509 Tasting Notes
I woke up this morning and could not wait to get this open. This is such an interesting tea! Rose hips, dried schizandra berries, hibiscus, and of course plum! It looked like potpourri in the bag as I transferred it to a tin.
The plum taste is absolutely vivid. It’s like the tea was soaked in Japanese plum wine, then dried. I admit I find the hibiscus flavor a little overpowering in this blend, but I still like it in all its complexity. The oolong is very mild beneath it all, but accompanies it well.
It brews up to a lovely pinkish-amber hue, and smells like fruit juice. In fact, the tea’s flavor reminds me a lot of juice when it has had time to cool. It’s wonderful. But that’s coming from a plum tea fiend.
Sipping my last cup of this from the tin. In fact, I didn’t have enough for a full cup, so I added a pinch of Adagio’s Snowbud to the mix. Since this blend is made with Snowbud in the first place, it hardly changes the flavor. There is noticeably less blueberry taste, however.
Sad to see this one go. :/
I probably should have drank this without cream. The tea simply couldn’t stand up to it. I tend to expect my chai to be strong, but this one is not. All I can taste is a fakey vanilla flavor and the cream. Sort of reminds me of a vanilla-scented candle. There are a few hints at other spices, but they’re indistinct. I don’t like it at all.
Unlike what seems like most of you, I didn’t grow up drinking Constant Comment. In fact, I had managed to live 24 years without trying it somehow, despite my love for tea. Anyway, I made myself a cup before work today.
The tea snob in me wants to hate it just because it’s in a bag, old-fashioned, and common. But in all honesty, I like it. None of the spices are too overwhelming, and the orange zest tastes real, unlike that awful stuff Tazo makes. Also, you can still taste the black tea despite the other flavors, and that’s tasty too. Drinking it this time of year feels festive. It’s a good autumn tea.
I’ll admit right now I have a weakness for this stuff. Where I work, we make a drink called a Lightning Bug that is based on this tea vodka, and it’s amazing. Anyway, I haven’t tried any of the other flavors, but I aim to soon. The raspberry and peach intrigue me the most.
This tastes just like sweet tea with lemon, but with the burn of vodka. I did a shot and I think it’s too sweet for that. Right now I have it in a lowball glass, mixed with Minute Maid Citrus Punch. It’s delicious.
I forgot I had this! I’ve been delving deep into my tea stash, trying to burn through it so I can justify buying more sometime soon. I plan to be giving a lot of my money to Arbor Teas and Adagio, especially.
This tea was originally created on my account by Jeff Van Wie, before he had an account with Adagio of his own. Anyway, it’s a green/white/fruit blend, and the liquor brews up to a pleasant yellowy green. The leaves smell so sweet in the tin, almost minty, but mostly fruity from the dried blueberries.
The taste is light and clean, much like a white tea but with a hint of green tea flavor behind it. It’s mild and refreshing, and would be good right before bed, or when you’re in need of a gentle tea first thing in the morning. I’m not entirely sure what “spiced” indicates in the Spiced Green, but I can definitely taste it. I just can’t put my finger on what it is. There is also a hint of mint in the flavor as well. The blueberry taste could be stronger, but it’s good in the aftertaste either way. In short, I really enjoy this tea.
Made another pot of this tonight. I’m going to miss this sample when it’s gone!
We’re having our first truly cold night of fall here in Atlanta. I volunteered to make a pot of tea for my friend and brother, and my friend suggested I make something that would be good for a sore throat. This tea immediately came to mind. I served it with a little sugar and a good dollop of honey. It’s wonderful and soothing.
I know, I put honey in everything!
Alright, Organic Special Grade, take two.
This time I’ve steeped it for seven minutes. Last time it was just a tad too mellow for my tastes, so this time I decided to experiment. (Especially since a friend told me I could just let it go for as long as I wanted.) It brewed up incredibly dark as usual, and everything the leaves touch turns dark amber.
I also added sugar and honey, a tablespoon of each. And this is so good. The extra two minutes have made a great difference. It is still not bitter in any way, but the flavor has strengthened. It’s so incredibly smooth and sort of buttery. It does dry the mouth out a little, though. And it does definitely taste roasted and earthy. I might have to add this to my shopping list…
Upped the rating. And I will see what happens at nine minutes eventually. :D