From the Zodiac line by Adagio
Purple is my favorite color, and the Sagittarius tin is the exact shade that I love. It’s a saturated purple with just a hint of blue. There’s a lady holding two arrows, which are stuck in her very bizarre purple hair.
As you can see from the picture, the tin labels are starting to get a little scratched, which makes me sad. But this is Adagio‘s first trial run with the little sample tins, so maybe it will be improved in later iterations.
Here we’ve got a run of the mill black tea with a few red safflower petals thrown in. There’s a few pieces of fruit; I originally thought it was pomegranate, but it’s actually raspberry.
Speaking of raspberry, the leaves smell of raspberry, but in a really dark, full kind of way. Not smoky, exactly, but full bodied and complex. It’s interesting to smell raspberry like this without a chocolate addition of some sort. It must be the vanilla and creme that are giving the tea its interesting profile, though it’s hard to pinpoint those flavors individually. I like the smell quite a bit.
I steeped this at 180F for 4 minutes, and here’s what it looked like:
It’s a dark Amber, fairly standard for a black tea.
Unfortunately, that lovely raspberry smell is completely absent from the liquor. It’s now 99% bergamot, which is very disappointing.
The flavor profile matches the smell, too. It just tastes like a diluted Earl Grey. A bit of sugar teases out some of the raspberry flavor, but it’s still covered up by the bergamot.
Raspberry Earl Grey, minus the raspberry. 4/5 (5/5 if you’re an Earl Grey connoisseur)
Black tea infused with earl grey, vanilla and creme flavors supplies Sagittarius with the stamina they need for their next adventure. Sagittarians are always on the go, looking for the next best tea to try. Raspberry pieces and red safflowers are creative and colorful touches that satisfy Sagittarius’ curiosity and dispel boredom.