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drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
186 tasting notes

Homygawd this is awesome.

Okay, so here’s a little secret: out of all the teas I’ve gotten from Adagio, the one that I’ve been sneaking smells from the most often is the Gunpowder. It just smelled so unusual and different from any of the others. And this tea is frankly, adorable. The little glossy pellets look like droppings from a rabbit god. Or something like that. The smell was sooo good too. Smoky and deep and complex, begging me to just taste it.

I brewed up a level teaspoon in my IngenuiTEA, and waited for the magic. Now, you might not know this, but I’m new to loose leaf, and therefore am fascinated by the leaves unfurling. I sit in front of the IngenuiTEA like a kid in a candy show and watch the fireworks. And boy, did these little critters put on a show. They were writhing and shuddering in the steeper like The Little Shop of Horrors was coming to town. Bursting open with their little leafy tentacles… I expected one of the little buggers to wave to me. That’s how lifelike it looked. The leaves also blew up in size and proportion as they bombastically exploded. I was shocked at the jungle in my pot when it came time to pour.

The liquid that comes out of the craziness is a pretty yellow-green, that color in the Crayola box that you could sometimes never find use for. There wasn’t really much of a smell at all coming from the cup. But the taste? Mmmmm.

Okay, let’s go on a tangent here. Trust me, it’s necessary. When I was little, we’d go to Disney World on occasion for vacation. My favorite part was EPCOT, and my favorite ride was Spaceship Earth (hey, I’m a dork – leave me alone!). Ridiculously enough, my favorite part of Spaceship Earth was Rome burning. Why? Because they’d pump into the air an awesome smell of burning wood and smoke, a mesquite-like scent, that I’d try to keep in my lungs as much as possible after the ride moved on.

This tea tasted like Rome burning. And it was amazing. Smoky and deep and mysterious. I was in heaven. There was a bit of a sour taste, and a bit of a sweet aftertaste. The sweet taste fought a battle with the smoke and won as the cup cooled down. Sweet and a teeny bit grassy, with the smoke as the aftertaste. But at the highest point of heat, it was all smoke. I’m not getting the ashes description that a lot of people are suggesting, but still. There’s a little bit of a slight astringency on the palate once it’s cooled down a bit, but it’s sort of pleasing in a way that I can’t describe.

I do not think this tea is for everyone. The proof was when I offered my mom a sip of this. She was on the phone when I gave it to her. She immediately shook her head and visibly almost gagged. And I thought, well, that was interesting. It pretty much tastes like it smells dry, so if you don’t like the smell, don’t drink it.

But yeah, I love this already. We’re going to try and get multiple steepings out of this baby today, so stay tuned for future logs as the day goes on! :D

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
rabbysmom

I love Spaceship Earth and this review :) Thanks for being so descriptive! It seems like you are really enjoying your new tea pot- do you find it super easy to use?

Cofftea

Hehe, you make me smile:) P.S. I think a LOT of us tea “veterans” still love watching tea steep. Even ahead of the health benefits- that’s the major difference between coffee and tea for me. Although I still love my coffee.

teaplz

rabbysmom, it’s SO easy to use. I’m absolutely sure you’d have no trouble using it. :) Check the “Bagged Tea” thread for answers to all of your questions!

I hate coffee, Cofftea!

LENA

i’m not a huge gunpowder fan, but i really liked reading this review of it. love The Little Shop of Horrors comparison. hope none of the leaves told you “feed me”.

Jillian

You know, the only time I tried gunpowder (it wasn’t from Adagio) I hated it. But reading your post makes me think that it might be worth another shot. You’re an inspiration, honey. ;)

takgoti

Resisting urge to break out into Suddenly Seymour.

When my parents took us to Disneyworld for the first time, my brother was sooo excited because we were in LOVE with Chip and Dale and he wanted to meet them. When we finally found them, he was terrified and wouldn’t stop crying. I guess that no one thought to explain to him that they weren’t going to be teeny tiny chipmunks like they are on TV. My favorite ride was the cheesy, cheesy, 20000 Leagues Under the Sea one that they eventually shut down. It was a sad day for my past self when I discovered that.

On a tea-related note, I think you’ve inspired me to finally get around to trying the gunpowder I have sitting somewhere, too.

