Adagio Teas

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I am not a fan of chamomile so imagine my delight in finding one that I love! :D The most remembered chamomile for me was Sleepytime from Celestial Seasonings. :( Blah! This tea is lovely to look at and the dry scent is very fruity not the rather bland chamomile of my misspent youth.
This tea is awesome. There is a lovely apple/orange/grapefruit and rose aroma. The white tea is gentle and yet flavorful. I mostly taste the apple and some grapefruit. If you had told me that they would be good together I would have thought you were nuts. But… these blend so well together. Nom nom! The very pretty tin says it has hibiscus but I don’t sense it.

This is part of the Chicago tea set: Magnificent ChamoMile, Chai Town and Chicago Jazzmint. The tins are large and very attractive. It’s a great set. There is a total of 9.2 oz in the set. I think it was $27. Not a bad price.

Flavors: Apple, Grapefruit, Orange Zest

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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68
drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
225 tasting notes

Received this as a gift from my boyfriend for Christmas. Hadn’t had it in a while or any flavored blacks from Adagio and forgot that if you drink this after it starts to really cool down, the bitterness really sets in. When its hot and fresh, wow, pretty smooth and minty with no real after taste. A very creamy cup of mint. Once it cools a bit, the bitterness really overshadows the rest of the tea and makes it not as good. But overall, if drank like a latte with some milk, I bet this would be pretty great.

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65
drank Lemon Grass by Adagio Teas
311 tasting notes

GCTTB

This was a basic lemongrass tea. It was good but needed a little something to either make it more lemony or zip it up somehow. The lemongrass flavour was a bit weak.

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drank Monster Brew by Adagio Teas
1699 tasting notes

Trying a lower/shorter steep on recommendation of LiberTEAS and Dexter, to try and avoid that terrible sour taste honeybush can have. (I’ve been going through my list, and TeaG and Butiki have been fine, as have a couple I’ve tried from Bayswater. A couple blends that are “honeybush” but mostly other stuff have also been fine. But I’ve had a bunch from Steam, and some other local shops (usually teas to go), 52Teas and Adagio, and I’ve noticed it in all those at varying levels. I don’t always note it because for a while I thought it was how it was supposed to taste. Heh. Guess not!)

Steeped low and short, this tea is very herbaceous, actually. I would say that the flavour is 90% raspberry leaves, 9% honeybush and rooibos, 1% other. :) Not exactly the flavour profile I’m going for! Even though the last time I had this, before it went sour, it was kind of weird.

Now to let this cool…

Hmm. It’s starting to get sour again. Now, this one probably isn’t the best test for this, but I’m not sure I want to buy some honeybush to test it out. I might try some of the others I have in my cupboard this way. And it really isn’t as bad as it was last time – as in, I can still drink it so I’m finishing this cup instead of dumping it.

Interesting.

(1 teabag)

(WOO 212!)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
LiberTEAS

I would recommend trying – if you have something available to you – some plain honeybush (loose leaf!) and see if you get the same results. It could just be that this is the way honeybush tastes to you. Something that I learned many years ago is that no tea tastes exactly the same to any other palate. Our palates are individualized, just like our fingerprints, so it could very well be that honeybush just isn’t your thing.

OMGsrsly

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen plain honeybush around here! But it’s something I’ll be putting on my list to try. If I don’t like it, I have a friend who will love it. :) It’s interesting because there are some I’ve had with no problems, and some that I’ve ended up getting rid of. I guess it’s somewhat like rooibos, where some grades/harvests/etc are a lot woodier than others.

LiberTEAS

I’ve also found that whether or not it’s organic makes a big difference in flavor too. I took the time several years ago to compare rooibos side by side – a conventionally grown rooibos versus an organic rooibos … organic is definitely better tasting.

