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Seems like the marigold petals keep this from being overly bitter or astringent. Based upon my experiences with other adagio black teas, I opted to steep this a shorter period of time than other teas and the results were alright. I will definitely be playing around with this blend more in the future.
Flavors: Floral, Lemon
I decided to try the last teaspoon of this straight off the back of my latte, so the comparison will be clear in my mind. I gave it 3 minutes in boiling water, no additions. One of the things that surprised me was how similar the flavour is to the flavour of the latte – clearly there wasn’t much lost, even though I basically drowned it in milk.
The chocolate is a little clearer, and a little stronger, and still not as artificial as I was expecting. The cinnamon is still very prominent, the ginger perhaps a little lost. It’s kinda there, in the background, but you really have to focus to find it. The ceylon base works quite well. It’s smooth, with no hint of bitterness, and it allows the flavours to shine. In a flavoured black, that’s really all I want from the base tea. Obviously it’s nice if it’s nice, but I don’t want it to be a distraction. The flavour is the whole point, otherwise I’d be drinking a straight black.
I’m going to wrap this up before I start rambling, but I like this one a lot more than I was expecting to. Adagio’s chai blends are usually pretty good, and I would consider buying another sample of this in the future.
This came as a free sample with my recent Adagio order. I don’t buy from Adagio much anymore, but I have a soft spot for their fandom blends and I wanted to pick up the Harry Potter and Game of Thrones samplers while they were both in stock. There’s something I have to say for Adagio, though; they dispatched quickly, and it arrived nicely presented, shipping was free, they were generous with the samples, and all the boring but important stuff (invoice, points info card, etc.) was in its own little folder at the bottom. Their tea can be hit and miss sometimes, but their customer service is spot on. I wish every company were as reliable.
I picked this one out this evening because I wanted something warming and comforting, something wintery and sort-of festive, but not super-Christmassy. This one fit the bill.
I made it up as a latte, using 3 tsp of leaf in 250ml boiling water, for 5 minutes. It brews up surprisingly light, given that it’s a black-based tea. I suppose it’s Adagio’s usual Ceylon, so that’s perhaps not too much of a surprise. I added 150ml hot milk, and gave it a light froth with my aerolatte.
It turned out pretty much as I hoped it would. The main flavour is milk chocolate, and it’s not too artificial tasting (although there is an element of that if you really focus on it…) It’s also possible to pick out the cinnamon and ginger, which are the only two chai spices in this blend. The cinnamon is more prominent than the ginger, but both work well with the chocolate. The milk is a good fit – I imagine this is one that’s better as a latte than it would be brewed conventionally (which for me means 1tsp of leaf given 3-4 mins in a mug of hot water, with a splash of milk.) I have a teaspoon of leaf left, though, so I’ll try it like that next time. It’ll be good to compare.
It helps that I have Rolos to go with, and that’s a combination worth coming home for.
I received this as a sample tin with another purchase and initially wasn’t sure about it after Adagio failed to deliver an up to par peach white tea— so imagine my surprise when I liked this blend more than the blend I had ordered. This tea is both dainty and full-bodied. The smokey oolong paired with the gentle marigold petals and peach create a balance feels distinct and refined. I like the mixing of the oolong and white teas a well. The white tea and its natural sweetness makes the peach flavoring soft and honey-like rather than overpowering.
Flavors: Honey, Peach, Smoked
I like this one, and I generally dislike Adagio blacks. This one has backbone but isn’t bitter. The bergamot is there, but is softened by the cream. I don’t really get vanilla from it. There’s a hint of lemon and orange. It’s fairly smooth, and doesn’t have that kind of prickly feel/taste that bergamot sometimes has for me. It has the nice clean mouthfeel that Earl Greys in general have for me. All in all, nice and solid for everyday drinking.
Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Lemon, Orange
After spotting some of Harney’s chocolate tea in the local grocery, I developed a craving for something sweet. This tea pretty much fits the bill for me. Not a “fruits and flowers”!kind of tea drinker, so the sweetness of the bergamot and blue corn flowers were just right.
I like this as an Early Grey, but still prefer tea without additives.
Flavors: Bergamot, Molasses, Orange Zest
I love this tea! It is my favorite green that I’ve ever found. I got it as a sample when I went in for sugar and ended up coming back to buy a whole bag of it. I enjoy dessert teas and this is sort of like a green dessert tea. Nice and sweet and smells just as good as it tastes!
The aroma is good (hazelnut, cocoa, apricot, vanilla) but the taste is rather dull and one-dimensional – the cocoa-laced sweetness. The puerh does not come through at all. Also, it does not lend itself to multiple resteepings. Will not order again.
Flavors: Apricot, Cocoa, Hazelnut, Vanilla
So even at 200 for 3 minutes, the Adagio black base is just too bitter in this one. It makes it reminiscent of coffee, which I can’t stand. There was a nice caramel aroma to the brew, but the bitter just overwhelmed all the other flavors that may have been there. I dumped this one out, on a day where I was trapped in a long meeting and badly needed the caffeine.
This tea is good, but I feel the taste is a bit closer to cranberry, than black currents. There is a mild tartness. I enjoy this tea but would not purchase more of it for myself. I think if you like cranberries, you would like this tea.I will need to save enough to sample alongside my fresh black currants next year to really compare.
