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drank Earl Grey Bravo by Adagio Teas
33 tasting notes

I used to be big into the Earl Greys, but I’ve slowed down a little bit to try other things. Still, I am really picky about my Earl Grey, so maybe that’s why I didn’t like this tea as much as I hoped.

When brewed hot, the base Ceylon black tea just doesn’t do it for me. There’s a very malty sort of taste that doesn’t belong there. Well, maybe it does, but it’s not welcome to me at least.

The bergamot flavor isn’t as strong as I would like when it’s hot. It’s almost like an afterthought. When I have a hot Earl Grey, I want to feel like I’ve been kicked in the face by that wonderful citrusy sort of flavor.

After saying all that, the tea is interesting when cold brewed overnight as iced tea. The unwelcome flavor from the base tea fades away and allows the bergamot to shine the way it should. It rivals my favorite iced Earl Grey teas.

In the end, I’m happy I tried this iced. Would I buy it again? Maybe, but probably just to make iced tea.

To me, Earl Grey tea tastes like summer, and I don’t get that happy summer feeling when I drink this tea and isn’t that what it’s all about?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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67
drank Blood Orange by Adagio Teas
33 tasting notes

It’s not a bad tea, in fact, I like it.

But blood orange? No, I don’t think so. There’s a little bit of tartness and some acidic citrus flavor that reminds me of an actual orange, but not a blood orange.

When it’s hot, there is this ever present hibiscus flavor that kind of balances all of the flavors of the tea. It kind of reminds me of one of the Celestial Seasonings Zinger line of teas. If they made an orange zinger, I bet this is what it would taste like.

The hibiscus and the tartness are both muted a bit when cold brewed into iced tea overnight. The color of the iced tea is this wonderful color that wanders somewhere between orange, purple and yellow, without actually being one of them.

Are there better orange tisanes? Sure. Are there better representations of a blood orange one? Most certainly. But I’m in no way sad I have this in my cabinet, especially due to the price. It was a pretty good bargain.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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70

This is pretty good. I made it iced, and it was naturally sweet and not super artificial tasting. I don’t think I will repurchase, as I wasn’t floored, but it is worth a taste.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86
drank Vanilla by Adagio Teas
327 tasting notes

Holy cow, is this a nutty tea!

I’m getting lots of vanilla, but also a coating like that almonds leave in your mouth. I’ve chewed actual vanilla bean before, so I can attest that the flavoring is authentic.

At first I didn’t quite understand what this was doing in my Nuts & Spice Sampler pack, but now I 100% get it.

YUMMMMM!

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drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
77 tasting notes

I think I may have oversteeped this tea, I lost track of time. It was a bit bitter at 5-6min so I’ll review again with a shorter steep time.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Cheri

I hate that. Get distracted for what seems like just a moment, and next thing you know, the tea is bad.

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65

I have thus far been unimpressed with Adagio’s white teas because they never seem to taste like what I want them to taste like…that could be MY problem, but it definitely makes me less keen on trying out more white teas from them. This just wasn’t very strawberry-ish. It’s very light. I tried it both hot and let it cool to room temp. Not much difference for me. The white tea is probably good on its own, but I wanted a strawberry white tea.

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75
drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
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Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
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Preparation
3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
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Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
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Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
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Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I could have sworn I wrote a note about this one already…I had it early last week, I believe. I think I was expecting a more identifiable floral flavor, but all I really got was white tea. I enjoyed the cup (and the two more I was able to resteep), but it wasn’t what I’d thought it would be. I’m surprised to read some reviews stating that this had too strong of a flower taste for them. I probably need to drink this again with a more discerning palate before I rate it.

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82
drank Sleeping Dragon by Adagio Teas
120 tasting notes

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80

I truly liked this tea.
It reminded me of Nutella.
How can you go wrong with a tea that tastes like Nutella?
Very comforting.

Flavors: Hazelnut, Vanilla

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34
drank Decaf Vanilla by Adagio Teas
2421 tasting notes

This was a sample I got quite a while back at the same time as Adagio’s
plain decaf ceylon, which I did not really like. I figured I wouldn’t really like this much either but had to try it. The vanilla is very artificial, but at least that adds some life to the base tea underneath which is bland and flavorless even though I added plenty of leaf. Soymilk made this a bit better, but the rest of the package is going into the compost… oh well!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Lion

I have never had a Decaf tea that had good flavor. The process really seems to drain the leaves.

TeaBrat

Harney and Sons does them the best, I have found, The Decaf Comoro and Decaf Paris are pretty good in my book.

