Another day, another tea tasting! In case you missed it, back in January I was announced as one of five Adagio tea reps!!! I got to choose a selection of their teas to try and this is my second installment! You can see the fist here! Enjoy!
Tasting Notes: I love a good oolong! I wasn't expecting much from this one, I don't know why, I just didn't think it'd be great. Unexpectedly though, I loved it! The flavours are similar to a Li Shan, my favourite! It's a little less pungent, but it holds the same sort of light, clean, lily-floral aromas and flavours. WINNER!
Ingredients: Oolong and Natural Flavouring.
Tasting Notes: The aroma of creamy almonds joins the soft scent of vanilla. The leaves are heavily oxidized and produce a toasted oolong flavour that supplies deep, warming bottom notes. Yet, the flavour is also distincly nutty! The sweet almond notes play around the mouth, hitting every spot to provide savoury, sweet, muted and strong flavours, all across the toungue. This is a dessert tea, or something to replace the afternoon snack!
Ingredients: Oolong Tea and Vanilla Flavour.
Tasting Notes: This looks very similar to Almond oolong! I half suspect the teas are sisters; the same blend of oolong, with different flavouring. Like its sibling, this is a creamy tea with strong kick of sweet vanilla, that mute the toasted flavours.
Ingredients: Yerba Mate, Green Rooibos, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger Root, Cardamom, Orange Peel, Lemon Grass, Aniseed, Mango, Papaya, Pineapple and Flavoring.
Tasting Notes: The packet has an earthy, almond aroma, that's exactly like amaretti biscuits! Once steeped, the aroma traverses to a strong cinnamon and subtle lemon. It's a total oddball! The flavour greets the toungue with earthy mate, followed by ginger, bringing in a subtle zing of spice that lead into a citrus note. The final flavour is a pleasant mix of almond and biscuit. Overall, totally weird, but very pleasant!
Ingredients: White Tea, Rosehips, Pineapple, Mango, Cranberries, Rose Petals, Apple, Hibiscus, Blueberries and Flavouring.
Tasting Notes: Sweet tart fruits lift through the aroma, but the steeped flavour is more mellow. It's full of gentle notes of rose, light apple and a berry twist! The brew is elegant and gentle, and reminds me of when plants starts to creep out of the ground in spring. Of course, I also cold brewed this! It tasted a little like taking a bite from a juicy, refreshing watermelon!
Ingredients: Oolong, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger Root, Cardamom, Chicory, Cocoa Nibs, Black Peppercorn and Flavouring.
Tasting Notes: This blend is basically for anyone who loves a big sprinkling of cinnamon in their chai. Its so cinnamon heavy, that most the other components are washed over. That is expect for pepper, which adds a little zing to the end of each sip. The blend uses oolong, which makes this tea gentle enough to drink black. If you're looking for a milky chai, add a splash and you'll still get those wonderful cinnamon notes shining through.
Tasting Notes: This is nothing much like a classic darjeeling. There's next to no sweet, muscatel notes, tasting more like a super mellow green tea. Although this is a darjeeling, it's been processed as an oolong, rather than in the classic way, which may explain the HUGE difference. It's an ok starter tea, but if this was my first darjeeling, I wouldn't understand what the fuss was about.
Tasting Notes: Golden Monkey has zipped right up into my favourite teas. It always has the reliable notes of chocolate in the scent and taste. This particular batch, has an aroma of creamy milk chocolate, joined by a deep tobacco scent that makes it seem super warming. The flavour is less chocolatey than other varieties I've tried, but more sturdy and robust in flavour. Its gamey, with notes of leather, tobacco, caramel and burnt sugar. Really great for the mornings first cuppa!