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This does NOT taste like a pecan turtle…
I knew as soon as I smelled the dry leaf that this tea would taste quite sad. I mean, it literally just smells like rooibos. Steeped, there’s maybe a hint of chocolate and a little bit of chicory but the profile is REALLY bland and the last thing that I was describe it as is “rich” or sweet/decadent. This might have been the most disappointing thing from this cluster of teas for me, as the concept is really tasty sounding – but the delivery just isn’t there.
So generic. Ginger greater than Lemon, but not by much.
Not a profile that I enjoy personally, and there’s nothing about this to separate it from the other lemongrass/ginger teas that practically every other North American tea vendor seems to offer. At this point, I think carrying something like this sort of just becomes a “statement piece” sort of tea. And I know there are people out there who DO enjoy this profile – but I’m not one of them…
The dry leaf of this tea smells amazing! It’s a very sweet “banana runt” tyle of banana, but mixed with the natural nuttyness of the honeybush base and the addition of cinnamon and cocoa I thought that it was surprisingly accurate to the smell of banana bread and I was PUMPED to try it…
The steeped taste definitely isn’t as magical, but it’s not bad either. The strongest note is the honeybush itself – and I know that taste is a turnoff for some, but I actually quite enjoy the honeybush that Adagio uses in its blends – like my all time favourite from the, The Woman. Still, I wish that the banana would have come through as richly (or even half as richly) as what was present in the dry nose. Touch of cinnamon was nice though.
I think this has promise – but this cup wasn’t a winner.
I feel like this was definitely meant to replicate one of Teavana’s blend post closure. It feels like a very Teavana kind of profile & I swear I remember a Teavana blend with this exact name…
I wanted to like this because I do really enjoy the presence of coconut in chai blends and I also like white tea as a chai base (when done well) but I felt like I lost everything in this mix except for the spices. Which aren’t my thing. We all know that they aren’t my thing. And I don’t just mean that I lost the coconut; but the lemongrass/pineapple too.
Just a muddy, over complicated sort of profile IMO.
Wow that’s a lot of cinnamon!
The intense and borderline sickly sweet cinnamon here is undercut by the other spices in the blend, namely the clove but also ginger/cardamom. I can see the appeal; it’s flavourful and the hint of cocoa is a nice addition. However, I found it cloyingly sweet in the finish and wasn’t super into how robust the cinnamon notes were.
Was this one of the Teavana ‘dupes’ that Adagio pumped out right after Teavana closed? I can’t remember…
This was ok; same sort of sweet and more candied peach notes as the Peach Oolong. Definitely a little apple heavy in terms of flavour though (there’s A LOT of filler apple in this blend), and has a bit of a sour fruit undertone? Nothing particularly bad about it – but just reads as somewhat forgettable and generic to me. Maybe would be good iced.
This is simple, but fairly nice.
I don’t love the oolong base. I think, based on this cluster of tastings, that I’m just not into Adagio’s oolong bases in general but I digress. The peach is bright, sweet, and juicy and while on the candy side of peach as a flavour it’s still pretty pleasant.
Probably my favourite thing from the cluster of tastings?
Time to “power review” some Adagio blends…
This starts off nice enough with a sweet and slightly creamy maple in the top note; but quickly transitions to a very sour oolong taste (the kind that comes with not so great roasted oolong) that is really sharps/digs into the sides of your mouth and leaves an unpleasant finish. Also, not sure what cinnamon has to do with a “maple creme” profile but it felt kind of weird mixed in…
Had this last night. 3 g in 12 oz, the first infusion was the recommended and the 2nd infusion much much much longer. Maybe an hour? :P
It’s good and the fig notes are there. Like the others, I’d love more fig in it. The oolong is nice because I don’t typically like over the floral type of oolongs where in this one it’s the fruity notes in the forefront and the floral in the background.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Fig, Floral, Fruity
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Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Rooibos, Rosehips
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Flavors: Cinnamon, Rooibos, Rosehips
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Flavors: Strawberry, Vanilla
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Flavors: Ginger, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Lemongrass
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Flavors: Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Pineapple
I’ve been grandpa-ing this one all afternoon while I work, and while there’s nothing exceptional about this tea in terms of taste there is something that, in this moment, is really appealing to me about it in terms of mouthfeel. The liquor is just very thick, and creamy and I’m enjoying immensely how it’s coating my mouth in between slurps.
