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85
drank Wuyi Ensemble by Adagio Teas
248 tasting notes

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93
drank Jasmine #5 by Adagio Teas
248 tasting notes

A nice light tea after a very rich dinner.

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drank Jasmine #5 by Adagio Teas
6 tasting notes

I love this jasmine! I drink it anytime — day or night. Also excellent for cooking jasmine rice in your home rice cooker; simply steep your tea and add to your cooker as you would water with your rice. Don’t over-steep this tea, however. It gets bitter very easily.

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75
drank Darjeeling #22 by Adagio Teas
6 tasting notes

I don’t drink black teas at all, but I wanted to at least give a darjeeling a shot. I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a very lovely black that doesn’t prove to be very overpowering for my green-and-white-preferred tongue. It’s over-caffeinated for someone of my tolerance — I was shaking after a couple cups! Great with milk and honey.

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75
drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
6 tasting notes

I absolutely love this tea. I first sampled a white blueberry at Seattle’s Queen Mary Tea Room and fell instantly in love. Unfortunately, they no longer carry it as they claimed their supplier went down in quality. Adagio’s has continued to be consistent, at least so far as I can tell. An excellent tea where the blueberries are well-balanced with the white tea. Could stand to have a few more blueberries in there, though.

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75
drank Genmai Cha by Adagio Teas
6 tasting notes

Genmaicha is my favorite green tea. I love the strength of this tea, and the smoothness. The fragrance has always reminded me of the ocean for some inexplicable reason. It’s a very clean tea that I drink when I want to feel cleansed.

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drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

I’m nervous about trying this tea. I don’t like coconut, but came in a sampler set that I got so it’s not like I intentionally bought it per se. I knew I’d like the other ones in the sampler so I hoped for the best with this one.

When I open the tin I’m even more worried. The only thing I can smell is the coconut. No spices. No lemon grass. No ceylon black tea.

Since this has large pieces of flavoring, I decided to measure it by the teaspoon instead of the industry standard of 2.25g/serving. I steep it in 6oz boiling purified water for 5 min.

The tea has a medium amber color, kind of surprising for a ceylon.

The sent when steeped is definitely of coconut… I hope I don’t regret wasting this teaspoon of tea.

While I’m not a fan of coconut, assuming a person drinking it would like it does, I’m very glad I measured the tea by the teaspoon (it’s more dense than 2.25g/teaspoon). Served unsweetened.

It’s a very weak tea, but I’m not sure if I’d prefer it stronger or not. The first thing that hits me is the coconut of course. Second, I taste the lemongrass… well kinda… I really only taste the grass part of the lemongrass. Finally the spices, but it’s not really the flavor the spices. It just burns my throat. There is absolutely no flavor of the black tea, infact because of the “grass” part of the lemongrass this could be mistaken as a green tea chia.

My conclusions: Do I like it? No. Would someone that likes coconut like it? Probably. Would I like it better stronger? I’m not sure. Would someone else? Probably. Would I drink it again? Probably, if that was my only option. Would I buy it again? No. Serving suggestions: unsweetened, steeped partially or entirely in coconut milk if milk is desired, a touch of pineapple juice or a few (dried, candied, or fresh) pieces added during steeping? More leaf used during steeping? Maybe. I voted it thumbs down because I personally don’t like it and I’m not sure someone else would think it’s strong enough when steeped by industry standards, which would be even weaker than the way I steeped it. I also rate a tea based on number of infusions I can get and I’m leary I’ll be able to get the average of 3 good infusions..

Cofftea

the 2nd infusion surprised me. First, there was virtually no aroma to it. Second, there was almost no coconut in this infusion at all. The lemon that was hiding in the 1st infusion came back as the dominant. Then the sweetness, but not the flavor, of the coconut. And last the warmth of the spice. There was a faint taste of tea, but it was more of a sencha then a ceylon

Jillian

I find it actually tastes quite good just with regular skim milk. You’re right in that it doesn’t have the harsh spices of a Masala chai but I personally felt the tea was plenty strong for what it was supposed to be and that the flavours mixed nicely. Maybe try fiddling around with the amounts and the steeping time?

Cofftea

The 3rd infusion was a lot like the 2nd. 1 min extra steeping time as always (up to 7 now). No aroma. When I take my 1st sip it tastes like a light lemon herbal tea. Then about halfway I get to the spices that are oddly stronger than the 2nd steeping, yet lighter than the 1st. Still no black tea taste to speak of. These leaves are dead. 3 infusions max here, if that.

Cofftea

Thanks Jillian, but I don’t like this tea enough weak to want to fiddle around and possibly waste more tea due to me liking it even less. And I tend to drink teas that taste good when prepared to industry standards.

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75
drank Formosa Oolong #8 by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

Second steep. Mellower than the first.

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drank Formosa Oolong #8 by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

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drank Ali Shan by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

I’m finishing up my sample tin and I’m sad to see it go. I’m going to try and steep this as many times as it allows

LENA

Dude, I hated it! Do you want to swap a sample for a sample? My tin is only minus 2 or 3 cups. Just let me know. I have a post on Adagio’s Tea Chat about wanting to swap it, but I can take it down if you want to swap.

takgoti

Hah, I often am able to realize how much I like a tea by how many times I try to steep it before the end of its life. If I end up drinking hot water, it’s a really good indication.

