Adagio Teas

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Pass the Stash TTB1

Love the name. I’m sure the chai was supposed to be the main “stormy” flavor but it just doesn’t make it for me. There is too much cinnamon in the blend for my taste. I love the scent of the almonds but it there is just too much competing for “top dog” as far as the flavors.

Flavors: Almond, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cream

Shadowfall

I’ve found that the cinnamon in most Adagio blends tends to take over unfortunately, especially if it’s an inclusion. If it’s the cinnamon tea I’ve found it to be vaguely milder.

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100

I have learned a valuable lesson: lapsang and my thermos do not mix. Good Gosh, I love this tea, with its warming spice and smoke cutting through a background of smooth dark chocolate, but it’s going to have to soak in warm water and a squirt of washing up liquid for the entire bank holiday weekend, lest whatever I decide to have on Tuesday morning taste like campfire. How the heck does a stainless steel thermos retain so much flavour? I honestly thought I’d be safe with stainless steel!

It was totally worth it, though.

Christina

Could it be said that, um, the tea showed it was Master over the thermos. (ducks and hides)

Sami Kelsh

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! giggles

carol who

lol! Looks like someone else is celebrating the new Who coming up tomorrow with DW teas!

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80
drank Blueberry by Adagio Teas
680 tasting notes

From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB

I usually try to drink new-to-me teas from any ttb I participate in, but every now and then I find a tea that I want to revisit. This is such a tea. It has a good, fruity blueberry flavor and a full bodied base tea that compliments the berry flavor from start to finish. Today I added some sugar and cream to my cup. The sugar brought the blueberry flavor out even more, but I think the cream distracted rather than added anything to the tea. I’ll have to remember that for future cups ’cause this tea is going on my wishlist and (eventually) in my cupboard.

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

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drank Sleeping Beauty by Adagio Teas
1879 tasting notes

Thank you Scheherazade but I am finding the honeybush to completely take over in this cup. I hoped for the flavors to come forward because they sound like a great combination . Oh well, it was still fun to try.

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65
drank Blood Orange by Adagio Teas
507 tasting notes

I actually quite enjoyed this today. Perhaps it’s because I drank it at room temperature. I don’t think I sweetened it any more than usual. Or perhaps I did? Hard to say, it is quite sweet which overwhelmed the hibiscus sourness. However I haven’t eaten anything in hours and hours so I’m not primed for sweetness like usual. \

In other news, I just volunteered myself for weekend work with some of the most tedious boring stuff available to me as an engineer. On the other hand, money and it’s at my normal worksite so all my tea will be there too.

Flavors: Citrus, Orange

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
109 tasting notes

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drank Almond Oolong by Adagio Teas
109 tasting notes

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drank Dewy Cherry by Adagio Teas
4840 tasting notes

blech. this was a free sample from adagio, which i figured might be nice for a cold brew. Turns out, this is too floral for me. It was semi nice and then there was just too much of a floral note in it. I guess it’s from the hibiscus flowers but i’m surprised. oh well, since it’s something i might have considered, it’s still a win :)

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60
drank Vanilla by Adagio Teas
507 tasting notes

I’m not dead!

This tea is the first tea I’ve had in many months. It is not really the best thing to start out with, since it’s fairly low-quality for a vanilla tea and requires some persnickety temp/time to get it not bitter for me. As it turns out somewhat bitter in this case.

I thought I’d reviewed it before but I can’t find my own tasting note. At any rate, I have maybe one pot of this left and I won’t be replacing it.

In other news, my health crisis is pretty over. I’ve changed job sites for 6 months to a year and Things. I’ll be catching up with stuff over the next week or so. Apologies to those I’ve let down. I should really know better than to make any promises to anyone by now.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML
Sil

thank godness everything is ok :) welcome back!

Tea Sipper

Welcome back! :D

Starfevre

Things got really bad. And they’re still not good. Certain things are really really not good. But I’m trying to normalize and that means being back on this site. Please be gentle :(

TheTeaFairy

Happy to see you back :-)

OMGsrsly

Glad to see you back! Hopefully everything continues improving for you.

