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71
drank Strawberry by Adagio Teas
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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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80
drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
187 tasting notes

Wow.

So this one’s actually pretty interesting for me, because I think I’m beginning to be able to detect taste differences between different varieties of teas!

This one steeps to a medium-colored amber. It’s drastically different than the color of Twinings’ brew, which is so dark and murky it could be mistaken for coffee.

Even though I haven’t ever tasted Assam tea by itself, because I had some Ceylon last night, I was able to pick out the Ceylon taste immediately. In the first couple of sips I kept thinking “buttery” once again for Ceylon. This disappeared as I got midway through the cup, but it was still interesting. After each sip, I’d get a dark and interesting kick. Not bitter (and I think there’s a fine line here), but I guess a taste that could be described as “malty,” as Adagio and Lena have said. And I thought to myself, that has to be the Assam!

I really, really enjoyed this cup this morning. But here’s the crazy thing – I actually wanted it to be even bolder. I think the ratio of Ceylon to Assam is okay, but I would have actually wanted more of an Assam kick. I wanted the brew to be a bit more in-your-face, kicking ass and taking names. Towards the bottom of the cup, the Assam was definitely more present, and I felt myself grinning through those last few sips.

This is definitely more endlessly sippable than the Twinings blend, but I sort of like how assertive and RAWR-worthy Twinings’ Irish Breakfast is. Thinking back on it, it’s probably because they’ve dialed it up on the Assam a bit. Their blend made me feel like a scurvy pirate, slugging down my brew with a big “ARR.” It’s almost masculine. This one was more of a “rawr” without Caps-Lock. Not to say it isn’t delicious – because it is – but I was actually expecting it to be a bit stronger.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Angrboda

I hearts this review! It has everything. Even pirates. :D

Auggy

You might want to check out Republic of Tea’s Lucky Irish Breakfast blend. I think Adagio’s Irish breakfast has higher quality leaves but it means that it isn’t quite as in your face as ROT’s.

teaplz

Auggy, I don’t think it’s necessarily the quality of the leaves that has me. I guess I just wanted something more robust, which would come from a higher concentration of Assam than what’s in this blend. The Ceylon is definitely the star here, from what I can taste, with the Assam the more subtle note. Ceylon has more of a default tea taste than I expected in this blend overall. At least what I can taste! I’m still new at this. :)

Auggy

Sounds like you know exactly what’s going on with it better than I do! :) I guess I wasn’t looking at the Ceylon vs Assam so much as the power of the Assam… not sure how the blend balance is in ROT’s but their Assam seemed more aggressive to me… but then we’ve already established I’m a wuss. Hehe!

teaplz

You are SO not a wuss! You’re the pu-erh queen, m’lady! :D But I’ll definitely taste ROT’s blend if it’s got a larger Assam kick. Thanks for the recommendation!

Auggy

Haha – one pu-erh does not a queen make! But takgoti did send me 2 others to try so that is exciting! Whee!

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100
drank Mango by Adagio Teas
19 tasting notes

Boy, I love mango!!!

Boil the water for 212 (for black tea) and steep for 5 min. It has a black tea background with an up front mango taste. Kind of sweet to the pallet and soothing.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Dongshan Dolce by Adagio Teas
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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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83

I like how the loose leaf tea reviles all of its bounty. With this one you can see the orange peel, apple, flower petals (rose). This filled the room with an aroma that reminds me of spring or autumn. The cup was a nice red with a sweet taste some what bitter of citrus.

Excellent for children who might not enjoy tea or just don’t want to give them sugar.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
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Excellent tea for two to share. The black tea with rose hibiscus and chocolate (strawberries?) has a good balance. I heated up the water to 212 since it is backed with black tea. Let it step for 5 min (I let my tea maker brew it for me from adagio.com).

As it touches my pallet it first seem to have the sharp taste of black tea. The chocolate sooths the tongue (not candy chocolate, but from the plant). With an accent of a sweet touch. I do not know for sure if there is strawberries (are there any in there?) in it of if it is the rose hibiscus that I am acquiring this taste from.

