So here we go:
Casablanca Twist by Adagio Teas
If you want a minty, refreshing tea, don’t go any farther. This is it.
I was expecting a much greener, vegetal tea. When I opened my tin, however, I was pretty surprised because the leaves didn’t look anything like my other green teas. I took a sniff and realized that the leaf was at least 50% mint leaves. This was not at all a bad thing, as far as I was concerned, because it is a hot summer day and what is more refreshing than mint tea?
I brewed it up and threw some ice in, and voila! A lovely summer drink.
((I might have to try blending this with a strawberry tea. Doesn’t that sound lovely? Strawberry mint, iced. Yum.))
Sisters Secret by SBS Teas
This is excellent iced.
Sister’s Secret is oolong tea and raspberry. The raspberry is tart, not sugary sweet, and balances wonderfully with the oolong.
Chocolate Chip by Adagio Teas
I like the subtlety of the chocolate in this tea. It’s not WHAM BAM SUGARLY FAKE CHOCOLATE FLAVOR, but a lighter, authentic flavor that works with the tea instead of trying to smother it.
I did slightly oversteep it, so there’s a faint acidity to the brew, but even with that the tea is quite pleasing.
As with all my teas lately, I am drinking this iced.
Green Tea Frappuccino Blended Creme by Starbucks
This is such a guilty pleasure.
I mean, 440 calories in one drink? That’s pretty killer.
But I love these things!
It’s very, very sweet. The matcha flavor is strong, but there’s so much milk and whipped cream that any bitterness from the green tea vanishes completely. It’s like drinking green tea ice cream, but sweeter. Much, much sweeter.
Also, as I was sitting at my desk enjoying the drink, one of our residents came in and kept looking at my drink out of the corner of his eye.
“Is that green?” he finally asked.
“Yes sir!” I answer in my perky I’m-working-hard voice.
“…thank God, I thought my eyes were going wacko on me.”
White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
I’m really not getting cucumber out of this.
I mean, I taste cinnamon, and something vaguely vegetal. But I tend to associate a sort of watery crisp freshness to cucumbers, and I don’t get that same feeling from the tea.
The flavor is weak; maybe I didn’t use enough leaves. I’ll have to mess around with it some more.
Almond Oolong by Adagio Teas
I had to put a lot of freakin’ leaves into the teapot to get any almond out of this tea, and even then it was rather disappointing. It was faintly like almond milk.
The two flavors – almond milk and Formosa oolong – didn’t really match each other. I mean, they didn’t taste bad exactly, but this was not a truly blended tea, just a half-hearted attempt at it.
Raspberry Green Tea by Frontier Natural Products Co-op
“Numerous bits” seems like quite an understatement for all the raspberry in this drink. It’s like a berry punch in the mouth! There’s more raspberries here than there were at the farmers’ market last weekend. The raspberries are stronger than the raspberry-flavor syrup used in soda machine “iced tea”. I feel like the teapot is going “thhhhhhhhb,” blowing raspberries at me. Raspberry raspberry raspberry.
It’s tart and fresh-tasting. The liquor is pink. That’s weird. i wasn’t expecting a pink tea. I mean, this is supposed to be a green tea. Since that often turns out yellow-ish, should the liquid be more of an orange color? Maybe? At any rate, even though I saw plenty of green leaves in the dry leaves, I don’t taste it.
I like it, I’m just a little blown away by how dominant the raspberries are.