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Nice summer darjeeling. Very refreshing and satisfying. Certainly not as good to me as the darjeelings that I have enjoyed from Castleton Estates but a solid darjeeling none the less.
Flavors: Black Pepper, Brown Sugar, Muscatel, Musty, Nutty
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Seven- Tea #4
I’m glad the teabox contained this one… it’s an Adagio I have wanted to try! It’s a good thing I only used a teaspoon of leaves. I love Adagio’s blends but the tea sometimes ends up a little too brisk. Not much cream flavor, as the black tea overpowers but I like whatever cream flavor I’m tasting. I usually like Adagio’s teas… or love them! It’s amazing I haven’t ordered from them yet.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a full mug// 6 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // couple minutes after boiling // 3 1/2 minute steep
The tea leaves smell amazing both dry and wet: like a frosted cake in a cup. I was disappointed by the taste, though: I find the vanilla overpowers the bergamot/citrus to the point that this cup tastes more like dessert than like an afternoon tea. The black tea base comes through nice and strong, however, just as in Adagio’s Earl Grey Bravo.
Would recommend for a dessert treat with milk and sugar, perhaps. But it disappoints as a standalone drink.
Flavors: Bergamot, Cake, Citrus, Lemon, Orange, Vanilla
A nice everyday tea. The Ceylon base is tangy and not too bitter. A pleasant dry and sweet finish, though I would prefer a little more bergamot. The orange taste stays in the mouth for a long time afterward. Will be a regular buy..!
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Orange
This one was a freebie sample that came with my last Adagio order. The package said it was for cold brewing, so of course that’s exactly what I did!
It was ok, but honestly a little bit boring? Like, it’s a pretty full bodied and brisk black tea flavour complimented by a relatively natural mango note. It’s malty, and floral from the base and the mango tastes like, well, mango. It’s pretty sweet but not excessively. Definitely drinkable on its own, but a hint of sugar could probably turn this one into a decent “Sweet Tea”. As it stands, though, I’m finding it a little one dimensional. Average is a perfectly suitable word for it…
The sweet caramel and vanilla flavor is delicious and the sprinkles and sparkles add a fun touch. Unfortunately, the base tea ruins the experience for me. It is strong, bitter, and astringent and completely takes over the flavoring by the end of the sip. I do wish Adagio would use a better quality black base for their flavored teas, because they have so many fun flavors available!
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Caramel, Vanilla
This reminds me a lot of Assam, however, it’s not as flavorful or deep as Assam. There are some of the same flavor notes such as raisin and malt, but it seems more of a delicate tea and I like mine a bit more robust since I like to drink mine with cream and honey. – I know, not a purist, but I find that the cream and honey bring out the flavors that I adore. Anyway, this tea is great blended with Keemun, Assam, or Nilgiri.
Flavors: Malt, Raisins
This one isn’t as robust as my all time favorite tea, Assam, but I like the buzzy mouthfeel and the hint of smoke. This is especially well paired with Assam. I use more leaf and let it steep for about 5 minutes. I usually take my tea western style- I think that the cream and honey I add brings out some of the flavors better. In Keemun, I notice more smoke and malt flavor and maybe a little hint of cocoa.
Flavors: Cacao, Leather, Malt, Smoke
The scent of the dry ingredients strikes me as caramel-tinged potpourri, which is, alas, more complex and interesting than the taste of the tisane, at least for me. A generous teaspoon and a five-minute infusion in eight ounces of water produced a deep red liquid that smells and tastes primarily of tangy hibiscus, with a little caramel at the end (although there’s no caramel listed in the ingredients) and the occasional hint of strawberry. The fruit flavors are mostly drowned out by the hibiscus, although there is a lingering distant sweetness after the cup is finished.
Flavors: Caramel, Fruity, Tangy
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.
This was smokier than I had imagined but I really like smokey teas so it was a good surprise. It is very bright and smooth which tones down a bit of the Assam’s natural bitterness. It is a lot less intense than an Irish breakfast or even and English breakfast tea.
Also tried this is a homemade tea latte and the milk and vanilla brought out more of a caramel type flavor like you’d get with a coffee that wasn’t over roasted/brewed.This made the tea even smoother.
I am going to be buying more bags in 2020 because it is a nice alternative to Earl Grey for my go to weekend cuppa.
In classic fashion, the packet is deeply enriched with notes of cocoa nib and deep stone fruits, combined with a gentler tobacco scent. Once steeped, the liquid turns a dark colour, emitting a strong fruity and toasted aroma, along with an added floral-mineral backdrop. The flavour is predominately toasted, with a slight astringency in the aftertaste, which easily attributes to a dark chocolate note.
Final Thoughts: This was not my first experience with Big Red Robe, so whilst these leaves produced a tasty cup, I know that there are better out there. What’s great about this tea though, is that Adagio are such a big company operating globally, so this particular tea is available from the UK and US websites.
Flavors: Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Floral, Fruity, Mineral, Roasted
Finished this one off yesterday with a bit of milk splashed in too.
So; I bring with a little clutch bag of different tea samples to work every day just depending on what I’m in the mood for or what I want to sipdown and I’ve actually had this in that bag for over a week now. I just kept putting off drinking it because I wasn’t in the mood – finally I told myself yesterday that I needed to brew it up because I’d been putting it off for so long. I’m glad I did, once again I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked this one!
Very smooth and soft flavours with the sweetness of coconut and then a lemony body note from all of the lemongrass. I got to learn all about lemongrass harvesting today in a webinar I went to so even though I wasn’t as informed when I actually drank this one I’m definitely in an appreciative mindset of all the work that goes into it as I’m writing this tasting note today. Lemongrass and I have a polarizing relationship; but I think there’s definitely more respect towards the people who grow and process it now.
The finish was spicier; definitely the heart of where the “chai” part of this tea comes into affect. Cinnamon and ginger notes for the most part. Pretty soft and warming all in all with a nice creamy undertone from the coconut/milk.
I think I’d be really interested to see this sort of flavour done with a bubble tea; but as for this specific tea? I’m happy I tried it; it took me out of my comfort zone in a few different ways. That said, I wouldn’t want to actually spend money on it so I doubt we’ll cross paths again.