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91
drank Blueberry by Adagio Teas
1317 tasting notes

So we’ve had the Almond Avalance and the Peach Pandemic seems to be winding down. I saw (I forget who you were, sorry! Suzi?) someone mention that they wouldn’t mind it if the next big trend be something with blueberries. I support that. Blueberry Blitz, yes please.

I’m getting more and more fond of this one for every time I have it. I thought the first time that the blueberry was nice but subtle, completely in contrast with everybody else. I had a cold at the time. The next time I tried it I was getting better and there was much more blueberry flavour in it. Now there seems to be even more. I’m worried about what might happen if I keep drinking this. ;p

Mmmm. Good morning tea when you’re on holiday. (Now for that NaNo wordcount. cracks knuckles)

Suzi

:D That was me!

If you keep drinking you’ll turn into a big blueberry ala Veruca Salt! But yes, bring on the Blueberry Blitz!

Angrboda

I could think of worse things to turn into. :)

Jillian

But…But I don’t have any blueberry teas. DX

~_^

Angrboda

Don’t worry Jillian, because I’m running out of mine really quickly, and I can’t really afford to shop tea this month. Maybe Blueberry Blitz would only cause me to end up in a state of deep jealousy…

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91
drank Blueberry by Adagio Teas
1317 tasting notes

I think my tongue must be recovering.

I tried a second steep of this yesterday and then I thought the blueberry flavour was as dominant as everybody else said it would be. Then I made another pot today (to wash down the icky rooibos) and thought that was pretty heavy on the blueberry too. Encouraged by yesterday’s success, I’m trying a resteep of that again now.

It’s weird for me though. I’ve never had much luck with resteeping black tea before.

I think I’m getting close to making this my ideal blueberry tea, if it hadn’t been for the fact that it’s the only one I’ve ever had, so I can’t really compare with anything.

The European Adagio store has a very limited selection though, and that one order I got from Adagio was definitely on the extravagant side, so it’s not something we’re going to repeat a lot. If ever, in spite of the good experience I’ve had with it.

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91
drank Blueberry by Adagio Teas
1317 tasting notes

First the media was all over the blueberry, proclaiming it the healthiest food ever and claiming that it could do practically anything from curing the common cold to granting eternal life. Then the media was all over the story of how the blueberry had been completely overrated health-wise and how it wasn’t even remotely as healthy as everyone had thought and people were all up in arms over how they had ‘wasted’ money and energy on eating all those blueberries that apparently had absolutely no value.

Erm, excuse me? Just because it’s not miracle-food doesn’t mean it’s not healthy. It’s fruit. Therefore it is healthy. And also, they still taste lovely. So exactly what the problem was, I have no idea.

Me, I have never ever met a blueberry that I didn’t like. (Except if they’ve gone mouldy) Therefore it is not only puzzling, it’s downright alarming and weird that this sample tin looks like it’s never even been opened before! I must have somehow missed it when I tried all the other sample tins (I bought it as part of the sampler set).

I can find the blueberries in the scent of both the dry leaves and steeped tea. It’s there, it’s easy find, it smells natural and it’s not overwhelming.

The tea tastes nice and sweet. Fruity, but subtle. It’s like I’m getting black tea and then the blueberry is a sort of afterthought. The weird thing is that while I earlier proclaimed the strawberry tea from Whittard’s of Chelsea my ideal strawberry tea because I could actually taste real natural strawberry, you would think that I would find this one somewhat bland.

But the blueberry sort of builds up as I drink and the more I drink the more I can taste the blueberry. And I like that. I wouldn’t say no to a blueberry tea that just said PA-SHAM! and then there was natural blueberry flavour all over the place, but this is quite nice too. It tastes very well-balanced.

EDIT
I’ve read the other reviews on this now and WOW!!! O.o I’ve had the exact opposite experience from everybody else. Others have found it a strong blueberry flavour while I found it a bit more subtle. I’ll have to try this again as soon as I’m snot-free, I think. And buy some blueberries to remind myself of the exact flavour.

Suzi

Ha ha, I thought the blueberries were pretty strong, but in a tasty way!

