Adagio Teas

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75
drank Foxtrot by Adagio Teas
13 tasting notes

A fab herbal blend. I generally drink this in the afternoon but this morning it called to me. The roobios really brings everything together.

takgoti

I keep seeing this tea pop up with consistently good feedback. I love rooibos, so I’d probably like it. Must remember to try it.

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85

I am absolutely stunned by the amount of this tea used that other have logged. It seems to be a pretty forgiving brew. I used 6 balls to brew a one pint pot this morning. I decided to try a longer steep, to see if I could get a stronger brew that way. Sorry, just my cheapskate nature showing. Anyway, the tea tolerates a long brew well, and did not develop any bitter or acid flavors. I drank my first cup with milk and sugar, which is not the usual way I take my tea but I was in the mood for it, and it was absolutely delicious. The second cup I took black, and it, too was delicious. Then I prepared a second steep, again brewed for six minutes. It was a touch weaker, but still good.

It makes sense to me that a longer steep would work well with this tea, as it takes some time to unfold, and thus for all of the leaves to come into contact with the water. A shorter steep might very well require more tea to make a tasty cup.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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85

I’ve prepared this the last two mornings – short on sleep and not ready to face the day. This tea has a strong dark color, and a smooth, malty, smoky taste that makes it easier to face the day. I usually want my morning cup to be brighter and more cheery, but this is a good tea to relax with.

And I still think watching the tea balls unfold is great entertainment. Or, at least, as much entertainment as I am up for this morning.

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85

I opened the tin last night, and my first thought was "rabbit droppings! I used 5 balls for a small (about 16 oz) teapot. Mmm – smooth, malty, luxurious dark tea. I had this with a luxurious breakfast this morning – scrambled eggs with fines herbes, fresh figs and grapes with wheat toast. This is the life!

takgoti

Hahaha, the rabbit droppings I’ve seen are smallish and look like little pellets. These must have come from a much larger animal.

Your breakfast sounds delightful. I had an english muffin. Not even close.

LENA

Wow…you made me feel really sad about skipping breakfast. I wasn’t a huge fan of the black dragon pearls (I was using 3 per cup and multi infusions) but your breakfast sounds totally fab!

takgoti

@LENA F. I used three on my first go round but tried it with 5 on the second. [I brew by the cup, too, so 8 oz.] It was much improved that way.

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85

Very smooth, with little perceptible acidity. Strong, mellow black tea flavor. The tea balls add a little entertainment to the brewing experience.

But then, maybe I’m too easily entertained.

Cofftea

No! Steeping tea is supposed to be an art:)

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75
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
4 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking this every morning for about 2 weeks. Great flavor, natural sweetness on the back and sides of your tongue.

Not too sure about the cigarette comments. I don’t get that, but maybe a little tobacco from a cigar? Very lightly? Overall, very good tea.

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60
drank Ooooh Darjeeling by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

I’m shocked! It’s 1pm and I haven’t drank any tea yet! I’ve been too busy working on my resume for my DREAM job! At a tea shop! So the not drinking tea this morning is quite ironic. I’m ashamed. :( I’ll make the 3rd infusion for lunch.

Mike

Good luck with the dream job! Hope you get it ;)

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60
drank Ooooh Darjeeling by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

OK. It’s official. I think I have too many favorite teas. This is, or at least I though, my favorite unflavored oolong but I haven’t been drinking it because I’ve been drinking white, green, and chai teas which have always been my preference over oolongs (flavored or not).

When I opened the tin, I was also afraid that my daring tea tasting may have gotten me in trouble. The last time I had this I had not yet tried pu erh, but after trying their Pu Erh Dante, I’ve discovered I HATE pu erh. I don’t remember this smelling like pu erh, but it does. Or more accurately a green tea/pu erh blend.

I steeped 2.25g of tea leaves in 6oz of purified water heated to 195 degrees F for 5 min.

As it steeps the liquor turns a golden amber and the leaves floating on top of the water makes it kind of look like insects are trapped in it.

I was right. It does taste like pu erh although not a strong one- possibly a black/pu erh blend which is odd based on how it looked in the tin.

I’m not sure how I feel about this tea. 2nd infusion might tell me more.

Cofftea

I didn’t actually drink the 2nd infusion, I made it for my mom, but I was surprised by the orangy liquor.

Cofftea

Ooooh now that’s what I remember it tasting like. 3rd infusion has no pu erh taste whatsoever.

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60
drank Ooooh Darjeeling by Adagio Teas
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25
drank Citron Green by Adagio Teas
4 tasting notes

Had to Check my my strainer to make sure I didn’t just steep a cup of Fruit Loops. =P

Got this from a sampler pack and definitely not a tea for my taste. I just don’t like flavored teas that much unless it’s very subtle and this has a robust orange/lemon zest smell and taste.

