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Free sample that came with my Adagio order.
This is one I certainly wouldn’t have chosen for myself, and for that reason alone I think it’s a good one to get as a free sample. It’s low risk, and challenges some of my flavour prejudices.
I brewed this one up hot and straight, and while I didn’t dislike it my initial opinion was that it was very drying, so I did add a little bit of the coconut sugar we had lying around the store to sweeten it up a bit/give it more life. While the coconut sugar didn’t change the overall flavour of the tea too much, it certainly gave this the sweetness I think it needed for it to really be enjoyable for me personally.
Dominant note was the coconut, which of course I only added to by using a coconut flavoured sugar; however, I liked that stronger coconut flavour! It’s was sweet and dessert-like but not overpowering. The body was made up of many warming spice notes, the crown jewel being cardamom. There was also lots of cinnamon/ginger though. I only wish that there had been more clove overall. The finish was a little bit lemony, but in that lemongrass way and not like actual lemons.
Overall, with the sugar, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I’m sure I’ll finish off the little sample that Adagio gave me no problem! If I had more of it, I think this would be a fun one to incorporate into some tea baking/cooking too: either in like a frosting for a sweeter touch or perhaps as part of a soup stock!? I don’t think I’d want more of it once I finish off my sample though, so I doubt I’ll end up testing either theory out.
(PART 2/4 of Adagio’s Sweet tooth Sampler)
Out of the bag, it smells divine, exactly like vanilla pudding, hmmm… When brewed, it still does, but the vanilla is becomes less pronounced and smells more like an actual tea with hot cream soda, but also a bit… weird which is my only complaint about this tea. As for the taste, I was kinda disappointed that it didn’t taste more like the way it smells in the bag. however it does taste exactly like a black tea with a dash of cream ! A pleasant and a subtle everyday morning blend especially with a little sugar and/or milk/cream. Probably one of my favorites from Adagio.
Now, it is good, sure, but people expecting it to taste more like hot ice cream/pudding instead of a good old regular Ceylon base with a tiny hint of flavor will be disappointed if not a bit bored with Cream. But if you don’t, you’ll love it. It is also wonderful when blended with other teas, so I sometimes use it to soften some teas I find otherwise too strong and it goes well with almost anything.
Flavors: Cream, Custard, Milk, Tea, Vanilla
(PART 1/4 of Adagio’s Sweet tooth Sampler)
I really like the idea of having those little cocoa nibs in a tea, especially since I love chocolate so I expected to like it. But after opening the bag, I was worried about the smell and taste of all the chocolate flavourings (which smelled very unlike real chocolate, even a little like cheap alcohol). And while the smell was more tolerable than Tiger Eye I found the taste to be rather lacking. Definitely NOT like a hot chocolate, but it’s trying to be. It’s MUCH better with milk and sugar, but the plain version is just that : plain. It is not really decadent, tastes more like a piece of chocolate that accidentally fell into hot water instead of milk : tangy, a little bitter, a mild sweetness with milk and dark chocolate-y flavors and a little chalky. The Ceylon is very subtle, but makes for a more rounded taste and as a result much more enjoyable.
The worst part is the smell. I usually don’t have a problem with having additional flavoring in tea as long as it doesn’t taste funky, but I’ve discovered that the smell of many Adagio dessert teas doesn’t sit well with me. Or maybe I got a bad batch since not many seem to have the same problem? As long as I put it in my thermos I don’t have this problem and can actually enjoy it, but otherwise it smells off… I can see how some people could like it though but my least favorite of the 4.
Flavors: Alcohol, Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet, Milk, Vanilla
I found a little tin of this in my tea stash from wayy back near when I started on Steepster, which feels soo long ago! My sense of smell is diminished at the moment, please bare with me.
I was good enough for me to add a 3oz to my Adagio order, which finally pushed me into the free shipping zone. The spices were warm and not overwealming. I appreciated the dessert effect without any added sweetener. I haven’t had a gingerbread cookie in a long time, and this reminded me how different they are from snickerdoodles. :D
I hadn’t read any reviews of this tea prior to my first cup, and was very surprised. I get a smokiness from this tea (but, of course, it’s not smoked). That may be what others interpret as “fishiness,” as the descriptors for this tea are all over the place, I see. It has a rather tannic bite as an aftertaste, but is pretty smooth otherwise. The wet leaves smell very grassy. Overall, very good. I won’t make a mad dash to buy it again but it’s enjoyable.
This tastes spot-on like spiced apple cider. It tastes precisely like something one would buy at a farmer’s market from an Amish person. You could imagine them hand-mashing it, mulling it, and dropping in a dallop of cinnamon. Totally real ingredients, all the indulgence, with none (or almost none) of the calories.
