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drank Foxtrot by Adagio Teas
228 tasting notes

This is another adagio sample tea sachet I had in my stash and drank at work.

This tea is a medley of flavors – I can clearly taste the chamomile and peppermint. It all just kind of muddles together. While hot it was fine enough. However, as it cooled there was a cloying taste at the end of the sip that is very unpleasant. The flavor currently left in my mouth is almost annoying.

I would not make this again.
Cheri

I find it interesting how different people’s tastes are. Someone else I follow says this is a favorite tea. I thought it was decent. I do agree when this is cold it is terrible, though. I hadn’t finished my mug of this before I went to sleep and in the morning I drank the end…UGH. Mine was also loose leaf and not a sachet. That could make a difference in overall tea taste. I dunno.

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drank Rooibos Vanilla by Adagio Teas
228 tasting notes

I had a tea sachet of this that must have been a sample from Adagio. I was looking for something without caffeine to get me through the morning as I cheated on tea with some iced coffee this AM. (Coffee, you are such a fickle mistress!)

On to the tea: I would agree with the other reviewers that this has a pleasant woody- vanilla taste. I am very picky about vanilla and this one was not offensive in any way. In fact, it was perfectly enjoyable. Yum.

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Tea #1 from Pass the Stash box

You ever have a tea where you’re not quite sure if you like it or not? That would be this tea. Smelling the bag, I smell the almond, chocolate, vanilla combo; it is quite powerful.

Drinking the tea, it is quite different. This tea almost feels like it is making me thirsty. It tastes a little like how it smells. I like it better as it is cooling down. I liked the smell more than the taste.

EDIT: Tastes more like how it smells when it cooler.

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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66
drank White Peach by Adagio Teas
25 tasting notes

Meh. I knew this tea wouldn’t hold a candle to my Rishi white peach blossom but I got it any because I had a gift certificate and it’s been on my wish list for months now. Glad I used my gift certificate. While delicious and refreshing cold brewed, this tea taste more artificially peachy and flat than I’d like. Similar to the oolong peach. Just not for me. Tuscan sun is another delicious slightly peachy -though to be fair I don’t recall there being any peach at all in river teas Tuscan sun – as well as mulberry white. I think I’ll try a few more white peaches before just giving in and grabbing a ounce online next time they have a promo or sale.

Flavors: Bitter, Peach

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54
drank White Peach by Adagio Teas
489 tasting notes

Received this as a sample from Cavocorax and decided to use it up as a cold brew.

Left it overnight, gave it a try this afternoon.
It was ok!
I have trouble with most peach flavoured things, because they always seem to strike me as overly artificial. This was was no different, but at least it wasn’t overly sweet.

I still have some left in the fridge to drink tomorrow, any cold fruity tea is refreshing these days!

Thanks Cavo :)

Scheherazade

I have the same problem with peach. It seems to be a difficult one to get right!

mj

Lupicia’s Momo supergrade oolong is the best peach tea I’ve had

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10
drank White Pear by Adagio Teas
40 tasting notes

As much as I love pear flavored things and white tea. This did not do it for me. It has a very off taste that sits on the tongue that’s not very pleasing at all. The taste can be compared to the taste of rotten fruit. But that’s just my opinion to someone else it might be something else entirely.

That aside, whoa I have not been on here in ages!! Mostly because I have been uber busy. Plus I have not been drinking a lot of tea due to the hot weather that has been soaring as of late. That aside I am now out from underneath my father’s roof and living with my fiancee’. We’ve been moved out for two or three weeks now. She’s been down here for almost a month now, after having moved out of her parent’s home in Ohio. It’s been great having her down here and so close. Fixing up the rent house and having to buy things for the house has been very hectic. While there were certain things I didn’t have to buy, there was a lot that needed to be bought still yet. Through all of that we somehow managed to get settled in and have gotten the chaos under control. Thus far actually having to pay bills has not become too overwhelming. Now that we’ve put down roots here I am actually enjoying my time on my own. Which helps having her here, because there’s no way I would adjust to a new place so soon. Especially after having lived in my old house for almost 10 plus years.

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec

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Something gingery was in order, as ginger’s good for the tummy, and Patrick Troughton is good for the soul. Though I do tend to wait until I’ve got soymilk about for chai teas – I don’t know why, but I just like chai with soy – since I’m not really paying for most of my own groceries at the moment, dairy will do. And it’s still delicious, though the sweetness of the milk shines through more than soy tends to, so I refrained from adding my usual spoonful of sugar so that the tea retained its measure of bite. It was good.

I also appreciate the way that apparently the water bottle of cold-brewed tea I tend to keep with me at my desk at work looks kind of like something composting to my poor coworkers, apparently. Heck, if it makes them curious and they ask and I get to tell people about tea, then YAY.

carol who

That sounds so good!

Sami Kelsh

It’s AWESOME.

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Happy Monday everyone! Thanks to Typoon Neoguri pushing arctic air (aka the Polar Vortex) most of the Midwest has nice weather today. In fact we are going to have record low temperatures tonight and unseasonable cool weather for the next couple days. Break out the party gear because I am celebrating, you all know by now that I loath temperatures above 80 degrees, so I am practically giddy with the prospect of comfortable weather. I plan on celebrating by sleeping through the night for the first time in days, so maybe instead of party gear I should break out the pillows.

Today’s tea is from Adagio Teas, Yunnan Noir. An adorable fuzzy golden tea from Yunnan, you might know it by its other more popular names, Golden Bi Luo Chun or Golden Snail Tea. I adore fuzzy golden teas, something about them always puts me in a good mood just by looking at them, of course tasting them also helps. The aroma of the dry tea is rich and quite sweet, with notes of cocoa, roasted peanuts, yams, honey, and a delicate finish of dried cherry. It is nothing short of mouthwatering, but I do have a great love for this kind of tea.

