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I had a 2nd cup of this tonight ICED…I like this much better iced! :)

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Well, Earlier tonight I had a hot cup of this…it was still so-so…it’s basically tropical foxtrot.

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https://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/blend.html?blend=9544&sid=5bfa9a71171f919132e3f6552b6cd2be&scrollTop=0

This is another one of my Signature Blends over at Adagio. If you like Foxtrot this is very similar. It has a slight twist with the tropics. Just enough to say – OH…WHAT’S DIFFERENT…but it’s still good. Actually better than I thought it would be.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
113 tasting notes

With all these updates I’ve been forgetting to drink tea!!!! (I hope you’re all happy)

I looked at some of the other reviews of this one and I’m afraid I don’t get it. Or maybe I just have a long way to go with my tea preparation knowledge…

Absolutely love the aroma! That’s the saving grace of this tea. Open the tin and you get hit in the face with chocolate (not literally). Some people probably wouldn’t like that but I do. But after that amazing nose, I only get slight hints of those flavors in the liquid. There’s a slight maltiness, but I don’t get strawberries. Maybe a bit of sweetness for strawberries…but I think that’s stretching.

Oh, and since situational drinking descriptions seem to be the trend now…I’m sitting in my apartment working on Steepster listening to 3Oh!3 (also from Boulder). Fatty (cat) is sleeping on the couch and Dexter (dog) is sleeping in his bed – real lively bunch.

Anyways, I’m really doubting my tea drinking skillz…where my Steeps at?
said in a high voice choking back the tears

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Try steeping it a little less…over 5 minutes – depending on amount of loose leaf – might be the case. Was it bitter at all?

Jason

I should have mentioned how much tea I used in the review. I used about 2 1/2 heaping teaspoons for the pot, which is about 26 oz.

But my problem seems to be that I’m not getting all the flavor I expect to be getting out of the tea (especially flavored ones like this). That’s why I don’t imagine it’s an over steeping issue, I seem to be getting better at avoiding bitter tea. Maybe my problem is setting my expectations correctly…maybe I’m just more of a tea purist (unflavored tea) than I know…

Jack

Try doubling that. I usually use about one heaping tsp per 6 oz of water… it’s more than most companies recommend, but you can get an extra steep or two out of it anyway.

takgoti

I don’t know why, but the image of you crying on the couch squeaking out “WHERE MY STEEPS AT?!” while your dog and your cat stare at you and 3OH! 3 blares in the background is making me giggle madly.

Could be the delirium. [Oooh…delirium. http://momentumoffailure.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/del20tremens1.jpg ]

Could also be the fact that you’re wearing a Shredder costume.

On a nearly unrelated note, does the lead singer of 3OH! 3 make anyone else feel like they’re listening to a Hellogoodbye song when Don’t Trust Me starts? That’s the only song of theirs I’m familiar with.

Cofftea

Jason, try 2.25g for every 6oz steeped for exactly 5 min.

Cofftea

I think a LOT of us were too busy being on steepster to drink tea today… but not me of course… LOL ok, I’m a bad liar. :)

teaplz

takgoti, you crack me up. You’re my poster of the week, fo sho. I just had to say that. And I agree with the 33 observation. Except that Hellogoodbye is superior!

P.S. Delirium is super strong, y0.

takgoti

@teaplz Aw, shucks. Thanks, friend!

I like Hellogoodbye, too. Something about Two Weeks in Hawaii makes me feel like I’m in high school again. Strangely Weezer-esque for them.

P.S. Delirium Tremens is the only beer that I can claim to actively enjoy. Being that I have the tolerance for alcohol of a fourth-grader, it takes a little more than half of one for me to start breaking out the WHOOOOOs!

Jason

@jack: I’ll give that a try.

@cofftea: I’m having a hard time figuring out the conversions there. Maybe because I’m tired. Maybe because I don’t have a scale and its hard to convert grams (weight) into teaspons (volume). But assuming I can figure it out, I’ll also give that a try :)

@takgoti: That’s ridiculous. You’re being ridiculous.
For one, I would NEVER sit on the couch and cry. I sit in my chair while working and do all of my crying there. Secondly, apparently I’m wearing a Shredder costume just because of my avatar?!?! That’s crazy! It’s friday, my costume is in the wash. I can’t work in it 5 days straight, that’s just gross! Mon-Thurs is the only reasonable limit. Stop being ridiculous.

takgoti

I will stop being ridiculous when you reveal to us which one of your cohorts is Bebop and which one is Rocksteady. [I’d throw Krang in there but he’s gross and I always hated his voice.]

