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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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drank Oriental Spice by Adagio Teas
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Got this in a sampler pack, used as a work tea. Polishing it off today, and I don’t think I have reviewed it once. I can’t think of anything to say about it – it’s tea, and it functions ok as work tea, but it really doesn’t stand out.

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drank Mango Green by Adagio Teas
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drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
458 tasting notes

Not sure if it’s ‘cause I over did it with tea leaves or if I steeped too long, but this tea isn’t what I was expecting. I’m not really getting the cucumber flavour at all.

Anyways, I will try again. I think I would use a bit less leaves and steep for maybe only 2 or 2.5minutes. We’ll see.

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This is sooooo good. I absolutely love roasted oolongs. I just adore that mineral shale flavor and the taste of embers. It makes for a very natural and ancient feeling gongfu ritual. The dry leaf consists of long curled blackened crimson tendrils. These charred remains smell of char and blackberries. I brewed these up in my ceramic kyusu. Its beginning to crackle and is looking beautiful. The warmed leaf smells of roasted nuts. I washed them once and prepared for brewing. The steeped leaves smell of charcoal and roasted peaches. The flavor was very unique and amazing. The initial sip tasted of cherry wood and minerals. This flavor was very dry, but it ended with a sharp sweet tone. This sweet tone reminds me of white grapes that have been over ripened. This brew stood up well against multiple steepings. The liquor kept a consistent rusted orange. This was a perfect brew for an early morning gongfu session.

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Flavors: Cherry Wood, Drying, Mineral, Roasted, Toasted Rice, White Grapes

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 7 OZ / 200 ML
kieblera5

One of my faves :)

Haveteawilltravel

Thank you so much for this! I finally got around to trying it out. I loved it!

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72

Tastes like eating flowers. Not sweet but also not harsh tasting.

Flavors: Black Pepper, Flowers, Rose

Preparation
2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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64

Tastes like warm rice krispies

Flavors: Nuts, Rice, Roasted Barley

Preparation
1 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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32

Despite the delicious sounding ingredients, still tasted like puerh.

Flavors: Dirt

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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69

Strong black tea. Quite astringent.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank White Pear by Adagio Teas
3 tasting notes

This is a light tea with subtle pear smell and taste. Nice and refreshing.

Flavors: Pear

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Coconut by Adagio Teas
3 tasting notes

It was ok, good for the sake of variety. The coconut smell is a bit too perfumey though.

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Almond by Adagio Teas
3 tasting notes

Has a strong almond and marzipan flavor (might be too intense for some), goes well with milk.

Flavors: Almond, Marzipan

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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80
drank Citrus Mate by Adagio Teas
571 tasting notes

This is my first time having mate and I have to say I really enjoyed it. It is herbal, tastes light, and the citrus is very bright and refreshing. Plus, packs a coffee-level caffeine punch which comes in handy in the mornings. Good hot and iced.

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drank Forest Berries by Adagio Teas
571 tasting notes

I wasn’t super impressed with this one. I would say there is a general berry flavor, but even cold steeped (which is usually pretty reliable at letting the flavor shine) it was soft and didn’t mask the unpleasant edge that Adagio’s black tea base tends to have for me. Much better fruit blends offered by this company.

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drank White Strawberry by Adagio Teas
16 tasting notes

When I saw this described as a strawberry creme-saver, I knew I had to get some. Well, A++, exactly as described. When I opened the pouch, it was like POOF! STRAWBERRY CREMESAVER IN YOUR FACE. It’s a very pretty blend, and Adagio’s image of it matched my sample pouch very well.

The tea steeps surprisingly dark for a white tea, though I’m guessing it’s mostly due to the inexplicable rooibos. Some of the strawberry smell is lost when it’s steeped, but it’s surprisingly present in the flavor. The cream is lost in the flavor, though. I think it’s overpowered by the bite (it’s a soft bite, but bite nonetheless) of the strawberry.

I would love to try this with real cream at some point in the future, but cream just isn’t something I stock regularly. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to buy some more.

Flavors: Cream, Strawberry

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Cranberry by Adagio Teas
458 tasting notes

I’m not too sure how I feel about this one. It’s got a slight bit of… bitterness? maybe not… yeah maybe… I don’t know.