Angrboda

I know! I went all O.o when I saw it. I had to check that I’d chosen the right one from the dropdown menu on the dashboard.

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12
drank Dancong Aria by Adagio Teas
224 tasting notes

It has dark twisted leaves with a pretty fruit smell. Steeping it creates a sweet oolong tea with a bit too much bitterness for my taste. One of the few teas I couldn’t finish.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I didn’t get ANY bitterness at all… try 2.25g/6oz water for 5 min in boiling purified water.

caustiq

Yeah, someone said they tried to oversteep and couldn’t get many tanins out. Maybe your water quality is poor?

Cofftea

Another good point castiq- play around w/ different water, water temp, leaf amount, and steep time. Don’t give up on it:)

Cofftea

In the month since my 1st comment I’ve done a lot more trial and error (w/ not a lot of errors thank God;)), try a steep anywhere between 30sec and 3min. I’m hoping that’ll give you a better cuppa… 2nd infusion might bring back the bitterness then though. Subsequent infusions when starting w/ a short steep time can be interesting. Fortunately, I think that’s a good thing:)

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Sweet lady Jasmine, with her pale smile, treated me well again tonight.
I’m thinking about moving into some Yellow tea in a moment, but this one was enjoyable in the mean time. Still can’t get over the scent – that alone might push me to buy a tin’s worth, and to keep an eye out for the same product from other brands.

A small note – the leaves are chewier and a bit less enjoyable than that of the Yellow tea. Comparing in my head those leaves to these, I can notice the quality differences. These leaves are just a bit more coarse, less refined. They’re not bad, necessarily – in my inexpert opinion, I’d put them at a 7 or, at a push, 8 out of 10.

I called my parents today. My mother wants me to post more things on facebook, because, strange as it is, that’s her way of making sure I’m alive and well. I told her, if she really wants to, she could check me out on here, because I post here more than on facebook. (I’m not much one for the trivialities of my generation…) When I told my parents what this site is, they laughed at me.
sigh Jasmine doesn’t laugh at me, no matter how lame I am. And onto Yellow tea!
…At 5:15 in the morning.

Angrboda

I get laughed at and mocked for this sort of tea. My aunt went so far as to prank me one year, by buying a box of the cheapest awfullest teabags in existance, cutting them open and trying to pass them off as a ‘very expensive special tea’. Because I am a fool who think I have a nice aunt, I tried really hard to find something ‘special’ about it that would justify it being so supposedly expensive. Completely ignoring the fact that a) the bag was one of those they use in the supermarket for their loose tea, b) leaf size was non-existant, little more than dust and c) if it was so highly special and expensive it was have come with a name! I felt like an idiot. Never trust people who don’t appreciate the same things as you.
Personally I can’t see why it’s any different from people collecting wines or whiskeys and what not. If this had been a site to discuss wine, nobody would have thought it the slightest bit weird. That annoys me a little sometimes, but it seems like we’re gaining followers.

Auggy

I’ve converted 2 family members (in addition to the husband) to loose teas but they still think I take this too seriously. Fortunately, hubby has a thing for single malts so he gets my tea freakiness. And my hobby is cheaper than his. But while others may humor my tea addiction, they still give me bags of herbal teas and expect me to be grateful. Thanks, but all teas are not created equal!

Angrboda

I’ve given up on trying to teach my surroundings that there is no such thing as herbal ‘tea’. I can’t really understand why the fact that if it does not contain tea leaves it is not tea is such a difficult concept. It’s not like you would go around calling something cocoa if it didn’t contain any cocoa…
I haven’t converted anybody yet, but I am trying to persuade the boyfriend to move on to loose tea. I’m selling the idea on the fact that then he wouldn’t have to import his lapsang souchong in bags from the UK, he could get a loose one here instead. :) I’m not sure how well it’s working, I’m trying to be discrete in my manipulations.