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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77

Wonderful aroma, subtle but noticeable flavor, simply delicious.

Steeped 5 minutes at 212°F. Prepared in Adagio IngenuiTEA teapot.

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75
drank Ooooh Darjeeling by Adagio Teas
4 tasting notes
Definitely interesting. I’ve never had a Darjeeling before so this was quite the surprise. This very much has a flavor combo of an Oolong and black tea. Not a huge fan of it, but definitely something I’ll have another cup of if I’m in the mood for the innocent-like flavor of an Oolong mixed with a background flavor of a chinese tea.
Cofftea

MY FAVORITE OOLONG! I can get a ton of infusions out of it too.

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75
drank White Symphony by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

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75
drank White Symphony by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

My last cup from this sample tin. Very happy with this white. All the adjectives I’ve used in the past still apply: delicate, sweet, floral. This is a version of white peony (which I love) and is like a white peony with all of its positive traits amplified but still balanced. (If that doesn’t make sense, just think white peony, but better.)

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75
drank White Symphony by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

Delicate, sweet, floral. Very nice cup. Be sure to steep at the proper temperature so you don’t burn it, use a bit more leaves than your usual teaspoon per cup, and steep for seven minutes.

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67
drank Spiced Apple Chai by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

3rd infusion. no creamer. no milk.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Spiced Apple Chai by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

2nd infusion, 1 TB Spiced Rum creamer, no milk.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Spiced Apple Chai by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

1/2 water and 1/2 milk. 1 TB each spiced rum and caramel creamers.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Spiced Apple Chai by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

I’m logging this one for my fiance. He steeped 2.25 g of tea leaves in 3oz boiling purified water for 5 min and then added 3oz organic fat free milk. He flavored it w/ 1 TBS caramel ice cream syrup, 1 TBS spiced rum coffee creamer, and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Spiced Apple Chai by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

When I took the cover off the tin I immediately smelled the apple. It kind of smelled like their sour apple (which tastes nothing like apple)… I wonder if they use granny smith apples?

I went against the directions and just used the common measurement of 1 teaspoon per 6oz of purified boiling water and steeped it for 5 min.

The liquour was quite dark, but not as dark as some black teas… probably because the spices took up some of the space that would have otherwise been occupied by tea leaves when I measured it.

The first thing I could smell was the apple, followed by the warm spices, then fainly followed by ceylon tea.

This tea is spot on given the title. The first thing that hits my tongue is the crispness of the apple, then the spice, but the spice doesn’t burn. I can even faintly taste the black tea.

The 2nd infusion (w/ an increase in steeping time of 1 min) is very close to the strength and flavor balance of the 1st infusion, but the 3rd one is mostly consumed by the spices. I personally probably wouldn’t do the 3rd infusion, it just tastes like a basic unflavored chai.

Serving suggestions: Unsweetened. Instead of milk like the traditional chai, I’d steep it in apple juice or apple cider (hard or not). Maybe blend it w/ a caramel black tea?

Frolic

Oooh I like how you think. Both the cider and the caramel idea. What kinda caramel tea would you use?

Cofftea

Botanical Indulgence’s Creme Caramel Oolong located on page 3 of the catalog.

http://www.botanicalindulgence.com/pdf/catalog.pdf

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75
drank Yunnan Noir by Adagio Teas
22 tasting notes

I still have this in my tea pantry. I was excited when this was introduced into Adagio’s line-up. My first impression, to say nothing of it’s unusual shape, was the tobacco-esque smell. It smelled like rich rollcake cavendish. Brewing it revealed a dark doughy taste and aroma. It was earthy in a pleasing and comfortable way and was yet another black tea that surprised me.

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75
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
112 tasting notes

A good black tea. Nothing too amazing but good nonetheless. Lots of earthy tones and a nice soothing nose. Who doesn’t like popping a couple of these finely rolled balls into your pot and watching them unfurl into all their steeping glory? Has enough strength to hold up to the morning grogginess without a harsh bite. Cocoa notes are too subtle for my untrained palate to pick up on. Grab a cup, i’m sure you’ll like it.

Mike

I “liked” this post…even though I don’t “like” hearing about your palate…

takgoti

Interesting. You’ve spurred me into trying this one riiiiight…now.

Also, I’m sorry, but hee hee hee, you said “balls.” [I know. I’m five.]

Jason

@takgoti, i’ll keep an eye out for your thoughts. At it’s only available as loose leaf, not tea bags, right?

Laura

the idea of watching said balls of glory & the anticipation of cocoa sounds like a good choice for tonight. maybe you could manage making me a cup just this one night? …while i make you dinner like i do EVERY night?…

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