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85
drank Watermelon Cooler by Adagio Teas
20 tasting notes

Yum- tastes refreshing but like the tea version of a Jolly Rancher! Tones of cranberries, rose, watermelon of course, and a hint of orange. Very lovely, sweet and tart at the same time! I’d probably use more tsp next time, though. Can’t wait to try this as an iced tea!

Flavors: Candy, Cranberry, Hibiscus, Rose, Rosehips, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77
drank Honeybush Chocolate by Adagio Teas
20 tasting notes

Light and choclate-y! Very nice, but I will probably use more than 1 tsp next time because this was a little too light.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Herbaceous

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

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90
drank Yerba Mate by Adagio Teas
20 tasting notes

I like it- very earthy, but a little too bitter. Maybe only use 1 tsp next time.

Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Herbaceous

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Rooibos Earl Grey by Adagio Teas
20 tasting notes

Got this as a sample from Adagio! I like it a lot- I gave up black and green teas for religious reasons, and I’ve missed Earl Grey soooo much- but this is a very good herbal version of it! Very earthy, refreshing, almost a hint of mint- I really love this!

Next time though, I’ll use more tea seeing as 1 tsp was a little too weak for me.

Flavors: Earl Grey, Earth, Herbaceous, Mint

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

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drank Fruit Sangria by Adagio Teas
153 tasting notes

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drank Red Riding Hood by Adagio Teas
1849 tasting notes

Thank you Scheherazade for sharing but I wasted this tea. I have a cold and since I could taste my food I thought I’d be able to taste the tea but no such luck. So, this is just warm water to me and I am sad because I was really looking forward to this one. Oh well, c’est la vie.

Cheri

That’s disappointing. My allergies are really kicking my butt today so things taste really muted.

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Things I totally didn’t miss about working in an office when I didn’t work in an office: people who thrive on being in a constant state of stress, and try to project their stress onto everyone around them. One of my visiting contractors asked me today: “everyone looks so miserable, all scowling and stuff. Is this a really terrible place to work?” And I told him it’s really not (because it isn’t) and just about everyone’s really nice (because they are) but that due to the unique way in which one of the best-regarded universities in the world is managed, the department’s in a permanent state of snafu and most people are so absorbed in their own crap that, like, half the people I work with think my name is Amy NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES I SIGN EMAILS WITH MY NAME OR SAY MY NAME WHEN I ANSWER THE PHONE. But! I mostly don’t stress about any of these things and just knit when there’s nothing to do. Today I finished a new scarf!

But I’m miffy that there’s no sink in my new office and nobody seems to have noticed this but me and I don’t want to kick up a fuss about it BUT MY THERMOS WILL DEVELOP A TEA-FLAVOURED PATINA IF I CAN’T CLEAN IT SHORTLY AFTER USE and the last thing I want is the heady aroma of lapsang souchong permeating every other tea that ever goes in that blasted thing. And yes, I know it’s made of stainless steel and shouldn’t hold flavours but it has a flavour memory, I’m telling you! And tea is too precious to me to let all the flavours merge into one vague metallic blob. No sir. My tea and I deserve better. GRUMP. I want my sink back.

Oh yeah and Eight is still ridiculously tasty and sweet and fills me with such joy and delight. Cherry and apricot and almond are such good friends. Oh FEELINGS. FEEEEEEEELINGS.

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drank Chocolate Chip by Adagio Teas
169 tasting notes

Backlog from yesterday…I think it was yesterday… hmm..

Another from the TTB I currently have. I’m a sucker for chocolate and also like it in my tea if it’s done well. This one hit the spot. It’s a nice black tea with a milk chocolate flavor to add to it. Neither flavor competes with the other… a little sugar and it’s a nice treat.

On another note, Hubby is stuck working on a rental property of ours today. Apparently the water line is leaking somewhere between the house and the water meter… Ugh! & the water prices in town are craziness anyway! Hopefully it’s an easy fix and the city doesn’t make him re-do the whole line. .!!! They can be pretty picky sometimes. We had plans to clean out the garage today and to go look at tv antennas and such as we are seriously considering ditching cable for now. We’re not sports nuts and we find ourselves watching Netflix much of the time so why pay for what we aren’t really using? Well, we’ll get to it sometime.

Flavors: Chocolate

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I picked this one up during the cooler months when Green Rooibos Key West was out of stock, and it’s distinctive enough to have worked its way into some of my own blends. The nose is definitely lightly citrus, but without the edge of a strong lemon herbal. Likewise, the vanilla undertones mellow the blend without being too cloying, and tend to be what carry through even when other flavors are added. A very pleasant evening herbal or light dessert tea.

Flavors: Cream, Lemon, Vanilla

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HHTTB Round 3

Eh. Not a jasmine tea I would look forward to drinking again. It has not quite bitter, but just off putting aftertaste. the jasmine isn’t very strong, but it’s also not very interesting. I didn’t feel like this one has the depth of flavor that so many other jasmine teas have. This one is a dud for me.

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drank Citrus Mate by Adagio Teas
1588 tasting notes

Sipdown! I made this iced last week, and that was probably the biggest mistake EVER! I had left a bag of citrus mate steeping in cool water for a few hours and saw that the liquid was getting a honey brown color so I removed it. I let it cool in the fridge overnight. The next morning I tried it and it was EXTREMELY bitter. Like medicinal bitter. Like I crushed up ibuprofen and drank it. UGH!

