Tea Time 6: Odds and Ends

This week we have the English Breakfast from Adagio and another Teavana. Okay, technically these were tested two weeks ago (relative to the time this is going up), because I’ve been smart this time and pre-buffered a post for when Kae’s out of town visiting relatives.  Anyway, enjoy.

Sample: English Breakfast by Adagio Teas

Description: The original, classic cup of English Breakfast was made with black Keemun tea from Anhui province in China. Across many generations, plenty of different interpretations have been made. Our English Breakfast stays close to the classic. Made from fine quality Keemun, prized for its rich, slightly smoky flavor and perfectly ‘on point’ astringency. Balanced, very honeyed aroma. May be enjoyed plain or with a drop of milk. English Breakfast remains one of Adagio’s most popular varieties.

Preparation: 4 minutes at 212F

Review: Yami’s first taste elicited a decided DO NOT WANT impression — she wasn’t sure what the flavor was, but it wasn’t good. Kae, on the other hand, decided it “wasn’t terrible”. With Sugar, Yami was able to identify a dark, almost smokey taste she did not approve of but which vanilla soymilk mostly erased. Chaos declared it “kind of bland” before milk and sugar; after, he said he still doesn’t like it. Kae says “it’s not bitter, but it tastes… rough, I guess is the only way to describe it.” He decided that “smokey sounds way too cultured and dignified; I don’t know how they managed it, but it’s a bland, bitter taste.”

Would Buy? None of us particularly like it, no.


Sample: Cacao Mint black tea from Teavana

Description: Childhood delights are echoed in this dessert-inspired concotion of minty chocolate wonder. Refreshing peppermint compliments whole hazlenut and cocoa pieces creating naturally creamy flavors mixed with tingling goodness in everyone’s favorite chocolate minty confection. CONTAINS NUTS AND SOY.

Full-bodied nutty and cocoa infusion with minty undertones

Preparation: Steeped for three minutes at 212F, according to the instructions

Review: Yami had tried this tea before, and wasn’t sure what she thought; she had previously described it as tasting “kind of like a dark-chocolate Andes mint melted into spearmint tea with that strong, almost mouthwashy aftertaste.” It smells heavenly — chocolate with a hint of mint. Of course, she always had it with vanilla soymilk and sugar. Chaos took one sip, sputtered, and said “GAH! HOLY GOD! MINT! This requires sugar.” Kae took a sip, declared “I  liked it,” and added sugar. Yami noted that without milk and sugar, the mouthwashy aftertaste was notably  stronger than anything else. Post-doctoring, everyone agreed it was “pretty good”.  Kae liked it better with just sugar, no milk.

Would Buy? Kae rather liked it as a dessert tea. Yami was on the fence about it, mostly because she can’t drink black tea for dessert and doesn’t want chocolate-mint for breakfast. Chaos would “probably buy it.”

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