76 Tasting Notes
It’s the time of year again when I hoard pumpkin spice teas because I NEED them.
That said, this is more ‘Cinnamony Pumpkin Pancakes’ than ‘Syrupy’. There’s huge pieces of cinnamon in the dry mix; I had to break a few to get them to fit into my tea ball. The smell of it, both dry leaf and brewed tea, is also overwhelmingly of cinnamon and other spices. It goes without saying that it tastes mainly of cinnamon when it’s freshly brewed, and just a bit bitter from the Ceylon. When it cools a little the other spice flavors come out a bit more, and just a little bit of pumpkin. If the syrup’s there at all, it’s lost under all the spices. It’s not particularly pancakelike either; it’s really more of a cinnamon-heavy pumpkin chai than anything else.
I took the package’s advice for my second cup and added maple syrup as a sweetener; then I got the maple flavor because I added it myself. So yeah, BYOS if you want the ‘syrupy’ part of this at all.
It’s a pale imitation of Thai tea, but hey, Adagio. I’d say you get what you pay for, but I’ve gotten better teas for less.
Steeped at 3 minutes in 200-degree water it has a mild vanilla-coconut flavor with a little bit of apple. No cardamom at all, even though the seeds are there. I was honestly thinking of cracking some of my own pods open and tossing them in there to see how it would taste if there was any cardamom flavor. I don’t know why the honeybush is even there.
It’s alright if a mild vanilla-coconut tea is what you’re looking for, but if you were expecting something special, I’d look elsewhere.
Either the bag wasn’t that fresh or Tealyra embellishes heavily in its descriptions, since it tasted neither floral nor particularly berrylike. “Creamy and vanila-like?” Not at all. It was weak, with a tart, almost citrusy taste. I wonder if all that orange peel had any part in that. The almonds are just a decoration, and even after cracking the cardamom pods I couldn’t taste any.
I’d wanted to try this and bought some when it was discontinued. Unlike the much better Oatmeal Cookie, I won’t regret not being able to get any more.
This smells like Atomic Fireballs. Or Red Hots. Or Hot Tamales. Pick your cinnamon candy of choice. It tastes like cinnamon candies too, just without the “bite” they have. Since I love spicy things I miss that part of it, but what can you do? To be fair, since I do like spicy stuff so much, your “not spicy” and my “not spicy” may be very different.
Go easy on the sweetener if you add any. This tea is very sweet, and even a spoonful of sugar can make it cloying.
You may want to leaf generously, since this tea is VERY delicate. The dry leaf and the brewed tea have a strong figgy scent, but the brewed tea is much more subtle. One teaspoon yielded a brew that was a little too light for me, 1 and 1/2 was still delicate, but tasty. The fig flavor gets more noticeable as it cools, even if it also becomes a little bit astringent. I’ll probably restock in the future, since I like fig-flavored teas more than I thought I would.
…and the piggy sprinkles are cute, even if they stuck, half-melted, all over my tea ball. Easy enough to clean though, so no big deal.
Less leaf and a shorter steep time does bring out more of the lavender. The first time I used around 1 1/2 teaspoons and steeped it for five minutes, this time I used just 1 teaspoon and steeped for three. This way there’s a definite lavender note and the fig flavor’s somewhat more muted.
I actually like it better the first way, with more fig and less lavender.
I decided to try something different, and just went “Let’s look for a fig tea!”, because why not. This was the first one I came across, so fig and lavender it was. Both the dry mix and brewed tea smell like Fig Newtons. I didn’t think the scent was that strong at first (some teas I have on hand have a far stronger scent; for example any S&V teas I have), but after leaving the tea to steep and coming back a few minutes later, my entire kitchen smelled of it. Not like that’s a bad thing.
At five minutes it not only smelled but tasted like a Fig Newton, the lavender having been all but overpowered. I got a slight hint of lavender at the end of the sip, but that was all. I’ll have to see if it’s any more present with a three-minute steep, since the packaging says it can steep anywhere from 3-6 minutes. The black base is very forgiving; no astringency at all that I could taste.
It might be a little light on the lavender, but if you’re in the market for a fig-flavored black tea this seems like a decent bet.
I decided to give this another shot again after a few years, and had it included as a free sample with my most recent order. That way I figured I could toss it if it was still as horrific as I remember with no real loss.
I made sure to steep it for three minutes rather than my usual five, since Adagio’s black base gets ridiculously bitter if you steep it for a hair longer than three minutes and added sugar. It doesn’t taste like concentrated evil this time, and I can tell it’s supposed to have some sort of creamy, vanilla-y taste. It’s just…well, still nothing special on its own.
It’s best kept in blends and not taken straight, much like their vanilla tea. In blends, it really helps to tie things together. On it’s own it’s just not worth it.