Jason

It’s the dog. His name is “Dexter Bebop”. I always wanted to get a dog and name them either Bebop or Rocksteady, but when it actually came time, Rocksteady was just so impractical and would probably just end up becoming Rocky or Rock. Casey Jones was mentioned at one point, along with basically every other turtle character. We did seriously consider Bebop though. But in the end he just looked more like a Dexter so we made Bebop his middle name.

The cat’s name is Hermes, but he’s so fat we just call him Fatty (I didn’t name him, he’s my gf’s cat).

Angrboda

Hey, a post with a setting is a post with character! :D Even better if you can throw some little background anecdotes in there as well.

As for the conversions, Jason, grams happen to be a standard measuring unit around these parts, so I pulled out me scales and a teaspoon and Adagio’s apricot tea which I guesstimated must have roughly the same leaf size. One teaspoon with as much top on it as I could without spilling was 3 g. One teaspoon with a tiny little bit of top was 2 g. I would say that I have pretty standard sized teaspoons but my scales only deal with one decimal, so it’s not terribly accurate, though. I could take it to work and measure there with five or six decimals, but considering the kinds of things that are normally measured there, I wouldn’t be prepared to drink it afterwards. :)

takgoti

Um, that’s kind of awesome.

TMNT was the only thing my brother and I could agree to play when we were little before we discovered Captain Planet and the big momma, X-Men. He was not down with the My Little Pony and I wasn’t a big fan of G.I. Joe. My only issue was that they always wanted me to be April and I wanted to be a turtle. So then they made me be Donatello because “He’s purple and you’re a girl.” Those were bitter, bitter years.

A friend and I also once went through two entire rolls of quarters to beat the TMNT arcade game at Fuddruckers.

Go big or go home.

Jason

@angrboda: Thanks for the little exploration in conversions, that’s awesome. So it looks like if I go with Cofftea’s recommendation, that would be a single teaspoon (slightly more than “a tiny little bit of top”) for every 6 oz of water. That’s really helpful, I appreciate you doing that! Will try.

TMNT FTW!

Angrboda

No problem, Jason. Turns out it came in handy again when someone over at LJ asked how many cups they could get out of 100 g :)

I read somewhere once that it’s generally a good idea to do that in order to dose tea correctly, but I’ve never got around to it before. Most of my teas are brewed by guess and learning by doing.

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This is a Southern summer evening in a cup – sitting on the back porch, breeze off the Gulf, and the smell of the night blooming jasmine wafting through the air. All the atmosphere and flavor, but without the mosquitoes.

takgoti

No mosquitoes = instawin.

Jillian

Aww, but don’t you want authenticity? ;P

Cynthia Carter

I can have all the mosquitoes I want just sitting on my back porch in the evening. I’d rather have mojitos.

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84
drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

And now I’m out of this one too. I’m pretty sad about that. This isn’t the best Irish Breakfast ever or anything. There is a little something missing that would push it over the edge and into that category for me, if I could just figure out what it is. But until I find the ultimate Irish Breakfast, I’ll probably do my best to have this one on hand because it is pretty darn good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Ricky

I was sad when I ran out of this, but I’m not anymore because I have my delicious English breakfast instead =]

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drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

I do enjoy this tea. Mostly for the texture, I think. I get a good, gnaw-worthy cardboard taste and starchiness from it that makes me happy. Taste-wise, it’s not all that overly complex but it does what I want it to and it does it well (and it does well in a travel tumbler) so I love this tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

Whee! Fun updates! Looks great, Steepster Overlords! (Now if we could just edit the comments we make….)

I spent my drive to work this morning pretty much doing three things: listening to OK Go, trying to ignore that I need to get gas (it’s literally freezing outside… I am not mentally prepared to stand out in that to pump gas) and trying to figure out what it is that this tea lacks.