ThainofBuckland

I have a few ounces of organic honeybush from Mountain Rose Herbs. I prefer it over the Rooibos that I have from them, because it’s more mellow. I haven’t had much honeybush blends, but I know people say that it can taste woody. When you say it tastes sour, could it be the taste of the rooibos or the added orange peel and orange flavor? I missed your other review. :(

OMGsrsly

I know it’s not rooibos because I never get the flavour in rooibos teas. I only get it in teas that have honeybush – and it doesn’t matter what flavour it is. Plum, spice, almond, etc. They all have that sour taste as the tea starts to cool.

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drank Monster Brew by Adagio Teas
1699 tasting notes

I got this sample from Sil. Thank you! :)

Unfortunately I mostly taste sour honeybush. I’m not sure why, but some honeybush just tastes sour and dirty to me as the mug cools. So I’ve had half the cup, and it was OK. No really identifiable flavours, but soothing and generic. The second half of the cup definitely needs to go… :/

Sil

haha at least you can cross it off the list

OMGsrsly

If honeybush didn’t taste that way it’d totally be my BFF over rooibos.

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Not for me. I’m not a straight vanilla in tea fan anyway so I had doubts I’d like this. It’s not the worst thing but not something I can keep drinking or will drink again.

The smell is slightly artificial but kind of pleasant. The taste is…well, not good for me since I don’t like vanilla teas. People who do like a Vanilla extract taste in their tea (which is what this seems like to me) should dig it.

It’s like blending a pleasant Roobios with a ¼ tsp. of Vanilla Extract.

Not my cup of tea.

Flavors: Rooibos, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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75
drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
972 tasting notes

Steepster’s really being a butt tonight, isn’t it? Doesn’t want to load pages for me half of the time. Anyway… This is one of the samples I picked up with my Adagio order because I had tried a fandom blend with hazelnut in it and found that part of it tasty. The leaves themselves (according to the description, it’s a Ceylon base) are widely varied in size and a dark chocolate brown in color. I don’t see any of the nut pieces shown in the picture in my sample. Scent is very creamy, rich, and nutty though.

Meh, this is pretty good. Obviously the base tea is fairly crappy, which I expected. It just tastes like a generic bagged black tea and there’s a touch of astringency even at 3 minutes. The hazelnut flavoring is nice though, it manages to be creamy and rich even though there’s no cream in the cup. I’m not sure whether I would describe it as hazelnut exactly, it’s closer to perhaps macadamia? Some kind of very buttery and rich nut. Overall, tasty and would be much improved by sugar and milk, I’m sure.

Flavors: Astringent, Creamy, Nuts, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Lupiressmoon

Yeah I havent been a fan of Adagio teas lately

Dustin

I was having Steepster page not loading issues earlier too. I finally got on by going through my history and finding a page for a tea I had visited and it would let me on that way, but not through the main site URL. I was able to navigate through the site once in, but it was getting in that was an issue. Fickle little beastie.

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I finally hit a real winner! I’ve not had green rooibos before, so I can’t speak to that flavor per se. The fragrance and the flavor match pretty well – I get peaches strongest, but I do get the strawberry and more of an orange zest than orange. There is also the faintest spicy green taste, which may be the green rooibos but it reminds me of a green mango somehow. This tastes almost as if it could be a light green tea backbone rather than herbs. It manages to very carefully balance between sweet and sour, which I rarely find. Definitely a summery feel to it, but it has enough body to be drinking it now in the dead of winter. Loving this one! I did use more than the bag recommended (not quite 2x in fact, but I like strong flavors).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Decaf Vanilla by Adagio Teas
25 tasting notes

I think this is the first tea I’ve ever had that I was very on the fence about. On the one hand, this tea smells nice, like a mild, sugary vanilla. Drinking it though was somewhat disappointing. The black tea was definitely in the background, but the vanilla did a poor job of shining through.

Overall, the tea was very mellow and just a little dull. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. Maybe it would be better with sweetener and milk or cream, but I’ve yet to try that. I wouldn’t recommend this, but I would certainly suggest this to someone who is looking for something mildly sweet to sip after dinner or before bed.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Lemon Soleil by Adagio Teas
69 tasting notes

I remember once having a boxed set of tea as a teenager which was a black tea and lemon blend. I loved this set and devoured it – I was never able to find or duplicate it again. I couldn’t remember the company of blend- although, seriously, grocery stores don’t have that much variety so never solved that little mystery.

