Happy Saturday, friends! Can you believe it’s
PSL season September already? You know what that means…HALLOWEEN IS COMING AKA MY FAVORITE REASON TO EAT CANDYYYYYYY. Fall is my favorite season, even if we don’t really get seasons down here in Florida; I love the changing colors of the leaves, the crisp coolness in the air, and of course, getting to wear boots and scarves and sweaters on the rare days that dip below 75 degrees.
In the spirit of all things warm and cozy, I have a tea review for you! My friend Candy of GeekMamas recently gave me a couple of tea samples to check out, and
I love me a spicy chai, so I started with Stars & Stripes. When I first opened the tin, the aroma of chai, cinnamon, and cardamom reached out and walloped me in the face, and I loved it. I’m a fan of big, bold teas, especially if they remind me of Fall, and this tea is like a big warm hug in a mug. Once you brew it (212° for 4 minutes), the apple and cinnamon make their presence known, and it’s like drinking a mulled cider or apple pie. The pie similarity is enhanced further if you’re a sweet tooth like me and add honey or sugar and a bit of milk. One note: be very careful with your timing! Oversteep it and it can get bitter. The blend creator also notes that it has a very high level of caffeine, so if you’re sensitive, it’s better as a breakfast tea than a bedtime tea.
Blended With Black Tea, Assam Melody, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger Root, Cardamom, Cloves, Orange Peels, Natural Almond Flavor, Apple Pieces, Natural Apple Flavor & Natural Cinnamon FlavorAdagio Teas, Stars & Stripes
Next, I cracked open Sharp Shooter…hooooo boy; this one is a doozie. How to begin? It’s a faintly bitter, sharp, woodsy, smoky, and overall a very intense aroma. I wasn’t too familiar with gunpowder tea, so when I first gave it a sniff I was a little concerned that it was actual gunpowder in there, it’s that strong. Thankfully, a bit of googling taught me that “gunpowder” is a green tea from Zhejiang province, China, and that it gets its name from the way the leaves are rolled up into tiny pellets that resemble gunpowder. It has a very distinctive, slightly smoky aroma that reminds me of a crackling fire on a rainy day. It can be a little overwhelming, and masks the Thai chai that’s also in this blend. I steeped two teaspoons at 205° for 4 minutes and prepared myself for what I expected to be an oral onslaught, but was pleasantly surprised to find a mellow, almost sedate flavor. The intense aroma doesn’t come through in the taste, thankfully, because I am not a fan of smoky drinks, as my husband (who loves Laphroaig and mezcal) will attest. There is a bit of astringency to it, but it finishes smooth, and just the tiniest bit sweet, which I guess suits Clint. The creator warns that it has a high level of caffeine, so I suppose we’ll see if I’m awake all night!
Blended With Gunpowder, Assam Melody, Black Tea, Ginger Root, Cinnamon Bark, Dried Coconut, Lemon Grass, Cardamom & Natural Coconut FlavorAdagio Teas, Sharp Shooter
If you’re looking for a cozy new tea to snuggle up with, you can get sample tins for $5 each or pick up a sampler set of 6 for $24. I’m definitely going to pick up a few more teas from this collection: Adopted sounds delicious, and I’m going to get Pelvic Sorcery just because the name is hilarious. Check out the entire collection here, and let me know if you try any! You can also find Adagio Teas on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.