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drank Forest Berries by Adagio Teas
553 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
443 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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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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71
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
11 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
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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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drank Chamomile by Adagio Teas
250 tasting notes

Thank you to Nichole for sharing some of this tea with me!

My husband and I went for sushi tonight and decided as we were leaving for our dinner date that we would share some tea once we made it back home. We picked up a couple of teas on our way, one of which he is drinking now. I bought myself a minty black tea but decided to have this one instead since it’s so late.

When I opened the bag, my husband remarked that it smelled like honey and oats. I didn’t have that experience, but this does smell stronger than other chamomile teas I’ve had. The sachet actually had whole flowers mixed in with the usual powdery bits so that was a nice change. I steeped this according to the package directions and the liquid soon became a nice reddish color, almost like a light rooibos. I took a sip and was surprised to find that it actually tasted really bitter. I’m baffled because I don’t think I’ve ever had chamomile turn bitter for me before. Unfortunately, it’s a little hard to see past that flavor so I’m really not enjoying it.

It’s not the chamomile for me, but I’m still glad I was able to try it. Thanks again, Nichole!

Flavors: Bitter

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Amariel

I feel that way with some earl grey teas… I like earl grey, but not all.

Shae

I guess I just always thought that one chamomile tasted like another. I’ve never really had one that was so different. Lesson learned. :)

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drank Strawberry by Adagio Teas
553 tasting notes

Had this iced, cold brew, which is normally my favorite way to make black iced tea, particularly with Adagio’s blends. This one disappointed. There is a hint of sweet, a hint of fruit, but nothing that could be firmly identified as strawberry. Considering I ordered this less than a month ago, it can’t even be attributed to old tea.

Drinkable, just unremarkable as an iced tea and misnamed as a strawberry tea if you go off the taste.

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This is one of my favorites. Custom designed by the Austin Browncoats (Go Browncoats!), I got a nice sample of this and Captain Hammer at Sherwood Forest Faire.

There’s a hint of caramelly sweetness that comes out amidst the black tea, and along with the nuts, gives it this beautiful complexity. (Fits the character, too!)

I did let the water get to boiling this time (2 min, 40 sec), and probably let it steep too long. It had a very bitter flavor I don’t usually get (I usually only heat the water in the microwave for 2 minutes. I can’t wait until I have something to heat my tea up to a specific temperature rather than jut in the microwave!). I’ve found that I often get better results by heating the water to a lower temperature and allowing it to steep for however long, rather than controlling the steeping time (which is often a bit harder for me to do).

Flavors: Caramel, Nutty, Tea

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

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OMG So Tired!!!! I got up far too early for my liking to go house hunting and such with Ben and Fish today, the house hunting was hit and miss…but the ‘such’ was really quite awesome. So we went for lunch at a Chinese restaurant where the waiter picked the dishes for us based on a feeling and a very general description of what we liked, and mine was delicious so congrats waiter dude. After lunch we went to the movies, but no friends, no just any movies, we saw Mad Max FURY ROAD (yes it must be shouted) I went in with high hopes (because I loved Mad Max as a kid and still do now) and they were beyond met, seriously, I think it might be my new favorite movie. I honestly cannot recommend it enough…now I need a bunch of cars and minis to make into an epic Mad Max diorama.

So today’s tea is a relaxing ramble, since yours truly is exhausted, good old White Peony by Adagio Teas. Also known as Bai Mu Dan, White Peony is a fluffy leafed white tea from Fujian. I see it often listed as a good beginners white tea, since it is thought to have more flavor than some of its counterparts, not sure I agree with that opinion on flavor, but I do agree that it is a good intro tea. The aroma of the fluffy leaves is pretty mild, you really need to sniff hard to detect much of an aroma, but when you do there are notes of cucumbers, melons, and a hint of paper and sage.

Into my yixing it goes, this one is seasoned for white tea (specifically the more robust ones like Shou Mei) and I decided to go for a long steep, a whopping three minutes. The aroma of the now soggy leaves has more going on than it did when it was dry with cucumber, bitter melon, honeydew, and a tiny touch of okra at the finish. It is still mild, but less so than previous. The liquid is very sweet and surprisingly floral, with notes of wildflower, honey, melon, and a touch of cucumber at the finish.

The taste is, well, you know, it is ok. Nothing to jump up and down about, it starts off with mild notes of cucumber and celery, moves along to hay and wildflowers in the middle, and finishes with melon (honeydew in specific) and lettuce. It is super mild, I would like to think my palate is somewhat refined, but I had to really work to find much here. I did enjoy my cup of it, it was mild and relaxing, though it is certainly far from my favorite Bai Mu Dan.