Bottom line a nice mellow cup to share like a valentine.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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69
drank Decaf Ceylon by Adagio Teas
187 tasting notes

Since I’m still a crampy mess, and I don’t really want to go crazy with the caffeine intake for the next day or so, I’m drinking decaf.

I think I have a tea addiction. And I don’t mean that I’m addicted to caffeine. No, I just crave the taste of tea. Any tea, really. It’s just a sippable beverage. And with all of the snow on the ground (around 10-11 inches here), it’s really nice to have something warm in your belly.

I’m knocking this one down a few numbers, just because I’ve had a lot of stuff that tastes way better than this now. This one tastes like upgraded Lipton. Not the highest grade of its type, but entirely drinkable and tea-tasting. Again, I’m going to have to resort to using the word “default,” because that’s what it is. If I gave it to a tea novice, they’d be like, “Is this Liptons?” Because my mom thinks it tastes like a better-quality version of the infamous bagged tea. And I’m inclined to agree.

So yeah, nothing special, but it kills the tea craving… for now!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

..and if nothing else, a warm mug clamped to your tummy feels pretty good too…

Cofftea

I crave the taste too;) And I think I’m addicting to making it.

Auggy

I’m with you on the addiction. I’ve trained myself into an Pavlovian response with tea – tea (even the bad stuff) relaxes me, even just the process of brewing it (I’m relaxed before I take my first sip!). So it’s a mental/emotional addiction. But yeah, totally there.

And forgot to add – really hope you feel better soon!

Cofftea

Does tea itself actually relieve cramping? Or is it just the warm liquid?

teaplz

Caffeine is not good for cramps. At all… but I think warm liquids like soup and tea help soothe the cramps. After all, a hot water bottle feels good too. I think it’s the same effect.

Auggy

My doctor told me (years ago) to not use heating pads or the like for cramp relief because the heat can thin your blood in that area or draw more to that area or something and actually make cramps worse. No clue if that is accurate but it scared me enough that I don’t do it. Of course, with that theory, an ice pack would help and I don’t do that either. Mostly, I just whine. And cry.

Auggy

(All stuff everyone wanted to know, of course).

Ricky

Aww, poor teaplz, whistles as I don’t have to deal with this.

Cofftea

@Auggy, yep. It definitely draws blood to that area. Just think of your stomach blushing lol.:)

sophistre

Personally, I can’t survive without the heating pad. I wouldn’t worry about the heat for relief issue.

Warning: Science Nerding Ahead: The pain is caused by the uterine muscle contractions that facilitate the whole thing. Heat on tired, tight muscles is helpful (though heat on sprained and swollen muscles is not); more blood flow to the muscles themselves is good (and the blood that’s problematic isn’t blood you can increase or decrease in amount by application of heat!). In some cases the thickness of the blood can be problematic, in which case taking things that thin it can be additionally helpful. Caffeine causes tension in muscles, hence it’s probably not a good plan, but alcohol (heh) or aspirin may be useful. Raspberries and chocolate are supposed to help naturally. Personally, I always spring for pamprin, because when they’re bad I don’t have time to trifle with homeopathy, I need to be pain-free before I kill someone. ;)

Really sorry to hear you’re under the weather. I hope you’re back on your feet soon!

Auggy

What happened to my comment?
@sophistre: THANK YOU Seriously. I had always been scared by what my doctor told me so I just sort of suffered through since I hadn’t heard anyone counter it. I’m using this as an okay to give it a shot next week instead of wishing for death. So yeah. THANK YOU.

sophistre

Hey, anytime! Your mileage may vary and all bodies are different, but if it helps you and doesn’t make things worse, you’re assuredly safe. ^^

teaplz

Yay! I’ve always used my hot water bottle. I just can’t live without it. It gives me a ton of relief, and Auggers, you had me scared there for a second! D: But I’m happy that maybe you can get some relief as well!

Ibuprofen is very very good for cramps as well (which is why doctors will advise Advil or Motrin). I’ll have to look into Pamprin, because up until now, I hadn’t even heard of it!

Thanks you guys for the well wishes. <3 to all!

