510 Tasting Notes
My sister just got back from a 2-week trip to Ireland and England (yes, I’m green with jealousy!) and I told her before she went that the only souvenir I wanted was some real British black tea. She brought back 75g of this tea from London and I wasn’t disappointed. This is quite possibly the best ceylon I’ve ever tasted: smooth and bright with just the right amount of body and delicious with or without milk. For the foreseeable future, this is my breakfast tea of choice!
Continuing on with my tasting of Fava teas! This one’s a winner. It legitimately smells and tastes like carrot cake, with just the right balance of sweet and spicy. I would definitely drink it again!
Flavors: Carrot, Clove, Nutmeg, Smooth, Sweet
Not leaving a rating because this is an older sample which may have lost its flavor due to improper storage. That being said, I didn’t get any marshmallow from this: just a strong, astringent black tea with a hint of toasted rice.
Flavors: Astringent, Toasted Rice
The sweet caramel and vanilla flavor is delicious and the sprinkles and sparkles add a fun touch. Unfortunately, the base tea ruins the experience for me. It is strong, bitter, and astringent and completely takes over the flavoring by the end of the sip. I do wish Adagio would use a better quality black base for their flavored teas, because they have so many fun flavors available!
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Caramel, Vanilla
This sample has been kicking around my desk drawer at work for months now; I think it came from a swap with Sophia. I finally brewed it up today as a little afternoon pick-me-up and was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it! Despite the age of the sample, the flavor remains strong. And it’s a true banana flavor: sweet and ripe and not at all artificial. I’m also picking up on some strawberry. No chocolate, but that’s okay…the banana/strawberry combination is delicious and combined with a nice smooth rooibos base, it’s a great little treat! This one may be finding its way back into my cupboard at some point.
Flavors: banana, Strawberry, Sweet
Trying another new-to-me blend from Fava. This one’s a miss for me. I love a strong chai with well-balanced spices and a flavorful base, but this doesn’t tick any of those boxes. The cinnamon is overwhelming whatever other spices are present and the base tea seems surprisingly thin and lackluster for a puerh. It was okay hot, but I really didn’t care for it as it cooled down; the lack of depth became even more pronounced and I started to notice an unpleasant sour aftertaste. I’ll give it another shot with milk and/or sweetener to finish off my sample, but I doubt this is something I’ll be purchasing in the future.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Sour
Fava is my local independent tea shop and I’m on a quest to try all of their tea…which is going to take a while, because they have a lot! So far, it’s been hit and miss: they have several blends that I adore (Cloud 9 and Roasted Almond Chai), others that I really don’t care for (such as Raspberry Rose and Two to Mango) and quite a few that I’m just ambivalent about. This one falls in the ambivalent category. I’m getting bread and nuts, but none of the sweet maple flavor I was hoping for. It’s okay, but not something I’m likely to purchase.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Nuts
I was browsing the aisles of the one tiny grocery store in the small Wisconsin town where I was staying. Imagine my surprise to stumble upon a selection of loose-leaf tea mixed in with the Lipton and Celestial Seasonings. And from a local brand I’d never heard of to boot! I decided to give this one a try and now I’m wishing I’d purchased more. This is a lovely sweet/spicy chai with a distinctive apricot taste, sweet and flavorful on its own and also delicious with milk. I’ll be keeping an eye out for more tea from this company!
Flavors: Apricot, Cinnamon, Spices
Haveteawilltravel kindly included this one as a bonus in my recent tea purchase. It’s not something I would have chosen on my own, but I’m actually quite enjoying it! The strawberry flavor is most prominent with the sassafras showing up mainly in the aftertaste. A nice light, fruity tea for summer!
Flavors: Root Beer, Strawberry