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I was recently on vacation, and I kept a pitcher of this in the fridge in the Airbnb so I could quickly fill my tumbler before leaving each morning. The butterfly pea flower definitely makes this blend too savory, but this one only comes in pitcher packs, so I didn’t pick the flowers out at the time. Now that I’m back home, I cut open the packs and throw out the flowers before brewing. Even so, the flavor is quite savory, and I don’t taste any mango. I taste lemongrass and something rather plain.
Strange VariaTEA TTB – Tea #20
I love maté, and I don’t think I’ve ever tried coffee leaf before, so this one piqued my interest. I do generally enjoy coffee-flavored teas, though it looks like there isn’t actually any coffee flavoring here. There was just one single serve packet of this tisane in the box.
It mostly tastes like a mix of green and roasted maté to me. I assume it’s the coffee leaf that’s adding that green, herbaceous flavor, since there is no green maté here. The chicory root adds a nice earthiness that goes well with the roasty maté. To be honest, I’m not really tasting any chocolate, either cacao or flavoring, but I don’t mind. I do pick up on the hazelnut, which is nicely rich and buttery. It’s interesting because even though this has so many roasty notes going on, it actually tastes rather light because of the herbaceous coffee leaf.
Anyway, I like this one. I’m not sure I love it enough to order, but I’ll keep it in mind. I definitely need more maté in my cupboard, as I really do enjoy the flavor of it. But first, sipdowns! :P
Result: Finished Off
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Butter, Chicory, Earthy, Hazelnut, Herbaceous, Roasted, Roasted Nuts, Smooth, Sweet
Not sure if it’s just me or whether this is what the combination of rooibos and Earl grey is supposed to taste like, but I just couldn’t get into this tea. The aromatics were certainly inviting. Potent aromas of cinnamon bark, lemon peel, and orange from the leaf. I steeped this in a tea bag as Rooibos isn’t easy to strain well. The brewed tea was far from enjoyable. It tasted medicinal with a strong star anise like flavor accompanied by notes of clove, root beer, and menthol. All flavors which I otherwise enjoy but here it just tasted weird. I may need to try this with a little milk and sweetener as it’s just not doing it for me on it’s own.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Clove, Medicinal, Menthol, Root Beer, Star Anise
Alright, this one is a little bit of a strange one, but hear me out. Oolong chai and candy corn. The spice notes that already make it feel like a Fall drink, and the sweetness counterbalances to make an absolutely delightful combination. I have to be picky with my chai after a particularly heinous work week fueled by the stuff soured my stomach to some of the spices, but this one I still turn back to every month or two.
Ever since someone introduced me to DavidTEA’s Hot Chocolate Tea I’ve had a fascination with well-blended chocolate teas. Well made, they’re all the joy of hot chocolate with bonus caffeine, and YOU control the calorie count. Made a strong British style cup today, and it really helped get the ball rolling. I’m not even usually a mint guy, but the blend on this is MARVELOUS. TBH, the only truly compelling reason to reorder from Adagio anymore…
Every year, my friends and I do a Secret Tea Swap – you can either send tea from your stash, or you can order something to be delivered. This year, a friend sent me Adagio’s Chestnut tea along with a bunch of others. (Golden Yunnan, which I already knew I adored, and several others.) Having had mixed luck with some of Adagio’s teas, I tried it carefully.
And I was absolutely delighted. I’ve reordered it twice at this point. There is a lovely nuttiness to this tea, not bitter like walnut or sweet like almond, but truly hazel-chestnut like. I love it with a splash of milk, and I brew it quite strong – 4 minutes at 180F. (Not hotter, it gets unhappy at a full boil.)
This is now one of my staple “OK, I need a tea that’s going to last me all morning,” teas, and I can rebrew the leaves twice, though usually I’ll only do it once. Definitely a keeper.
Flavors: Chestnut, Hazelnut
Genmai = love. Perfect for anytime of day on any day. Today the high will be 32 C. Iced tea afternoon. This makes quite a pleasant tea when iced. Okay, I lie. It’s not iced. I just put cold tap water in the cup and off we went. The umami and grassiness perfectly complements the brown rice. The dusting of matcha on the rice and tea was the right amount and the coloring was an eye pleaser. Now I’m going to sit here on the grass and enjoy it while reading Infused by Henrietta Lovell. I’d love to drink tea with her someday. Also have tried it hot and it is as good as many I have tried but it is not the best.
I’ve worked through all the caffeinated teas in my swap with Emilie, so I’m taking a caffeine break for a couple weeks per doctor’s orders (blech). Thankfully, I have lot of teas to get me through thanks to some very generous tea mail from vallhallow. I’ve been saving these and am excited to finally dig in.
James’ favorite tea ever is Magic Dragon from DAVIDsTEA. Since it’s been discontinued, I would love to find another blend that’s similar. I was hoping this would be it, or close, but it’s not close enough. We tried them side-by-side and he said that the Dragon Fruit Dream doesn’t have enough hibiscus. It’s noticeably lighter in color, more of a soft pink than the deep red of hibiscus. I tried it both hot and cold and I can’t say that I’m a fan honestly. Of course, hibiscus teas aren’t a favorite hot and can be hit or miss for me when cold. This had that dusty background note that so many herbals seem to share. James liked it cold, so he’s planning to finish it off. This is one I might have purchased to try at some point, seeing that it has dragon fruit, so I’m glad to be able to try it before buying a larger amount.
Flavors: Dust, Fruity
Trying to taste more of the teas that are unopened in my cabinet, to determine whether I should keep, toss or share. So I guess I am going through my cabinet alphabetically by company for the first tea of the day now. :)
Preparation: Western and then with a little barista Oatly (which is essentially whole fat oatly in a smaller container)
Tasting note: The dry leaf smelt of hershey’s chocolate syrup, so I definitely decided at that point this was going to be an unsweetened latte. Brewed up straight it was pretty brisk with some chocolate syrup notes and sweetness. I pretty much immediately after that sip added the oatly. After that, it tasted kind of like chocolate milk. I liked it less I think than Adagio’s Irish stout because it didn’t have that malty, richness to make it even more chocolatey. Also, Irish stout has sprinkles so yeah… it’s cute and gimmicky. I would say that this is a pretty decent chocolate black tea but not my favorite from Adagio.
This will go in the share pile as I know that I still quite a bit of Irish stout left from St. Patrick’s Day and they are in the same family as taste goes.
I shared this tea with my dad, who loves peach teas, and he said it reminded him of peach rings and that it was his favorite tea that I shared with him on my trip. I’m glad to have his feedback because I would have personally rated this tea as more medium. The peach flavor is pretty authentic and fresh, but I don’t love the base tea. It tasted a little too much like twigs or something. I just don’t love white tea.
The base is quite floral and a little astringent. The fruits are light, but not super clear. Maybe I taste some berry, but it’s not tart, more candy-like. I kept this in the fridge overnight, and now the tea has become much too floral. If you enjoy floral teas, this could be for you, but it’s not my preference.
Tea swap sample from vallhallow! I added some oat milk and it brought out the chocolate and cream very nicely! This seems like a good “first thing in the morning” tea for me. I think I may actually have some of this stashed somewhere that I haven’t broken into yet, so thanks for the inspiration to go find it!
This has a strong roasted flavor, though not too far in that direction so that it tastes almost burnt. I’ve discovered I’m not super into plain hojicha, and this one tastes like many others – not the worst, just somewhere in the middle. There’s just not enough going on in this tea for me. Thanks for sending the sample though, Adagio!