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Very heavily flavored. Spicy, almost like a chai. A bit overpowering for me – I think if I were in the mood for something very strongly flavored, this might have hit me better. As it is, it’s a little too strong for me to want to enjoy frequently. But I can see the attraction of it. It’s a good tea, just not my cuppa.
The dry leaves of this are fragrant with the smell of coconut; that smell translates well into the aroma of the liquor but not into the taste. The leaves of this oolong unfurl during the steeping, but despite their size remain on the milder side of teas.
The color is a light, transparent green,and the aroma is full of the scent of coconut. The coconut flavor never really comes out even after an extended brewing; though coconut is a rather mild taste, and may not be strong enough to make itself present against the tea. This may be the reason the blender chose such a mild tea.
Nevertheless, the smell of coconut is strong and present. If you don’t mind the lack of flavor, you will find the coconut filling your nose with each sip (drink it while its hot to get the full scent). This will not satisfy coconut lovers, but it makes a good effort.
Loved it – and that took some of us by surprise. Although we like Ceylon teas, I didn’t expect to like this one, this much! It’s light, but certainly makes an impact on the taste buds. Very refreshing, very thirst quenching – but what a wonderful way to quench it. It is a subtle tea, but very persuasive about being so.
We brewed this one a little longer than we usually brew our teas – we tend to go for shorter rather than longer. Our usual, preferred black tea brewing time is usually under 3 minutes. We also tested this at our standard 2 minutes 30 seconds for black tea and found all the flavors there. The 3 minutes plus only served to enhance them.
Dry, the leaves were long, tightly curled and thin. They had the dark, bright color that is expected from fresher teas. This Ceylon is a standard “regional” tea and is one of the basic examples of black tea.
First a disclaimer: I generally hate ginger. Okay, maybe ‘hate’ is too strong a word. It’s more of an intense dislike for anything more than a hint of ginger. In Japanese restaurants I don’t touch the pickled ginger that comes with the sushi. A weird couple exceptions I’ll make are for ginger candies and ginger tea (especially homemade ginger tisane, in which I boil the crap out of the fresh ginger, until it gets super-spicy). I hate cilantro too, but that’s a different story.
Anyway. I like this tea. The ginger’s not too strong, and I do get a little bit of the peach flavor coming through. I rinsed the leaves for about 15-20 seconds to wash out some of the caffeine. Looking forward to trying this iced.
The first time I heard about this tea was well before I really became a fiend. It was in a book, I’ve long since forgotten the name, that my friends had read and would joke about. I later read the book, cover to cover as I was crushing on the girl who lent it to me, and the description the main character had given was that the tea “smelt like water that a ham bone that had been boiled for a week.” Or something very similar.
I agree, it smells like jerky. But their are other elements to it. I can definitely smell and taste the pine, along with the smokey-ness its known for. It kind of tastes a bit like ham, but I haven’t eaten meat, ham especially, in ages so I might have forgotten. As it cools it almost like the resin of the pine is in my mouth. Very piney for me, a little smoky, and kinda meaty. As I don’t like any of these things, I don’t like this tea. But its not that the tea itself is bad, just not what I like.
I’m gonna go brush me teeth.
Adagio really dropped the ball on this one…
To begin with, the tea doesn’t taste or smell of pears at all, not even close. The brew has an indescribable sweetish artificial flavor which is quite unpleasant. The worst thing about it however is that this God-awful flavoring totally ruins the lightness in White Peony that is used as a base here, making it bitter and heavy instead. As i drink it I can’t get rid of the feeling that this poor White Peony has gone bad a hundred years ago…
I’m not even sure if I will be able to finish my sample, it’s that bad. I’m fighting the urge to go and throw it in the trash right now.
I think I’m going to have to upgrade my rating of this somewhat. It still has a rather odd butter rum flavor, but after letting the tea sit in the cupboard a while, the mint flavor is coming more to the fore, and I am enjoying drinking this somewhat more. Did I mention that I am a sucker for mint?
The tea is very dark, and still does not assert itself much over the other flavors going on, and the butter rum flavor is not as strong as I remember it. It’s not my favorite flavored tea, but I can enjoy an occasional pot.
The smell and first sip of this tea remind me of butter rum candies. There are large chunks of peppermint candy in here, which I think is the source of the slightly minty flavor. If you can imagine using a peppermint stick as a swizzle stick in your hot buttered rum, that’s pretty close to the flavor. The butter rum flavor is rather odd and artificial.
I’m sure there’s some tea in there somewhere, buried under everything else that’s going on. It may even be good tea, but I can’t tell.
It seems there are several custom blends on Adagio called Candy Cane. The one I have is by Megan Pederson.
I give it a “meh.”
I am so confused!
I brew this tea at home, and I can’t get the color or flavor I want, even though I’m using all my fancy tea items, like my pot, and my precise zojirushi, and my good cups. Thinking this tea is nothing but dust, I take it to work.
Work, where the water comes out of an Arrowhead machine, where the brewing apparatus that I have is a plastic and metal travel mug with brewing basket. So I drank this tea all yesterday, and didn’t clean out the brewing basket. I come back into work this morning, look at the leaves and rebrew them, thinking I’ll get a weak tea. But no! Still a pretty strong tea. The color and flavor is exactly what I want.
This tea, definitely for work, but not for home. It doesn’t want fancy. It wants bare bones.
Since the day I’ve received this tea, it has never appeared as a quality dragon pearl. There’s no taste, no flavor…nothing. I’ve been storing it properly (away from light and heat in an opaque metal container), I’ve been brewing it properly (3 balls, 1 cup, 212* water temp, 5 mins). It has consistently turned out as nothing but overly black water. Thankfully I have another brand of dragon pearls so I know how this is supposed to taste and turn out, but I am definitely not buying this tea again. Everything a black dragon pearl is supposed to be is not in this cup or the batch of tea I received. Sadness.