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78
drank Earl Grey Bella Luna by Adagio
55 tasting notes

This is now known as “Werewolf Tea” in my house considering when it’s available. That said, I love both Earl Grey and coconut-flavored teas, so the idea of a coconut Earl reeled me in along with the clever marketing. Woooo, the limited-time tea tempts you, Orphie.

To be honest it’s not quite what I hoped it would be. It tastes a lot like Earl Grey Moonlight, without as much coconut flavor as I’d have liked. The only way I can tease out a bit more of the coconut is to stick closer to a 3-minute steep time rather than the 4-minute time I usually go for; any more than 3 minutes and the bergamot will overpower the other flavors. It’s still a tasty blend, but I doubt I’ll restock more frequently than every few full moons.

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84
drank Earl Grey Bella Luna by Adagio
529 tasting notes

This tea can only be purchased from Adagio on a full moon! How interesting. I just happened to be placing an order during the last full moon, and thought “Wait, I’ve never seen this EG, it must be new!” A lucky coincidence!

Now, Adagio already offers something very similar to this, Earl Grey Moonlight. EG Moonlight is just a standard EG with a powerful vanilla flavor added. This seems like an expansion on the same idea. It’s a standard EG with vanilla, but also coconut and cream. I was expecting the bergamot to overpower the coconut, but oddly, it doesn’t. The coconut and cream flavors are in the foreground, followed by the lemony bergamot. I’m not sure what Adagio uses to make its tea “creamy”, but it certainly pulls it off.

This would make a fantastic dessert tea with milk, I think. But it’s also going to be nice to start the day with that kick of caffeine and the mild bite of black tea.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cake, Coconut, Creamy, Lemon, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kristal

Reminds me of a blend I like called Earl Grey Cream Rooibos (I cannot drink black tea) from International House of Tea. The creamy vanilla-bergamot mix adds such a nice dimension to the blend-yum! Coconut sounds lovely too :)

Fjellrev

Sounds like a fantastic combination of flavours.

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65
drank Honeybush Pumpkin Chai by Adagio
17 tasting notes

I am bumping this one down – I can’t seem to find the flavor in the tea that I did early in the week. I steeped for the recommended 3 minutes last night, and then today (new leaves) I steeped for longer, but neither seemed to be very flavorful. I resteeped the leaves each time with varying times but to no success. Really stumped as to what happened, and at this point wouldn’t recommend the tea. Could very well be human error!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65
drank Honeybush Pumpkin Chai by Adagio
17 tasting notes

This tea really grew on me – I really did not care for it in my first cup. I was able to get several steeps out of the tea, and enjoyed how the tea evolved. I did not like how this tasted with milk, and preferred the tea very slightly sweetened without milk. I did not taste much pumpkin, but more of a pumpkin pie spice flavor to this chai. Very different from what I imagined a chai to taste like. It did not scream autumn to me like many of the reviews I saw on Adagio. I think that this has a unique flavor, and while it is not going to become a staple in my cupboard, is something I could see myself purchasing and drinking occasionally.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 190 OZ / 5618 ML

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71

Strong, warm, a little spicy – but fragrant from orange and flowers. Full-bodied and good for that little perk of spice when you need it. Needs a little sugar, otherwise it can be bitter.

Steep for 4 mins, no more, cos the orange can get bitter.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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83

Happy Fourth of July! Today I went to a local art festival. Most fun, until the rain happened. When I got home, I decided to have some tea. But that was put off until the evening. The brew smells strongly like spices, I get mostly clove and ginger. There is a nice spice flavour, will have to try it with vanilla. Not the right season, but still good.

Instead of having a certain alien invasion movie or a historical drama, I decided to watch my favourite TV shows. The US Air Force is in it, so that counts.

Flavors: Cloves, Ginger, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor

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90

Very rich and autumn-y…perfect for a fall day and no caffeine to take sleep away. Given that today is masquerading as fall, it seemed perfect.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

I had recently tried Adagio’s Caramel Apple tea and had been very pleased with it – I had never tried any type of apple-flavored black tea before, so I decided to try this blend as well. It has a lovely apple aroma, which is very slightly stronger than the cinnamon and caramel aroma (both before being brewed, as well as after, although before being brewed the apple aroma is a bit stronger). It was terrific, and very good with sweet cream or vanilla-flavored creamer; very creamy. I could see this being a really good autumn tea.

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

Full bodied and flavorful, even holds well after it has gone cold. The accents of rose petals and cream flavoring give the tea a smooth after taste, and the high level of caffeine is a welcome substitute to the morning coffee boost.

Flavors: Cream, Earl Grey, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Irish Breakfast Tea by Adagio
36 tasting notes

The more times I drink this tea the more I think I detect some sort of citrus type note behind it. It is rather faint but it’s there. I’m also learning to reduce my steep time with this one as it can get overly strong pretty fast. This one also doesn’t steep as well a second time. All in all it is still a good black tea that pairs well with meals.

Flavors: Citrus, Earth

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Irish Breakfast Tea by Adagio
36 tasting notes

This tea is remarkably good steeped multiple times. It’s also a very good tea to replace a morning coffee. Can feel the caffeine and it can be brewed strong enough to even rival coffee. Can also be steeped less time for a lighter lift in the morning. Delicious in general.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
masked185

Haha just noticed on this review I state it is good steeped multiple times and on my next review I say it isn’t Contradictions much? To clarify, the reason behind the contradiction is that I’m learning more and more about tea flavors, steeping, etc… so my opinion simply changed as I thought more about it.

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75
drank Irish Breakfast Tea by Adagio
36 tasting notes

This was a free sample I tried at a local Tea House. Was delicious and I ended up buying some. Well balanced tea that just feels good in your mouth.