JMKauftheil

My family is still humored, when I try to make tea for them in a proper fashion, by how long it takes… I guess after spending so much time with the brewing process, you forget that it takes an seemingly unusual amount of time, what with waiting for the water to cool, letting the tea steep, tasting it to make sure it doesn’t oversteep…
My father, though, can enjoy a cup of Lungjing. He was into that before I even thought about tea, because he used to go on Business trips to Asia often, and he discovered the tea in China. My grandmother also has… some sense of taste in teas. She’s a Brit, so she’s very happy with my knowledge and practice with black teas.
I think the general idea amongst my extended family is that tea is a good hobby for me – at least it’s not drugs, right?

On that note, I’ve had friends tell me that teatime with me is like a drug deal – a high-class one, I’m assuming. While most people my age were out on weekend nights getting drunk and high, I was sitting in my room, brewing tea. I’m very out of touch with my generation…

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Better than I expected – I’ll give you that, Adagio, I’ll give you that.
I’m glad to see they didn’t totally skimp out of quality for the leaves. l can’t really gauge the quality, because I don’t think I’ve ever tried an amazingly superb white, but it was definitely better than the Peony I had earlier.
A smooth, mellow flavor. Went down very easy, and lacked the nastiness one often finds in cheap flavored/scented teas. While I can’t give the taste paragraphs of praise, I don’t have anything negative to say about it.
I love the scent. I’m rarely too excited by Jasmine scent, but this is just a gorgeous smell. I keep smelling my gaiwan lid… Wonderful. Like soap, or shampoo, or how you’d want your house to smell. Maybe I should use the spent leaves as a qausi-cologne. Would that bring in chicks?

Well, well, not disappointed. I got a sample tin of this (only because the five bucks would bring me to exactly $50, and grant me free shipping), so perhaps I’ll buy a 2 or 4 ouncer of this for treating guests. It’s pretty inexpensive, and a good sampler for people who want to ease their way into the world of white tea. And the scent alone… Ah!

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45
drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
9 tasting notes

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36
drank Rooibos Tropics by Adagio Teas
124 tasting notes

My first taste of the Adagio Rooibos sampler. So far, this tastes like nothing but warm rooibos. However, I did just finish an apple, so maybe that’s blocking all the flavor. There is a hint of a tropical fruit scent.

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec

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66
drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
1843 tasting notes

Every time I’ve had this previously, I’ve complained about it being wimpy. Had about 1/3 of an Adagio-sized sample tin left and just dumped the whole mess in a tea-for-one to get rid of it. I should have done that sooner…finally, flavor! Still light, but finally found the “butter zone.” Was good for our first really chilly afternoon in months when I didn’t want heavy caffeine. Upping my rating just a scoosh.

Cofftea

I use a lot of leaf for my whites, ~1TB most times.

teabird

Yeah, that’s the lesson I’m learning with whites too. I have a tin of Rishi’s Snowbud that I didn’t like at all until I started using more leaf (like two grams in a 4oz pot), but then it was delicious. Buying a tiny scale and measuring my whites by weight has let me enjoy them a lot more :)

Cofftea

I agree teabird… I use it for other teas, but whites are the reason I bought my scale- craming the long, delicate leaves in a measuring spoon is a MAJOR P.I.T.B.

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66
drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
1843 tasting notes

I actually gave it the full steeping time; 7 minutes seems like eternity, but I can now concede to the “brothy” descriptions. Not sure about buttery….I think white tea just isn’t my cuppa.

takgoti

SEVEN minutes? Great Thor!

gmathis

That was the recommendation on the tin…it really takes that long to get any taste to it at all.

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
161 tasting notes

All of my chai samples are gone. It’s a very sad day. This was an above average chai, but I much prefer Adagio’s Thai Chai. The coconut and lemongrass in the Thai Chai really make a difference. I made up enough chai last night for several cups and a travel mug for this morning. I’ve gone 100% traditional when it comes to making chai, so I can only make it at home…not the office. holds arms in the air al a Fiddler on the Roof TRADITION!!!! It was pretty sweet to be able to drink this at work. It’s all special and whatnot.

I’m waiting to see if Adagio does any kind of November special and then I’ll reorder a big bag of Thai Chai for the hizzouse.

