Timolino with rock sugar.
It is so good. This tea has a thick mouthfeel and the aftertaste is pure caramel. I don’t taste chocolate, per se, but the thickness of this tea makes me think I’m biting into a sweet treat.
Delicious. And well worth the wait for this to be reblended.
I didn’t have time to make myself tea before leaving the house this morning (the joys of waking up late … maybe I should invest in one of those programmable tea makers for days like today?), so I grabbed a bag of this to take to work instead. I haven’t been a huge fan of ginger + fruit in teas, but figured ginger on its own might be okay. Because it’s a breakfast tea, I had this with milk and a bit of sugar.
The ginger makes this warm and pleasantly spicy; I really enjoyed my cup of this. A nice, relaxing cup of tea to drink while reading emails.
2tsp Cool Cucumber mixed with 2tsp Pom Tango
1.5tbs of rock sugar
Brewed hot and then chilled.
My friend recommended Cool Cucumber/Pom Tango as an iced tea and, since I’m trying to clear out my cupboard, I made some this weekend. I think I used too much of the cool cucumber, though, because the mint from that tea overpowers everything else. Pom Tango adds a nice – if subtle – sweetness though.