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Recent Tasting Notes
Color: chartreuse (traditional), lemon-lime. Green with some bright golden hue.
Body: light-medium, smooth finish but with some lingering astringent after taste
Initial aroma strength: slightly on the delicate side but generally welcoming
Aroma: grass, lime, nuts (high fat), butter. Throughout the drinking/steeping stages, some interesting resemblances to either creamy oaked chardonnay or grassy/citrusy Loire valley sauvignon blanc.
Flavors: Butter, Citrus, Grass, Lime, Nuts
Yum! But sweet, almost too sweet… Definitely (for me) more of a dessert tea than an all day sipper, I finished the thermos full I had, but I’ll have to reconsider keeping that in the stash for day-drinking :) The inside of the bag is also sticky, which is weird and a little gross.
I wrote a note, and then the page refreshed and it disappeared, NOOOOO…
Anyways, the gist was that this tea is yum yum yum! It’s a wonder it took me so long to try a hazelnut tea considering how much I like hazelnut coffee creamer and hazelnut chocolates. It’s a sweet smelling tea, but not so sweet as I can’t handle more than a mug of this, I totally sipped on this all day, two days this week.
1tsp/16oz/ 200*F x 4 into a big Thermos and decanted from there.
Quite a nice white. Fragrance is very jasmine forward (crazy huh?) with some grass as well. Taste is quite the same with the jasmine still forward but also complemented nicely with some grass, straw and floral notes. Very nice indeed, probably one of my favorites from adagio so far. Would recommend.
Flavors: Floral, Grass, Jasmine, Straw
Sipping down another sample.
So this is a good chai. A bit heavy on the cloves. Base is decent. I keep thinking it needs something. I may try adding a pinch of brown sugar or a squeeze of fresh orange. Overall, a decent chai- not too spicy.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Pepper
I ended up grabbing this tea at some point last fall, knowing that I’d be wanting to have some holiday-themed teas around to review on my blog over the winter months. I first tasted and reviewed this for my blog the Tuesday after Christmas, and finally managed to sipdown the sampler bag from Adagio this last week. I have to give it to Adagio, their samplers are pretty full compared to many samplers I order! It took a while to finish this off, and that was with help sharing this with coworkers…
I am not much a fan of black teas that are too strong and have too much of an astringent bite to them, and since this tea has a Ceylon base — a tea where I often have that issue — I was prepared for that. Hah! As far as I’m concerned, this is the sweetest, mintiest tea I have ever tasted! It tastes like getting a high dosage of those little peppermint candy freebies left out at the counter at restaurants in liquid form… every sip leaves that brisk, cooling minty sensation on the tongue. If you like peppermint, this is the tea for you! It is super minty and super sweet! For me, it was just a bit… too overwhelming. It wasn’t… bad, but it just felt like the flavoring was absolutely dominating the cup. I enjoy someone telling me “Merry Christmas,” with a smile on their face, but if they get right in my face and scream it at the top of their lungs, then it is just too much, you know? Then it gets annoying. And that’s what I felt like this tea was doing.
Since I usually will make an “extra-strong” brew when I want to latte a tea, so the flavor notes will shine through after adding the milk, I figured this tea would be a good candidate, as it already had such a strong flavor. So I decided to froth up some hot chocolate almond milk, and try it in a minty cocoa form. Now that was quite nice! It gave it a sort of of chocolate-mint appeal, the milk cut down on some of the overwhelming mintiness just a bit, the flavor was enough a normal brew worked great for a latte, and it had a lovely creaminess. It made for a great hot cuppa on a wintery day. Sipping this down latte-style using chocolate almond milk became my go-to, and it was very nice!
Flavors: Mint, Peppermint, Smooth, Sugar, Sweet
I really thought I would like this one, it sounded a little bit like “The Earl’s Valentine” from DavidsTea, of which I am very fond. However, this tea was just off.
It tasted overly tart, and not sweet enough. An added splash of cream dragged it into the “dessert” category I was expecting, but it was still cloyingly artificial.
I think strawberry chocolate tea sounds great conceptually, but that the addition of artificial flavouring is really throwing off what could have been a good thing.
Flavors: Artificial, Cocoa, Dirt, Strawberry, Tart, Vanilla
I decided to counter the hibiscus sour with one leaf of amacha (fermented hydrangea that is extremely sweet). I think one leaf was a good amount for my small pot. You might need two for a larger English style pot or a litre jug. The sweetness of the amacha isn’t very noticable (a good thing), but it is there just enough to prevent the hibiscus from being too much. I can appreciate the fruity flavours more this was.
For a hibiscus-based tea, this is actually quite good. It tastes like a cherry slushie/snow cone. Unfortunately this is quite sour, and once sweetened it tastes like juice. I still enjoy it as a coldbrew, but more apple and cherry and less hibiscus would have been preferable. If you like the idea of a cherry tea that tastes like candy, you will probably like this.
Flavors: Candy, Cherry, Fruit Punch, Fruit Tree Flowers, Sour, Tangy