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2nd steep – half resteeped loose leaf half 1st steep loose leaf. Steeped for 5 minutes instead of 3. The color is darker but still light. Still smells of grass/weeds/moss with maybe a little bit of celery undertones this time. The taste is more flavorful but still quite bland. Somewhere between a white and green tea taste. Not terrible. Not in my top 30 either. I will give a thumbs up but barely over a neutral. I am going to continue to tinker with this one because I noticed not only did I get the free sample I must have ordered it separately and forgotten I did that or hit the wrong tea/button…so I have 2 sample tins worth…I will just have to remember to steep twice the amount of loose leaf for twice as long. But also won’t buy again once I am out.
After reading Cofftea’s review I was afraid of this tea…but here goes…I am typing as I drink this.
Before steeping the dry leaves smelled like a dandelion stem with very small hints of sweetness.
I steeped a little less amount than I normally would based on the prior review. It has basically no color as stated by Cofftea. Once in the cup – basically no scent…after steeping. The first taste was a little mossy-grassy. I am going to go neutral with t his but try resteeping and adding a little more loose leaf next cup and repost/rereview. I’m really not sure about this one.
Eventho I was thinking a black tea to start my day – I did this one instead. Upon opening the tin – the aroma of mini mint chocolate chips or maybe even ice cream seems to be the thought that first enters my mind. It seems to steep fairly quickly. As you steep it is smells more chocolate and less minty. At first sip you can taste the Rooibos but the Chocolate follows it and the Mint is the caboose. The after taste is more minty than anything. As the tea sits in your cup for a while it gives off a slight coffee sent but doesn’t really taste like it. Nice, creative blend. MIGHT be one of my favorite flavored Rooibos Blends from Adagio so far…but I am still pondering that for sure. In the meantime…a thumbs up!
I’m not a big Jasmine fan. Normally. This is the BEST Jasmine ANYTHING I have EVER had yet. It makes me ENJOY Jasmine. I never thought I would say that but it’s true. Not that I will suddenly turn all Jasmine on your arses but this is good stuff right here. As soon as I opened the tin it was like I was in the center of Jasmineville. And instead of the Jasmine smelling of old lady perfume it was more of a natural Jasmine scent…truly unexpected. As I steeped the leaves/needles the scent lingered but was still true. After the steep it started to even out but was still quite strong. At this point I was a little worried that the Jasmine taste was going to be too over the top based on the aroma but it was just right. That taste was paired with a nice, soft sweetness which led me to a smirk or smile…this tea has proved me wrong and I don’t mind! The BEST 2 parts was that it WASN’T bitter and that there wasn’t a funky aftertaste. The only thing I disagree with is that the descriptions says a ‘whisper of jasmine’…for me, it was more a SHOUT, but, it all worked out…to be a wonderful tea experience.
I received this from Adagio along with the other holiday blends, and I have to say, this is MUCH better than the previous Pumpkin Spice blend I had earlier today.
It’s taste does resemble chestnuts, though I would wager that it has more Vanilla in it than anything. I also got an oak-like, or “smokey” taste in this tea, which I am guessing is the chestnuts. I get the smokey taste after I swallow it, so it has that sense of an aftertaste.
I really do enjoy this tea (even though it is a black tea), but I can’t help think that it derives from the Pumpkin Spice. Perhaps it is in my mind/palate from earlier in the day, but these two are definitely similar. Yes I realize that they are the same type of tea, but the taste is all too similar.
Steep Method: IngenuiTEA
Steep Time: 4 Minutes even
As usual, heated water and poured it on top of the leaves. Used Steep.it again, but setting it to 4 minutes instead of 3:30. Good call.
Sip, sip, sip! Opinion and Reaction
The chestnut flavor and the earthy tones of the black tea blend well with he subtle Vanilla-Caramely flavor of the tea. Excellent tea, especially for those just getting into black teas. Not overwhelming, but has a consistency throughout the entire experience.
Certainly reminds me of chestnuts (and caramel) over an open fire?
TeaCast scale: 86/100.