I am getting a bit of cranberry though. I am starting to realize that I do like cranberries, but I’m not sure if I like cranberries in tea. Either way, it’s an ok tea, but I wouldn’t refill it.

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88

I fondly refer to this tea as the Frankenberry Cereal tea, because that’s what it smells and tastes like to me. I do find that I have to use a higher leaf-to-water ratio (2 heaping teaspoons to about 10 oz of water), but I can usually get 2 good infusions and a 3rd passable one. All in all, this tea is pretty fantastic, hot or iced.

Flavors: Fruity, Strawberry

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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70

Here we’ve got a run of the mill black tea with a few red safflower petals thrown in. There’s a few pieces of fruit; I originally thought it was pomegranate, but it’s actually raspberry.

Speaking of raspberry, the leaves smell of raspberry, but in a really dark, full kind of way. Not smoky, exactly, but full bodied and complex. It’s interesting to smell raspberry like this without a chocolate addition of some sort. It must be the vanilla and creme that are giving the tea its interesting profile, though it’s hard to pinpoint those flavors individually. I like the smell quite a bit.

Unfortunately, that lovely raspberry smell is completely absent from the tea itself. It’s now 99% bergamot, which is very disappointing.

The flavor profile matches the tea’s smell, too. It just tastes like a diluted Earl Grey. A bit of sugar teases out some of the raspberry flavor, but it’s still covered up by the bergamot.

A copy of this review can be found on my blog, as well as a few pictures: http://lizkuba.com/tea-review-sagittarius-by-adagio/

Flavors: Raspberry

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Cherry Green by Adagio Teas
8 tasting notes

Not one of my favorites, which was a disappointment, considering how much I love cherry-flavored anything. The smell is decent when opening the package, but once steeped, it tasted artificial (it reminded me of liquid children’s Tylenol). Very off-putting, won’t be drinking again.

Flavors: Artificial, Cherry

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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65

Robust, warm and a little earthy. Like an Irish breakfast with more depth and flavour, but not overwhelming.

Cinnamon warmth is nice and very comforting. The coconut is subtle and smooth, an undertone that’s more obvious in the aftertaste when it cools down a bit. Hints of cocoa/chocolate, but can’t really taste it too much.

Strong body, which I like. The caffeine kick is pretty rad.

Overall: not bad, but not spectacular. On the fence about whether I’ll buy this again.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Coconut, Earth

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
16 tasting notes

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
16 tasting notes

This is a comforting, albeit precocious tea. It can bring you to the sensations of an old forest with one cup. When brewed with a good amount of leaf for a strong flavor, I’m utmost cautious not to oversteep to prevent the bitterness or malty taste from becoming overwhelming. Sweet, woody, and earthy, people often tell me it has a coffee taste and I agree with them completely. Sometimes it tastes obviously of milk, or takes on a hint of sugar. The variety of flavor is so delightful and changes on a whim.

Flavors: Cannabis, Cocoa, Coffee, Earth, Forest Floor, Maple, Milk, Tannin, Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 tsp 4 OZ / 130 ML
teatortoise

I love that forest floor was added as a flavor. I once described this red tea to someone as tasting like a forest floor. I was astounded to find it listed!

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drank Ali Shan by Adagio Teas
16 tasting notes

… I was pleasantly surprised by the refreshing peachy aftertaste, after eventually steeping at a slightly even lower temperature, and a little more lingering steep times. After a year, a good tea can still prove to be discretely tasteful.

A good tea is like an old friend.

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drank Ali Shan by Adagio Teas
16 tasting notes

These quality rolled leaves can be steeped many times. Only use a small amount, because this is serious leaf. Each roll has two or three robust green leaves, only lightly oxidized. Seriously, don’t use too many, they will expand OUT of your gaiwan or cup. This is a very sweet and tangy oolong that is very green, and benefits from short steeps. Long steeps will overcook and not taste pleasant at all. It’s as though the flavor vanishes. It tastes of fresh, crisp rain on a rocky mountain, with a drop of lime.

Flavors: Butter, Citrus, Floral, Green, Honeydew, Lime, Rainforest, Tart, Wet Rocks

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 tsp 4 OZ / 130 ML

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