Flavors: Almond, Cream, Hay, Milk
Sipdown. Purchased: Sep 2017 Midwest teafest
I found this tea to be pretty strongly flavored. I brew a little hotter than temp stated on the packaging. As it’s brewing, peach and strawberry flavors are predominant. Initial sips are peach and strawberry. As it cools, passion fruit makes an appreance. Overall, strawberry is this tea’s flavor. I don’t taste the base at all.
This tea is good for multiple steeps, but it gets to be a little much for me so I’ve been doing 2 steeps and switching to something else. 70
Flavors: Passion Fruits, Peach, Strawberry
I got this in one of my advent calendars. I will give it a thumbs up for really tasting like a carrot cupcake! However, my dislikes of this one is the pungent ginger that steps in. Also I believe the licorice root is giving it almost a medicinal taste (reminds me of Organic Throat Rescue). I finished the cup but I don’t think I’ll be purchasing more.
Flavors: Apple, Carrot, Cinnamon, Ginger, Licorice
This is a nice daily drinker. It never really wowed me, but that’s OK. It was a good drink to have when I didn’t feel like blowing my palate out of the water.
My one gripe is that I found myself using quite a bit of leaf to get deep flavors. Using my normal ratios resulted in a fairly thin and uninteresting brew. Best results were achieved with a gaiwan full of dry leaf. Once I did that, however, the quality improved noticeably.
Overall, flavor was light-bodied, with peanut-shell and Brazil nut nuttiness. Distinct and noticeable minerality throughout. Some nice stewed berry fruitiness and a little baking spice in the development.
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This is the last of the DF teas that VariaTEA was kind enough to send my way.
The base tea here looks quite unusual for DF – the leaves are quite large and twisty. I’m more used to seeing the smaller generic Ceylon base from them. There are kernels of toasted rice and small pieces of popcorn mixed in, yum! It smells buttery and very much like popcorn.
The popcorn flavor here actually reminds me a bit of a sticky rice oolong – it has that same sort of buttery, rich, toasty carbohydrate vibe to it. I really enjoy that flavor!
But the base used here is quite odd. It has a very musty flavor, almost like a low quality white tea. There’s some malt as well, and it is quite smooth with no bitterness or astringency. But that musty note really overpowers the other elements.
It’s unfortunate, because the flavoring is very tasty here, but the base really hurts the overall taste. But I’m not too upset, since I can get my buttery carb fix from a yummy sticky-rice-scented oolong! :D
Flavors: Butter, Malt, Musty, Popcorn, Rice, Smooth, Toasted Rice
Huzzah. another black tea. This time, it’s the Fengqing Dragon Pearls from Tevivre.
Starting out by saying I love how the “sample” packs from tevivre are exactly one serving. Yes you get two individually wrapped single serving packs per sample, and yes I ordered two of almost every sample in my order. Still- nice touch.
(NOTE) I should add that for a small, 6oz cup of tea, the amount per sample package is probably closer to two servings. But for my large 12oz cup, it is a single serving.
Ok, western style, 195F Water at 6 min per steeping instructions.
Flavor is… different. It’s not as cocoa-y as my golden blacks, although that flavor is still present. Strong malt flavor and I now know what that flavor tag “Autumn Leaf Pile” means because holy cow is that here. I’m not sure if I like this or not. It kinda tastes… dirty. Not earthy, DIRTY. There’s a bit of bread flavor here too. I’ve let it sit a bit and it really doesn’t taste good once it’s cooled. I think it was much tastier when hot. I mean, if you like a really woodsy black tea, then this would definitely be for you. I personally, however, think I will stick to my regular golden blacks.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Baked Bread, Cocoa, Malt, Wood