Even though Adagio only has Western steeping instructions, I decided to brew mine in my gaiwan. I used 195 degree water with steeping times of 30s, 60s, and 90s just in case anyone wants to give it a try. The aroma of the now quite soggy (and no longer gold and fuzzy) leaves is rich, with notes of malt, molasses, roasted peanuts, and a sweet cocoa finish. The liquid is creamy sweet with notes of cocoa butter, a touch of yams and a hint of roasted peanuts.

The first steeping is light, a creamy blend of sweet cocoa, roasted peanuts and a rich aftertaste of molasses. The mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy, it fills up the mouth with sweetness. It is pretty on par with other golden Bi Luo Chun teas I have had (though that number is fairly small, I really need to get more!) though a tiny bit sweeter.

For the second steeping the aroma is much richer, the same notes of sweet cocoa and roasted peanuts, but with an added kick of molasses at the finish. The taste is also much richer, there are strong notes of cocoa at the beginning this transitions to a rich mid taste of molasses, with finally a finish of malt. There is a roasted peanut and honey aftertaste that lingers for a bit.

Last steeping time, the aroma is almost identical to the first steeping, light with sweet notes of cocoa butter, yams, and roasted peanuts. The taste is as rich as the previous steep, but instead of being creamy is starts off with a briskness. There are notes of cocoa and roasted nuts that fade to molasses, at the end there is a slight metallic taste. The aftertaste is one of honey, it does not linger as long as the second steep. I really like this tea, it might be my new favorite from Adagio, but I would have to compare it with my other favorites to be absolutely sure.

For photos and blog: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/07/adagio-teas-yunnan-noir-tea-review.html

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Metallic, Molasses, Roast nuts, Yams

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72
drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
1751 tasting notes

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drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
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drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
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drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
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drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
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drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
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drank Keemun Encore by Adagio Teas
112 tasting notes

This tea is a great “Intro to Keemun 101” tea. All of the keemun notes are there: the smokiness, the earthiness, the touch of fruit (plum) and mushroom….. there are no extraordinary notes in this tea…but it is a textbook example of what should be found in a keemun, so there is good knowledge in this tea. For a beginner flight, this tea would be perfect. The smoke is subtle, which is very pleasing to my palate (I’ve been through too many wildfires, so smokiness doesn’t mean “relax” to me…it means “run!”) the plum is pronounced enough so that a beginner could be able to start picking out fruity notes in other teas. Overall, this is a nice introductory keemun that I wouldn’t turn away.

Flavors: Earth, Mushrooms, Plums, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Mango Green by Adagio Teas
80 tasting notes

From the Small Big TTB

WOW there is soo much tea stuffed in that little box. Because half the samples were wrapped in foil that actually forced me to actually go through the entire box to find things. I ended up sticking labels on the outside of the foils for easier access, but it’s actually a pretty smart idea, it forced me to look at what I was looking at instead of just wandering through the box randomly or skimming just the top of the box.

Mango green. Sadly it seems after a few months on Steepster I’ve developed this view of Adagio in my head that isn’t entirely complimentary. The least of the offenses I’ve heard them cited for was under-flavoring and entirely artificial tasting additives. Well this tea didn’t entirely dispel those ideas, but the result wasn’t as bad as I had feared either.

I was distracted and boiled water. I think I had intended to make a black tea but for some unknown reason went with this instead. Surprisingly the results didn’t taste burnt at all. So ~210*F for 1.5min, then into a happy little thermos. I told you I was distracted. Usually the thermos is pretty leak proof… but not so when the lid isn’t properly secured. Hot water all down my leg. Ouch. Surprisingly I didn’t lose that much tea, but I decided that hot water wasn’t my friend this morning. I had some cold tea from the fridge and came back to this later.

So it’s a mild green with milder mango flavoring. Honestly I could barely smell the mango, and I pretty much didn’t taste it at all. The tea was still hot, so it’s not like its composition changed all that much in the time I left it in the thermos. That being said, it’s so entirely average that I would be hard pressed to call offensive. It has no WOW factor, and lacks even enough interest to consider it as a good daily drinker (for me). I might offer it to a child or someone that doesn’t like strong teas.

albertocanfly

I just love the smell of this tea!^.^ The flavor is really pretty light..

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71
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
1751 tasting notes

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drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
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drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
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drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
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drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
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drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
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drank Green Rooibos Bonita by Adagio Teas
154 tasting notes

Backlog
Thank you Marzipan for a sample of this. I could brewed this and took it to class earlier this week, and forgot to log it, so I don;t remember everything about this tea. I do remember that it was fruity and delicious and that I finished all 28oz about 30 minutes into class and really regretted it when I had to spend the next 90 minutes holding back the urge to go to the bathroom!

Preparation
28 OZ / 828 ML

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Well, I made us nectarine buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup, so it stands to reason I’d pair a tea with maple-y chestnutty goodness in it, right? Oh yeah.

This is one of my ultimate comfort teas. I’ve fed this to quite a fair few people now, and every time I do, they get that dreamy look on their face, like, recalling the feeling of a really cozy hug. It’s also the face I make when I watch pretty much any Hartnell episode of Doctor Who. It’s quite a plain tea as flavoured blends go, but that lets the lovely assam shine through the gentle flavours rather than being hidden beneath it, lending a serious backbone to the warmth and sweetness of chestnut and cream. I keep an extra bag of this on hand because I’d be lost if I ever ran out. Oh, lovely One. Quite so, quite so, hmm!

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