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80
drank Silver Needle by Adagio Teas
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Flavors: Citrus, Nutty, Smooth

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 45 sec 6 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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65
drank Vanilla Green by Adagio Teas
1921 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #18
A green tea with vanilla flavoring? Seems like a weird choice, but it works. It’s like ice cream flavoring vanilla. I taste the vanilla more than the sencha.

Daylon R Thomas

Fun fact that you probably know: some ice creams and even whey protein drinks use green tea extract to help thicken vanilla flavors. Core Power uses it in their vanilla.

tea-sipper

No, didn’t know it!

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100

Wow, I totally forgot I owned this one. I pulled it out on a whim when nothing else appealed to me, and man, it’s FIT. I brewed it a little longer than I’d intended, as my husband is under the weather and I got caught up in giving him a feel-better cuddle for like 5 minutes and forgot my tea was brewing. And it’s fine! I haven’t had a Darjeeling in ages, and this is so nice. It’s so fruity it’s like I chucked a handful of raisins in the mug.

Contrast this with the bagged darjeeling that I had at the office that was bitter and tannic after like a minute and left me with a feeling in the back of my throat as though I’d been sick… no, there’s no comparison. This stuff is GOOD.

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96
drank Yunnan Golden Curls by Adagio Teas
27 tasting notes

I’m sitting here sipping my second infusion of this tea. I ordered a number of samples from Adagio, and they added this as a bonus for sharing on social media. I had this tea a few years ago and forgot how good it is. With this log, I
won’t forget again! Sweet, mellow, full-bodied and complex – tastes of sweet potatoes, caramel, pepper…love it. I may well re-order.

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67
drank Formosa Ali Shan by Adagio Teas
27 tasting notes

I ordered this along with a number of other samples from Adagio. It’s the most expensive sample that I bought, so I had high hopes for it. Though the tea is good, it’s not worth the cost, at least for me. The brew is pretty fragrant and floral with a slight salty aftertaste. I taste no milky note at all, unlike some reviewers on Adagio’s website. It’s a bit like a toned-down jasmine. I wouldn’t recommend it at the price that they are currently charging.

Flavors: Floral, Spinach

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87
drank Formosa Pouchong by Adagio Teas
27 tasting notes

Wet leaves have a slight floral smell but are not very aromatic. Brew is clear and yellow. Predominant tastes are floral and buttery. Smooth, bright, tea – very nice. Butter flavor lasted through two brews; the third third brew, only the flowery & vegetal hints remain.

Flavors: Butter, Flowers, Plants

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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79

Cranberries are good during winter, though I usually like them in pastries. There is a cranberry and raspberry scent, reminds me a little of juice. The flavour is somewhat tart, a bit sweet, and mostly berry. Good with rooibos cookies.

Flavors: Berry, Cranberry, Raspberry

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65
drank Ceylon Sonata by Adagio Teas
7 tasting notes

First tasting, a very flavorful tea with little bitterness. Stands up on its own well without sweetener. Smooth and warm, but I’ve yet to identify anything spectacular.

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Vanilla Oolong by Adagio Teas
17 tasting notes

I really like this tea. Had it with a little almond milk and stevia, and the vanilla flavor was very prominent, the oolong extremely mild. I’m digging this one.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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76

New to darjeeling, they seem much lighter than the blacks I am used to. So far, enjoying very much! I can drink this tea straight but I do prefer a smidge of sugar (maybe 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon for a mug). Normally in my strong blacks (breakfast tea, golden monkey, black dragon pearl etc) I do scant teaspoon and splash of milk, but this is so light and delicate I would never add milk. Wonderful aftertaste. I did 1 steeping teaspoon per cup, steeped for a full 5 minutes and next time I am thinking of increasing the leaves to see if I can make it a little bolder while still having the light taste.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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86
drank Honeybush by Adagio Teas
11 tasting notes

Very lovely. It didn’t really have a honey flavor to me, but it was very sweet to be sure. The flavor reminded me of raspberry leaf tea a little. I definitely prefer it to Roobios.

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85

I liked this tea a lot, but it doesn’t seem to hold up well to more than one or two steeps. It grows increasingly bitter and the other flavors seem to disappear.

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86

The first time I tried this it came out bitter. I gave it the benefit of the doubt by assuming that was probably because I had followed Adagio’s deficient brewing instructions, which say to use boiling water. The next time I tried it I used pre-boiling water (probably 180-190F; I’m really just guessing though) and it’s pretty heavenly and not bitter at all. It tastes a lot more like it smells, too, like sunshine on fields and fresh sweet grass hay and all the best hints of wonderfully oxidized tea leaves.

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86

More bitter than I expected, but the second steep was better. I loved the fragrance of the leaves and wished more of it had translated into taste.

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drank Decaf Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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75
drank Cream by Adagio Teas
2 tasting notes

The smell of the tea reminded me of twisting open an oreo, but it tasted exactly as advertised: somewhat astringent black tea with a sweet cream flavor. Not going to be a favorite but I can see why people put it in blends.

Flavors: Astringent, Cream

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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70

It did grow on me a bit as I drank, but I’m not sure pu erh is for me.

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75
drank Genmai Cha by Adagio Teas
17 tasting notes

Good, but a bit too bitter to be up in my favorites. I steeped for 3 minutes at around 190, so I may need to play with the parameters a few times to get it just right. The toasted rice flavor was very nice, but I would have enjoyed it even more if the bitterness of the green tea was toned down just a tad.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
304 tasting notes

I can’t give this one a fair review because it’s my own damn fault I didn’t notice I’d added a sample of pumpkin spice rather than pu erh spice, which was adjacent to it on the alphabetical list.

I do not like pumpkin spice drinks. Believe me, I’ve tried. I love pumpkin in pie, in cheesecake, simply roasted with a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of sea salt. I have a recipe for pumpkin muffins that I’ve been making for 25 years. And I love spice: I have so many variations of chai that I love, and I’m always finding new ways to incorporate new spice blends into my baking and cooking. My five-spice gingerbread biscuits were a highlight of the Christmas season.

And I love when black teas have pumpkiny notes in and of themselves, but this doesn’t taste anything like that. I’m not sure what it tastes like. It doesn’t taste like pumpkin spice lattes, which I also hate, but I kind of also hate it.

Which makes me sad because there aren’t a lot of adagio’s flavours that I’m not keen on.

So I know I’m not selling it well, but if anybody wants an almost full sample sachet of pumpkin spice tea…

Fjellrev

Haha yeah, it’s hard to find a good pumpkin spice-flavoured beverage, it seems.

Sami Kelsh

For reals. I’m sticking with pumpkin muffins!

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91
drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
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91
drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85

I’ve been drinking this tea all week (on the strength of one sample from Adagio. Three cheers for multiple steepings!) and I can’t get enough of the great balance of flavors. The fruity note does come out a little too strongly on the first steep, but I add milk and that balances it. The hearty Pu Erh flavor is evident as well, though it comes into its own more on second and third steeps. I’ve only gotten it to about four steeps before it gets watery, but that’s probably because I’ve been using 2-3 times the amount of water recommended by Adagio.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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