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69
drank Decaf Ceylon by Adagio Teas
187 tasting notes

I have a really annoying canker sore in my mouth. I bit my lip last week, and it’s developed into an ugly little bugger on the inside of my bottom lip. No, it’s not a cold sore, and no, I don’t have mouth herpes or some other thing. And no, it’s not contagious. But still, it’s sore. I read somewhere that tannins might actually help out a sore, so I’m drinking some black tea right now. But of course, it’s late, so I needed something decaf.

Okay, really bizarre thing. I had Adagio’s Decaf Ceylon the other day, and I found it to be a nice, basic decaf drink, perfect for nighttime. But tonight, after drinking Yunnan Jig earlier in the day, I’m finding this to be more flavorless than I remember. It tastes much more basic and much less special than the last batch I made, even though I steeped it exactly the same way as before. While the earlier Yunnan tasted like a yummy earthy beverage, this just tastes like… tea. Not that there’s anything wrong with that (I love tea!). But oddly enough, I was actually expecting something a bit different than how this tastes today. It’s comfortable and comforting and familiar, but it’s not dynamic.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
takgoti

I hate canker sores. They are so appropriately named, too. Canker. The word alone just sounds nastily unpleasant.

Yunnans are supposed to be the shizz of black teas, so I wouldn’t think worse of yourself if the ceylon is feeling slightly deflated now.

Black teas have tendency to do funny things to my taste buds. They take me longer to adjust to, and leave my ability to taste shifted for a longer period afterwards. I can think something is fantastic one day and be furrowing my brow the next because I can’t figure out why it doesn’t taste as phenomenally good as it did the day before. One of life’s little mysteries, I guess. Keeps me hopping.

teaplz

Everyone keeps making herpes jokes at me. D:< It’s really irritating. Both the canker sore and the people making the jokes. Yeah.

And yeah, that Yunnan was pretty awesome. Not revelationary, oh-my-god-tastebuds-exploding sort of thing, but more of a damn-that’s-better-than-expected-MMM thing.

That’s interesting about blacks and your taste buds. Since I’ve yet to try the heavy hitters of the black world (like Assam and Darjeeling, just to name two), I’m pretty sure that most of what I’ve had so far has been some Ceylon derivative. Pretty much this one tastes like what Lipton should taste like. Basic black.

takgoti

Just you wait until you get your hands on a really good Yunnan. I’ve only had one, but you should go read what East Side Rob has to say if you haven’t discovered him yet. I’m pretty sure 75% of his body fluid has been replaced by Yunnan tea.

Auggy

Mmm, Yunnan. Keemuns are good too. Those are my two fav blacks.

Sorry about the canker sore. My hubby gets them all the time (he doesn’t have herpes either just any time he bites or pinches his gums he gets one). Lyzine is supposed them heal faster, too.

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69
drank Decaf Ceylon by Adagio Teas
187 tasting notes

Just a late-night cup before going off to sleep. This loose leaf thing is kind of ritualistic and soothing in a way. It’s pretty late, so I figured I should try and steep up some decaf.

I’ve had Harney & Sons Decaf Ceylon bagged, so I sort of knew what this one was going to taste like. Ceylon has a very default “tea” flavor. It’s pretty mild, light, and soothing.

Adagio’s Decaf Ceylon was no different. It brew up a nice orange color, and didn’t have any strong smell (neither in the wet leaves nor in the actual cup). The taste was pretty full-flavored, even though it was decaf. My palate isn’t good enough to detect the difference between decaf and regular tea. Or maybe it’s the CO2 process that makes it taste pretty much the same.

The boyfriend tasted this one and he like it enough to have a couple of sips, commenting that it was smooth. I have to agree. I’m still surprised at how not bitter loose leaf is in any way. How pure and clean everything tastes. It’s like the essence of the tea leaf (which it essentially is).

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Jillian

I think the CO2 process is supposed to take away less flavour and antioxidents than the methyl-whatever process. Or is it the other way around?

Carolyn

You’re correct. the CO2 process is supposed to be the one that is kindest to the non-caffeinated flavor elements. It’s especially impressive when compared to water decaf methods. The difference between it and the methylene chloride method (which is also very effective) is that there are no solvent remnants with CO2 decaffeination. CO2 is the more expensive process, though.

