Adagio Teas

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88

Very good tea for the morning!

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86

To my delight, this beautifully made tea greets me with a fruity, toasty nose. Two tsp of the loose, open blend are measured into my pre-heated, closed infuser for a 12-oz mug. The golden medium-amber liquor is smooth, with just a hint of astringency. The tea’s description begins with Keemun, so the smoke and fruit notes must hark from that Chinese region, rather than an Indian Darjeeling (more commonly used in EB blends). Quite good plain, there was only a tablespoon or two left when I added a tsp of vanilla soy milk. The result was a bit more richness and sweetness, without detracting from the true black-tea effect — a nice mix. The wholeness of the brewed leaves was attested to by how quickly the infuser rinsed out. The use of Keemun in this English Breakfast blend makes it stand out amongst the better ones I’ve tasted. It’s flavor and aroma lingered in my satisfied smile!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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55

I didn’t put anything extra in this tea.
When brewed the color is extremely light but, I brew a pot at a time instead of a cup and if you do this you will notice that the tea gains color as it cools like most whites and minimally processed greens. So its lack of color just seems normal to me.
The flavor starts sweet, hits a little wall of toast and jumps it so fast you’ll wonder if you imagined it. The finish goes right back to sweet. Sweetness that doesn’t go away for an extremely long time.
This is a great tea for non-obtrusive tea drinkers.
I had an idea that it would work well as a palate cleansing tea because of the extremely long finish and stubbornly sweet qualities. It does work well to remove strong sweet flavors like fruity cookie samplers but for thai spicy kind of food it was more of a pleasant compliment than a palate cleanser. I was not expecting that at all but it’s lean to compliment spicy makes me thing that this might be a more oily tea.
Anyways… I find food and tea combos interesting.
Great tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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68

Okay, I was a bit nervous trying this. If it is supposed to be best iced, that usually means I will find it too fruity/tart/sweet/something hot and not enjoy it. But this was pretty good. I can’t really pick out the flavors all that well but they blend nicely to have an overall fruity taste. If pressed, I’d say the coconut can be tasted at the beginning and the pina colada gives it a fruity finish. Not sure where the lime plays in though maybe in the aftertaste I get a bit of that? I haven’t had lime tea by itself before so I don’t know the flavor well enough to pick it out. Anyway, the flavors go together nicely and the overall feeling is a bit tropical/fruity but no so much so that I forget I’m drinking tea (vs. and herbal) so I like it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Suzi

I love when people review the custom teas because you can’t buy samples of them :D I love the fruity stuff so to me this sounds like a great drink!

Auggy

@Suzi: Sadly, I’m coming to the end of my custom blend samples that I got from the TeaChat board’s Signature Blend box pass (I think I only have two more) but I did end up sampling a lot of them! The average were just okay but there were a few good ones in there. This one wasn’t the best, but in the top 10, I’d say. I left a swallow in my cup for it to cool to room temp (to see how it would be iced) and the fruity sort of explodes so I imagine this would be too fruity for me when iced, however if you like the fruity stuff, that may make it right up your alley!

@silvermage2000: I’ve sent you an email!

Auggy

@Suzi: Sadly, I’m coming to the end of my custom blend samples that I got from the TeaChat board’s Signature Blend box pass (I think I only have two more) but I did end up sampling a lot of them! The average were just okay but there were a few good ones in there. This one wasn’t the best, but in the top 10, I’d say. I left a swallow in my cup for it to cool to room temp (to see how it would be iced) and the fruity sort of explodes so I imagine this would be too fruity for me when iced, however if you like the fruity stuff, that may make it right up your alley!

@silvermage2000: I’ve sent you an email!

Auggy

Oops – sorry for the double post! If anyone of those with the Power see this, would you delete one? Thanks! :)

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I had a lime tea by Numi in a sampler box of bagged. I expected not to like it at all but it ended up being rather pleasant and not super tart, oddly soothing.

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100
drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
32 tasting notes

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100
drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
32 tasting notes

Wow! I thought this was going to be scary, but it was quite good. Like the Sesame tea, this came from Adagio’s Savory Sampler, which I received in the mail yesterday. I actually drank this last night. I was very apprehensive, but when I smelled the tea I began to feel less so. The tea actually smells kind of sweet (my husband said fruity, but i don’t know about that) but still like artichokes. In my mind, artichoke flavor = tangy / salty. That is not what this tea tastes like at all. This is more “essence of artichoke”. Now, I did not use enough leaf when I brewed this last night, so I will have to re-try with a more correct proportion. But the flavor itself is very smooth, savory, soothing. Definitely worth trying. I will have to try a few more times before I can adequately rate it, but it surely falls into the “thumbs up” category.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Auggy

So looking forward to trying these. Mine will get here Wednesday. Whee!

Cofftea

My only experince has been w/ pickled artichokes… ew…

Suzi

Nooo! I so wanted to be the first one to post about this, but my tea isn’t here yet :-p I’m glad to hear that it’s a good tea…my personal reaction when I read about it was “Man, that’s gonna be some funky-tastin’ TEA!”

Jillian

I’m relieved to hear that too, especially since out of the sampler set this was the tea I was the most afraid of.

