4 Tasting Notes
I recently ordered several Adagio Tea samples. This was the first I tried, and it really hit the spot. I’d come home from a long day at work to find my new teas waiting for me on the porch. After a bit of dithering as I tried to choose which one to try first, I settled on the Hazelnut. Oh the scent!! I thought it couldn’t possibly taste as good as it smelled…and I was wrong. It tastes even better! Although I normally add honey or sugar to my tea (Southerner here; grew up on the House Wine of the South—sweet iced tea), I found the flavor of this tea to be so nice that I didn’t add a thing. I had just enough time to relax with a cup before the power went out thanks to a wreck that wiped out a power pole. I’m glad I didn’t wait to try it. It would have been torture to be stuck in the house with delightful smelling tea and no way to heat water for it! I’m definitely doing this one to my list of favorites. The hazelnut is a powerful topnote, but the rich back tea flavor comes through very clearly.
Flavors: Hazelnut, Tea
This is one of my favorite teas. I bought it on a whim, being a fan of rooibos and fruity flavors. Sometimes buying on a whim is a bust, sometimes it’s a win. I count this a win. The fruit flavors are pleasant, but they don’t overpower the rooibos itself. I like this when I’m craving something sweet-ish but don’t want to significantly increase my calorie intake.
This is my go-to English Breakfast teabag when I don’t feel like futzing around with loose tea. (The lazy, it is strong sometimes.) I enjoy the flavor, and can often drink it straight, but most often add a dollop of honey and shot of fresh lemon. I’ve never found it to be bitter unless I’ve goofed and forgotten to pull the bag out after my usual 4 minutes.
Flavors: Earth, Tannic, Tea
This is not an actual tasting note, as I haven’t been able to brew a cup and don’t intend to.
I was given a box of this tea, or it wouldn’t be in my house. I don’t know why Yogi seems to think licorice goes with everything, but just the scent of the stuff makes me gag. Perhaps I’m super-sensitive, but I’m getting a nauseating licorice whiff from the sealed box. I note that licorice is the second item on the “Proprietary Blend of Herbs,” right under peppermint. Frankly, there is not enough peppermint on the planet to negate the nasty yuck factor of licorice.
If you hate licorice, avoid this tea like the plague. If you love licorice, you’ll probably be delighted. Me, I’m planning to foist this box off on the first of my friends that expresses an interest.