Flavors: Cranberry, Tart, Tea
Ok – so first things first: this tea was delicious! Very fresh, and a strong but natural jasmine flavour that coated the mouth during the sip though finished very cleanly without a lingering presence. The white tea itself was nice too; a mix of soft malt, cream and hay notes. Also really fresh tasting.
The flavour profile of the tea is not the most interesting thing that happened while I was drinking it though. Not at all. So, the following is an account of a very weird experience I just had whilst drinking this tea…
So, here I was sipping tea and watching Baby Driver when my doorbell rang. “Oh, probably tea mail!” I thought to myself – and I rushed to the door. I opened it and there, standing in front of me, was a guy holding a giant Ikea bag with a roll of aluminum foil sticking out of it. Which in itself was weird. In his other hand, he was holding a LUSH box, though…
So I very slowly asked “Uh, can I help you?”
“Hey, my names Dan. I live on your block, or lived I guess? I’m moving today, and I have all this food that we’re not taking with us. You’re the first person to answer the door? Do you want it?”
I must have looked even more confused than I thought I did ‘cause then he sort of wiggled the LUSH box in his other hand and went: “Oh, and this was in your yard?” and handed it to me. Sure enough, it was a LUSH order I placed a few weeks ago that has some Christmas gifts in it. Why was it in my front yard? Hell if I know – I’d say that’s a pretty shitty job done on the postman’s end though.
“Thanks? And… I guess? Thank you?”
To which he handed over the big Ikea bag and just walked away. It was all very weird…
So, now I’m rummaging through my mystery bag of stuff. In addition to my roll of aluminum foil, I also received the following note worthy items:
- One can of corned beef hash
- One Lunchables “build your own pizza” kit
- A large bag of organic, prewashed packaged spinach
- Two pickled pork sausages
- A box of Corn Pops cereal
- A bag of “Tex Mex” shredded cheese
- A single Twinkie
- A single bag of Gatorade brand gummy candies
- One bottle of Sriracha, half finished
- One box of instant mashed potatos
- Approx. a third of a tub of margarine
I’m definitely going to toss all of the stuff that’s open, but the majority of everything was brand new. So, thank you Dan? You seemed like a nice guy; I suppose it’s a shame you’re moving? Yeah…
Tea #2 of the night.
Drinking this down after I bought it at an Adagio shop up in Chicago about a year ago.
It’s funny to read back on my old tasting notes and see a little diary of the early days of college. Especially notes like “I don’t like straight Earl Greys since I don’t like bergamot… I prefer Earl Grey Creams.”
Oh, honey. Just wait a few years and you’ll be wearing bergamot perfume and looking for the sharpest flavors you can find.
Anyway. Adagio recommends a 5-10 minute steep time for this, and it definitely can use something on the longer end of the spectrum. It’s fruity without being too sweet; the sour cherry, rosehip, and hibiscus takes care of that. The color is the deep red that you get from hibiscus teas.
I remember hating on hibiscus back in the day. I think it was because Teavana put it in EVERYTHING and I didn’t (and still don’t) love when its tartness overpower the rest of the flavors. I don’t have an anti-hibiscus agenda anymore, at least.
I’ll use up the 3oz I bought – there’s probably not more than 5 cups left – but it’s not likely to be a re-purchase.
I love chestnuts. I wanted so much more from this tea. Its so bland and lacking to me. I still dont know what people are smelling, because the smell to me is extremely faint. Maybe I’m just used to DAVIDsTEA, 52 Teas, A Quarter to Tea—-theyre so much bolder with their flavoring than Adagio is. And I think I’m not a fan of Adagio’s black tea, like the leaves they use- for me it just overpowers the flavors! Its too bold. They either need to use a different type of black tea or up their flavoring. Idk but this just wasn’t that great. Oh and the picture of the blend here on Steepster isn’t accurate. There are no chestnuts in the actual blend- its just black tea leaves.
Flavors: Astringent, Tea
Adagio has been disappointing me lately. They dont add enough flavor to the flavored blends! For example Earl Grey Moonlight- the black tea totally overpowers the vanilla/cream component. Their black tea is STRONG and bitter and bold. And the vanilla/cream just gets lost! Adagio has great prices and I love the ability to make your own custom blends, but their flavor is just lacking. They need to add more flavoring to these because it just gets lost.
The scent is exactly a spiced cider aroma, and the flavor is pretty similar. I don’t actually get much tea flavor (given that I don’t care for Adagio black in general, that’s probably good), so this tastes like a slightly watered down warm cider. That doesn’t sound appealing, but hot cider has a way of making me gag at the sweetness after more than a couple of sips, so for me, this is nice. I usually use a bit extra when making tea, and I do think this one you need to make absolutely sure you use enough of the “leaf” or it’ll just taste like boiled water.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Clove
I really enjoyed this one. It was the first Adagio oolong I’ve had. I tend to dislike their black teas, so I was a little nervous – but this was a nice solid, if basic, oolong. The vanilla wasn’t overpowering but was definitely present. I actually think I agree with the person who said there was something coconutty about it, but I think it’s more like an added dimension to the vanilla flavor than an actual coconut taste. Also, vanilla in tea makes me taste chocolate, which is probably just a sign of something wrong with me, but hey. I taste chocolate in this one. This was an enjoyable tea – it may not have blown my socks off, but sometimes I actually just want something nice and simple.
Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut, Nutty, Vanilla