drank Sweet Nothings by Adagio Teas
1783 tasting notes

Tried a cup of this a couple of nights ago. I actually bought this set a while back, but have only just got around to opening it. I know, bad hoarding tendancies a go-go. Anyway, the first sniff reminds me very strongly of Adagio Peach Oolong, which I didn’t like at all. The peach was so artificial, even the smell of it made me nauseous. It’s very similar here, although there’s a hint of apricot too. Not that that makes it better, just very slightly different. I gave it a chance anyway, and brewed up a cup.

Fortunately, it’s not as strong to taste as the scent might indicate. The peach and apricot flavouring is hopelessly artificial, but it doesn’t quite ruin this one for me. The white base, which is white peony as far as I can discern, contribuutes a delicate floral flavour and a slightly savoury edge to what would otherwise be a ridiculously sweet, chemically tea. The lavender also helps a little, although it’s pretty hard to pick out at times. I wouldn’t say I really like this tea, but it’s okay. I’ll probably finish the tin, but doubtless it’ll take me a while. Not really a winner with me.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 29, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.


Norfolk, UK

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