Anyway, I’m gungo-ho to try lemon blends because of that nice box experience. It can be so hit or so miss. There’s different lemon flavors, applications of it, and sometimes it works alone…sometimes it just doesn’t.

This one isn’t exactly bad, but it has an unpleasant bitterness I don’t understand. It’s not supposed to be a strong tea, a breakfast tea, or a brisk tea – lemon tea should be pleasant and bitter free. I did do a healthy teaspoon of brew, but this is my staple spoon and staple size with my staple cup – bitterness is rarely a problem due to user effort.

There’s a citrus bitterness/astringency but it’s not wholly lemon. I would guess, if trying blind, this was a blood orange black tea. There isn’t sunny, tartness, or freshness.

Not nauseating, but not something I drool over.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Citrus, Lemon, Orange Zest

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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77
drank Xue Ya Ballad by Adagio Teas
311 tasting notes

GCTTB

I liked the cute little white tin this comes in. When I checked out the reviews before having it I cringed a bit and wondered if I really wanted to try it. Fishy? Crab? Didn’t sound good. I just brewed it up like most of my green teas – 1 tsp – 8 oz- 185F- 1 1/2 min.

I was surprised it was pretty good. Nope , no fishy taste. Maybe it was all in the brewing? Or maybe a different batch? I don’t know. It was smooth, sweet and a pleasant green tea. No bitterness or astringency.

Cameron B.

Lol, crab? o.o That is frightening.

Ubacat

I’m glad I tried it out after all. Isn’t it amazing how we all get something different from the same tea?

Jillian

I found this tea to to have quite a savory, ‘umami’ taste so I wonder if people are confusing that with fish.

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64
drank Apricot Green by Adagio Teas
24 tasting notes

I’m always a little leery of fruity teas because the fruitiness tends to overwhelm. This one was no exception but it wasn’t bad either. This tea has a pleasant, candylike topical flavor which isn’t too fruity but clearly dominates. Since I like my flavored teas to have just a hint of flavor, I think this will taste best after cutting it with straight green tea.

Flavors: Apricot, Candy, Mango, Tropical

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This was one of the samples I chose to get to $25 for free shipping on my Adagio order (I wanted the Christmas Cookies fandom sampler). I love grapefruit, so I figured this was worth a try. I’m not sure why I felt the need to order any of this, to tell you the truth, as I’ve been pretty much exclusively unimpressed with Adagio in the past. Oh well, impulse buy! This looks to be a generic formosa-type oxidized oolong base with some citrus peel and flower petals. Dry scent is sweetly grapefruit.

Hmm… It’s not terrible. The base is pretty much completely lame, and tastes like dry autumn leaves to me and not much else. The level of grapefruit flavor is good, and so is the flavoring itself. On a different base, this could be really tasty. As is, it’s just okay and it’s making my throat a bit itchy.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Grapefruit, Roasted

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

Ugh, so I’m at almost 200 teas now… I blame generous Steepster frens! :P Although only partially, as I have made a few purchases of my own lately. In any case, I need to work on sipping things down again to get my cupboard back under control. This one is the free sample I chose with my Adagio order – I wanted the Christmas Cookies fandom sampler and added enough samples to get the free shipping on $25. I heard good things about this tea from someone, perhaps Arshness? So I figured I’d give it a try since I like rooibos and love desserty lemon teas. It smells rather medicinal, which scares me.

Luckily, it doesn’t taste overly medicinal, though there is a bit of that. It mostly tastes mildly of lemon and lemongrass. I don’t actually find it to be very dessert-like, which is disappointing. Needs more vanilla! :P

Flavors: Lemon, Medicinal, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sami Kelsh

Ooh, I don’t think I’ve ever had this one straight. I like adding it to something like peppermint or vanilla when I want a bit of a lemony flavour alongside something else!

AllanK

I have yet to try any tea from Adagio.

