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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
This one was fun to try, although I thought I’d done something wrong when the walnut-sized ball didn’t unfurl much, even after I carefully followed time and temp guidelines.
However, it yielded a lovely, satiny, buttery cup. The veggie taste was mild—edamame, maybe.
The cup was good company for me while I rocked in the outdoor glider and read a bit of Eragon. Dragon tea for a dragon book. Not my normal genre, but tackling it at the behest of a very sweet 16-year-old (one of my “grown-up” Sunday kids) who still comes back to see me. He’s a good kid.
Large leaf, hand-rolled. Slightly astringent, with flavors throughout the palate. For me, it starts with spice, moves into molasses, honey, and ends with stone fruit, particularly apricot. Lots of fun to drink! On first taste, tea is simple, and the complexity grows on the palate — I prefer complexity up front and throughout the palate.
Flavors: Honey, Molasses, Spices, Stonefruit
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Yay, this was the last of my Adagio holiday teas!
I think this might be my favorite of the bunch, though. The lapsang adds a bit more flavor, whereas the rest of these have had exceedingly bland black bases. And it does rather make sense for a roasted chestnut tea, having a nice light savory smokiness and also a hint of nutty flavor.
Not bad! Not something I would order, but it’s an improvement over the other five.
Now I’ll have to pull out my Simpson & Vail holiday sampler to sip down next…
Flavors: Chestnut, Nuts, Roasted Nuts, Savory, Smoke, Smoked, Smooth