I can taste a slight difference between decaf and full-caf teas, but it is not a difference that bothers me in most teas.

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84
drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
257 tasting notes

Excellent morning tea. It’s strong and robust and fully flavored. Rich without milk or sugar but could tolerate both, I think. There’s a hint of peat bog, moss, and smoke which makes me think of Ireland.

I would call this a great everyday breakfast tea, especially for those who want a good infusion of caffeine.

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec

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71
drank Rooibos Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Don’t feel bad. I still don’t know how to pronounce most tea names.:)

fcmonroe

Are we sure that the Starbucks employee knows how to pronouce this correctly?

Cofftea

Yes. Ricky’s phonetic spelling is correct.

fcmonroe

Wikipedia says roy-bos. I can’t find a phonetic spelling anywhere online on any of the readily available online dictionaries.

Frustrating!

Ricky

Not all Starbucks employees know how to say it. It’s roy-bus, though a lot of people say roy-boss. Roy-boss is acceptable too.

Cofftea

the “bus” and “boss” difference could also be due to variations in speed of speech.

Cofftea

My best friend just calls it African Red Bush:)

fcmonroe

@cofftea—Your best friend is my hero!!!

Cofftea

Yeah she’s pretty amazing in every way.

vicki arnold

it takes a while, but you can hear the pronunciation here – http://www.cooldictionary.com/words/pronounce.mpl?phrase=rooibos

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19
drank Kukicha by Adagio Teas
17 tasting notes

I didn’t care for this at all. It gets bitter far too easily and is very grassy. I prefer green teas a little less “earthy”.

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81
drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
17 tasting notes

I don’t normally drink black teas but tried this with breakfast this morning. I had it plain and love the full mouth flavor of it. I usually lightly steep teas but followed the directions using boiling water for 5 minutes and was granted a full flavor tea that was not bitter or overly strong.
I didn’t find the need for sugar or milk though I rarely drink my teas “English style” and I didn’t think this one needed it at all.
Good stuff.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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79
drank Huang Jin Bolero by Adagio Teas
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Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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28
drank Earl Grey Bravo by Adagio Teas
187 tasting notes

No. Just… no.

Thanks Auggy for giving me different steeping instructions for this guy. It actually tasted a bit better this time around – the bergamot flavor was almost manageable, but it’s still So. Bitter. I did get to taste the Ceylon this time around, which is just smooth default Adagio Ceylon. But the bergamot here just kills me. It’s noxious and overwhelming and just not fun.

If I can’t finish a cup, I really can’t rate this very highly. Is it the worst tea ever? No, and I’m sure that someone that LOVES bergamot would like this. But to me it’s just an unbalanced mess. Too bad it smells so gorgeous. It tempts me into making it only to disappoint me into oblivion.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Bethany

I’m a big Earl Grey fan, but I HATED

Bethany

Whoops! HATED Adagio’s version. I love SpecialTeas’ versions far more.

Cofftea

I like how your teas have genders:) Maybe you could blend it w/ a female one?;)

teaplz

Well, the tea name IS “Earl Grey.” He seems like quite the gentleman. This is his bratty younger brother of a tea. :(

Bethany, I’m so happy someone else disliked this one. I feel so silly for disliking it… and I’ve been having lots of troubles with EGs in general. The closest thing I’ve come to liking an EG was Twinings’ Lady Grey. So maybe there’s hope for me yet!

Kitch3ntools

i dont like EGs but twinings lady Grey is delicious. maybe its the balance of flavors? who knows :) too bad its 130am or id brew up a cup of lady grey :)

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28
drank Earl Grey Bravo by Adagio Teas
187 tasting notes

I should just throw in the towel with Earl Grey, or perhaps I didn’t like Adagio’s blend. Or maybe I brewed it up incorrectly. :(

Whatever the case, this didn’t work for me this morning. This tea smells absolutely delicious – more like a Lady Grey than an actual Grey. I’ve had my nose permanently stuck in it since my Adagio order came in. It’s mouthwatering. And pretty, with the little blues and the dark black of the tea.

