I have wanted to like this since all those years ago when I tried it first. Back then, this was massively bitter and harsh. Now I find it a lot smoother. This is a plus, likely due to my change in tastes. My issue is the flavorings.
Mostly I just don’t detect much. There are cacao husks on the ingredients list, but I don’t see any in the tea. I frequently make a tisane out of nothing but cacao husks so I know what it should taste like and its just not here. I can smell/taste a little bit of chocolate but honestly it makes me think more of artificial flavoring and not actual cacao.
There’s also supposed to be caramel in here as well and it also seems rather light/bland as well as tasting like artificial flavoring.
I’ve had issues with another Adagio tea that I thought tasted bland so I will likely try this again another time with a longer than I usually do steeping time.
I used about 1 Tbsp of leaves for ~8oz of water steeped ~2m.
Next time will increase that steep time to 3-4m and see if it has any positive affect.