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Cold Brew – This is so lovely! I tried this hot as well but I think the grapefruit really lends itself perfectly to an iced tea. Bright, clean, subtle citrus and incredibly refreshing. I am new to cold brew this spring/summer and can’t wait to branch out with this area of teadom.

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drank Sleeping Dragon by Adagio Teas
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This reminds me of a dragonwell. Which is why perhaps they called it sleeping dragon? I thought at first that it was an oolong based on the look but it definitely has the flavor profile of a green/dragonwell. Grassy, somewhat bitter (maybe I over steeped it?), A bit of hay.

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drank wu yi oolong by Adagio Teas
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You know, if you actually sit down and edit your tea cupboard, you too can get your collection down 100+ teas! I went from 171 teas to 63!!!

Some teas I tossed (bc they’re either too old, or just so nasty that no one should ever drink them), but the majority of them I’ve packed into small samples and I’m giving them to my coworkers on my last day at Disneyland :)

But today’s tea of the day is this lovely one from Adagio! Super easy bc I got it from the oolong samples and it’s in a cute little sachet :) Great lazy day oolong. Nothing too special or too complex about this tea? Just a nice cuppa to get the day (and packing) going!

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drank White Pear by Adagio Teas
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On opening the package, I was surprised to find it didn’t smell as good as I’d expected. Smells a tad grassy. It’s not nearly as fruity as I thought it would be, either. Definitely needs honey.

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 41 OZ / 1200 ML

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The big takeaway from this tea is that it tastes oddly of cedar. It’s not bad, but very unexpected. I don’t think I’ve had a tea that tasted of cedar before.

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drank Peach by Adagio Teas
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The moment I opened the package I knew I would love this tea, as it had a wonderful peachy scent. I added a little bit of sugar, and it’s just delicious – not artificial at all, just peachy goodness. It’s good with milk or without, just a slightly different experience either way.

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I’m a big fan of apple cider, so was very excited about this. Drinking it with a spoonful of sugar and no milk, at first sip, it tasted exactly like cider – not much on the tea. Adding milk, however, made it taste more like the chai it is. With milk, it tastes like a good chai with some apple notes.

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drank Almond Oolong by Adagio Teas
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I was a big fan of this one. I found that it had more almond flavor than Adagio’s almond black tea, which surprised me. Also, wonderful scent! It’s really good to combine with Adagio’s summer rose and vanilla, if you want to make a lovely dessert tea.

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drank Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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While the vanilla flavor isn’t incredibly strong, it works wonderfully in blends. In particular, I really like a blend of Adagio’s summer rose, almond, and vanilla; it makes a very good dessert tea like that! Another good blend is vanilla and peppermint.

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drank Genmai Cha by Adagio Teas
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This is my first genmai cha, and it’s very interesting. The popped rice flavor really comes through, and the tea is slightly salty. I like it, and it’s certainly different from other greens.

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My fiance absolutely loves this tea, so it’s become a regular in our tea cupboard. It definitely has a unique flavor! It leaves an aftertaste of hazelnut, but while during drinking I felt like I mainly got the flavors from the strawberries and cocoa nibs. It actually kind of reminds me of some fruity breakfast cereals from when I was a kid.

Flavors: Cocoa, Hazelnut, Strawberry

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This is a very mild tea. I used too much water for one pyramid, but it was still tasty. I find Ceylon tea to be awfully mild; this being decaffeinated meant it was even weaker-tasting. However, I get bothered by caffeine, especially heading into evening, so when I want a nighttime cuppa, I go for the decaf. Mainly I used these teabags to blend with others, like Constant Comment (both reg and decaf), other orange or orange/spice combos.

Flavors: Orange, Orange Zest

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 13 OZ / 384 ML

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drank Pi Lo Chun by Adagio Teas
553 tasting notes

Another sipdown, although I apparently didn’t have this in my (virtual) cupboard to begin with. I never quite found this tea’s happy place on my own, but the Breville’s standard green settings (175F, three minutes) are just about perfect. This is a mellow, sweet green with some steamed vegetable flavors—probably closest to snap peas. I’m surprised by how much I like it, especially since I’m not a huge fan of unflavored greens. It might even be one I’d buy again!

Flavors: Green, Green Beans, Hay, Peas, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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drank Ti Kuan Yin by Adagio Teas
553 tasting notes

Another sipdown. This one just doesn’t wow me, but it’s a perfectly fine oolong. I’ve found Adagio’s oolongs to be a great introduction to this kind of tea, because they’re decent quality without being expensive. Their Dancong Aria got me into oolongs and still remains a favorite of mine.

Personally, I don’t love Ti Kuan Yin, so I’m probably the wrong person to be reviewing this. It’s light and slightly grassy with some honey notes. I’ve had creamier Ti Kuan Yins, but this is a nice afternoon cup for today. I’m too embarrassed to say how old this particular tea is (hint: very old), but it’s held up well, too.

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This tea makes an amazing chai latte. It’s delicious straight, but I do love my chai lattes. This is the most spice-balanced chai I’ve found. None of the spices jumps out as too heavy or too light. Easily my favorite “all-around” chai.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Really good! I love the way it smells, and it’s quite a sweet earl grey. I think it’ll pair quite nicely with some honey.

Flavors: Bergamot, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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drank Star Wars - Rey by Adagio Teas
311 tasting notes

Made a cup of this the other night when we watched the Star Wars again. It is still a very good film. But I am very cross to discover that most of the films we’ve purchased on iTunes (and we pretty much only use iTunes these days because we ABSOLUTELY DO NOT HAVE THE SPACE FOR ANY MORE PHYSICAL MEDIA) don’t come with a commentary track! Discovered this when a friend mentioned something that Whedon said on the Ultron commentary, and we don’t have it! Commentary is half the reason I buy films! Why, iTunes, whyyyyyyyyyy

Onwards, to the tea:

This is a tea for when you want a tea that tastes like a very good cup of tea, a welcome break from instant bread and whatever portions you can trade in your day’s haul of scrap for. The fragrance is subtly earthy with a touch of dried autumn leaves, and when brewed, soft and rounded notes of cocoa and minerals are met with sweet hints of stone fruit, starch, and almond, finished with the faintest hum of warm spice. Or maybe it’s the force. Whatever it is, it’s a solid, no-nonsense brew that hints at something very special indeed.

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drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
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drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
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