I’m not saying this is a bad tea. Far from it. I quite enjoy it. I even caught a whiff of cinnamon today from the dry leaves. I tried to find that taste while drinking it, too and decided that maybe there is a hint of it on the tail end. Maybe. But anyway, I like this tea. Stout, wakes me up, but isn’t mean about it. It’s a 4/5 star for me. It’s just missing… something. Something that would give it just that little extra depth of flavor to push it into a 5/5 star tea (I am horribly stingy with 5 star ratings – out of the literally hundreds of teas I’ve tried, maybe 25 have gotten a 5).

Also this morning, I think I’ve fully figured out what malt tastes like. Others have done a great job describing it but going from acknowledging what it should taste like and really understanding what it tastes like took a few tries for me. Anyway, to me it is what comes across as a combo of bake-y and cardboard. Today I got more cardboard from this tea, but not bad cardboard. Gourmet cardboard. Not the licking-the-dirty-and-already-used-cardboard-shipping-box in-your-face-ness that I get from ROT’s Lucky Irish. This was good, clean, nice quality cardboard.

I promise, it’s not a bad thing.

But yeah. I like this tea but can’t quite love it (though it will definitely be a go-to tea for me until I find a 5-star Irish Breakfast). Now that I’ve had a chance to get to know this tea, I think I enjoy Assam Harmony more so I’ve dropped the rating just a hair to reflect that.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

WHOA…I’m drinking this now too…CHEERS!

Auggy

Haha – I just saw that. Yay!

LENA

“Gourmet cardboard”…nice! I’m a fan of this tea too, but it’s not perfect. It needs more cowbell.

Auggy

Hehe! What would cowbell taste like? Bakey? Cardboard? Perhaps it would it taste 5-star worthy if served by Christopher Walken?

Marie

Love nod to gourmet cardboard. :) Definitely looking for a 5-star Irish Breakfast too! I started out with my Irish Breakfast Twinings bag tea this morning, and wondered were ALL the kick went? Disappointed was an understatement – I think I might double up next time.

LENA

@ Auggy – I don’t know what needs to be added but we need to discover it! ANYTHING would be 5-star worthy if served by Christopher Walken.

Auggy

Hahah – the secret to perfect tea – Christopher Walken!

Where can I order him?

teaplz

Essence of Christopher Walken Tea. Would we want this?

I don’t get a cardboard taste from maltiness, but yay! I am glad you’ve found that flavor! I find it to be similar to a bitter flavor, but not really bitter. If that makes any sense.

Auggy

It’s not bad cardboard and probably not like actually eating cardboard but there’s a dryness and a… sturdiness to it that just brings to mind the smell of a cardboard box. Weirdly. I’m guessing that my dry sturdiness is your not bitter but bitter taste. Hehe. I think taste is very hard to describe and translate because associations play into it a lot but it is fun trying!

Why do I think Christopher Walken Tea would smell like Old Spice?

Jason

Gourmet cardboard and bake-y…with the potential of cowbell too! I’m sold. Some of the more interesting words I’ve heard used to describe tea, good job :)

We will never let you edit your comments. You will be forever mocked for your poor grammar and lack of proofreading…bwaahahahah (evil laugh)…na, it’s on the list and coming soon. I just can’t stay mad at you :)

Auggy

@Jason, Yay!!!!

Suzi

adds ‘gourmet cardboard’ to the file of words that must be used in future tea reviews

Carolyn

Wouldn’t “cowbell” flavor be a term to apply to pu-erhs with their strange leather/compost flavors?

teafiend

I just want to say I love you guys. And Christopher Walken, but maybe not Christopher Walken tea.

Auggy

@Carolyn, I was thinking something more… metallic maybe. So maybe leather and metal… and Old Spice. ;)

Jillian

And bake-y, don’t forget that Auggy. ;D

Auggy

Bake-y! The Christopher Walken Cowbell Special must be bake-y, leathery and have a hint of metallic taste and the scent of Old Spice.

Sooooo… we’re talking pu-erh here yes? :)

teaplz

Nah, Auggy, cause then you’d need to throw in FISHY.

