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An Ode to Tea challenge #2– M
A sample from SkySamurai! Thank you! I had hopes for this one, but nah. It’s mostly apple chunks and hibiscus. The hibiscus isn’t too strong but it really just tastes like mildly tart hibiscus/apple water. Not much here that says “mango”. And to me, mango has nothing to do with hibiscus and would be ruined if it did. Mango is sweet, syrupy, starchy and hibiscus would ruin all of that. At least the hibiscus isn’t too strong, but this is boring. Glad to have tried it, don’t need to have it again.
Steep #1 // 25 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min
2021 sipdowns: 98
Thanks very much, SkySamurai! The dry leaves certainly had a very fragrant berry scent! The flavor of the tea isn’t quite as delicious – leaving a berry vitamin sort of note, that is probably really from the raspberry leaves… though I didn’t notice many raspberry leaves in the blend. I’m just glad it’s not mostly hibiscus. The second steep I’m noticing the black tea base has that tomato soup note that black teas have been tasting like to me lately… so I’m not sure that tomato soup note fits with berries. Most of Steepster seems to agree on this one: Nice to sample but nothing to keep around.
Steep #1 // 22 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 3 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
2021 sipdowns: 86
Well, back again.
For the record, it isn’t that I haven’t been drinking tea. It’s that I haven’t been drinking any new tea, instead choosing to lean back on old favorites.
But I’m trying something new. Adagio sent me this as a free sample (since I hadn’t ordered in awhile) so here goes.
Smell in pouch is STRONGLY of fake peach. Troublesome, but I have never been one to shy away from a strong peach.
Now, the pouch says to brew at 212. I’m not going to argue with that, but normally oolongs are lower. However, this is Adagio, so the quality of the oolong is probably questionable at best. I doubt it is high grade or delicate.
So, Brewed 3 minutes at 212. Pouch is single serve so I don’t know how much exactly is in it.
Taste is… oof that’s bitter. Trying it first without sweetener, the tea is very tannic and bitter. I can barely taste the peach, it’s more of an “essence of peach” thing. Strange considering how strong is smelled but, no, the peach is not overpowering. Unfortunate because, as I said, I like a strong peach. We’re gonna try this one with a single splenda.
Ah, there’s the fake peach. Funny how just a touch of sweetener brings it out. It isn’t awful, mind you. But you can tell it is very low quality. I think I’ve been spoiled with the W2T I’ve been drinking. That said, it isn’t the worst thing ever. It has a flavor and you can taste the tea in it, which is more than I can say for some other Adagio blends that I’ve had. This blend does have the dried apple pieces in it that all adagio fruit blends seem to have, so there is a (rather heavy) note of apple in it, but the primary flavor is artificial peach.
Final note: As it is cooling, I have lost the flavor of the tea. Now it’s just the peach and apple. Very disappointing.
In conclusion, not the worst thing ever, but not good either.
Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Peach
W is for… White Tangerine!
Not as fresh/bright of an orange or tangerine flavour as I remembered but it was still very tasty – actually had some moments where it verged a little on a more cooked/jammy “marmalade” type flavour, especially with the gentle pithiness and astringency of the white tea. Perhaps a result of longer brewing times? Not sure, but I dig it.
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Swap sipdown! Rose isn’t my favorite, but I do love lychee and the two do go well together. So I’m cautiously optimistic about this one, hah!
It’s pleasant enough. The rose is definitely present, but it doesn’t taste overly perfumey – it’s more of a lush, fresh rose. The lychee adds a wonderful tropical fruitiness. Lychee is just so darn juicy! The base is mellow and grassy, probably a Chinese sencha.
It’s not bad, given I don’t like rose much. Not something I would buy, but would recommend it for rose aficionados!
Flavors: Dry Grass, Floral, Grass, Lychee, Nectar, Rose, Sweet, Tropical
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Swap sample! I’m hoping to power through most of these samples over the next few days, as there are over 30 of them, and adding them all to my cupboard stressed me out a little.
Picked this one at random. I’m not really a whiskey fan, but my husband is, so I’m quite familiar with it. He generally drinks scotch, but also enjoys old fashioneds (which use bourbon). Anyway, this does taste like bourbon to me. It’s woody, boozy, slightly smoky, and has a dark caramel presence. I do get a hint of the apple I think, which is pleasant.
I would say this is a good choice for someone looking for a whiskey tea. But I am not that someone, so while I can appreciate that it seems well-done, it’s not for me. :)
Flavors: Alcohol, Apple, Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Oak, Smoke, Sweet, Whiskey, Wood
#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #144 overall / Tea #15 for April
An Ode to Tea, V is for rooibos Vanilla Chai by Adagio Teas (gifted by Danielle aka @teaandmeblog)
Monday 04/12 — plain and hot latte using this tea. I actually really enjoyed it because the milk and the chai spices are very nice mix for this cloudy Monday. Not getting vanilla or rooibos which is fine.
Instagram photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CNlj9haAw8C/
#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge
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“An Ode to Tea” Alphabet Challenge – I
Another swap tea. Not one I would generally choose for myself, as it’s both an Adagio tea AND a chocolate tea, ha ha…
It’s fine. The Assam-Ceylon base is actually fairly tasty – malty and flavorful but only slightly astringent. The chocolate is very boozy and artificial, it reminds me of these carob-flavored chewable vitamins I used to have as a child.
Overall, it is rather stout-esque, as both the tea and the chocolate are dark, deep flavors. Not something I would ever order, but not bad!
ETA: It just occurred to me, this tastes just like Tootsie Rolls!
Flavors: Alcohol, Artificial, Candy, Chocolate, Malt, Metallic, Smooth, Tannic, Thick
This is one of my all-time favorite tissanes. It is minty and fresh, with notes of peppermint and eucalytus combined with a hint of orange and lemon. It is super comforting, particularly for sinus headaches. I add a bit of lavender, which makes it even more comforting.
Flavors: Eucalyptus, Herbaceous, Lemon, Menthol, Mint, Orange, Orange Zest, Peppermint, Smooth
Part of an epic tea mail box from Michelle.
I think we may both have a fondness for smoky teas (and boozy ones). Not sure if this was an appropriate choice for breakfast, but here I am drinking it with a chocolate banana muffin (also probably not appropriate for breakfast). I don’t drink alcohol very often and when I do I don’t typically reach for bourbon so I can’t say how authentic the flavor is. It definitely smells boozy though. Also fruity, but not the candy apple flavor in the ingredient list. I should have checked Michelle’s directions first because I’m pretty sure I overleafed and oversteeped this one. I went with my normal two teaspoons to 8 ounces of water at 195° for five minutes. I see now that three minutes at boiling is recommended. I’ll withhold my rating for now and will try again when I learn to follow instructions.
Flavors: Alcohol, Fruity
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This was a swap tea from Instagram! It’s always so fun to swap with different people who have completely different cupboards from me.
I was surprised to quite like this tea, since Adagio and I don’t have the best track record. I think it’s the addition of the bergamot that wins me over. This is a strawberry, cream, and bergamot black tea, meant to represent scones with cream and strawberry jam alongside an Earl Grey tea.
Well I don’t get scones, but it does has a nice strawberry flavor to it, perhaps with a bit of creaminess. The bergamot is fairly light so it doesn’t overpower the other flavors. Overall it does taste a bit more like a strawberry hard candy than jam, but I’m still enjoying it.
Not something I would order, as it’s a bit too artificial, but not bad, Adagio!
Flavors: Artificial, Bergamot, Candy, Milk, Strawberry, Sweet