LadyLondonderry

I agree that Harney’s decafs are the top of the heap. I drink their Decaf Ceylon (aka Orange Pekoe), Decaf Assam and Vanilla Comoro. My fondest wish is that they would offer a Decaf Keemun or other decaf China black, but that will likely remain just a dream.

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75
drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
21 tasting notes

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75
drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
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75
drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
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75
drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
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75
drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
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73
drank Pu Erh Spice by Adagio Teas
475 tasting notes

Thank you to Kat_Maria for sending this tea my way in our swap! I’ve been hesitant to try this one out because the one time I had puerh before, I did not like it. At all. But I figured that this is a flavored puerh, so I might as well give it a chance. While it was steeping, I could immediately smell those spices. It reminds me of an autumn candle scent (I’ve been sniffing a lot of candles lately), which was nice. It’s warm and cozy without that damp forest smell that I had from straight puerh. I think that the tea tastes like I would expect one of those fall candles to taste. A bit of cinnamon, ginger, and probably other things I can’t identify with the earthy undertones that I know are coming from the puerh. It’s nicer than I expected, but still a little perfume-y for my personal taste. I’m glad that I finally tried this one out, and I think I’ll let it rest for a bit and reach for it again in the winter (fall in California doesn’t get quite cold enough to put me in the mood for these types of teas).

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78
drank Golden Monkey by Adagio Teas
38 tasting notes

Beautiful dry leaves with golden oxidized buds reminding me of Golden Curl tea from Yunnan. Rich amber-maple color moving to greenish-yellow near cups edge. Spices, with slight honey-sweet tang conjuring thoughts of cooked fruit followed by a woody, nutty astringent finish which really lingers in the wrong way I feel. I am not in love with this tea… and I really wanted to! I feel like its a little tired which will be ANOTHER sample from Adagio that is not quite that good. They really need to date those packs! I will get more next time I go, as I feel this isn’t the teas fault.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
boychik

i usually steep red teas at 205F and less time. gongfu method works every time

Parsifal

Yea… I am going to try again. Never really had a problem with the Golden Curl I have, which is similar. I probably need lower temp water… with the boiling I started at 3 minutes and it didn’t taste like much so I put the leaves back in for another 1:30… it just tasted “tired”, for lack of a better term. But thanks for the info I will try 205F for 2-3 minutes and see if that coaxes a better cup :)

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59
drank White Symphony by Adagio Teas
38 tasting notes

This is just not enjoyable tea.

Adagio says: “An exquisite version of the White Peony”… White Peony, at least the ones I have had, are beautiful teas. This tea seems to have aromas which remind you of being in the ape house at a zoo. Dry grassy wild-brush, mild floral notes, perspiring animal, white pepper and minerals dominate the flavor profile; the mouth-feel is quite off-putting. The tea was in a sealed pouch sample bag… so its probably not old, and I am very familiar with preparing white teas so its not over-extraction.
I am all for funky tasking unique teas… this isn’t that. This tea just isn’t very good. Disappointing… but its alright, I have been on a streak of good teas so I was bound to hit a bump! Not throwing it away, I will experiment with different infusions and update if I can make it acceptable… or give it to someone I don’t like very much!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Lion

Ahaha! The primate house at the zoo, oh man I know that smell. If you decide to experiment with this more, you might try steeping it for just 1 minute. Use 2g of leaf per 100ml(about 3 oz) of water. You can get multiple infusions this way, at least 3 or 4 good ones. 185F is what I always brew white tea at.

I’m not very well-versed in western style brewing. Most of the teas I’m interested in come from China, Japan, and Taiwan where tea is brewed in much smaller receptacles and for shorter durations, often with more leaf than Western style would use, and more repeated infusions. As I’ve never brewed White Peony western style, I can’t really say how it tastes that way, but I can say that I tend to appreciate white teas for their lighter qualities so to steep them for long periods of time is sort of unfathomable to me. I have done some longer infusions in the gaiwan before and they just tend to come off very dry and flat tasting. You really miss out on the complexity of the delicate notes white teas are famous for because the amount of flavor just suffocates them. On the other hand, I am spoiled to have a vendor in Kansas City here who specializes in white tea, farms it himself in Fujian province China, and has some of the best white tea in the world. Some types I’ve tried from other companies have been almost tasteless or tasted just weird… like paper or musty, haven’t run into primates yet though, though I don’t doubt I will someday!
Some silver needle and other bud-heavy white teas tolerate longer times simply because it takes more time to saturate the buds and pull out the flavor than with these delicate white peony leaves. It could be that steeping your White Symphony lighter (shorter time) will help pull out better nuances, or it could be that this tea is just not good stuff. I haven’t had it. Good luck with it anyway!

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