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Ever since I tried a black tea that had creme notes in it, I fell in love with how much it rounds out the traditional black tea bitterness. This is wonderfully smooth, smells like marshmellows but with a crisp edge to it, and it’s just… it’s literally a hug in the mouth. It’s amazing stuff. I’ve been having a blast mixing it into other teas, too! (Strawberry cream? Raspberry cream? Oh yeah. :D ) I’ve had it both cold and hot, and it does taste fuller warm- but that’s to be expected.
Flavors: Cream, Smooth
This really wasn’t my thing. I was hoping for a nice fresh apricot in flavor along with green tea. I remember it keenly; the heat of the nicely brewed cup threw the taste off (and being cold didn’t do it any flavor favor either). The apricot flavor was wonky, cloying and a bit too “darker orange” in taste rather than tasting like apricots. It just wasn’t my thing; the tanginess turned me off also.
Flavors: Apricot, Citrusy, Green
I am an absolute vanilla fiend- only if it’s really good, authentic vanilla flavor. You could even go so far as to call me a vanilla snob. Vanilla extract from a grocery store? Oh,
no. Not at all good enough; I’ll drive an hour round trip out of my way for good Madagascarian bourbon vanilla beans in extract handmade by local experts and pay the $$ for a little bottle. That said, this green tea is perfection in a cup. It may well be my number one tea ever, though I’m loathe to call it that for now since I do like variety.
It has an incredibly sweet nose to it and it really delivers that in flavor. With a regular green tea one would expect a bit of an acidic bite at the end of the flavor- not so with this tea; the vanilla really delivers here and rounds out all of green tea’s rougher edges. It’s super smooth every time and I absolutely love this stuff. I was getting a wee bit tired of it after I’d consumed 9 ounces’ worth, but my fiance and I absolutely can’t get enough of the flavor. So we’re working on a new 3-oz bag. :D
Heaven in a cup, truly!
Flavors: Green, Smooth, Vanilla
I have been through ten ounces or more of this tea and it’s easily among my top favorites. Granted, after about six ounces worth of it without any other flavors, etc, I did tire of it a little but it’s an ongoing love affair. It’s deliciously smooth, sweet, quite naturally vanilla-tasting- no fake tastes here- and the vanilla is a perfect compliment to the green, eradicating any bitterness. It’s very smooth and definitely worth it.
Flavors: Green, Smooth, Vanilla
The aroma is intense and very alluring. We had a whole
box of tea samplers and this one was what my fiance picked first. This is an incredibly richly scented tea!
Fresh from the pot and piping, this is a very smooth black tea at
somehow, it’s so smooth the tongue lies to me and thinks there’s cream in its ingredients. However, there isn’t- and it’s a very full-bodied flavor. The peppermint is not harsh or in-your-face, but it’s like sucking on an actual candy cane. It’s extremely satisfying warm.
Chilled in our cast-iron tetsubin in the fridge for 8 hours while we slept, we had it again just now and the coolness is accentuated by the temperature. This tea is amazing hot or cold, and only loses slight traces of creaminess while cold. The minty candy flavor comes out as fully as when it was warm. If you want an icy blast of candy-cane while walking on a snowy road- you don’t have to! Brew this tea and drink it cold.
Me and my fiance (who is more an energy-drink person) couldn’t stop drinking this! Definitely a winner. :)
Flavors: Candy, Creamy, Peppermint, Sweet
I absolutely love this flavor. Brings me right back to the days of when I used to be at bonfires and having a blast enjoying watching them. Used to be a really nostalgic thing for me to come home loving being drenched in the woodsy scent and having it in my nose/mouth from the exposure.
Well- I absolutely am in heaven with the flavor. I only wish it wasn’t so caffeinated- I only got a half cup down before I wound up with a headache (I’m caffeine-sensitive, but black teas don’t bother me thankfully). So unfortunately I have to pass. My fiance absolutely loves the flavor of this tea.
It’s excellent for blending, though! :)
Flavors: Smoke, Smooth
If you’re looking for an Earl Grey with only a bit of lavender, this is not your cup of tea. When I first tried this tea, I was overwhelmed by the amount of lavender. However, once I put the thought aside that this is supposed to be an Earl Grey, I was able to appreciate this tea on its own. I prefer it with a lot of sugar and milk, but it is good plain as well. I will probably not get this tea again, but only because I’d rather use lavender flowers and a regular Earl Grey to control how much lavender is going into the blend.