LENA

@ takgoti – great, now I’m singing Suddenly Seymour! I’ve gotta agree with your brother…anything/anyone in a big mascot suit pretty much terrifies me.

sophistre

I remember that smell. Rome burning, I mean, not gunpowder. That and the orange trees toward the end of…oh what was the ride…Horizons? I can virtually smell them both to this day if I think about it long enough. These logs are a lot of fun to read!

teaplz

I didn’t make it to Disney World before they shut down 20000 Leagues. :( But I LOVED Horizons. That was one of my favorites. Those oranges were ah-mazing smelling! And there was a crazy robot making a complete mess in the kitchen. Good times, good times.

My sister was afraid of all the mascots, too. All of the pictures we have around are of her crying her head off.

And yay! Drink that gunpowder, peoples! It’s definitely not for everyone, but I really enjoyed it. And my mom hated it. She thinks I’m INSANE for liking it. And if you love spinach juice, you’ll love the second steep. Hahaha.

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rabbysmom

I love Spaceship Earth and this review :) Thanks for being so descriptive! It seems like you are really enjoying your new tea pot- do you find it super easy to use?

Cofftea

Hehe, you make me smile:) P.S. I think a LOT of us tea “veterans” still love watching tea steep. Even ahead of the health benefits- that’s the major difference between coffee and tea for me. Although I still love my coffee.

teaplz

rabbysmom, it’s SO easy to use. I’m absolutely sure you’d have no trouble using it. :) Check the “Bagged Tea” thread for answers to all of your questions!

I hate coffee, Cofftea!

LENA

i’m not a huge gunpowder fan, but i really liked reading this review of it. love The Little Shop of Horrors comparison. hope none of the leaves told you “feed me”.

Jillian

You know, the only time I tried gunpowder (it wasn’t from Adagio) I hated it. But reading your post makes me think that it might be worth another shot. You’re an inspiration, honey. ;)

takgoti

Resisting urge to break out into Suddenly Seymour.

When my parents took us to Disneyworld for the first time, my brother was sooo excited because we were in LOVE with Chip and Dale and he wanted to meet them. When we finally found them, he was terrified and wouldn’t stop crying. I guess that no one thought to explain to him that they weren’t going to be teeny tiny chipmunks like they are on TV. My favorite ride was the cheesy, cheesy, 20000 Leagues Under the Sea one that they eventually shut down. It was a sad day for my past self when I discovered that.

On a tea-related note, I think you’ve inspired me to finally get around to trying the gunpowder I have sitting somewhere, too.

LENA

@ takgoti – great, now I’m singing Suddenly Seymour! I’ve gotta agree with your brother…anything/anyone in a big mascot suit pretty much terrifies me.

sophistre

I remember that smell. Rome burning, I mean, not gunpowder. That and the orange trees toward the end of…oh what was the ride…Horizons? I can virtually smell them both to this day if I think about it long enough. These logs are a lot of fun to read!

teaplz

I didn’t make it to Disney World before they shut down 20000 Leagues. :( But I LOVED Horizons. That was one of my favorites. Those oranges were ah-mazing smelling! And there was a crazy robot making a complete mess in the kitchen. Good times, good times.

My sister was afraid of all the mascots, too. All of the pictures we have around are of her crying her head off.

And yay! Drink that gunpowder, peoples! It’s definitely not for everyone, but I really enjoyed it. And my mom hated it. She thinks I’m INSANE for liking it. And if you love spinach juice, you’ll love the second steep. Hahaha.

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22-year-old NYC girl just starting out on her tea adventures! I used to hate tea. If you asked me a few years ago what I thought of tea, I’d tell you it tasted like hot, dirty dishwater. Not anymore! I acquired a taste for tea when I started drinking peppermint tea for my upset stomach problems. From there I graduated to teas like chamomile and Lipton. But Lipton wasn’t strong enough!

I’m getting the hang of this loose leaf thing. Black’s my default, but I’ve found that I really love teas that fall into every category. I’m a purist – I always drink my tea neat. I prefer unflavored tea over flavored tea, and really dislike anything flavored with artificial-tasting substances. I’ve grown up a bit in my tea drinking, and I find that novelty appeals to me less and less.

I also am the happy girlfriend of the boy that created the tea randomizer, which can be found here: http://www.jaydeee.net/pickatea.php

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