Adagio Teas

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Not a huge fan. I fell in love with Pu-erh Tea thanks to Timothy Ferriss, but Adagio is not one of my go-to brands. I’m not sure if the batch was not fresh, but I got a really bitter taste after brewing it.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
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drank Peppermint by Adagio Teas
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Flavors: Peppermint

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95
drank Cha Cha by Adagio Teas
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I have been wanting to try this for a while to compare it to Tealuxe’s Creme de la Earl Grey and finally got the opportunity today when my MIL brought some over. I excitedly opened the package and inhaled my first sniff and was disappointed. The smell was artificial in an unpleasant way. I went ahead and brewed a cup and the taste of the tea was not as bad as the smell. It was not bad, just not nearly as good to me as the one from Tealuxe (which I personally adore). I am glad I sampled this before ordering.

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75

I expected something a little more decadent, what with all of the hype Adagio gives in their description. Really, it’s a black oolong flavored vanilla. That’s about it. However, don’t you ever underestimate “mild”! It’s still pretty tasty, and is great for adding to other teas to either bump up the flavor of the black tea base, or to calm down some feisty tea flavors. So far I’ve mixed it with my Cocoa Canella mate from DavidsTea as well as their Blueberry Jam, and I’ll be mixing it with the last of my Buttered Rum as to stretch that tea out a little more. I’m pretty excited to be trying it out with my Gingerbread black tea from Teavana, and probably my Chestnut from Adagio. Thinking I’ll look for some cinnamon sticks and break them down in my mortar and pestle to add to that… Seriously, what a versatile little tea! Probably going to order some blackberry black tea from Adagio to go with it too!

Flavors: Tea, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90
drank Lemon Soleil by Adagio Teas
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I feel like I am the only person on earth who LOVES THIS TEA!

The reviews all fall short on this one, but I simply love it.

I can see this being discontinued, because every product I’ve ever loved always does! I’m jinxed that way.

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drank Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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Finishing this sample packet off. Made an all right work tea. Nothing amazing.
I am not through the spice sampler. Need to find a new work tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

The description of this tea says it’s similar in to Assam and Kenyan teas and I happen to agree. The tea was mildly astringent, slightly sweet, and reminded me of fresh baked bread drizzled with honey. It’s a very strong bodied tea, one that is well suited to breakfast— it’s strong enough to force even my eyes open (and we all know I’m not a morning person.)

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/7/7/tuesday-tea-rwanda-rukeri-adagio

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

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84

Firstly, this tea sounds like it’s trying to be fancy. It smells nicely like cocoa. The flavour is slightly malty, with mostly baked bread. When it cools, the bread comes out stronger.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Malt

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85
drank Mango Mate by Adagio Teas
570 tasting notes

I am really enjoying my new foray int4o mate. I had no idea it made such a great iced tea, which is what I did with this. Fruity and fresh, it goes well with a bit of sweetener.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Casy

Try it with honey, if you haven’t already. :)

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drank Citron Green by Adagio Teas
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I cold-brewed this once a few weeks ago and had the remaining leaf this morning as a hot cup. Unfortunately, it was nigh undrinkable warm. I’m going to assume that this was a side effect of it sitting in a tea travelling box for over a year before I fished it out to keep – there was a rank fruitiness in the smell and the taste of the tea that made me think it had some cross contamination going on.

Plus, let’s face it, I don’t have a whole lot of sencha in my cupboard anymore and I find I like Chinese greens over Japanese ones. So, yeah, quite literally not my cup of tea anymore.

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drank Citron Green by Adagio Teas
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Coldbrewed this overnight and had a glass this evening.

My little baggie of this had a lot of broken leaf, which is only to be expected since it’s been inside a TTB for a while. That led to the coldbrew tasting strongly of sencha and not quite so strongly of lemon. I added some lemongrass to the brew as well, but I don’t think it made things much more lemony.

I added some agave nectar to the remainder in the pitcher. We’ll see how that changes things.