Flavors: Cream, Lavender, Vanilla
This is a very light green tea, and coming from someone who prefers smoky, deep green teas, it leaves something to be desired. But it is by no means a bad tea. It has a very mild fruity flavor, and like others have described, it’s rather grassy. I have a large packet of this that I got as a gift from a friend, and while I plan on finishing it off, I do not think I would order this tea again. If you like light and fruity green teas, this is a good tea.
Flavors: Fruity, Grass
Sample from Hoálatha
I found this cup to be very bold with layers of spices. This tea has a very thick mouthfeel. I’m getting a slight astringency in the aftertaste, but overall a very tasty brew. I added a bit of milk halfway through to counteract the astringency—which actually helped the profile of the tea to smooth out a little bit.
3 people tried this one, two of us gave it a low but drinkable rating, one liked it but didn’t love it. It’s that usual Adagio astringent black tea base, with a definite tingly peppermint in there. Peppermint teas don’t usually give me that tingle and this one does. I can see what people mean about a creaminess to it – it doesn’t have a pure peppermint/black tea flavor, but that vanilla or cream is still very slight and it is still a pretty one-dimensional tea. It might be better with a bit of milk to bring out the creaminess. I’ll probably drink the rest as I have just a sample tin, but I’m not interested in more.
Flavors: Astringent, Creamy, Peppermint
Out of 4 people with widely ranging tastes, not one of us could drink this! It smelled OK, though just kind of general spices, nothing that made me think of pumpkin. But it tasted like really bitter tea (not the overbrewed type of bitter, just bad tea bitter) with a ton of cloves. It was truly awful. I brewed it the way it was recommended with just a touch more tea. The addition of sugar didn’t help at all. I might try it again with less time (the recommended time did seem too long) but the flavor was so unbalanced I don’t think it will help very much.
Flavors: Bitter, Cloves
Being a big fan of this, I ordered another bag. Adagio assured me that it would be very similar to my 6mo old bag. It’s a pity they don’t let you order by year like places such as YS and W2T do. On opening and comparing to my first bag it was pretty obviously different. Smaller, finer leaves, didn’t smell as rich.
Flavor: One dimensional shou. Earthy but lacks any depth. Doesn’t get anywhere near as dark. Tastes like lightly colored water. There’s a slightly weird aftertaste that wasn’t there on the first bag.
Qi: there isn’t any. I can’t even tell I’ve had tea. No energy let alone all the other great things from the first bag.
Oh why didn’t I buy pounds of the first bag grr. Lesson learned. Isn’t that one of Two Dog’s tenets?
This was my first puer…it really opened my eyes and sent me off on a wonderful journey through shou and sheng. I don’t really care for the taste, it isn’t bad but I certainly don’t crave shou like I do a young sheng with stone fruit aftertaste. On taste I’d say it’s a 65.
I feel a little ridiculous talking about qi on an Adagio tea but this tea has the best energy !!! Unlike other puers (mostly sheng) where I get different qi on different days, Dante has a repeatable and reliable amazing tea energy. It’s perfect for morning hikes; energizing, uplifting (mood), relaxing all at the same time and it makes me ridiculously chatty and outgoing. I am very sensitive to qi (2g dosage) but this one is strong. Since Dante, I’ve tried approx 20 other sheng and shou with some having interesting qi but none matching up to this one. I must just be odd since no-one else has commented on this. More for me :)I’ve served it to a couple of other people with all but one agreeing it made them feel ways that their regular black tea habit did not. I did bump one of them up to 3.5g at which point they said that they were glad I was doing the driving :)
I just bought a pound of this little bag of happiness.
Can I just say the UX on this site leaves a lot to be desired? There is no reason for me to have lost as many notes as I have…
That being said…this was my first puerh and this was the last of it. I was looking for something to mindlessly drink and warm up with until lunch yesterday, so figured it was a good chance to finish this stuff off. Threw a ball into the gaiwan, did a fairly long rinse and then steeped. The liquor was still pretty light and fishy, so it probably needed more rinsing. Second steep was darky, with a more deep, sweet aroma, and it tasted better, as well. Earth and mushroom notes got pulled out during the few steeps I did, but this didn’t deliver on flavor very long.
All-in-all, I appreciate this tea for introducing me to puerh, which I have already gone much farther (and better) with, and still have much farther to go.
