In the weeks since I first received my Hero Recovery sampler from Adagio Teas, I’ve managed to empty nearly every tin. There are several I would love to reorder, but loose leaf tea does have a shelf life, much like coffee beans. If not stored properly and brewed in a timely fashion, the quality of the brewed tea steadily degrades.
With so many other fantastic teas to taste and review for all of you, I’ll have to hold off on reordering for awhile.
MEAN & GREEN
Blended with: chamomile, green pekoe, green tea, orange peels, natural bergamot flavor, blue cornflowers
Teas: earl grey green, green pekoe, chamomile
Steep: at 195° for 3 minutes
Caffeine level: low
I cannot stress enough how aesthetically beautiful this blend is. I had to snap a shot both while brewing, and in the cup as per usual.
The vibrant greens and yellows with splashes of pale blue from the cornflowers make this tea hypnotizing.
That being said, if you are not a fan of chamomile I recommend shying away from this one. The bergamot in the earl grey green is very subtle but, like the Hulk, always just there below the surface. For tasting, I do suggest sweetening this very lightly as it really helps bring all the flavors to the fore.
This is also not a tea for buying in volume if you want the most for your money.vThe diameter of the ingredients in the blend is large and it’s not as light as some of the other blends, so don’t expect to get as many cups of tea out of this tin as the others. Put plainly, 3oz of this won’t get you as many cups as 3oz of some of the other teas.
Blended with: black tea, lapsang souchong, ginger root, natural ginger flavor, natural caramel flavor, cocoa nibs, natural vanilla flavor, natural chocolate flavor
Teas: lapsang souchong, ginger, tiger eye
Steep: at 212° for 3 minutes
Caffeine level: high
At once exotic and classic, this tea feels a little bit Tony and a little bit Howard. The lapsang is more mellow in this blend compared to Double Agent. The chocolate and caramel are incredibly subtle – they serve more to temper the strength of the ginger and lapsang and to give this tea a round, full flavor.
Don’t be intimidated by the nose full of tobacco when you first get a whiff, it’s much different in the cup.
Adagio teas can be purchased in a 3oz. pouch for $10, a 5oz. tin for $19, or in the case of their fandom teas a full set of six sampler tins for $19.
I had a great time tasting the full Hero Recovery sampler set. There are eleven more blends in the Hero Recovery series, and while I do plan to review them all eventually, I’ll be moving on to some Sherlock-themed blends next. As always, let me know what you would like me to review in the future.