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I’m not sure if it’s because this was my first blooming tea or if it’s really that good but this one has always been my favorite. It’s smooth and slightly sweet. The flavors work well together. The tea isn’t too much for the jasmine and the jasmine isn’t too much for the tea. I can usually get several mugs or a couple of decent sized pots (steeping more-or-less grandpa style) from one ball. The few I have are really old, from when they were sold in the cardboard box instead of the newer tins, but they still taste fine. Being individually wrapped seems to have kept them fresh. I tried emailing Adagio a while back to ask if these are still individually wrapped in the new tin packaging but they gave me kind of a non-answer that didn’t actually say. I’d like to buy some more but the quantity would depend on the packaging. It’s not an everyday tea for me and I feel like individually wrapped would stay tasty longer than loose in a tin.
I made the tea in my Grosche Merlin glass pot (aka “Conehead”) this time and was reminded why I don’t use it often. Mine is the version of it with the long skinny infuser (didn’t use it with the blooming tea) and the lid that still fits the pot with the infuser removed…apparently there was a version with a smaller lid that fell into the pot if you tried to use it without the infuser. My lid might not fall in but it’s so tall, awkward and wobbly that holding it while you pour is an absolute must and it gets annoying after the first couple pours. The size of the pot works pretty well with the tea, though. I kept topping off the pot with hot water whenever it got down to somewhere between 2/3 and 1/2 full and the tea kept going until three adults had drunk their fill. These Adagio blooming teas have never failed to bloom for me and my guest (who had never heard of blooming teas) was stunned when it started opening up. She had to take pictures of it and send them to her husband. I love it when one of my tea party “victims” gets excited by my weird teas and treats (I also fed her pastries filled with my homemade cardamom-vanilla rhubarb butter).
Darjeeling really is the oolong of India. I should look into how it’s made. Got this with the black tea sample pack. Has a very strong fruity/grape flavor that adds to the pleasant astringency. The sweetness is balanced by said astringency as well. Later sips provide a woody, slightly spicy flavor. I got a few good steepings out of this so far adding to my mug, so it doesn’t loose flavor too quick.
Overall its a pleasant tea. This would be great for spring when you want the caffeine kick of black tea, but something less heavy and malty.
Flavors: Fruity, Grapes, Sweet, Tangy, Wood
I received this tea as a gift, and the tin is really cute (though impractically shallow for tea)! The flavor is mostly a complex, somewhat savory green tea, plus some fruit. If I had to guess without looking, I would guess orange. I haven’t had a green tea like this in a long time. There’s a lot going on with it, probably because it’s a blend of three Adagio teas, each with their own ingredients and flavorings. I’ll say it’s not my absolute favorite, but it’s interesting and was a lovely present.
Tried this from the herbal sampler. This gave me serious Teavana tea flash backs. Lots and lots of cinnamon flavor that ends in a very sweet fruity flavor. Doesn’t need sugar. I can’t really describe the fruit flavor other than on the more tropical side, with balanced lemongrass notes. Gave me nice smooth energy boost too. Probably wouldn’t buy more, but it was a lovely tea to enjoy.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Lemongrass, Sweet, Tropical
Had this from my rooibos sampler. Both steepings where combined and used sugar to sweeten. I liked this more than the Pecan Turtle rooibos. Though honeybush is a less woody taste than rooibos. Sweet with the chestnut adding a nice brown sugar taste. The banana is there, though more in the after taste and in a more vague sweet starch flavor. I don’t remember the cinnamon much, but I don’t think it did more than a supporting role. Going to enjoy using this in a blend.
Flavors: banana, Nutty, Sweet
UGH! I brewed this in the worst possible way. First I used boiled water, but left the top open on my teapot to compensate. Then on the second steep I got distracted and brewed over my 3.5 minuet mark by a good bit. Both steepings where combined in the mug.
That being said, this came out good. The assam definitely helps soften the persnickety ceylon, which I could taste coming through crisp and a little bitter. The assam brings a starchy and malty sweetness to the tea, while the ceylon has a crisp, metallic, and vague citrus notes. Nothing to write home about, but it is a good teabag replacement tea. At least now I know what it tastes like when I use it in blends; and that it is overstepping friendly.