Flavors: Earth, Fishy, Mushrooms
We have another sipdown here. I had been working on a sample pouch of this tea for a couple of days and finished the last of it this morning. I used to really enjoy teas like this when I was younger, but had not had one in several years. I was delighted to find that I still enjoy this type of black tea, though I remembered this specific tea as being a little better than I found it to be.
I prepared this tea two ways. The first was a one step Western infusion. I followed Adagio’s guidelines here. I steeped 1 heaped teaspoon of loose tea leaves in 8 ounces of 212 F water for 5 minutes. The second preparation was gongfu. I started off by steeping 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 208 F water for 5 seconds. I then followed this infusion up with 11 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 8 seconds, 11 seconds, 14 seconds, 20 seconds, 30 seconds, 45 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, and 5 minutes.
The Western infusion yielded a smooth and subtle brew. I noted mild aromas of cocoa, oak, and toast on the nose. In the mouth, I noted integrated notes of cocoa, oak, cream, toast, malt, and cinnamon in the mouth. The gongfu session yielded a more complex brew. Prior to infusion, I noted a soft, subtle aroma of cocoa coming from the dry leaves. After infusion, I noted slightly more pronounced aromas of toast, malt, cream, oak, cocoa, and spice. In the mouth, I picked up on a strong flavor of cocoa underscored by cinnamon, oak, pine, toast, malt, and cream. Subsequent infusions introduced aromas and flavors of juniper berry, honey, leather, and black peppercorns. Later infusions were very mild with a slight mineral tinge, though honey, wood, malt, and cocoa notes remained. I noticed that this tea started off strong in the gongfu session, but faded quickly. The first 5 infusions yielded a strong, flavorful liquor, the next 3 infusions were decent, and the final 4 infusions were mostly a wash with very subtle aroma and flavor sensations.
This was not a bad golden monkey, but I have had better. Gongfuing this produced more interesting results, but the Western brews were smoother and more consistent overall. In the end, I could see this being a solid all-purpose Chinese black tea or a good introductory Chinese black tea.
Flavors: Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Cream, Honey, Leather, Malt, Oak wood, Pine, Toast
I received a sample pouch of this chai with my most recent Adagio order. I was not exactly thrilled. I have hated all forms of chai since I was a teenager. I don’t remember why I developed such a hatred for the stuff. I love tea and I normally like spicy things, so one would expect chai to be right up my alley. Sadly, one would be wrong, or at least one would be wrong most of the time. I did not find this chai to be all that bad.
I followed Adagio’s brewing guidelines for this one. I steeped 1 teaspoon of loose material in 8 ounces of 212 F water for 10 minutes. At one point, I tried a shorter steep time of around 8 minutes, but I could not detect much of a difference from the longer infusion, so I will be limiting myself to a discussion of that specific preparation. I also tried a 10 minute infusion with an addition of milk. I will comment on that one briefly.
Prior to infusion, the loose tea and spice blend greeted me with overpowering aromas of cinnamon, cardamom, and clove. I failed to note the aroma of ginger. After infusion, I again noted pronounced aromas of cinnamon, cardamom, and clove. I again failed to pick up the presence of ginger. In the mouth, I detected strong notes of cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and ginger underscored by traces of cream, malt, caramel, and toast. The tea base seemed a little weak to me. I also noticed that as the liquor moved from the entry to the finish in the mouth, the notes of cinnamon and ginger became increasingly dominant. I think it may have been a good idea for Adagio to rein in the cinnamon a bit. It was a little distracting. Interestingly, this chai came across as richly and boldy spicy, as well as a bit bitter and biting. Trying this same preparation with an addition of milk yielded a slightly smoother, sweeter, silkier brew. The milk seemed to bring out the tea base a little more, but it unfortunately further muted the cardamom and clove aromas and flavors to a limited extent.
I don’t know. I fully expected to hate this stuff, but I didn’t. Actually, I thought it was pretty decent for a masala chai. Granted I have not exactly been consuming chai on a regular basis or anything, but I could still get through this without many complaints. I think the fact that it was more robustly spicy and a touch more bitter than I was expecting made me appreciate it more. If I had more of it, I would try it with both milk and a touch of either honey or sugar just to see if the cinnamon and ginger could be tamed a little more.
Flavors: Biting, Bitter, Caramel, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cream, Ginger, Malt, Spicy, Toast