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100

This was my first ‘big girl’ teapot. The first real one I’ve every had and I adore it more than anything. Plum and aubergine are my favorite colors and after struggling to find a purple pot at the right size that was sleek and modern I finally same across this little gal and feel in love. I also have the matching cups. One of which I broke while birth drinking a tea a hate and reading an HP Lovercraft anthology. I’m still not sure which one if these things to blame for that…..

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65
drank Zhejiang Lung Ching by Adagio
618 tasting notes

This tastes like a deeper, stronger dragonwell. It is very grassy with a bit of nutty thrown in. Given that, the insane price tag to me is not worth it. Good, but not THAT good.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92

I really adore this teapot!! It’s easy to use and comes in handy. Now as others have said the color advertised is not the color it actually is. It’s more of a grape color than a plum color. Nevertheless I couldn’t be more happier with my purchase! I would consider buying another in the future.I also like how the scent of the tea doesn’t cling to the pot. With less than a few rinsings the smell fades away and best of all doesn’t cling to the infuser.

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77
drank Zhejiang Lung Ching by Adagio
1733 tasting notes

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drank Zhejiang Lung Ching by Adagio
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drank Zhejiang Lung Ching by Adagio
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drank Zhejiang Lung Ching by Adagio
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77
drank Zhejiang Lung Ching by Adagio
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This afternoon I brewed a pot of the loose leaf Zhejiang Lung Ching from Adagio. I love the texture of the dried Lung Ching (Long Jing) leaves. I even love the noise they make, as odd as that may sound.

The tea was good: golden with a slight hint of green. The dried leaves were very uniform in size and shape, but with a few smaller broken pieces. Overall this strikes me as a quite decent Long Jing. I tried the sachet version before but prefer brewing this tea loose in a tetsubin.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

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77
drank Zhejiang Lung Ching by Adagio
1733 tasting notes

I tried the Adagio Long Jing a while back in the sachet format, but never brewed loose, so this is a new experience for me (and not a disqualification from the Brave New Rating challenge!).

The leaves are smaller with quite a few broken pieces. They are both shorter and narrower in width. The aroma of the dried tea is relatively strong and darker than for some of the other Long Jings I’ve tested of late.

The liquor is very pale, and because the flavor is also a bit flat, I am wondering whether I may have underleafed? I used 4 grams in 17 ounces of water at 76C for about two minutes. Perhaps I should have used 5 or 6 grams instead, but 4 grams is what I have been using with this size tetsubin with good results for other Long Jings. It will be interesting to see how the second infusion turns out. Perhaps I’ll use less water for that one.

(Blazing New Rating #50)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 g 17 OZ / 502 ML

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77
drank Zhejiang Lung Ching by Adagio
1733 tasting notes

The Adagio Zhejiang Lung Chung sachet beats today’s competitor, Mighty Leaf Organic Dragonwell, but mainly it’s on a technicality: this seems more like Long Jing than that one does. I like them both, but I’m going to have compare the Mighty Leaf with the Wissotzky Timeless Green, memories of both the scent and the taste of which were evoked during this steep-off.

Both glasses brewed up pale greenish yellow, and the generously stoked sachets appear to contain about the same amount of tea. I’ll be reinfusing them later today for some decaffeinated green.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Zhejiang Lung Ching by Adagio
1733 tasting notes

Today’s glass of Adagio Long Jing (which I guess is the same as Long Jing, which I now believe means Dragonwell!), prepared from a sachet, brewed up light peachy veering brown but also green (as odd as that may sound) and tasted very smooth and Long Jingy! This is a good tea.

I still have the small tin of loose leaf from my Master’s Collection, and I am now looking forward to brewing a few full pots.


second infusion: also good

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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77
drank Zhejiang Lung Ching by Adagio
1733 tasting notes

I’m not sure whether I should be posting this note under Adagio or Zhejiang. I purchased it from Adagio as a part of the Master’s collection containing three different teas in two formats (so six tins), but it clearly came from Zhejiang. Maybe I’ll post it there, since others have written there…

On second thought, there is only one note there, and the packaging is completely different, so here goes. The version I prepared today is in the sachet. The leaves are wholly in tact and in serious abundance. Honestly, they appear to have packed this sachet to capacity, because upon infusion it was completely stuffed—like a plump green pillow! In fact, I worried a bit that the leaves might be stifled in this configuration, trapped like sardines in a can, unable to swim freely and actualize their full potential.

The brew of the first infusion was a light yellow color, a bit more golden than green, and the flavor was veering toward sencha. The scent, too, reminded me a bit of some senchas. This tea, however, is even cleaner and less vegetal. Very smooth and likeable, but not as good as the Lung Ching from Teavivre… I’ll try the loose leaf format and see whether my theory about leaf oppression has any basis in reality.


second infusion: with so many leaves crammed into the sachet, I felt that a follow-up infusion was obligatory, though I actually used the sachet because I was in a hurry and planning not to prepare and drink two cups before leaving.

The three-minute brew was weak with only very faint flavor, so I threw the bag back into the glass and pretty much forgot about it for a few minutes. Then the liquor was darker and more brown, and the flavor was more like hoji-cha than sencha. I’ll try again!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Haha! When I brew Western style, i’m not a mandatory second steep type of person, but I feel somewhat guilty if the leaves are still waiting to expand. That’s why I almost never brew Oolongs this way! I don’t feel as bad for green teas, cause I don’t always love the second steep.

sherapop

Hi TeaFairy! I think that I’m going to switch over mainly to loose tea, because, well, why not? I have these nice tetusbin cast iron tea pots, and now that I’ve read all of these scary warnings about the plastic used in producing the sachets, I have even more motivation for going that way!

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