Jillian

I’m amazed at how quickly the level in my canister of Thai Chai is decreasing. I think the boyfriend might be sneaking some when I’m not looking! XD

takgoti

If I was a rich girl…

Then…I’d buy a lot of tea. Damn it, now you have me thinking in musicals. I’m going to be humming Hey, Big Spender all day, aren’t I?

Auggy

A sad day, indeed.

Perhaps I will have chai tonight. Sort of like mourning your chai-less-ness with a moment of silence. But not.

Cofftea

They ARE doing a special. You get their savory sampler w/ a $19 purchase.

LENA

oh, I’m all over it! My order should be at my door by the time I get home from work!

Cofftea

Let me know what you think of the savory teas:)

Jillian

@ LENA, Damn you for having fast shipping service! ;p

LENA

@ Jillian – mwahahaha!

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80
drank Mango by Adagio Teas
106 tasting notes

A nice morning tea, but a bit overly fruity for me – I much prefer the apricot black from Adagio. Has a lovely sweet scent, though.

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95
drank Apricot by Adagio Teas
106 tasting notes

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95
drank Apricot by Adagio Teas
106 tasting notes

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95
drank Apricot by Adagio Teas
106 tasting notes

still one of my favorites – sweet and simple!

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100

This is a really good, mild oolong tea…

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97
drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
61 tasting notes

Back logging, btws…
I wasn’t feeling to perky this afternoon, thanks to be a lady, and wanted something I knew would cheer me right back up. So I turned on some old Better off Ted episodes and brewed up a yummy cuppa Thai Chai. This time I happened to have coconut milk in my fridge from making coconut rice (which is delicious), so I added a bit in. Oh, I felt loads better afterward.
This time round, I picked up on way more lemongrass even with the added coconut. Also, the coconut milk messed with the texture a bit, not in a unpleasant way but not pleasing either. However, throughly recommend adding a bit of coconut milk to it and pretty much anything.
Has anyone else tried brewing a chai in coffee? I always order a dirty chai when I’m out, or am I crossing a line?

Cofftea

I ALWAYS order a dirty chai too! 12oz. double shot double pump mocha, double pump caramel, no water. and not the concentrate either, real tea bags! If you don’t want something with a milky texture, just brew coffee with tea instead of plain water (2.25 g for every cup you’re making). It makes a wonderful spiced coffee w/ the health benefits of tea. I was actually going to make myself a dirty chia right now. Adagio’s Chocolate Chia steeped in 3oz 2x strength coffee then adding 3oz milk. I might even add mocha hazelnut sprinkles:)

teafiend

Yum! I’ve never added mocha or caramel but I’m not really a sweets person. Now I really want to try coffee + chocolate chai. I have so much to do today and this will definitely keep me while being awesomely tasty!

Cofftea

If you don’t want it overly sweet, use shaved 100% dark chocolate so the caramel doesn’t make it too sweet.

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97
drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
61 tasting notes

This is what I’ve been looking for in a chai for some time! I adore coconut and the hint of lemongrass, blended so well with the spices. The only thing I would change about this tea is to add more actual tea leaves, as I lost a little of the actual tea-ness of it.
I’ve yet to play with ratios of tea to water, or adding milk (coconut or otherwise) and will most certainly spend a lot of time perfecting this already damn near perfect tea (in my most humble opinion).
I will most certainly be drinking this far more often than is probably heathy.

Jillian

This tea is awesome with milk and it really brings out the coconut, so you should really give it a shot some time. :)

Hyrulehippie

Sounds tasty. Is it along the same vein as “thai tea” that’s really strong and brews up rather orange? Whenever I see this on Adagio’s website I can’t tell what “Thai” refers to.

If you want more actual tea flavor you could always just mix in a bit of plain black tea right before you steep it.

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79
drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
7 tasting notes

I usually mix in a little bit of casablanca twist to add a minty note, but gunpowder by itself is still delicious

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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65
drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

A little tarter/berrier than the other time I had it. I think because I used more leaf. I was nice and am sharing with DH and he commented on the blueberriness of this.

I’m sleepy so that’s all I’ve got.

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

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