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drank Coconut by Adagio Teas
136 tasting notes

Me and Adagio’s flavored black teas do not seem to get along. I ordered many to test the base teas that are used in the blends, before even thinking about making one (if I don’t like the ingredients, I won’t like the blends). This one smells amazing in the package (if you like coconut). Based on past experience, I decided to lower the steep time on this one (by 30 seconds), hoping it wouldn’t end up bitter like the rest.

The brewed tea has lost it’s strong coconut aroma, but it’s still there…almost buttery now. Gosh darn it, I’m still getting a bitterness with this (like all the other Adagio flavored blacks), but it’s not as bad (so maybe it helped to lower time). The coconut has morphed into an almost almond flavoring, if that’s possible. I added some honey, so that’s probably my fault.

Overall I’m not liking this, because of the bitterness. I’ve found so many other teas that aren’t bitter …

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
SimplyJenW

You nailed it…..it is the same reason I had to stop getting my flavored teas at Adagio….

Cheryl

It’s a shame, given that they are the only one (that I’ve seen) that offers to blend their teas. Could be that I’m just really sensitive to the bitterness (hate coffee with a passion), but really wish they were better.

SimplyJenW

I sometimes blend flavors on my own and have been much happier with the results. I have tried a custom blend from Ovation Teas, but their black base is an Assam/Ceylon blend that I am not super fond of, but I did like it much better than Adagio. They do have other bases, too.

Cheryl

Troublemaker! Ha … j/k. Thanks for the heads up on Ovation. I think I have something on my shopping list from them, but swore not to investigate further until I get through more of my samples. Harney is on my radar too…

SimplyJenW

Well….Harney is my favorite for flavored tea….. ;P

Cheryl

Yea, that’s why I put it at the end of my comment about you being a troublemaker…lol. I actually have things in my cart on their site coz of you. Bad bad influence. :b

SimplyJenW

I could always send you some to try….

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SimplyJenW

You nailed it…..it is the same reason I had to stop getting my flavored teas at Adagio….

Cheryl

It’s a shame, given that they are the only one (that I’ve seen) that offers to blend their teas. Could be that I’m just really sensitive to the bitterness (hate coffee with a passion), but really wish they were better.

SimplyJenW

I sometimes blend flavors on my own and have been much happier with the results. I have tried a custom blend from Ovation Teas, but their black base is an Assam/Ceylon blend that I am not super fond of, but I did like it much better than Adagio. They do have other bases, too.

Cheryl

Troublemaker! Ha … j/k. Thanks for the heads up on Ovation. I think I have something on my shopping list from them, but swore not to investigate further until I get through more of my samples. Harney is on my radar too…

SimplyJenW

Well….Harney is my favorite for flavored tea….. ;P

Cheryl

Yea, that’s why I put it at the end of my comment about you being a troublemaker…lol. I actually have things in my cart on their site coz of you. Bad bad influence. :b

SimplyJenW

I could always send you some to try….

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Originally started testing teas, to replace a lifelong Coke (Coca-Cola) habit. Now I’m just amazed at all the choices. Still in beginner stage of tea education. Until I get really good at iced/cold tea, the Coke habit remains, but is down to a minimum.

My cupboard here on Steepster was ridiculous, containing each and every sample size that I have been accumulating. It now only contains non-sample size teas. Loose leaf outweighs the bagged teas, but it doesn’t look that way by the list (over 100 samples).

I started my tea journey testing flavored teas. My favorites are chai and mint flavored teas, along with Earl Grey. Also like chocolate, caramel, coconut, almond, vanilla, cinnamon, clove and some others. Most flavors are better with a nice black tea base. The mint ones seem best paired with greens. I’m branching out now to unflavored teas and it is way more overwhelming then the flavored category. Phew.

My (grown) son has decided that he wants to try to find tea that he likes too, so I’ll be passing along the ones I don’t care for to him (with instructions to then pass them on to his sister…evil plot? yes!). So I’ve removed my shopping list from Steepster and moved it to a spreadsheet (swaps are out for now). My shopping list had grown to 197! By going through each one, I was able to split that in half (since many were added in beginning, before I knew what I like/don’t like).

While not swapping, if there’s something in my cupboard that you’d like a sample of, please feel free to ask : )

Ratings (for now):
90s: Must have in personal rotation. Crave it.
80s: Makes me a happy tea drinker. Very good. Unsure of long term relationship.
70s: Like this. Will drink what I have (sample/tin/box), but unsure of whether I’d buy again.
60s: Probably a good tea for what it is. Just not to my personal liking.
50s and below: Do not like…at all. Either poor quality, yuck flavor or … (see tealog).

Old (and still current) obsessions: books, music and fragrances. Hopefully my tea collection stays much more “normal” then those. (too late)

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