Flavors: Cocoa, Drying, Malt, Metallic, Sweet Potatoes
meh its not bad at all but also not very orangey either
there is much better orange teas out there at the super market even
it is pretty bold with a hint of citrus but just tastes so much plain I’d rather drink a cheap english breakfast tea instead of this
I like the way this tea smells but it dont really smell peachy to me but just sweet and fruity. It does smell peachy after its made
It tastes really yummy when I put some and ice in it. It was just OK when it was hot
It dont taste as sweet as it smells so I put a few sugar crystals in it and it was very peachy and yummy. I like it
Flavors: Fruity, Peach
Got this as part of my herbal sampler pack. Very hibiscus floral, but with a sweet slightly tart flavor that doesn’t get too tart. Little bit of a medicinal cherry flavor, but not too bad; maybe from the forest berries flavoring? What’s nice is it tasted nice hot or cold and with no sugar. Good if you want to add a tarter berry flavor to blends.
Flavors: Berry, Floral, Hibiscus, Tart
This was pretty good, though first steeping did have an odd chocolate flavor. One thing though, if you don’t like rooibos, you won’t like this as the rooibos flavor is still strong. That being said that was a nice dessert blend. Sweet flavors from the chocolate and caramel, and some warm nutty notes; maybe from the chicory? The After the first few steepings I poured in boiling water in my tea pot and let it brew overnight. Had a nice cinnamony cup in the morning. Though the cinnamony wasn’t as detectable in the early steepings. Overall a nice blend, that I’m glad I got to try, but I don’t feel like buying more.
p.s. I did add sugar to my cup.
Flavors: Chocolate, Nutty, Rooibos, Sweet
Ceylon is probably the vanilla of the tea world; assam would probably be chocolate. Its ubiquitous in the same way vanilla is. It’s a base for a lot of blends, since it is so plain. Most teabags unless stated otherwise are going to be some form of ceylon or ceylon like. I don’t tend to go for strait ceylon, as I find the flavor boring and sometimes low quality. But I wanted to try this one plain as I do sometimes want to add it to mixes plain when I am going for something brisk, and less heavy than assam.
Got this in adagios single serving plain black tea box. Been needing to try more of their plain tea bases and this was the cheapest way to do so. Knowing their ceylon, like most, don’t take to boiled water well, I brewed it around 200f and just at 3 minuets to avoid bitterness, and combined two steepings. It has that classic ice tea taste. Kinda a toasty, roasted tea base that is accented with undertones of orange citrus acidity and flavor, that finishes dry and pleasantly brisk. This is a very plain Jane tea, but it’s not bad. Its a huge step up from Lipton tea bags; though anything is a steep up from those tannin fannings. If you wanted to make classic ice tea with some fruit thrown in, this is it. Just mind your steeping.
Overall good and is pleasant, just don’t expect to be wowed.
Flavors: Citrus, Drying, Metallic, Smooth, Toasty
I’ve had this one for a while and really thought I logged it, but apparently not!
Back when I first started getting into tea, I absolutely loved Davids Tea’s Chocolate Orange. I then stopped ordering from DT for a while for no particular reason, and by the time I got back around to them, it was gone. I’ve been looking for a replacement since then and saw this recently on Adagio’s website and was super excited to try it out.
From my memory of DT’s Chocolate Orange, it was super flavorful and chocolatey, with the pu-erh and orange backing it up without being overwhelming (though I may be pulling a Great Gatsby here!). Chorange definitely doesn’t compare to that, but it’s still nice. So far, I’ve found that the best way to drink it is after a quick rinse and with no milk. I always forget and put milk in because that’s my habit with chocolate teas, but with this one it mutes all the flavors to the point where I just get a bit of earthiness from the pu-erh.
Without milk, this one is a lot more orangey. I don’t taste a super obvious chocolate flavor, but I feel like the earthiness of the pu-erh kind of comes across as a dark chocolate. The flavors meld nicely without one overpowering the other, and this is a decent tea overall but I’m not really looking for an orange pu-erh at the moment. If you want a smooth and not overpowering orange pu-erh, definitely check this out! While I have no problems finishing this up, I probably won’t get it again any time soon because it’s just not what I want. My search for an orange chocolate tea continues!