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521 Tasting Notes

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Wow. thanks Marcel! This one is so good! I think that I’d like a little more clove in this; but I’m a clove super fan. Wassil is what comes to mind when I drink this one. I’m actually really happy with the orange flavor in this. It has an almost bitter edge that reminds me of orange rind as opposed to straight up orange juice flavor. I think that I will be purchasing some of this one because it is just awesome. If I were to make it again I might have steeped it for longer than the suggested 3 min. Excellent spice and orange flavors without being overly “chai.”
I also turned in my dental calculus paper today!!! Wish me luck!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Marcel Duchamp

I’m glad you like this! I get in the mood for this one every so often. It is very yummy.

Kittenna

Dental calculus?!

Tamm

Yup! Really intense plaque buildup. :) You’d be surprised what we can learn from it. Stuff like where people were getting their water, microfossils, we can tell how they were cooking their food. It’s awesome!

Kittenna

I totally had the wrong idea. Thought you meant math for dentists, haha. Sounds interesting but a bit gross! :P

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
521 tasting notes

thanks Marcel for this one! I have only had a few of David’s Teas blends and I’ve been a bit half and half. This one smells really wonderful and the idea seemed pretty fun. I can’t quite put my finger on what the smell reminds me of though. Maybe vanilla cupcakes? There are some deep chocolate/citrus notes that are reminding me of that orange blossom oolong I had once. The shimmer in this is quite fun!
I think that my water may have been just a bit cooler than 195F, but the resulting tea was still very flavorful and I really enjoyed it! I was surprised that the black tea was not bitter at all after such a long steep. The main flavors that I am getting are a bit like that vanilla and slight citrus cupcake. I even get small hints of chocolate, but that may be the base. I think that to really be good it needed a thicker mouth feel that I seem to be missing here. Overall, I do like it, but I don’t think I’d order it for myself.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Marcel Duchamp

Did the tea get glittery? haha. It’s supposed to… which is part of the magic of this little tea. I thought it tasted of cinnamon and vanilla the last time I had it. Glad you got to try it and thanks for the swap :-)

Tamm

It was glittery! That part was really fun. I noticed it kind of coalesced in the bottom of the cup. They were really thinking out of the box imo when they made that one! I think I may be getting a bit stuffed up, so I didn’t get any cinnamon. I’m going to brew up the rest later and see if I can get any cinnamon.

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86
drank Berry Blues by Adagio Teas
521 tasting notes

Wow. I may have put a bit too much in this time! I used almost 3 tsp for 16 oz and it is super powerful. This tea does not mess around in the flavor department. Like I’ve said, the closest thing I’ve tasted to this is Kashi cereal; which isn’t a bad thing! It is strongly blueberry and a little tart. Great for relaxing and pairs well with toast.

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drank Dragonfruit Devotion by Teavana
521 tasting notes

Sorry all, I’ve been off of Steepster for the past few days. I was finishing my essay for paleopathology (all done aside from my bibliography!). I have to admit that I am not feeling my best; headache, neck kink, can’t sleep, feeling dizzy atm and it’s probably just because I’ve overextended myself. So this cup is here to relax me!
After having so many wonderful, cheaper herbals from Adagio I’m not sure if I’ll be purchasing this one again. It does bring to play a very unique flavor that I really enjoyed. But the price tag kills me! I’m hoping that this gets discounted later this year because I would be purchasing a large amount. I am also wondering if I should attempt to steep this for a much longer time, similar Adagio herbals. Overall this tastes like lemongrass, lychee, and strawberry. Pretty good for days where you are avoiding caffeine.

Indigobloom

ahhh Biblios were always the worst part for me!

Tamm

This format is difficult too! It was AJPA and it is almost impossible to get a reliable writing guide for it. Luckily for me, I have already had to complete a paper last semester using it.

Indigobloom

ah I only ever used APA and I can’t remember the other one, but it wasn’t that lol
Still, not fun either way!!

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93

This is easily one of my favorite fandom blends. I think that the cherry and chamomile go perfectly with one another. The only thing I would caution is that I had my stored in my zip bag and when I moved it to a tin, the bottom of the bag was comprised very heavily of chamomile dusting. It reminds me of the dregs of a cereal box. So this makes the cups very gunky, and I hate that. So if you purchase this, try to mix it up so you don’t just have a few cups of chamomile at the end.
This is one of only 2 cherry teas I have ever really enjoyed.

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93

So. Good. I think that this one is beguilingly simple; just notes of black tea and hazelnut. But that is why it is so great! It isn’t trying to be some crazy blend with 1,000 ingredients. It is simple and easily pleasing. Again, super awesome kudos for Adagio’s Zodiac line, which I seem to be the new spokesperson for.

