190 Tasting Notes
This tea is sweet and floral, very much living up to its name: vanilla and jasmine. I tried this tea back to back with Tealuxe’s Buckingham Garden Party blend, which is earl grey and jasmine; ultimately, I prefer the earl grey blend since there is more complexity in flavor. This tea is simple, and a bit one-note. However, it is tasty and smooth and everything you expect from its description.
Flavors: Cream, Floral, Jasmine, Vanilla
This is definitely a balance between coconut and pineapple, neither one is overly powerful. It’s a good flavor to pair with the red grass rooibos base. There’s nothing quite like this on adagio, so it’s well worth a try. Fruiter than pina colatta, but not as sharp as a citrus tea. It’s a sweet, creamy, caffeine-free treat!
Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Pineapple, Tropical
I got this tea to try because it was unusual for me and new to adagio. It’s not a favorite on its own, but has potential to be a nice element in blends. The summer rose smells pleasant in the bag, and melds nicely with a gentle black tea base. However, the rose flavoring does taste a bit soapy, and would probably benefit from lots of milk, sugar, or vanilla tea. Pretty, girly, and unlike other flavors on adagio, I’m glad to have in the arsenal for future blends.
Flavors: Floral, Rose, Soap
I brewed this strong, using extra tea and extra time, as I know honeybush teas tend to be on the light side. This tea smells spicy in the bag, cinnamon and ginger, and brews up with similar pie-like flavors. The honeybush is nuttier and a bit more caramel-like compared to the rooibos. If you can’t bring yourself to drink rooibos vanilla chai, this will probably be a nice decaf chai alternative. That said, it has additional pumpkin flavoring, which is sort of starchy and gently vegetal with lots of cinnamon and spice. The flavoring is the same as the pumpkin chai tea, so you should know that going in. If you like all things pumpkin spice, this will also be a winner.
Flavors: Butternut Squash, Caramel, Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutty, Pumpkin, Spices
I really tried to follow the brewing instructions on this one, keeping the water a little cooler and steeping for a full 2 minutes. The dry leaves are very fine and soft, I could see how this would be crushed to make your own matcha. The dry leaf is not overly fragrant, smelling gently vegetal and nutty. The tea brewed up a very pale green, and was delicate in flavor, tasting similar to how it smelled: gentle, grassy, vegetal flavor, sweet in a natural way, with a pop of more barky, nutty flavor at the end. This is a tea with a lot of potential. I will have to try cold-brewing it, and maybe even crushing it for matcha.
Flavors: Grass, Green, Nutty, Vegetal
I like my chai teas the spicier the better. This one is okay. it takes a lot of leaves to get it strong and spicy, and the mate isn’t as bold as the usual black tea base. The flavor is nice, very forward in ginger, cardamon, and anise. It makes for a super smooth and sweet chai without any sweetener. If you prefer mate tea, this would be a lovely change of pace, and perfect for fall. Personally, I need a little more boldness and spice.
Flavors: Anise, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger, Hay
Peach and green. I made this tea with water, no sugar or milk, and drank it iced, frothed up in my thermos. It was a lovely summertime boost on a hot afternoon. The matcha is decent, grassy and smooth, and the peach is sweet without being too artificial. A fun experiment. I was glad I could get a small sample and try it out.
Flavors: Candy, Grass, Peach
I love the idea of this blend: something for autumn, peppercorns and spice and smoke— truly some of my favorite sensations. That in mind, this tea was much sweeter than I expected. The apple and aniseed and cocoa nibs help keep this blend gentle and dessert-like, and orange flavoring keeps it bright and drinkable. The smoke is just a teeny, tiny whiff. I also like that this tea is low in caffeine, so I can drink it anytime without being so hard on my body. I’m glad to see adagio making seasonal blends of their own, it makes it fun to stop in and shop on their site. But I do wish this blend had some more gusto. A blend called bonfire didn’t seem to have very much cinnamon flame or savory woodsmoke. Maybe I’ll pump up my personal batch with some more lapsang and see how it goes.
Edit: I’ve been brewing this tea with about 50% lapsang souchong mixed in and it is a lovely sweet-savory woodsmoke experience. Would recommend.
Flavors: Anise, Apple, Cocoa, Nutty, Orange Zest, Pepper, Smoke
This is a lovely decaf tea that I often drink when I want something with a little more body and sweetness in the evening. (Honeybush and rooibos are all well and good for nighttime tea-drinking, but sometimes you just want a black tea). This has all the usual features of a black tea: it can brew up strong or bitter if left oversteeped, has a full mouthfeel with rich, dark tanins. The real treat of this blend is the lovely vanilla flavor: sweet, smooth, creamy vanilla bean aroma and taste. I take my tea black, so the vanilla is more present in the smell of the dry teabags, but when mixed with milk, the brew becomes even creamier. Traditional and sweet, it’s a favorite for a reason. Not to mention the adorable tin and the sleek pyramid teabags.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cream, Tannin, Vanilla
I bought this tea for the jasmine and I must say I love it in combination with the citrus cream of the Earl Grey. It is traditional, with a bit of a spring-time, lady-like twist. I drink my teas black, but I will have to make an exception and drink this one with a bit of milk, or as an iced late to bring out the creaminess.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Cream, Floral, Jasmine