58 Tasting Notes

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drank Decaf Vanilla by Adagio Teas
58 tasting notes

I like this tea but I don’t love it. I need to keep some decafs around because I drink tea all day and all night and I have to sleep sometime. This tea doesn’t smell at all natural. It smells a lot like the cake frosting that comes in a tub. The kind you’d use to frost funfetti cupcakes for a kid’s party. The taste is luckily better than the smell, but not much more natural. As everything needn’t be natural, I like it enough, but we aren’t destined to be soulmates or anything. It is nice plain and with or without milk and/or sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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82
drank Almond by Adagio Teas
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This is my second favorite of the Adagio flavors I tried. (Strawberry was tops.) We really enjoyed this tea and the pot was dry in a lot less time than usual. I tried it plain, with sugar, and with milk and sugar. Milked and sugared, it is delicious, reminiscent of the amaretto cookies I like so much. This is one I’ll probably order again, or it will at least push me to try the almond offerings from some other companies.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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20
drank Sweet Potato Pie by Adagio Teas
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This was a tough one. I wanted to like it. My whole family is southern, so I eat sweet potatoes (and grits and greens) like the rest of the country eats white bread. But I just didn’t care for it. It smells great, but the taste is off. Through the course of the cup, I would dislike it, take a sip, decide maybe I liked it, take a sip, decide I was wrong…repeat. It needs something, not sure what. Also, is this the only item on earth made with artificial sweet potato flavor?

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20
drank Decaf Spice by Adagio Teas
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I’m glad I only got a sample of this one. I barely finished the cup. It has too much clove and the other flavors are sort of muddled together under the clove. I felt like someone had dumped clove cigarettes into my infuser. Very one note and kind of sickening. It could potentially be used as a single-teaspoon add-in to a fruit tea, but not by me.

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90
drank Decaf Strawberry by Adagio Teas
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I didn’t think I liked fruity teas (with the exception of lemon and honey during a cold) but this tea has converted me. It smells strong, like strawberry candy. So I expected an equally artificial taste. Instead, it tastes like a fresh strawberry. This tea is divine. The black tea base isn’t anything special, in fact, it’s kind of twiggy. But I’ve been looking for a decaffeinated tea that tastes good and this is it. It tastes nice plain, but adding milk and a little bit of sugar sends it into an over the top heavenly crazy place. I’ll be going back for this one again and again. I made a huge Adagio order and this is the only tea that I keep repeating.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Honeybush by Adagio Teas
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This was my first time trying honeybush and I just don’t like it. It smells cloyingly medicinal and tastes like something we should not have decided to eat. Luckily, I bought only a sample and my girlfriend liked it, so it won’t go to waste. I tried it plain and sweetened but it just wasn’t right for me. I didn’t finish the cup, a rarity. I haven’t added a numeric rating because I don’t know if this is a ‘good’ honeybush.

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88

This is a household favorite. There’s nothing glaringly special about this tea, but we go back to it again and again. It smells lovely and has a mild, unobtrusive taste. The flavor is lost under sugar or milk and best enjoyed on its own. I drink it by the pot. But, pressed to say what it tastes like, I can’t say. A nice blend that tastes like tea? It’s not sharp or acidic or smokey. It doesn’t need doctoring. I’ve yet to oversteep it. It’s nothing ‘special’ but yet we drink it all the time, even hot with dinner. This is one I’ll always keep around.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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72

This tea tastes like a nicer version of the english breakfasts I drank before getting into loose leaf tea (twinings and the like, bagged). It’s good, but gets pucker-your-mouth tart if you oversteep. I’ve had it plain, with sugar, and with milk and sugar, and it is most palatable with milk (sugar optional). I prefer a milder tea than this, but, I’m having a drowsy day when I need to be having a productive day, so I chose it from among my other curl-up-with-a-book choices.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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Here are the things I drink: Tea, water, coffee, beer, whiskey, wine.

I’ve been drinking tea since I was a little girl, but only recently began learning about tea and drinking loose leaf.

I prefer unflavored tea to flavored, tea leaves to tisanes, but I’m not inflexible and will try nearly anything.

I’m still learning, so thank you in advance for your patience and your help.

Also, I had to come up with a way to quantify my ratings because I was being really inconsistent:

100-90: Delicious, must keep in stock.

89-80: Excellent, a definite reorder.

79-70: Good, an occasional reorder.

69-50: Pleasant, but it was a one night stand.

49-30: Not good, but drinkable.

29-20: Bad, but I finished the cup.

19-10: Terrible. Couldn’t finish a cup.

10 and below: Undrinkable, requires mouthwash and counseling.

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Maryland, USA

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