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82

Since I’m getting summer rain, figured it was time to have hot tea. It smells nicely like lavender, and a little like a beverage I had last time I was attended a Faire. I like earl grey, but the lavender is a bit on the strong side. Otherwise, I get a mild, creamy bergamot flavour. Might decided to use this for baked goods at some point.

Flavors: Bergamot, Creamy, Lavender, Vanilla

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Not My Cup O’ Tea TTB

I’ve been on the lookout for more herbal teas, so I was excited to find this one in the TTB. Unfortunately, Adagio’s chocolate flavoring is just not for me; too sweet and artificial. I finished my cup, but I wouldn’t drink this again.

Flavors: Artificial, Chocolate

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

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drank Chocolate by Adagio Teas
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Not My Cup O’ Tea TTB

This tea smells sooo good…like freshly-mixed brownie batter! But the taste was a total disappointment: very flat and artificial with an unpleasant astringency to the aftertaste. The addition of a splash of milk made it drinkable, but it was still one of the worst chocolate teas I’ve tried.

Flavors: Artificial, Astringent, Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Candy Apple by Adagio Teas
18 tasting notes

Definitely tastes more like caramel apple vs. candy apple. I was surprised I like this tea as much as I do because black tea is not my favorite. It’s just sweet enough, without being too much. Has a nice caramel aftertaste.

Flavors: Apple, Caramel

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

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95

I think this herbal is amazing. It tastes exactly like biting into a piece of warm watermelon. I have only had it hot, but I think it would be awesome cold. My husband, who does not like flavored tea at all, even liked the taste of this. I will definitely be repurchasing this one.

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

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75

(Iced tea version) I don’t usually go in for flavored iced teas, but this mango tea works well as an iced tea. I don’t think it would be a daily drinker, but it would work as an occasional break from plain black iced tea.

Flavors: Mango

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

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50

I received this in an iced tea sampler from Adagio. This might be a good occasional cup of hot tea, but as an iced tea, the hazelnut and strawberry flavors were overpowering and too sweet for me (I typically drink unsweetened iced black tea). I found myself diluting it with water and cutting the tea with Tazo iced black tea in order to finish the batch.

Flavors: Hazelnut, Strawberry

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

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drank Pina Colada by Adagio Teas
18 tasting notes

The reviews I have read for pina colada are mixed, so I was not sure what to expect. I enjoyed the smell as soon as I opened the package. After letting it steep for 7 minutes, I took my first sip. I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed this herbal! It’s not the best I have ever had, but it certainly is not the worst. I didn’t notice a particular flavor overpower another. The pineapple and coconut worked well together. I will definitely consider ordering again.

Flavors: Coconut, Pineapple

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

The dry leaves do smell of cocoa. I got this in a mystery box from Oolong Owl, there were six balls that weighed 4g, so I put them all in my little cast iron pot with about 9oz of just about boiling water and let them steep for four minutes. Wet leaves still smell of cocoa. The brew is very dark, like coffee. The taste is hard to define, but it’s nice. I expected a bitter brew, but it wasn’t bitter at all. The flavor has the faintest bit of cocoa to it, and malt. I am terrible at finding flavors in tea, so all I can say is that this is a nice, smooth cup of black tea that I like and I would consider purchasing in the future. This could definitely go into my morning rotation.

EDIT: Just for the heck of it, I decided to give the leaves another go, and steeped again for about five minutes. The second brew was just as dark and fragrant as the first, but the flavor was what I imagine bongwater tastes like. So I’m not going to do that again.

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drank White Pear by Adagio Teas
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I’m not too sure how I feel about this one. It’s pretty simple. I don’t usually care for pears because of the texture of them, so I don’t really know if this tea tastes like pears or not… It’s nice, but I don’t think I’d get this one again. It’s got a bit of sweetness to it, but yeah… I dunno.

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84

Dry, this tea kinda smells like root beer barrels. There is a kinda sweet, mild caramel scent when brewed. The flavour is more lightly sweet, with biscuit and caramel notes. As it cools a little, I get hints of fruit. Actually, pretty good.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Dried Fruit

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