And it steeped up to a beautiful amber hue, with a very pleasant smell. Bergamot and citrus and floral.

But the taste left something to be desired for me. It was fairly smooth at the get-go, but then there was a really bitter kick at the end. Very bitter. As in, over-steeped tea, even though I followed the directions that Adagio gave for brewing this baby. Or maybe it was bergamot overload. The bergamot flavor here comes on stronger in the sipping than it does on the nose. Like really, really strong.

I think I need to lower the steeping time on this one significantly. I’m feeling fairly disappointed right now, though. I thought I was going to experience an Earl Grey revelation. As in, “Ahhh, now THIS is what Earl Grey is supposed to be.” I was able to finish the entire cup, but I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as I hoped I would have. Maybe it’s time for me and Grey to part company – even though I really do love Twining’s Lady Grey.

I’ll keep experimenting with steeping time, though, and see if I can mellow this beast.

(P.S. This is one of the funniest reviews that I’ve read about this tea: http://www.teaviews.com/2007/06/25/review-adagio-earl-grey/ I can’t say my experience was AS bad, but it was disappointing on so many levels.)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Try another brand or come back to it later. You’re just getting started:) You may find that over time your tastes change. I started adding mint to everything and now I don’t think it’s all that great unless it’s iced… Or Adagio’s cocomint green… YUMMY!

Jillian

I’d suggest either lowering the steeping time (3.5 or 4 minutes, maybe?) or adding milk. That usually works well for my in terms of reducing the pungency.

Cofftea

Personal tastes aside, a black tea should do fine w/ boiling water, especially if you like other blacks steeped in boiling water. Maybe play w/ the leaf to water ratio as well.

Auggy

I’m with Jillian – a lower steep time is a good place to start (I think Adagio does insanely long steep times on some of their teas). Milk will work, too, to smooth it out a little. I pretty much can’t drink EG straight – too strong. Cofftea also brings up a good point – try other brands. All EGs are not created equal!

Ohh, if you’ve got a tea place around there that sells Mariage Freres, they’ve got some great EG and EG-like teas. Rushka is one of my favs and their 1854 is good too but a more floral/jasmine-like EG. Pretty much everyone has their own spin to EG so don’t give up just yet!

teaplz

The whole milk thing has been a thorn in my side for a while, since I’m lactose intolerant. :( I’m always hesitant to add soy since it has its own strong, nutty flavor that I’m afraid will overwhelm the tea. :(

I’m definitely going to lower the steep time, and see if I like it. The black tea in here didn’t seem like the best, either. I would never steep an Earl Grey for five minutes in bagged form (I’ve actually done 1-3 because they can get overwhelming very fast), but since I’m new to the loose leaf steeping, I’m unsure of the time-to-flavor ratios yet.

Mariage Freres is sold at Dean & Deluca, which are all over NYC, so I’ll try and pick up some gourmet French tea!

Auggy

Most flavored teas aren’t as high quality as unflavored. I typically start with 3:30 for most flavored black and go from there. Mostly though it is personal taste and you’ll just have to play a little to find out what you like best. As a general rule, the larger the pieces of leaves, the more time it can take without getting bitter.

MF also has a Lady Grey that is good. Just tell them you are looking for an EG or Lady EG and they should give you lots of options to choose from.

Not sure what to tell you about the milk substitute. I’ve used non-dairy creamer before so maybe something like that? If you decide you want to go the additive route.

takgoti

s in stock. Much lighter than typical EG fare.]

takgoti

I have NO idea what happened there. I swear it wasn’t me. I had much more typed out.

Of course, now I can’t remember what I had typed out. Something about D&D having Harney and Sons tea as well and that you should take a look at their Winter White Earl Grey if they have it in stock.

Bethany

I LOVE Earl Grey, but I hated Adagio’s version. SpecialTeas’ Earl Grey de la Creme is a great one to start with if you’re just trying Earl Grey for the first time. They also have several other Earl Grey blends that I hear are great, including a new one that’s heavy on the citrus.

