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My word. This tea is a revelation. I never really liked Thai iced tea and was iffy on whether I would like this, but having loved almost everything I’ve gotten from Adagio in the last couple years, I caved. I had this with a bit of cream at work, steeped probably a bit longer than instructed. Didn’t harm things at all; the lemongrass complements this the way bergamot complements Earl Grey.
This is an excellent warm-weather tea! I love it in the summertime and with peanut butter and chocolate chip sandwiches (recipe below). The cool mint and tasty chocolate makes it a very enjoyable blend that I keep stocked!
Sandwich Recipe: Toast some potato bread, add creamy peanut butter to both slices, sprinkle some chocolate chips on one slice, then sandwich it together and toss it in the microwave for ten seconds per side. You’ll thank me!
Flavors: Chocolate, Mint
I prepared this brew as per the package instructions; adding a splash of milk. Once steeped, I was pleasantly surprised with Adagio’s take on this classic. The aroma was deliciously inviting. As for the first sip, the tea is a very hearty, and robust tea. I believe that this particular blend was stronger than other English Breakfasts that I have tried; perfect for an early morning wake up call.
Well, it is back to the blogging grind for me today.
So, naturally, I decided to make a cup of English Breakfast to go along with my blogging.
I love that this is a hearty, robust tea that wakes you up from your bleary-eyed slumber. In fact, I find that this particular English Breakfast is stronger than many other English Breakfasts that I have tried. My one little “niggle” is that there doesn’t appear to be enough Tea in the teabagged version. When I reorder, I will definitely opt for the loose-leaf, the extra preparation time is worth it.
Update: The More that I drink this tea, the more that I like it. Anxiety be damned, I want another cup.
Hmmm … I am certain that I like this tea. However, I don’t think that I enjoy the blueberry flavour in this tea as much as DAVIDsTea’s Blueberry Jam. Nevertheless, I am sipping on this brew right now as I work on my upcoming blog posts.
In an unrelated note, hello Steepster peeps, my name is Melissa and I am brand new to the Steepster world. It goes without saying that I am a tea addict. I look forward to meeting some fellow tea people on here.
Buttery mouthfeel. The characteristic orchid notes are present, though always fleeting, and layered with faint toasty and spice notes. The floral notes popped in the third steep, but disappeared by the fourth. Very planty, minerally fourth steep; the fifth was just sad leaf juice. It’s a good tea, but I’ve had better pouchongs, and I’m not sure it’s worthy of its “Masters Collection” status/price.
This is pretty solid black tea from Adagio teas!
It is chocolately and fruity, with a nice amount of mineral. It is smooth, never getting dry or bitter no matter how long you steep it. I found it did better western style to get those chocolate notes out. Gongfu gave some great infusions, but got mineral heavy at the end. It is up to you.
Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/fujian-rain-fujian-baroque-adagio-teas/ (also with Fujian Rain)
Smells very sweet, almost an artificial sweet smell. once steeped the black tea smell comes through more. I actually really like this one, a nice caramel flavor. I don’t get a lot of chocolate notes, mostly just a black tea with caramel. I got this as a sample. Made it with a bit of rock sugar and milk and it was really good. Probably would not buy it but glad I tried it.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel
The difference between this Fujian Jasmine Pearl tea and the Jasmine Phoenix tea is very, very marked. Firstly, this Fujian tea is much more polite and refined about the jasmine flavor; you could call it muted, with almost hints of grape which high-quality jasmine is good for. It lingers on the tip of your tongue and is not very full-bodied, so it has a refreshing quality to it. The Phoenix pearls by contrast are overpoweringly jasmine, without the grape notes and more floral tones, and it’ll hog up your whole mouth. I see now why this is such high quality- to me, this is how a good jasmine tea should be. (I may even steep it five minutes to see if I can get just a wee bit more flavor from it. YUM!)
Flavors: Floral, Grapes, Jasmine
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Flavors: Blueberry, Earth
I normally have a stash of coffee beans in the freezer for weekend mornings, but I had run out this particular week, so I brewed myself two mugs of Irish Breakfast and read through a couple of blogs instead. Then I ran out of Irish Breakfast, so I’ve been working my way through my shoe boxes full of tea. Aside from rekindling my relationship with tea, I’ve also discovered two things: first, I should buy tea tins, because who stores their bags of tea in shoe boxes, and second, Adagio’s Caramel Tea is really, really good.
It’s a little strange that I ended up with Caramel Tea since I don’t go out of my way to buy caramel anything. However, when you are checking out online at Adagio, you have the option to “share” your purchase with your followers on social media, and in return Adagio lets you choose a free sample from a long list of teas. I’m pretty sure I thought to myself, “What would I never want to spend my money on?” as my attention settled on Caramel Tea.
The ingredients are just black tea and caramel flavoring, and just like Adagio’s Chestnut tea, how much I enjoyed the Caramel Tea took me by surprise.
