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Free sample with my last Adagio order.

I have experienced a lot of bad iced tea. Usually it’s pretty tasteless, or nauseatingly bitter restaurant stuff from mixes, bottled Snapple with flavors that seem artificial or with too sweet artificial sweetener, or my own pretty lame attempts at iced tea that never quite get the water ratio right.

On the other hand, I haven’t experienced that much good iced tea. As I sit here and think about it, I think the best iced tea experience I’ve had is Arnold Palmers at the Cheesecake Factory, and since they are half lemonade I don’t know that they really count.

So that may explain why I liked this even though it seems a lot of other people didn’t. Compared to my baseline, this is way good. :-)

No sweetener, but doesn’t need it. Nothing that tastes artificial, not weak, not bitter. The jasmine permeates the tea and is very flavorful. The tea has a chestnutty/waterchestnutty note to it that lingers in the aftertaste.

I’d drink it again over most iced tea I’ve had, but as I said, my experience is pretty limited when it comes to good iced tea.

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Cofftea

I was SO excited when I got their white tea as a free sample last year. I’m very hard pressed to find bottled unsweetened iced tea… but then they ruined it w/ citric acid! I wanted to cry. Since then I’m so leary to try their other ones.

__Morgana__

This has vitamin C in it, but I don’t taste anything acidic and it doesn’t list citric acid as an ingredient, so I’m guessing it is safe.

Cofftea

Or maybe it was vitamin c. Idk whatever it was- it was bad. If I want vitamin C I’ll drink an orange flavored tea… or orange juice.

S

Heh, I guess that when you don’t add all the sugar and lemonade and other stuff, the flavor of the preservatives become obvious and it doesn’t taste good…kinda ironic/sad :)

Auggy

It has Vitamin C, aka ascorbic acid. A lot of RTD teas can have that in them since it is used as a preservative.

Cofftea

Sugar and preservatives or vitamin c… what a choice. I’ll make my own thank you.:)

Cofftea

Auggy, ascorbic acid/citric acid same thing. Not in my tea thank you.

Auggy

I think the Cha-Dao brand of RTD teas is one of the only that doesn’t have ascorbic acid/Vitamin C in it. (I have to watch out for it because it is usually from corn sugars and corn = evil for me.)

Cofftea

I always make my own so it’s so rare I even desire RTD.

Auggy

And actually, ascorbic acid and citric acid are not the same thing.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascorbic_acid
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citric_acid

Meghann M

Interesting reading about the differences between ascorbic acid and citric acid. Sounds like ascorbic acid is man made and citric acid is natural. Thanks for the info:)

__Morgana__

I’m pretty sure vitamin C (ascorbic acid) it is tasteless without additional flavoring, whereas citric acid does have a taste. So I’m guessing the addition of vitamin C to this drink doesn’t affect the taste, which was where I was trying to go with the vitamin C comment. ;-)

Cofftea

Well by “same thing” I meant an additive in my tea that is NOT welcome.

Auggy

Meghann, no problem! Just something I ended up having to learn about even though I didn’t want to! :)
Morgana, I’m pretty sure you are right in that Vitamin C/ascorbic acid is tasteless since I’ve never tasted that lemony taste in Adagio RTD teas that I have in ones that had citric acid instead. I guess a lot of companies use citric acid because it makes it like a lemon tea? Or am I just making stuff up?
Coffetea, just a misunderstanding with wording then.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Try the Green AnTeadote, it is my favorite iced tea ever. I have been drinking it continuously for at least 5 years except for the few times they were out of stock. If not that the Ito En green is great too. I just prefer Adagio’s.

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Cofftea

I was SO excited when I got their white tea as a free sample last year. I’m very hard pressed to find bottled unsweetened iced tea… but then they ruined it w/ citric acid! I wanted to cry. Since then I’m so leary to try their other ones.

__Morgana__

This has vitamin C in it, but I don’t taste anything acidic and it doesn’t list citric acid as an ingredient, so I’m guessing it is safe.

Cofftea

Or maybe it was vitamin c. Idk whatever it was- it was bad. If I want vitamin C I’ll drink an orange flavored tea… or orange juice.

S

Heh, I guess that when you don’t add all the sugar and lemonade and other stuff, the flavor of the preservatives become obvious and it doesn’t taste good…kinda ironic/sad :)

Auggy

It has Vitamin C, aka ascorbic acid. A lot of RTD teas can have that in them since it is used as a preservative.

Cofftea

Sugar and preservatives or vitamin c… what a choice. I’ll make my own thank you.:)

Cofftea

Auggy, ascorbic acid/citric acid same thing. Not in my tea thank you.

Auggy

I think the Cha-Dao brand of RTD teas is one of the only that doesn’t have ascorbic acid/Vitamin C in it. (I have to watch out for it because it is usually from corn sugars and corn = evil for me.)

Cofftea

I always make my own so it’s so rare I even desire RTD.

Auggy

And actually, ascorbic acid and citric acid are not the same thing.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascorbic_acid
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citric_acid

Meghann M

Interesting reading about the differences between ascorbic acid and citric acid. Sounds like ascorbic acid is man made and citric acid is natural. Thanks for the info:)

__Morgana__

I’m pretty sure vitamin C (ascorbic acid) it is tasteless without additional flavoring, whereas citric acid does have a taste. So I’m guessing the addition of vitamin C to this drink doesn’t affect the taste, which was where I was trying to go with the vitamin C comment. ;-)

Cofftea

Well by “same thing” I meant an additive in my tea that is NOT welcome.

Auggy

Meghann, no problem! Just something I ended up having to learn about even though I didn’t want to! :)
Morgana, I’m pretty sure you are right in that Vitamin C/ascorbic acid is tasteless since I’ve never tasted that lemony taste in Adagio RTD teas that I have in ones that had citric acid instead. I guess a lot of companies use citric acid because it makes it like a lemon tea? Or am I just making stuff up?
Coffetea, just a misunderstanding with wording then.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Try the Green AnTeadote, it is my favorite iced tea ever. I have been drinking it continuously for at least 5 years except for the few times they were out of stock. If not that the Ito En green is great too. I just prefer Adagio’s.

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tea skills and tastes developed they became far less appealing to me. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

People have sent me tea on occasion, and I was once persuaded to send some Tazo Om to AmazonV. I’ve also done at least one group buy here on Steepster, the famous Doulton-led Dammann Freres experiment years ago. But mostly, I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it, though I don’t put samples in my cupboard and not everything I have at any given time is showing in my cupboard. I do try to remember to remove things from my cupboard once I no longer have them.

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