199 Tasting Notes
Ok. I want to start this by saying I have never really been the fondest of straight green tea. However, I have been told by many these days that my experience is skewed because I am used to grocery store green tea. So I bought a bunch of green tea samples to try from across the board to see if what I am being told is right or not. This is one of my first (non-jasmine) attempts. Here goes.
Ok, right off the bat this isn’t starting out well. This tea tastes slightly smoked, which is definitely NOT my favorite flavor. The weird thing is I didn’t notice the smokey flavor till the bottom of cup one. Resteep is smokey right away though. Definitely getting those green tea flavor notes, but it isn’t overpowering. If I had to describe it I would say smoked spinach. There’s almost a meaty flavor to it as well, kinda like jerky. I don’t know if I didn’t prepare this right or what but I’m getting a different flavor profile than everyone else on here. It kinda tastes like… dinner. Like beef and potatoes and veggies dinner all mixed up in one. Not the worst thing I’ve ever tasted, but certainly not good either. I think I will have to pass on this one and try a different one next time. Oh well.
Flavors: Meat, Smoke, Spinach, Vegetables
My second YS tea from my order. and wow am I impressed. The mellow flavor of this with the floral notes of the Jasmine blend perfectly. Unlike previous jasmines which were either too floral or too bitter, this one is just perfect. There is a background sweetness to this one as well. Wonderful tea. Totally recommend.
UPDATE: Just a friendly note on this one. There was no listing on this tea for Caffeine content, and there are far too many sites out there that still subscribe to the “all white tea is low caffeine” myth. This stuff is totally high caffeine. I drank two cups of this last night and was up all night. My brain would not stop pinging. Just a word of warning. It’s delish, but maybe save it for earlier in the day.
Flavors: Floral, Sweet
So I paid attention to how long I brewed this one this time. Only three minutes this time around. I am finding the flavor is still rather bitter. Definitely floral, but still rather bitter. I think I am going to drop the rating on this one as it isn’t just my oversteeping that made it bitter, it really just is that bitter. From what I understand, Dancongs come in many varieties. I have at least one more coming my way via teamail, if not more. Hopefully some of those will be better than this one. I’m afraid this one gets a pass from me.
Flavors: Bitter, Floral
Well, I have generally determined that Golden Blacks are one of my favorite types of tea. So, time to step my game up a notch!
Western Style. 3 min with 212F Water. Wet leaf smells like honey and muted cocoa with some maybe baked bread is it? Hard to say, I’m still learning this stuff.
Taste is… OH WOW. This is so much better than my Adagio Golden Monkey. I can see the similarities for sure, but all of the yumminess in this cup is turned up to 11. I’m getting strong cocoa and honey notes, and yes I’m calling it- it tastes like fresh baked bread. There’s something else there, I want to say ever so slight sweet potato, but really only the best parts of sweet potato because I really hate sweet potato and I’m definitely loving on this. Aftersip mouth taste is sweet and pleasing. Almost like a honeyed dinner roll. This is probably the best tea I’ve ever tasted in my life. Actually, “probably” may be misleading. I’m pretty much certain this is the best tea I’ve ever had. If there is better tasting tea out there, I don’t recall. I need this all the time. Bottom line: If you are a fan of the golden blacks, you owe it to yourself to try this. Go for it. This tea is wonderful.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Honey, Sweet Potatoes
Well, my late night brew time has arrived. This is the Honeybush variety of Adagio’s vanilla tea. In bag, it smells almost too sweet. But there is an additional scent there, something akin to bourbon. It’s almost syrupy sweet smell, so we shall see how well that translates.
Steeping is western style. I will point out that I steeped this about 3 minutes longer than I usually do. I forgot to not listen to Adagio’s instructions and only steep 3 minutes. Water was boiling.
Flavor is… well it’s better plain than the vanilla rooibos, if that makes any sense. I can smell more sweetness then I taste. The sweetness with no added sweetener is very mild. The vanilla is there but isn’t necessarily bitter or sweet. It’s sort of a neutral vanilla note. I’m not getting any real flavor of that bourbon I smelled. I mean it may be there if you hold it in your mouth and search for it, but in regular sippage it’s missing. The tea overall is slightly bitter, but I don’t want to add splenda because I am afraid it will go too far the opposite direction. I suppose this is an acceptable tea. If you like vanilla, then this may be ok. But more than likely it’s probably too bitter and muted for most peoples tastes. Technically, when taken straight, it’s better than the Rooibos Vanilla from same company. But it’s really not the best. I will likely finish the sample but that’s about it.
Flavors: Caramel, Honey, Vanilla
Ok here goes another Chai. I didn’t previously like the combo of Lemongrass and Coconut, so we shall see how this turns out.