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84

Cold brewed this one again because the hot version did not impress me much. I’ve got to say, though, that the cold brewed version is maybe my favorite simple, sweet iced black tea so far. It’s light with notes of cocoa and maybe honey? There’s no bitterness or astringency at all. I think I used four pearls in my water bottle and left it in the fridge for 8-10 hours (as usual, I can’t remember exactly). Sadly, I only have enough pearls for one more cold brew.

Even though I’ve thoroughly been enjoying it, this will sadly not be a reorder for a couple of reasons. First, this is pretty much the only tea I’ve enjoyed from Adagio so far, and I’m not going to put in an order for just one tea. Second, like I said earlier, I used four pearls for one water bottle. I feel like that’s a lot and that I would go through the tea too quickly and it would get expensive. Maybe in the future if I ever find a couple other Adagio teas I enjoy, I will consider putting in another order, but I still have many other companies I want to try out first.

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66
drank Toasted Mate by Adagio Teas
32 tasting notes

I was hoping some off the real bitter bite of mate would be covered somewhat by the added ingredients- but it still tastes almost exactly as any plain yerba mate- though I do detect a tones of coffee-type-roast taste which is nice.

For me I’ll probably mix it with the Rooibos Earl Grey or the Tulsa Chai to take off some of the edge, otherwise it’s pretty good.

If you are looking for a coffee substitute, then this would probably be the drink for you- but keep in mind the intense bitter bite and that I’ve never tasted coffee so…take it with a pinch of salt, lol.

- loose tea w/ infuser
- 4 sugar cubes
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- recommend mixing it with an herbal chai or herbal earl grey.

Flavors: Bitter, Coffee, Herbaceous, Roasted, Sour, Toasted

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85
drank Wild Strawberry by Adagio Teas
32 tasting notes

Going to use less water, less steeping time, and one more tsp than before.
Much better- had a taste before adding sugar after steeping, and there was a lot more tasteful. Still tart and kind of bitter, but in the fruity way. Like a strawberry lemonade! Much, much better! Raised my rating about 14 points =D

- loose tea w/ infuser, two sugar cubes
— two sugar cubes after

Flavors: Candy, Fruity, Lemon, Strawberry, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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85
drank Wild Strawberry by Adagio Teas
32 tasting notes

First off, it smells terrific! Like candy and super fresh strawberries!!

First impression: very bitter, incredibly bland. Use more tsp or less water next time?
After adding sugar: tart, fruity, a bite of bitter. Good herbal tea, but kind of weak- not much of a bouquet, but still good.

The recommended steeping time is 5-10 minutes so does that mean it’s mean to be an iced tea? Well, the steeping temp says 212F so I’m going to try it hot first. If it’s a new tea, I don’t add any type of sweetener until I’ve taken a good taste and gotten a good grasp of the tea’s flavor =)

— loose tea w/ infuser

— 3 sugar cubes

Flavors: Bitter, Fruity, Strawberry, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

This is tasty, but I found that one sample pack didn’t make a full pitcher cold steeped, like most of the other herbal blends I cold steep. However, it did have a juiciness that very much resembles fresh watermelon. I would consider repurchasing even if just to give it a go with the right amount of tea.

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

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100

Thank goodness it’s Gurpgork. I’m watching Captain America and oh, bless Bisexual Stevey Rogers’ little magical super face. Also, grilled cheese and tomato soup and SO MUCH TEA. I love that it feels less like oppressive summer and I feel like I can eat real food again. I love less that I totally didn’t sweat out any of my winter blubber over the summer. Ho hum.

Tea, though. I always think this is going to be crazy sweet, but there’s this sort of depth under it that keeps it in check and it’s just, like, a bit quietly sassy. The fruit lends a bit of sharpness over the caramelly richness and I might have been a touch overzealous in the sugar application today, but I might have also forgotten whether I’d put in one spoon or two and put in like half of a third by mistake. It’s still good, and I do have something of a sweet tooth, don’t you know.

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drank Fujian Rain by Adagio Teas
1 tasting notes

Very good tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Bob

Thanks Pat!

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