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2015/05/adagio-teas-white-peony-tea-review.html

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65
drank White Symphony by Adagio Teas
16 tasting notes

This tea isn’t doing much for me. Kind of a generic white-ish tea. Someone else mentioned it was vegetal to them – not a description I would have come up with on my own, but I can get it now that it’s been pointed out.

I got pulled away from my desk shortly after I steeped the tea, so it might be better at its steeping temperature (rather than ~120ish). When I try it again, if I like it more, I’ll upgrade the rating.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I purchased the tea from the Adagio retail store. The tea is contained in tin canisters. The lids are secured with tape which leave a sticky residue. There is no indication on the canisters about the tea being organic.

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drank Rhubarb Green by Adagio Teas
440 tasting notes

Ok last tea for the night. Not a fan TTB. This one is either stale or … I dont know… I feel like I’m just drinking hot water. Hot water with a lil flavor. Its not even getting that bitter and its been at least 3 mins. Rhubarb in tea doesn’t usually bring out rhubarb flavor.

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drank Chocolate by Adagio Teas
440 tasting notes

Not a Fan TTB. It’s been a hard day for me. I need a bit of a pick me up. And those fruit snacks did nicely. Not quite sure of what to think about this tea though. It has chocolate flavor to it; and the smell is actually quite good. But it’s somewhat artificial. The flavor that is.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Leaves

The leaves themselves are interesting. I don’t find them particularly visually pleasing (which is odd, considering purple and green are my favorite colors). Felt a bit contrived. But, as you can see here, there’s a lot going on. We’ve got rooibos and white tea with a little black tea mixed in, plus lemongrass, chamomile, and purple cornflowers. There’s one little orange peel in the middle there, and the yellow splotch in the top left hand corner is a bit of grapefruit.

The smell is interesting, but not really in a good way (in my opinion). The smell is very abstract, perhaps a bit medicinal. I saw other reviews that said it was fruity (unbearably so, even), but I barely got a sense of fruit. Perhaps it was the mix of fruit plus chamomile plus lemongrass creating something more than just the sum of its parts.

Tea

It’s quite a bit darker than I expected it to be. There might be more white tea by volume, but I forgot that rooibos is a fairly dense tea, and it definitely took over here.

The smell was again fairly abstract. A little medicinal, a hair fruity. The taste was pretty much what you’d expect from a tea that smelled that way, though the chamomile stuck out here. It was naturally fairly sweet. I wouldn’t want to add cream or sugar too it. Overall, I was fairly underwhelmed. I should have loved it – I like white tea, I like rooibos, and orange peel almost always works well in tea. But this one just combined in a weird way for me.

A copy of this review plus pictures can be found on my blog: http://lizkuba.com/tea-review-pisces-by-adagio/

Flavors: Medicinal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 300 OZ / 8872 ML

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drank White Peony by Adagio Teas
16 tasting notes

This tea and I started off on the wrong foot. The leaves in my sampler pouch look nothing like the official image. Mine is about 5% white fuzzy leaves, 10% green flat leaves, and 85% brown leaves. And a good chunk of it was stems. (I’m sure there’s legit names for each of these things, but I don’t know them.)

The smell is fairly delicate. It’s a light organic kind of smell, but it would be hard to pinpoint any one thing in particular. The flavor matches the smell, but it’s a bit heavier on the floral aspect. It’s a calm, gentle tea that would definitely be overwhelmed by any amount of cream or sugar.

It’s not a bad tea, and I’m not going to have a problem finishing the sampler pouch. But it definitely falls in the “I’d Rather Spend My Money Elsewhere” category.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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This tea was a bit of a puzzle. The first time I made it, I didn’t have the ingredients list or the description in front of me, so I was going in a bit blind. I’m fairly new to tea, so it looked/smelled to me like a white/green mix with a mild fruity sweetness going on. I don’t think I would have come up with “peach” as the main flavor though. I mean, it’s not like it didn’t smell/taste like peaches. But it’s blended well with the other flavors to create a new feeling of its own.

I really liked this tea. I’m a fan of light teas in general, so this was completely up my alley. A light tea with a little peach and a hint of sweetness. Perfect.

Some pictures can be found on my blog: http://lizkuba.com/tea-review-taurus-by-adagio/

Flavors: Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Lavender

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

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