464 Tasting Notes
Trying desperately to empty out my tea collection before my pound (!) of loose chamomile arrives in the mail from Amazon.
Is ordering a pound of organic chamomile flowers a bad decision? Remains to be seen.
I made a bunch of this tea iced, because I was thinking that the grape flavor would come out more if it were chilled. I wasn’t wrong! It tastes more like raisins when it’s iced and less like fresh grapes or wine, but it’s still refreshing and nice.
In other news, I got my first annoyed caller at the Help Desk for the first time in four days. It was a good run of pleasantness, but all good things must come to an end, alas.
Thankfully, I’m getting better at not taking it personally whenever people call and yell at me out of frustration. Drinking a lot of tea, doing yoga, remembering to breathe, and also remembering that these peoples’ problems are not my problems – my day will continue on smoothly after I hang up with them – helps.
A yummy— albeit uninteresting— tea.
I have the exact same things to say about this one as I do the other three flavors in this Nut and Spice Sample Pack— Exactly what you’d expect from the names, but the base is a little too strong. Genuine flavoring. No surprises.
Well, at least they’re reliable. You know what you’re getting yourself into when you prepare a cup of any of these four flavors.
This one tastes like a high-quality chai masala.
I like it because the cinnamon is there without commandeering the cup. The nutmeg and cloves are the most prevalent, and I get just a bite of ginger. And the whole bouquet is strong enough to do battle with the very strong Adagio Ceylon base.
This is good stuff!
I love hazelnut flavored things, especially coffee and tea. The thing I love about the Adagio tea sampler that I got is how genuine the flavorings are. I feel like I’m really eating hazelnuts here. It’s earthy and perfect for the fall. My timing on ordering this sampler was just about perfect, if I do say so myself.
My only criticism is that the base is VERY strong, and can be oversteeped super easily, thereby becoming bitter and astringent very quickly.
A+ on the flavoring, B- on the base.
If I didn’t have a million other teas to drink, I would totally restock this one immediately. I loved it! So much better than the original Sleepytime. This was a stroke of brilliance by Celestial Seasonings, adding vanilla to this iconic blend.
The vanilla just adds another dimension to it— makes it feel like a treat.
I will be buying more of this— after I get my other teas sipped down.
Holy cow, is this a nutty tea!
I’m getting lots of vanilla, but also a coating like that almonds leave in your mouth. I’ve chewed actual vanilla bean before, so I can attest that the flavoring is authentic.
At first I didn’t quite understand what this was doing in my Nuts & Spice Sampler pack, but now I 100% get it.
Tried this one again. Bumping up my rating.
I think I oversteeped it last time. I remember the raspberry and the black base being very acid-like and not pleasant, but today it was much mellower.
Still not getting much bergamot. It’s a nice idea in theory, but in practice, raspberry and bergamot tend to be two dominant flavors, so they don’t really play nice together. In this case, the raspberry tackles the bergamot and sits on its chest, wrestling-style.
This’ll never be a favorite, but it’s certainly accessible as a work tea.