Auggy

@Bethany, that was my first EG and it holds a special place in my heart. So yum!

caustiq

I agree with your review, but I found this tea takes some tweaking to get a better taste.

Try this: 2.0g of it, 7oz 212F water, steeped for 2.5 min

TranquiliTeaHouse

I love Adagio’s Earl Grey Bravo, however, I too have found that following the brew instructions makes for a not-so-tasty cup of tea. I would definitely suggest the brew instructions that caustiq posted.

Brandice

This tea is definitely best with just a small teaspoon of tea per cup and boiling at 4 minutes, not 5. It packs a punch, so 5 minutes is much too long, IMO. Hope you’ve tried it again with other prep settings! :)

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60
drank Mango by Adagio Teas
359 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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37
drank Honeybush Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
260 tasting notes

The Final Sipdown: Day 4.2

Y’all, we are in the middle of a RAIN. STORM. I can hear it coming down in sheets on the other side of my window shade and, oh yes, right on cue – thunder. Rain like this makes me wish I had a screened in porch to enjoy it from, but as I don’t I’ll settle for making some more tea and finding a blanket.

The wet…leaves?…smell of a strange melange of butter and cedar sawdust and [unsurprisingly] hazelnut. The tea is OUCH. Too hot to drink.

Sniffing the hot liquid, I get a whiff of butter + hazelnut again with an added note of popcorn, and that makes me excited to retry this tea. I’m catching up on last week’s episode of Castle, so I’ll wait patiently for this to cool so I can try again it. I’ll just sit here and smell it while the rain pounds down. Waiting patiently. Waiting…patiently. Watching a commercial about Djibouti. Djibouti is fun to say. So is

Argh, impatient. Going to try this again.

Hmm. Bother. I’m remembering why I rated this so low. It tastes like cardboard. Specifically…tongue depressors. Like the taste of a popsicle stick once the popsicle was gone. That’s what this tea tastes like. Except it doesn’t even seize that completely as it’s watery.

Blast. That was a disappointment. I’m going to grab tea number three. In the meantime, however, I’m going to continue to smell this. Mmm…

Teas Downed: 11

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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37
drank Honeybush Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
260 tasting notes

All right, Steepster-verse. It’s late here on this slice of the planet and je suis fatigue. So fatigue, apparently, that I’m pulling out my high school French to express it to you. I’m not motivated to go to a Word document and copy out the accent aigu [not sure on spelling there] to properly spell the word fatigue, so just let’s just pretend.

I needed something to drink that wouldn’t keep me up for hours and so I decided to give this one that Auggy sent me a boiling hot bath. Upon typing that it sounds horribly painful.

Dry, this tea just looks like mini wood chips, but wet it takes on a nice, deep burgundy coloring. There’s also a couple of pieces of what I can only assume to be actual hazelnuts in the mix. Here, have a picture.
http://twitpic.com/ra5lx

See? Wet wood chips!

I can see why this reminds people of coffee. Hazelnut syrup or hazelnut flavored creamer are often used in coffee drinks, and the scent of it on its own is reminiscent of coffee beans.

Does it taste like coffee?

No.

Does it taste like hazelnuts?

Mmm…kinda?

This reminds me of the Almond Cookie I tried [that Auggy also sent me], in that the taste mainly blooms once it is downed. There’s a faint, and when I say faint, I mean really, really faint, sweetness floating in the liquid, but I’m not getting much else. Sometimes that sweetness takes on a nutty profile, and sometimes it tastes like when you dump a packet of sweetener into a cup of bad coffee.

I also don’t consistently get a lot of flavor in the aftertaste, which is a shame, because when I do it’s good. [This might sound weird, but I get that taste more consistently if I keep my mouth shut and breathe out my nose. Don’t know why.]

It reminds me a lot of wafers. That kind of dry, flavorless flavor. Also, biscotti. I had hazelnut biscotti once that tasted very bland and this reminds me of that. Actually, I’ve never had biscotti that really tasted any good. I don’t know why I keep trying it. If anyone knows where you can find good biscotti in the DC/MD/VA area let me know, because I want to know what all the fuss is about.

