Review: Adagio Earl Grey

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Not Great"The bergamot in this blend is far too strong, resulting in a bitter, overpowering brew."
Stephen’s Teaview: 3/10
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adagio-earl-grey.jpgIn a previous post I talked a little about how Earl Greys tend to have an aroma that's quite different from their taste. In my experience, most Earls have that same, delightful bergamot smell to them, while the taste can range from bitter to sour and, probably most often, to smoky. This to be is the ultimate let-down, because the smell of bergamot is perhaps one of my all-time favorite things in the world... and once its wafted into my nostrils, I just can't accept a smoky, bitter tea on my palate.

Adagio however goes to the exact opposite extreme. Their Earl Grey (they call it Earl Grey Bravo) smells incredible - hands down, its one of the finest nasal experiences I've ever had with a tea. Its heavily, and I mean heavily, scented with fruity bergamot. There's even sizeable chunks of citron peel floating about in the mix. I remember first opening the bag and literally drooling at the prospect of drinking this tea.

Biggest.... letdown.... ever.

Whereas most Earl Greys smell of bergmot and taste smoky, Earl Grey Bravo smells and tastes like bergamot. Wayyyyyy too much bergamot. Go back to your toddler days. I'm sure we've all done this. You smelled mommy's perfume and thought, "Gee, that smells great - I bet it tastes FANTASTIC!". You sprayed a bit on your tongue and then spent the rest of the day screaming in agony trying to get that bitter, acidic taste out of your mouth. That, alas, is the one experience I can compare with drinking a cup of Earl Grey Bravo.

Granted, I probably over-steeped my first cup - but even on my second and third tries (eventually I got it down to about 45 seconds of steeping) it was still just overpowering. Even at its weakest, it was like drinking water with a thimbleful of Obsession mixed in. The aftertaste was absolutely nauseating... excessively flowery, like you'd just eaten three dozen roses.

Now, I'm sure there are a few folks who enjoy this sort of tea, but I can't believe that there's actually something of a cult following for this blend. I can only think that people are so enamoured with the aroma of the leaves - and again, its a semi-orgasmic experience just sniffing the stuff - but tea is meant to be tasted, and on these grounds this blend fails and fails miserably.

Initially I regretted the fact that I'd actually purchased a full pound of the stuff. But I soon realized that just letting it sit in my tea cabinet made that whole section of the kitchen smell like a citron grove, so I kept it in there.

Most expensive air-freshener I ever bought.
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2 Responses to “Review: Adagio Earl Grey”

  1. Kim Says:

    Oh what a refreshing, honest, FUNNY review!!That made my day 🙂

  2. Elizabeth Says:

    I liked this Adagio Earl Grey because I like it brewed strong! In fact I had been drinking a much stronger Earl Grey tea and this Adagio tea was not as strong. A good tea for a rainy day too.

    My Rating: 6/10

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