SO, today I had just a tiny bit left of leaf so I tried it hot. I steeped it for 45 seconds. Ahh… much better. It has the citrus scent to it; though I have had this tea for years! This thing is OLD. It isn’t as flavorful as it once was, but I am not a huge mate fan to begin with. I had only enjoyed Guayaki’s yerba mates in the past (and as a side note, I am not even sure if I would like it as much today as I did then).

Funny how tastes change through time right?

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drank Citrus Mate by Adagio Teas
1588 tasting notes

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Watch this space for forthcoming news about an exciting Seventh-Doctor-related thing at some point in the near future, woohoo!

But in the meantime, I’m trying to conjure up all the words to describe this cuppa: woodsy, earthy, nutty, toasty, roasty, sweet, creamy, light. Yeah, I think that’ll do well. I’m too sleepy to elaborate further on those words, and they sum it up admirably. What I will say is that I always debate with this one whether to use the metal strainer and risk bits in the bottom of my cup, or use up a paper filter even though I’m at home? Today I went for some bits. Mate’s always a pretty fine tea, and tends to go through a lot of tea strainers, but bits don’t really trouble me, as I also tend to cold brew tea in plastic water bottles in the work fridge and then let the flavour continue to deepen as I drink them throughout the day. You get some bits. I don’t mind. I’m weird like that.

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I actually really like this one. For an Adagio tea, it’s really quite nice. It’s a greener oolong so I almost automatically like it. Does well in the office. I have to add sweetener and it doesn’t quite have the syrupy texture of some ofthe other coconut oolongs, but it’s not bad by any means. If I needed to pick up some cconut oolong on “the cheap”, I certainly would consider this one. I only bought a sample so a sipdown should be coming shortly.

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90
drank Summer Rose by Adagio Teas
255 tasting notes

I adore rose, and cold steeped, this stuff is magic. I like it with a little sweetener so it tastes a bit like candied roses.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Cold brewed this in the teensy fridge that probably isn’t coming with me when my office moves down a floor next month. OH MY GOD RAISINS. There was so much raisin in this one in a cold brew. Just, like, a festival of raisins on a bed of dry autumn leaves. It was really good today. I think this is the way to drink it.

TheTeaFairy

Oh, love that description «festival of raisins on a bed of autumn leaves» :-)

Sami Kelsh

I don’t know how else to describe it! I must be on a raisin kick, as I’ve also been taking those little kid-sized boxes of raisins to work for my afternoon snack, and I’m not tired of raisiny things yet ;)

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50

Overpowering citrus flavor, actually made my throat feel more sore. Not for me, and not exactly “tea”

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80

Delicious, makes for the perfect unsweetened iced tea!

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74

Definitely not a bad tea, but has a very particular taste that not all would enjoy.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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86
drank Witch's brew by Adagio Teas
37 tasting notes

Screw you, Starbucks! I can have pumpkin spice in July if I feel like it!!

Dexter

LOL of course you can!!!

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100

OH MY GOD WHY AM I SO TIRED

Ok, I mean, I know why I’m tired: we spent the whole weekend walking to town and back for friends’ anniversary doodah, for which loads of friends were coming to visit from out of town, some of whom were sleeping over. Plus I made pancakes. And spent a lot of time in the fresh air. Tuckers me right out, I tell you.

So, sleepytime comforting buttery spice is in order, especially since I sort of had pancakes for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, and a burrito for dinner. Bloat city. The spices ought to go some way to sorting that out, and it’s SUCH a blanket of comforting warmth at the same time. I’m still always pleasantly surprised at how much this tea manages to taste like fragrant, buttery basmati rice to me. So good.

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90
drank Yunnan Golden Curls by Adagio Teas
1574 tasting notes

Guys guess what? – Adagio has lowered its international shipping charges – which means that after several years, I can buy from them again!

This is quite a neat looking tea – the leaves really do look like tight curls. I’ve often heard Yunnan teas described as ‘peppery’ but I think that this is the first time I’ve actually been able to taste what they’re taking about; it doesn’t bite the tongue like pepper does but there’s a spiciness in the back of the mouth at the end of each sip. There’s also a tannin flavour that I’m more familiar with in this tea type, though in this case it’s quite smooth unlike some teas where there’s almost a cigarette-like tone to them (bleh). This tea on the other hand is more like leather with a faint hint of cocoa-like bitterness in there.

I look forward to trying more teas in Adagio’s Master collection especially – they’ve added quite a few new ones since I last purchased from them.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
NofarS

Oh no. Lower shipping charges. MUST. NOT. VISIT. THEIR. SITE.
TEA. HIATUS. STILL. IN. EFFECT.
:)

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drank Snow White by Adagio Teas
1849 tasting notes

I had this iced and of all the ingredients in the blend, all I got was a lot of apple (which certainly makes sense for Snow White) and a hint of hibby tartness (which I like to think of as the poison :P). It was actually quite nice. I don’t know if this is one I would buy in quantity but I wouldn’t turn down a cup. Thank you for sharing Scheherazade. 147.

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75
drank Three Little Pigs by Adagio Teas
1849 tasting notes

Holy chamomile batman! Chamomile and blueberry. Nice, though not my favourite. Thank you Scheherazade for sending this my way! 150.

Cavocorax

Woohoo! 150!!!

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