The Caramel Tea was a fairly mellow cup of tea considering it was a black tea with natural caramel flavoring. The black tea seemed a little thin, and it wasn’t astringent, which allowed for the aroma of the Caramel to take center stage. And, unlike some of the flavored black teas I’ve reviewed in the past, the flavoring didn’t assault the taste buds at all. I took my Caramel Tea with sugar, which is rare, but it transformed the mug in to dessert; it tastes like the burnt sugar topping of creme brule, which is only one of my favorite desserts ever.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel
During college, I had a waxing interest in the Steampunk subculture– not to the point where I wore Steampunk-inspired garb– but I did have a handful of Steampunk bands loaded onto my iPod. Abney Park was my favorite. I also frequented Steampunk blogs, and it was through them that I discovered a webcomic called Wondermark by David Malki !. The comic wasn’t really Steampunk, although it did make the occasional reference. For the most part though, I would describe it as modern-day pop culture and political references set against a backdrop of old, Victorian-era scenes. I would also describe it as hilarious, which is why I yanked Wondermark vol. 2: Clever Tricks to Stave Off Death from the shelf and added it to my nearly toppling stack of library books.
When I returned home, I had a brilliant idea to brew myself a cup of Adagio’s Earl Grey Lavender tea to enjoy alongside an old favorite. You may not think so, but Earl Grey Lavender was a daring choice. Prior to this weekend, I had tried brewing myself Earl Grey Lavender three different time, and all three times it was undrinkable– bitter and overly perfume-y and more appropriate for the drain than my taste buds. But, ever the optimist, I decided to give Earl Grey Lavender once last try, and I’m glad I did. I have a bad habit of “eyeballing” a tablespoon, so this time I actually used measuring spoons– one rounded tablespoon for about 8 oz of water. Just by reducing the amount of tea leaves and time to steep the leaves, I somehow brewed the perfect cup. I finished off the cup with some sugar, and when I took my first sip, I was immediately transported to an English garden in early summer, where red Trumpet Honeysuckle climbs up trellises, the pink and purple, bell-shaped blossoms of Foxgloves and Canterbury Bells are in full bloom, and a light breeze carries the scent of lavender with it.
I then proceeded to make myself two more mugs of Earl Grey Lavender while finishing up Wondermark vol. 2, which was, as I suspected, still hilarious.
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Lavender, Vanilla
The last time I had this tea, it was wintertime but near 40 degrees (Fahrenheit), which is generally considered “balmy” for most northerners. Except it was a soggy and sleety 40 degrees, which somehow changes entirely how 40 degrees actually feels. It tends to seep in through sweaters and jackets and make your body feel heavy and your bones hurt even though it’s not really that cold. Then your body starts to tell you that you need to crawl back in to bed and cozy up next your significant other’s warm, napping body and doze off. Except, I hate sleeping. Truthfully I do because it’s so time consuming. (Does this make me weird?) So, I did the next best thing, which was root around in the box of Adagio Tea that had just been delivered to my apartment for something that would fill me with warmth. I settled on Lemon Soleil tea because all I could think about was how badly I wanted sunshine on such a drizzly day.
Lemon Soleil leavesLemon Soleil is a blend of ceylon black tea, natural lemon flavoring, and marigold leaves.
I put the kettle on, and I let it whistle at me let me to know it was done. Then, I poured the water over just a skosh more than a teaspoon of tea leaves. I let it steep for three minutes, and I somehow brewed a perfect cup of tea on the first try. Ceylon tea, which tends to be citrusy compared to other types of black tea, pairs well with the lemon flavoring; it was medium-bodied, bright on my tongue, and felt refreshing. I also added a few drizzles of wildflower honey for a subtle sweetness. True to its name, Lemon Soleil is the kind of tea that makes a cold day feel like a sunny and balmy spring day, and it just made me feel so, so happy.
Flavors: Citrus, Lemon
I received this tea in loose leaf as a sample in my last Adagio order. I’d read elsewhere that it was good without milk and sugar, but immediately the black tea bitterness hit me. The aroma was good and smelled like candy apples, but the taste was far from it. Will have to revisit this one with milk and sugar.
Flavors: Apple, Caramel
This was my first loose leaf tea, as I’m trying to break away from tea bags, milk, and sugar. It was very mild in flavour, but there was no after taste and the aroma was exactly as advertised: chocolate with orange overtones.
Flavors: Chocolate, Orange
This has long been a favorite of mine. It’s bright but mellow. Smooth and deep. I’ve tried a couple other citrus/pu erh blends that were overpowering on the citrus. This Adagio mix keeps the citrus notes subtle enough to just complement the earthy pu erh flavour without overwhelming the whole cup. This was my daily tea for a while, but I’ve recently gotten back in the habit of experimenting. I’ll probably go back to this on the regular though.