I know a lot of people don’t like rooibos, but I’ve found myself planted on this little island of people who do like it. That may be why I was expecting more. To me, rooibos has a fuller flavor to it, so I don’t know if it’s just because this is honeybush, of which this is the first I’ve tried, or because this tea is just made of weaksauce.

So…yeah. This unfortunately isn’t nearly robust enough to fill any coffee needs I may have still lurking about. It also isn’t flavorful enough to be something I would consider buying. But the smell is absolutely delicious and it isn’t so completely devoid of taste that it’s a pain to drink or anything.

Siskel and Ebert give it two thumbs sideways. WAY sideways!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Auggy

I admit, I have to be in a very specific type of mood to enjoy this one. But then I’m that way about most non-teas it seems!

Jillian

Maybe try it with a small dab of honey?

takgoti

@Auggy Same here. Today I find myself craving the smell, though.

@Jillian I’ve thought about that. Seem to be short on honey at the moment, though. Maybe some vanilla…

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62
drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
1868 tasting notes

I added a bit of dried mint from my garden to this cup as it was steeping. It makes an already refreshing tea a bit more refreshing – which is muchly appreciated in this hot, dry weather. It would probably make a good iced concoction as well.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
1868 tasting notes

I accidently forgot my mug on the counter so by the time I remember it had gone stone cold. Not daunted, I took a sip and found that it actually isn’t that bad in that state – cool, green (if that can be used as a decription of taste), and refreshing are words I’d use to describe it.

I’m still picking up the faintest trace of cinnamon in the aftertaste, however. I’m curious now to see if Adagio actually uses cinnamon oil or something similar in this blend. Maybe I’ll email and see.

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I actually prefer it cold:)

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drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
1868 tasting notes

Now that I think abpout it, this tea tea tastes quite a lot like Adagio’s Green Needle tea – only with a bit more ‘greeness’ add to it. And yeah, soooo not keeping to the tin’s steeping instructions.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Ricky

That means I have to stay away from Green Needle ;)

Jillian

Keep in mind that I’m comparing Green Needle to this with a much reduced steeping time and temp so that I no longer get that weird cinnamon/dill pickle taste.

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drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
1868 tasting notes

My second try at this tea and I reduced the steeping time in hopes that would tone down the flavour a bit.

When I opened the tin I noticed that there’s some sort of sticky residue on the inside of the tin – presumably from the leaves. I’m almost afraid to ask what it might be from. o_0 The smell of the dry leaves is still a veritable kick upside the nostrils. My brain seems to be interpreting it as a cross between Old Dutch Dill Pickle potato chips and those candy cinnamon hearts that always show up in the stores for Valentine’s Day.

When I tasted the tea I braced myself, but it actually wasn’t that aweful. Ignoring Adagio’s steeping recs definitely paid off, I think. It has a watery, green flavour that does in fact remind me off freshly-cut, raw cucumber.

So in short, not a fantastic tea but I honestly don’t think that it’s as horrible as everyone’s saying it is. ;)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Eh, everyone doesn’t think so- I have 8oz of this stuff lol;)

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drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
1868 tasting notes

Pulling off the lid of the sample tin (this one was on tight) I caught a wiff of the dry tea. The only thing I can describe it as is a cross between cinnamon and light dill pickles. Yeah, I don’t get it either. It’s not that I don’t like it – I LOVE dill pickles – it’s just such a non sequitur for me and my nose.

I’m glad to see the large number of buds in this tea instead of the crumbled up bits you sometimes get. Taste-wise this tea is actually very close to the taste of raw cucumber, though I’m also still picking up a very minute trace of cinnamon or some other spice.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I laugh every time someone mentions the cinnamon. I’ve had this countless times and never smelled or tasted cinnamon.

Auggy

@Jillian, I got the same cinnamon/spice taste (though it made me think Red Hots since there was a sweetness to it). I’m glad I’m not the only one that got that!

Cofftea

@Auggy, I’m starting to think I’m the only one that DOESN’T. lol:)

Auggy

@Cofftea, Me too! ;)

Cofftea

Sure glad I don’t taste cinnamon when I make my mojito spin off w/ this!

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