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drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
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I tried this tea at 3 minute steep with boiling water and a splash of cream. It didn’t work for me. Got a dark orangish brown cuppa creamy looking tea, but the flavor just wasn’t speaking strawberries and chocolate to me. I think adagio’s ceylon base is alright, but I prefer other strawberry flavored blends to this one. Thanks Doulton for letting me sample this. I know it’s been quite some time since I reviewed a tea from the wonderful samples you sent my way. I may try this with a longer steep to see if more flavor comes out. I just get afraid of bringing out the bitter ceylon taste.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Erin

This is one of the very few of Adagio’s flavored blacks in which I don’t get the bitter ceylon taste. I was afraid of that too, when I first tried it. I think it’s because it contains strawberry, and I never get the bitter ceylon taste from that, either.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Not a huge fan of Valenties either.

Cofftea

Meghann M, is 3 min normal for your black teas? An extra 2 min may help.

Meghann M

I usually do blacks between 2-4 minutes. I don’t like the bitterness I get at 5 minutes. Especially with Adagio’s flavored teas. The only one that’s held up is Oriental Spice in a stovetop chai method. Just my preferences.

Cofftea

Oh ok. Then my suggestion won’t work for you. That’s fine, I wouldn’t want to risk you making it worse since just the opposite was my intention:) I don’t like my blacks (which are mostly limited to chai and some other dessert teas) less than 5 min.

Meghann M

I’ll probably try 4-5 min next time (since their are a few samples left) to see if any of the flavors come out. Although I don’t know if I should brew shorter to get more flavor less tea? I don’t really get this blend.

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Erin

This is one of the very few of Adagio’s flavored blacks in which I don’t get the bitter ceylon taste. I was afraid of that too, when I first tried it. I think it’s because it contains strawberry, and I never get the bitter ceylon taste from that, either.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Not a huge fan of Valenties either.

Cofftea

Meghann M, is 3 min normal for your black teas? An extra 2 min may help.

Meghann M

I usually do blacks between 2-4 minutes. I don’t like the bitterness I get at 5 minutes. Especially with Adagio’s flavored teas. The only one that’s held up is Oriental Spice in a stovetop chai method. Just my preferences.

Cofftea

Oh ok. Then my suggestion won’t work for you. That’s fine, I wouldn’t want to risk you making it worse since just the opposite was my intention:) I don’t like my blacks (which are mostly limited to chai and some other dessert teas) less than 5 min.

Meghann M

I’ll probably try 4-5 min next time (since their are a few samples left) to see if any of the flavors come out. Although I don’t know if I should brew shorter to get more flavor less tea? I don’t really get this blend.

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Live in the cornfields of IL, but not too far from the city. Expecting a baby any day now (due Oct 24 2011). Sticking to mainly herbal and low caffeine teas for now. Trying to encourage my husbands tea drinking, but he adds so much sweetner he may as well just drink diet pop. I love trying new teas, and will try any tea once.

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