24 Tasting Notes
I had such high hopes for this tea, but ultimately I was very glad I only bought a sample size. Maybe it has a flavor of apricots? I’m allergic to fresh apricots, so I can’t swear that it doesn’t. But what I was hoping for was a tea with the rich flavor of dried apricots, and that wasn’t what I got. I’ll drink what I bought, but I’m not buying it again. The black tea base that Adagio uses is, as usual, of good quality.
This is a lovely caffeine-free spicy infusion, but I must say I can’t detect a single hint of chocolate in there anywhere. It brews up pale golden, with a robust cinnamon aroma. The cardamom and clove round out the flavor nicely, but cinnamon predominates there as well. A nice, warming choice on a crisp autumn morning, but it’s just not a chocolate tea.
As this herbal tea was billed on the box as a coffee alternative, I assumed I’d like it best with sweetener and milk, and that seems to be true. It has a very strong aroma of roasted grains which luckily is different than the flavor of the infusion (the scent’s a little too strongly roasty).
Honestly I’m surprised by how much I like this beverage. I clearly taste the roasted carob (the sweetness of the honey I added helps a lot with that) but the spices billed on the list of ingredients are missing in action – even the cinnamon!
Why do I like this tea? This sweet and spicy herbal concoction that smells like potpourri? Why do I go back to it, even though I know that it’s going to remind me of that basket of bark on the back of some old lady’s toilet? (Or perhaps an apple cinnamon candle?)
I truly don’t know. But I will probably keep drinking this tea intermittently, anyway.
The central smell I get from the dry leaf is caramel, rounded out with pear and chocolate notes. Brewed, the fruitiness of the pear is somewhat muffled, and the chocolate and truffle notes come to the fore. The flavor is sophisticated and balanced, and makes me want to go invent some desserts with pears, caramel, and chocolate. A sorbet, perhaps? Yum.