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drank Pina Colada by Adagio Teas
1031 tasting notes

I’ve heard terrible things about this tea, so it was with trepidation that I opened the packet. I think we’re okay, though. I can smell warm, ripe pineapple, coconut, and a sort of slightly sour red berry scent. I’m guessing it’s the hibiscus or the rose hip, although I don’t think it’s decidedly either. The dry mix taken together does have a bit of an odd scent, but, to be honest, I find that with most Adagio teas.

So, on to the tasting. Brewed, this smells mostly of pineapple, with a bit of an undertone from the hibiscus. I don’t think there’s anything I can’t smell hibiscus in, when it’s there. I was hoping the pineapple scent would come through into the taste, but it doesn’t really. Dasappointingly, as it smells almost like the real thing — and amazingly juicy to boot. Instead, this tea tastes primarily of coconut. There’s an odd berry-like taste in the background which is throwing me a little, but it’s not unpleasant.

After everything I’ve heard and read, I’m glad this tea turned out to be drinkable. Pineapple is one of my favourite flavours, so I’ve been looking forward to this for a while. It’s a shame the pineapple doesn’t really come out too much in the taste, but the smell is completely mouthwatering. The only thing I really can’t detect is the apple, but I guess I can live without that. I might take this to work tomorrow and try it with some honey, but I’m pretty happy with the way this turned out. One of Adagio’s better fruit blends, I think.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Kittenna

I’m pretty sure there were batch issues with this one. I was one of the people who brewed up a horribly nasty cup of this, so much so that Adagio is probably blacklisted from me forever…

Scheherazade

Even now, it has a slightly funky taste (and smell) about it. I think it’s just the way the pineapple/coconut are interacting with the hibiscus and rosehip (really not a happy combination…), but I could be wrong. I’m sure you’re right about the batch issues, though. My cup was nowhere near as bad as yours sounds. I was worried about it right before I tried it, because it sounds so nice and I wanted to like it. I’m glad I do (or more or less, anyway!). I’m not a big Adagio fan, but if this had been terrible it probably would have been the last straw for me, too. It’s a shame when bad things happen to good tea!

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Kittenna

I’m pretty sure there were batch issues with this one. I was one of the people who brewed up a horribly nasty cup of this, so much so that Adagio is probably blacklisted from me forever…

Scheherazade

Even now, it has a slightly funky taste (and smell) about it. I think it’s just the way the pineapple/coconut are interacting with the hibiscus and rosehip (really not a happy combination…), but I could be wrong. I’m sure you’re right about the batch issues, though. My cup was nowhere near as bad as yours sounds. I was worried about it right before I tried it, because it sounds so nice and I wanted to like it. I’m glad I do (or more or less, anyway!). I’m not a big Adagio fan, but if this had been terrible it probably would have been the last straw for me, too. It’s a shame when bad things happen to good tea!

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 25, and I live in Norwich in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’ve also never really tried pu’erh, and that’s something I’m just starting to explore.

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.

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