Brewed into a latte, it’s very subtle and restrained. The spice is strong enough that I like it and it isn’t completely obliterated by the milk. However it isn’t overpowering either. I’m getting cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and all of the good warming spices. The Coconut and Lemongrass are not nearly as pronounced in this so it isn’t as jarring. I actually like this. It’s really good. There’s a little bit of mouth tingle from the spices. All in all, much better than the thai chai I believe.
Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Spices
This tea was included in a sampler that I got for free from Adagio for ordering over 49 dollars. That being said, anything that says “Skinny” in the title has my interest (I’m attempting to lose weight), so here goes.
The smell in the bag smells very strongly of custard. I’m guessing that’s the “Natural Creme Brulee Flavor” that it contains. That sugary custard aroma smells lovely so lets see how it translates into the brew.
Western style as usual, 3Min, Boiling Water (Which is what it calls for despite there supposedly being both green and oolong in it.)
Smell while brewing is a mild buttered popcorn scent. It almost makes me wonder if the oolong they used is a milk oolong, but I doubt it. It smells nothing like the dry leaf, unless you make the connection that there is dairy in both custard and butter.
Taste is… actually really good. I’m getting the ginger and honey notes, along with a buttery flavor and some cinnamon. This is really hard to judge at my level of tasting experience. There’s just so many competing flavors I can’t pick them all out. It’s very tasty, don’t get me wrong, and I almost want to make a latte out of it to really bring out the natural sweetness. But that complexity is almost too much. Think “Jack of all trades, Master of none”. All those different ingredients lead to a cup with 101 flavors, but almost none really stick out. It’s the “Mutt” of tea. Still decently tasty though.
Note: It says to not overdo it on this tea or (to un-euphemism them) you may get the runs. I’m guessing that some of the herbs may cause that as this is technically a wellness tea. So I doubt I will resteep this. No clue how it is supposed to help you lose weight, but if it works, great. If not, it’s decently enough flavored that I will finish the sample but probably not buy more.
Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Ginger, Herbs, Honey
This is my first experience with Silver Needle, and once more it is Adagio. I do have some Jasmine Silver Needle on its way from YS but that hasn’t arrived yet.
Anyway, Western style, 3 mins 180F. Smell in cup is of warm buttery croissants and faint floral aroma. Taste is… rather nice. The buttery notes I smell only subtly translate over into taste. I’m getting a more grass/floral flavor to it in its place. I swear I taste melon, is that weird? The aftersip is more of that dry grass flavor with the floral and melon. As it cools I’m getting a very mild wood flavor. Overall I would say this is a win for me. The complex flavors, while noticeable, are not overpowering. It’s a nice soothing calming flavor. Good for the end of the day when you want to unwind.
Flavors: Butter, Dry Grass, Floral, Melon, Wood
So this is my second of Adagio’s Jasmine Greens. I already reviewed and finished the other so we shall see how this one pans out.
Western Style. I got distracted and steeped it a bit too long (about 3:30-3:45) but the water was 195F.
I can definitely taste the oversteeping. The Jasmine isn’t nearly as overpowering as the other one I tried, so that is a plus. However, with the oversteep, it is ever so slightly bitter. I can taste the green tea more in this one, so those vegetal flavors are totally there. The bottom of the cup where some of the flavor settled was super bitter, but again, oversteep so that is probably why. I will try this one again fresh later and pay more attention so I can get an accurate bead on it. But for now, what I am getting from this one is I think it is better than the Yin Hao (I think that was what it was called). Not as super-jasmine, and a better blend of flavors.
Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Jasmine, Vegetal
Well what do you know? My first added tea!
40 Winks wasn’t anywhere on the site so I had to add it. Believe me I looked. Nowhere to be found. Anyway this is one of Adagio’s wellness blends. It’s supposed to promote sleep. We shall see…
Upon cracking the package, I get a strong pungent aroma. I’m guessing that’s the valerian root. It’s listed as the first ingredient so it must be prevalent. I’m also getting an aroma of chamomile and mint, which are also both ingredients. So onto steeping.
Western Style, 212F, 5Min.
Upon drinking the first thing I notice is that the pungent valerian aroma doesn’t fully translate over. It’s definitely there, but the tea is still palatable. There’s a slight tingling sensation in the mouth that I suppose would be the mint? I can totally taste the chamomile as well. Grassy notes are apparent as well. They become more and more noticeable as tea cools. Surprisingly no sweetener is needed in this one, although some people may wish to put a bit of honey in it for medicinal value. I can’t really have honey anymore so I am grateful it does not need any sweetener to drink. I don’t know if this will put me to sleep or not (I have weird sleep patterns) but it is certainly soothing. I would totally recommend this for a last-cup-of-the-night kind of tea. It’s flavor is nothing to write home about, but it’s not horrible and who knows maybe it will help you sleep.
Flavors: Floral, Grass, Licorice, Mint