To read about pumpkin-based vengeance on a cider-hog, read this: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/01/07/spiced-apple-chai-from-adagio-tea/
“I’m a caffeine lunatic that’s a little hesitant about maté (it sometimes tastes dry/musty to me). So I was holding off on this until a Day of Great Urgency.
Today was such a day. I spaced out in the shower and was late to a meeting with wet hair. The files I needed for a bunch of projects were unavailable to me. The Internet was down. I considered turning to my nemesis, coffee, for a much needed jolt."
Spoiler: I didn’t turn to the coffee.
Full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/12/31/jump-start-from-adagio-teas/
I’m a fan of pouchong/baozhong oolongs. That’s the only reason I chose this tea when Adagio contacted me with a gift card offer. I had in the past some incredible pouchong oolongs from Taiwan and they have set my standard and expectations. Did Adagio’s pouchong meet the ante? No. No it didn’t.
But that’s not a bad thing! It’s a reasonable tea for the price and again sets a decent baseline on how to measure your teas. I’m finding this a lot with Adagio, nothing spectacular, but nothing terrible.
These leaves offer a decent amount of creaminess and that telltale milky/grassiness that I’ve come to expect. Does this tea have a a returning sweetness? Nope. But its suffices in a pinch and I wouldn’t hesitate to brew some for my friends.
Overall the leaves do have a quality to them: unbroken, sturdy, and hardy. So at least you can be sure you’re not getting ripped off.
Try a sample and enjoy!
My full video review can be found on my website!
Flavors: Creamy, Cut grass, Milk, Sweet
It’s goods for the price. Admittedly I much prefer buying my own bancha leaves and genmai seperate and mixing to my own personal taste. Of course it doesn’t look like Adagio used bancha leaves here. Of course bancha takes a different definition depending on which part of Japan you’re in. Of course I come bearing my own bias. Of course, of course, of course.
Is this tea good. Yeah. Should you buy it. Sure, give it a shot. Is it special and will it take you to your happy place? No, and maybe……but there are much better genmaichas out there. I prefer older, thicker, and larger leaves in a genmaicha as they contribute to the sweetness of the brew. Using the sencha leaves here makes for a more bitter brew.
Again, like in my Adagio Gyokuro review, forgo the offered brewing instructions and brew much lower. 180F is much too high. Try 160F instead.
My full video review can be watched here on my website!
Flavors: Bitter, Grain, Grass, Sweet, Toasted Rice
If in doubt, give this gyokuro a try. It seems to be lightly steamed (asamushi) and not deep steamed (fukamushi). At least not as deeply steamed as I would like it to be. This is of course a personal preference. Many do enjoy a lighter steamed gyokuro as it offers more of a “true tea taste”. Also, I disagree with the recommended brewing parameters given on the website. I’d much rather brew at 140F and not 165F so as to decrease the bitterness and up that umami charm.
Overall, I’ve had better. But if you’re starting out I’d give this sample a try to make yourself a baseline of sorts. What I enjoyed more than the tea was Adagio’s website and transparency via their ROOT program.
My video review can be found here and offers some more insight into this tea:
Flavors: Green, Seaweed, Sweet
Latergram. Received it as a sample with my throw pillow sized pound of Earl Grey Moonlight.
Large, not-paper bag of mostly whole leaves. Not a lot of scent.
Put it in my Hario cold brew pitcher with 4 cups of filtered water and left it in the refrigerator for ~18 hours.
Diluted, rusty red black tea color. Light tea flavor.
Added a good amount of simple syrup and ice. Had to shake vigorously to mix the syrup as a spoon didn’t cut it.
Not terrible, as far as iced tea goes, and no astringency at all, very smooth; however it had next to no flavor, unlike other not-meant-to-be-iced teas I’ve cold brewed previously. (Still a hobbyist cold-brewer, not an “expert” by any means).
I tossed the baggie of tea, although I probably could have either left it in and refilled the pitcher, or transferred the remains to another large glass and steeped a new batch with the bag, but it wasn’t worth even experimenting with a resteep.
It was free, it was ok for a cold drink after a hot day and sugary sodas at the Renaissance Faire; I could get the same flavor from cold brewing Tetley or Luzianne.
This mate is pretty good! Out of all of the mate I’ve tried this is my favorite. There is a bit of smokiness that you can taste while drinking it, and it’s really smooth. I can also taste hints of chocolate. Overall I like it, but I probably wouldn’t drink it everyday.
Flavors: Chocolate, Smoke