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drank Blood Orange by Adagio Teas
521 tasting notes

Blah. This is the one tea in the box that I wasn’t looking forward to. It tastes kind of like this grapefruit chapstick in a little pot that I was given once as a gift at church. I do not enjoy eating grapefruit and so this is a total no for me. I think the only grapefruit or grapefruit thing I’ve ever enjoyed was Lupicia’s grapefruit green, which is simply amazing.
It is sweet, fruity, a bit sour, and a ton of grapefruit. The underlying notes remind me a bit of their citron flavoring that I really love. But nothing can match the other flavors so it is just overpowering. It is not awful or terrible, just not what I like.

Fjellrev

Grapefruit chopstick?

Tamm

oh noes! I meant chapstick. Ew. Flavored chopsticks sounds like something that would totally exist and be a terrible idea.

Fjellrev

Hahaha ok, yeah, I thought I was missing something.

Tamm

Yeah, I’ve been a bit muddled lately! Too much homework I think.

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Another Zodiac tin it is! The coloring on this one is particularly beautiful. The main smell coming from the tin reminds me mostly of the Not A Rabbit blend, which was one that I really enjoyed. I’m guessing they used a large amount of the white peach tea in the blend. I’m always a bit baffled at these multi-tea blends that have things like white and oolong mixed together. The steeping instructions suggest 212 at 3-5 min. so I did it at 3 min. I’ve had the white peach tea before and used boiling water to no ill effect so I’m not too worried.
My husband commented that the tea in the tin had a very calming color palate and smell to it. I tend to agree, the overall ascetics of this line are pretty off the chart compared to their competition. I have to admit that I also prefer the long, box type container compared to other shapes. Although Harney and Son’s kind of multi-sided boxes (forgetting how many atm) are beautiful, they are just not made for really dense cupboards like mine. Teavana tins are just HUGE. These are easier to store in my cupboard so I guess that is a plus.
Oh gosh. I was worried I wouldn’t like this one as much based on the description, but this will not disappoint. Yes, it is mainly peach flavored, almost reminiscent of peach rings. There are some really great oolong tea notes and it is a darker tea. I love that they paired the peach with something more substantial instead of going really light. There is also a tiny hint of sweetness. It is nowhere near the power of Teavana’s blends and it is really nice to have a fruit blend that doesn’t have to also be potently sweet/tart.
I have to say, these Zodiac teas are really where it’s at with Adagio. I think that they should really advertise them more. I know they’re getting tons of business through the fandom blends right now, but this line has some advantages. Mainly being that they a) have a tin without extra costs b) the tin is lovely and well presented c) the tins are better blended and imo have a more consistent ratio than some of the fandom blends I’ve tried d)many have more tea for the cost when compared to the fandom teas. Not to mention all three that I have tried are excellent.
These should be must tries for people new to Adagio and tea in general.

Ellyn

did you might purchase the entire zodiac set?

Ellyn

silly autocorrect…

Tamm

Nope! I thought about it, but I don’t really have that much to drop all at one time. I’ve actually been purchasing all of these with the $10 gift certificates you can get for reviewing purchases, purchases, and daily facebook notes.

inguna

Thank you for your kind words: glad you liked the tin design. Initial Zodiac blends were indeed blended by me but Cynthia (who does all the blends for Adagio) look them to the next level. I think she improved them significantly.
Right now I’m working on a lot of new tin designs for Adagio so I hope you will see them in the future.

Tamm

Your welcome! The art is just perfect and it goes so well with the teas! I love them and I’m so glad that you got to work with them, because the product is awesome. I’m super excited to see the new designs in the future! Keep working hard because it is top notch! :D

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drank Berry Blues by Adagio Teas
521 tasting notes

This is right on par with the raspberry patch tea. This smells and tastes very much like blueberry bagels. It is sweet and has a little bit of a punch. I think that this one may be a bit lighter than the raspberry patch one. I love both and I’m pretty sure that I’d love to have these as a staple in my cupboard just because I seem to crave herbal/fruity teas often. It is a truly easy tea to make and likely tastes great iced.
edit I know just what it tastes like! There is this Kashi cereal, I think it’s berry fields or something like that, but that is exactly what this reminds me of.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Sour Apple by Adagio Teas
521 tasting notes

The smell of this one is more than just a little intimidating. It doesn’t really scream apple to me; but it does taste good once steeped. The smell is perfume/chemical. The flavor is fruity though and pretty good. I just had my husband try it and he loved it. He says that we’ll have to buy more in the future. So I’m a bit half and half and he loves it. :p

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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