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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tea Tasting - OT(ea)P from @AdagioTeas !


How flipping cute is this little tin??

OT(ea)P Tea by Aun-Juli Riddle is so nice. It's so so nice. 

The official descriptions:
This is it, your one true tea fit for your OTP. Smooth, decadent, a little spicy, and deliciously sweet, you can savor this while reading your favorite fan fiction or writing your own! 
Blended With Black Tea, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger Root, Rose Petals, Cocoa Nibs, Natural Creme Flavor, Natural Chocolate Flavor, Natural Strawberry Flavor, Natural Cinnamon Flavor, Dark Chocolate Chips (Contains Soy Lecithin), Strawberries
Teas: ValentinesChocolate ChaiCream
 I got this tea ages ago, before I bought a tin of Harney & Sons Chocolate Tea with my birthday money, and was severely disappointed. When I looked at this one and it said it was a chocolate tea I immediately went back to that moment of drinking a cup of birthday tea and being sad--and I totally didn't need to. This one is SO GOOD.

When you open the tin...


It's so pretty. It smells like truffles--like real rich chocolate, not like tootsie rolls or carob or some other not-real approximation of chocolatelyness. It does smell a little fruity, though not specifically like chocolate covered strawberries; if I didn't know that's what it was meant to smell like I might not have guessed strawberries, but it's definitely some sort of fruit-filling-in-a-truffle sort of smell. The rose gives it a sort of floral over-note back in the back of your nose.


It brews up strong! I put my usual couple of teaspoons into the teapot and it came out super strong; I could have cut the amount of tea and still gotten a good brew on it, I think. By itself, the tea isn't quite bitter, but it's definitely a very strong black tea. You can taste and smell the ginger and the cinnamon, but they blend really well with the tea--there's no, like, medicinal quality to the spices here at all. It smells like a spiced cocoa, but without sugar the chocolate is mostly a smell. Very smooth, very good union to the flavors!

With sugar, it's transformed! A teaspoon in the cup and suddenly the spices blended back and the chocolate came forward So Well. This tea, I actually like it better sugared but not milked--it's got a nice depth and complexity, and it tastes like dessert. The chocolate and spices work so well together. The fruit and rose fade back some, but they sort of bridge between the dominant flavors and make it taste rich and fancy.


I think I added too much milk, and maybe that was the problem, but with the milk in the tea, it sort of overwhelmed the complexity and make it less interesting. It was still good, but it wasn't as eye-popping as it was with just the sugar. 

Overall, I really love this tea! If you want a decadent cup (or full pot in my case) of something very desserty and warm and lovely, this is the tea for you!


In full disclosure, most of these teas were provided to me for my honest review, and I don't get anything for supporting them, but the way Adagio works, the people who made them will get points if you buy them!

Other tea reviews in this series:

As you can see, there's many more to come! And also probably some non-Adagio teas to review, since I've gotten others semi recently, too!

- I'm always open for tea to review, if you make or sell tea and would like to have an honest opinion...

- Today's change: New tea! Seriously, a new flavor of something you consume frequently can make everything seem fresh!


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