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60
drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
1006 tasting notes

Overboard TTB

This was ok but not great. The tea had a mocha-like flavor, and while there were caramel notes they weren’t as light or as sweet as I’d prefer. I’m not sure if the base tea attributed to the mocha flavor or if a shorter steep time would help. I’m also not curious enough to find out, so back into the box it goes.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

I haven’t been terribly impressed with Adagio thus far, although mocha tea sounds tasty. :P

Veronica

There are a few Adagio teas I’m a big fan of, but their base tea often leaves me wanting.

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
19 tasting notes

This is one of five teas I bought online from Adagio. It misses with me, just like the other 4 teas from Adagio, so I won’t be repurchasing from Adagio. I don’t taste pumpkin at all, just a spicy, artificial sweetness. Tried blending it with a chai that I do like, but found it just ruined the cup.

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75
drank Coconut Pouchong by Adagio Teas
44 tasting notes

I got two packages today! One from a Teavana sale, and the other from Adagio. I did not expect to get both, but the timing is very appreciated, since I am leaving to visit my parents later today.

I’ve been really craving oolongs recently, and I thought I would try this as a lower expense tea I could drink often and still get a few steepings out of. I brewed it in one of Adagio’s steeper mugs that I picked up, because I had the points to get half off and I wanted a 12 oz mug for when I brewed teas I could resteep.

Okay, so this tea. I prefer more roasted oolongs, but this is nice. It’s not much else than nice, though. The oolong base is light and floral. It is pleasant enough, but I feel like the coconut flavor overpowers the base. I lose any sort of complexity that might exist within the oolong base. I find the coconut to have more of a roasted flavor, and I feel like it would be more suited for a less floral base. I wish I had bought the unflavored version of this tea to compare the two.

However, my cup of tea is more than enjoyable. It is a light tea, but it has some body, the kind of light but not too light profile I like in oolongs. I’m glad I bought it. When I resteep this cup and also when I drink this more often, I’ll have a more telling opinion. I don’t know if I would actually repurchase this right now, even though I like it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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93
drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
832 tasting notes

Aaand it’s gone! I really liked this chai. Usually all chai’s taste the same to me but I love the chocolate in this one :3 This one is strong in the cinnamon and clove but the milk chocolate flavor mellows the spice and kind of rounds it.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Sugar

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drank Rooibos Caramel by Adagio Teas
25 tasting notes

This was my first loose leaf tea ever, as well as only my second taste of rooibos. The first was a very poor bagged tea, so how happy I was to find that it wasn’t rooibos that I found unpleasant but just the poor brand and quality of the previous tea.

Caramel is the dominant smell, but the taste is a wonderful combination of sweetness, caramel, and a hint of actual rooibos that I would liken to a good quality tobacco. It’s a heavy tea with a full flavor, which has been comforting during these colder months. I found that sugar wasn’t needed, as it was sweet on it’s own, but I think it’d be nice with a dash of milk or cream.

The only reason I didn’t rate this higher was because I found it almost too rich. One cup was enough for me, and I feel that this would be a “once in awhile” tea. If you really love caramel though, you may end up drinking this every day!

Flavors: Caramel, Rooibos, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Decaf Strawberry by Adagio Teas
25 tasting notes

In my own experience, fruit teas are hit or miss. Some are great, some are horribly artificial. This tea happens to fall into the ‘amazingly great’ category.

Both the smell and the taste reminds me of strawberry candy, though neither are overpowering to the senses. Despite it being decaf, there is nothing off about the taste and no bitter aftertaste, as long as you don’t steep it too long.

When I first tried this tea, I loved it so much that I had to make another cup right away. It’s just a very good tea, and doesn’t even need sugar or milk to make it better. It’s great just as it is.

Even if you’re on the fence about fruit teas or worry that it’ll taste artificial, give this one a try.

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
786 tasting notes

GCTTB

I know – wrong holiday….
I’m not getting much strawberry – this is pretty much all dark chocolate to me. I’m not a fan of the Ceylon base – that with the dark chocolate makes this too bitter for me. :((

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