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drank Earl Grey Bravo by Adagio Teas
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Drinking this right now waiting on my German teacher to arrive so I can take my test I missed when I went home to be with my family. Still not sure on it. I need to spend an afternoon making multiple cups of this stuff and making it differently each time to see if i can find a way I like it….

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75
drank Wuyi Ensemble by Adagio Teas
161 tasting notes

Another Wuyi morning. I’m really enjoying this tea…it might be my favorite Oolong so far.

Jenny

That’s one of my fave oolongs too. It has a slight nutty taste I love.

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75

Earthy and dark. Full bodied and almost chocolaty. I was surprised to like this since I don’t always go for teas this dark. Neat to watch the pearls unfurl.

Cofftea

The 2nd and 3rd infusions just aren’t as fun since they’re unfurled. Just as good though.

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75
drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
30 tasting notes

This smelled stronger than it tasted. While we liked it, we wanted more pumpkin flavor…

75
drank Spiced Apple Chai by Adagio Teas
30 tasting notes

Hubby and I loved this! It tasted as good as it smelled!

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drank Jasmine #5 by Adagio Teas
248 tasting notes

Not my favorite named tea, but definitely one of my favorite jasmine teas.

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75

I love this one. Just a hint of grapefruit in a nice oolong.

Cofftea

Another one I think might burn going down if you drink it hot. But I love flavored oolongs:)

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75
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
1574 tasting notes

My first taste of Yunnan! The leaves were longer than I’m used to seeing but it was neat watching them expand and unfurl while they steeped (5 minutes).

I’m not entirely sure what they meant by ‘peppery’ in the description, to me it tastes more smokey but with a cleaner, vegetale undertone almost like what you’d get in a green tea maybe.

This is one I’ll have to experiment with the steeping time more, but I think it’s quite enjoyable thus far. It’s robust enough that it’d probably be a good wake-me-up tea to have in the morning.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Raspberry Patch by Adagio Teas
112 tasting notes

Light and sweet. First you get the sweetness of the apple and a hint of the raspberry. Then as the pink liquor travels back on your tongue you get more of the sour/bitter flavors of the cranberry and the hibiscus. This seems like a tea I would really like, except I can’t quite seem to get the preparation down. My first cup was too light, not enough flavor, so maybe I needed to add more tea and steep for longer. The second cup (that I had left steeping) had a much more powerful flavor but a little on the bitter side. It would probably help if I had a proper kettle so I knew what temp my water is.

Jillian

You could try getting one of those dinky little cooking thermometers that you can find in the grocery stores.

Jason

I feel like one of those variable temperature kettles would be good because right now I use a super old and crappy one. What do you use/recommend?

takgoti

I know you’re not asking me, but I’m gonna be a buttinski anyway. I use the Utilitea from Adagio, and it’s pretty fantastic, though I sometimes find myself wishing for something more more precise.
http://is.gd/3OQDv

I’ve heard good things about Cuisinart’s.
http://is.gd/3OQL4

But if I were in the market I’d probably get this one.
http://is.gd/3OR1V

And continue to lust after this one.
http://is.gd/3ORbZ

Jason

@takgoti: yea that last one looks amazing, I’ve even tweeted about it before. The utilitea is more in my price range but I would like something that has fairly precise temp control. Hmm, so many decisions…

Jack

The Utilitea is good enough temp-wise, and you can’t beat the price!

Carolyn

I picked up one recently at Upton Tea Imports and I adore it. It has four temperature settings and it heats a full kettle of water to 212 degrees in three minutes flat (I timed it). Plus it is on sale, so I got it for $42.88. Here’s the link:

https://secure.uptontea.com/shopcart/item.asp?from=catalog.asp&itemID=AK16&begin=0&parent=Accessories%3ETeaware%3EElectric+Kettles&category=Upton+Tea+Imports&sortMethod=0&categoryID=0

Carolyn

Just wanted to say that I lust after the Bugatti as well. If only I could afford to spend that kind of money on a tea kettle.

Cofftea

Don’t bother w/ the UtiliTEA, it’s SO much more inferior than the Breville. Sure it’s cheap, but that’s because it doesn’t have all the features to make the perfect cup of tea. Why waste any amount of money on something that doesn’t work the way it should?

Cofftea

What’s so special about the Bugatti? the Breville is perfect for 1/2 the price.

Cofftea

try 2.25g of tea per 6oz of water @ the recommended temp.

Cofftea

I was wrong. Never mind w/ the Breville either. This has WAY more settings and is a heck of a lot cheaper. I’m getting this ASAP.

http://www.amazon.com/Component-Design-TT1-Digital-Thermometer/dp/B0021AEA8U/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1254430975&sr=1-4

Jason

Wow, so many great choices. I have some research to do.

Cofftea

What the heck is it w/ Adagio’s fruit teas? Why do they insist that fruit teas need to be flavored w/ other fruit?. If I order raspberry, I want raspberry. If I order sour apple, I want sour apple.

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drank Jasmine #12 by Adagio Teas
13 tasting notes

An enjoyable and refreshing tea. It has a wonderful aroma with an excellent light, floral flavor. My first jasmine tea and it’s a great change from herbals, black and green teas I’m more used to. Lots of flavor even on a third steeping.

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