Auggy

takgoti has shared 2 pu-erhs with me (that I have yet to try but will!) and there was no mention of fishy in them. So I hold out hope for pu-erh. And Christopher Walken. :)

(Is it bad that I’m hoping the tea tastes like sweet hay and dirt? This doesn’t seem to be something I should WANT in a tea).

takgoti

This entire thing makes me laugh.

Christopher Walken is a strange nut. Loved him in the SNL census skit.

S

Never before has cardboard sounded so delicious! smile

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Yup! Smells like Sweet Potato! It steeps quickly and Dark. It’s quite flavorful but in a good way if you like flavored black teas. This one is another pleasant surprise from Adagio. I understeeped only because of how quickly it steeped but it seems to have worked well. I’m enjoying my cup and will enjoy future cups!

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

Did you get the starchy texture? Maybe you would if you steeped it the full 5 min? I don’t prefer black teas, but the liquor quickly escaping the leaves and flooding the water is so pretty!

TeaEqualsBliss

Nope…no starchiness…I will be steeping longer next time tho just because…I want to taste the difference even tho I liked my attempt with a lighter steep.

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drank Ooooh Darjeeling by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

A very aromatic oolong—I assume it’s because this is also from Darjeeling. Smells a bit like cloves. Very smooth tea, like an oolong with a bit of spice to it. Anxious to see what happens when I resteep ig.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Ooooh Darjeeling by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

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I’m officially out of this now…I think I will reorder at some point but am going to adjust the orange flavoring a tad before doing so.

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Backlogging…I’m now out of this…

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I’m running low on this one…bummer…understeeped still nice! Backlogging

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Okay…now…I am finally done with my backlogging (Sorry if I flooded your dashboards). This is today’s first cuppa. I know I like this one…but today it’s seems a little bit on the not-so-dark-side…I think I understeeped. Still tasty, just not as bold.

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Backlogging…by understeeping you can taste the orange and cream more. By oversteeping…more the dark chocolate taste.

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Over the weekend my sister and I shared an Orange Chocolate “Orange” and it was splendid. They did have a Dark Chocolate Orange Chocolate “Orange” as well and I was tempted to buy it but I could smell it and it smelled just like this tea! Just as I imagined…YAY!

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This was MUCH better than my first attempt or two. Steeped 3 minutes this time. A little less of the loose leaf while steeping as well…

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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https://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/blend.html?blend=9320&sid=a7bca844d83fa579996769445f8861eb&scrollTop=0

This is one of my signature blends at Adagio. I created it because I LOVE Orange Chocolate. I’m originally from Buffalo, NY, and until I moved – I didn’t realize most people have never heard of or tried Orange Chocolate before. Anyhow…Since this blend is made up of 3 black flavored teas I knew it wouldn’t be a true Orange Chocolate so I added “dark” to the name. It’s smells a lot like Orange Chocolate but I was correct in my assumption…it tastes more like a DARK Chocolate with a small hints of Orange. The cream is barely there – if at all – but that is by design. The after-steep scent you lose a little of the orange scent, too. I have noticed it’s a very bold blend and I am certainly going to enjoy it more in the morning! Or when I need a pick-me-up! And I am glad that I ended up putting “Dark” because the more and more I sip it as I review it – it certainly reminiscent of DARK Chocolate…with a hint of orange. I’m liking it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Stacers1973

That sounds heavenly….

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drank Rooibos by Adagio Teas
25 tasting notes

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drank Sencha Overture by Adagio Teas
260 tasting notes

This isn’t a bad tea by any means. It definitely tastes like sencha. Buuut, it’s not as full flavored as other senchas I’ve had.

Those distinctly grassy, vegetal notes are present. They’re just…not quite as opaque. Almost like they’re slightly translucent? Someone needs to adjust this tea’s alpha channel. [Apologies, horrid photoshop reference there.]

To be fair, and maybe it’s because I’ve been drinking a lot more black tea, most green tea has a sense of translucence to it. The flavor in greens is always absolutely present, but most have a kind of watery quality to them. Which makes sense in a way, I guess. That characteristic is just more present in this tea.

All of this leads me to conclude that this might be a very good starter tea for someone who is looking to get into greens. However, as someone who has grown to acquire the taste of sencha it just isn’t cutting it. It’d do in a pinch, though.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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