I’m jealous that you’ve got your order already though, I ordered on the first day and I still have maybe a week or more left to wait. Damn you Canadian Customs! XD

Cofftea

I ordered mine on the 11th so it’ll be here anytime between today and next Fri. I’m betting on closer to Fri though since WI is pretty far from NJ.:( I have an 8oz tin of cucumber already so I just orded the other 3 and gave the full sampler to a friend for Christmas along w/ the things that made up the $19 purchase.

teafiend

I have my order all set up, but I’m being so finicky about the other teas I want. Hopefully I’ll get these by the end of the week.

teaplz

Savory sample? Sounds delicious! I’ll have to check this out. I LOVE the taste of artichokes, so I’m really curious as to how this tea tastes!

Sarah M

I don’t know why everyone’s stuff takes forever to arrive. Whenever I order from adagio, I get it 2 days later.

TeaEqualsBliss

I’m looking to order very soon! Good to hear it was a nice surprise and a good tea!

LENA

I’m shocked! Looking forward to trying this one out. I’m going through all of my goodies from Adagio before moving on the the savory teas.

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84
drank Toasted Sesame by Adagio Teas
32 tasting notes

I’m kind of disappointed. This is my second time having this tea, and the sesame flavor is still a little bit weaker than I was imagining. I envisioned a tea with a robust, toasted sesame flavor that doesn’t overwhelm the tea, but is still very present. I can smell it in the brewed tea and in the loose leaf (and still the smell of soy sauce?). But the sesame flavor is hard to find when I sip. But take this all with a grain of salt, because I’ve never been the worlds biggest fan of black tea. And, my palate is not the most refined. It is not bad, just not as flavorful as I was hoping. I’ll be interested in what others have to say.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Cofftea

Maybe because you aren’t steeping it the normal 5 min?

Sarah M

@cofftea: That may be, but usually a few minutes is enough for my taste…? i’m not done with this tea yet! still too intrigued to give up on it!

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84
drank Toasted Sesame by Adagio Teas
32 tasting notes

I was so excited to get my “savory sampler” from Adagio yesterday. Sesame was first on my list to try. The leaves smell and look a little like soy sauce. They are dark black and have kind of a dark sheen on them. There are also sesame seeds visible with the leaves. When brewed it smells somewhat like sesame, not soy sauce (thankfully), but the sesame flavor was kind of weak. I’m giving it a 100 rating for the moment, because I don’t really know what I think of it just yet. When I first tried it, I was at work and distracted, so I will make a better assessment when I’m fully focused. Try it! The “savory sampler” is free with a $19 purchase from Adagio. Not sure how long that promotion is running. This tea is definitely worth checking out.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I’m having stirfry next week and I can’t WAIT to try it w/ that… although to me it seems like it might be better w/ a green tea base. I’ll know more when I try it.

Cofftea

I’m glad to know the sesame seeds don’t burn.

teaplz

How did you find out about this promotion, Sarah? Did it just say you were getting a free sample when you checked out of Adagio’s website with $19 worth of merchandise? I’m thinking of making an order and I’d love to try this and the Artichoke!

Cofftea

I got an email about it (I’m a frequent customer) and I also saw it on their home page.

Sarah M

I also got an email about it, but I actually heard about the savory teas on here before I got the email. Coftea- I was thinking stir fry too!!

TeaEqualsBliss

Another one I am looking forward to ordering via the free sampler!

Auggy

@teaplz: They’ve got the promotion on their main page currently with a little link to “get your friend sampler set” which, when clicked, will put it in the basket and then included in your purchases when you check out, but the price is $0.00.

teaplz

Thanks guys. I’ll be checking this out. I’m probably not seeing this because I haven’t yet ordered from Adagio. I’ve been planning on putting my first order in. Unfortunately, I probably won’t be able to get the savory sampler as a result (of not being a member sooner!).

LENA

great idea on the stirfry! oh yes. i will pass this idea off as my own. hahaha!

Cofftea

In addition to steeping it a full 5 min, make sure you’re using enough leaf. Try 2.25 per 6oz or 3g per 8oz.

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92
drank Gingerbread by Adagio Teas
84 tasting notes

so i re-steeped this and forgot it but when i got back to it…it was delicious! i guess my 2nd steepings of flavored blacks need to be really long for me to like it lol i will be trying this with my beloved blueberry and strawberry teas

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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92
drank Gingerbread by Adagio Teas
84 tasting notes

this smells and tastes amazing! i bought the large tin.

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95
drank Cherry by Adagio Teas
84 tasting notes

you gotta really like cherry for this…and i do :D its high on my list of flavored teas. it is a bit tart but with a touch of sugar you can mellow it out some.

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92

delicious! i prefer my tea sweetened but this i could drink as is!

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70
drank Mango by Adagio Teas
84 tasting notes

this one is fun. i got it in a sampler package. this was the 1 i was more hesitant to try but im glad i did. its an excellent summery tea

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82

this had a very mild flavor, it was very nice and refreshing, and who doesn’t love blueberry!?!? :) i usually will have this ice because it is so light. i may just be more a fan of black teas.

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35

i wanted to like this! im normally a pumpkin fiend! but this….just didnt cut it. the spice flavors were very nice but i didnt get any pumpkin out of it. i added milk…still nothing. im glad i got a sample tin. i usually pass this one on for a nice cup of gingerbread instead

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1

it tastes like i was drinking dirt i steeped it for 5 mins, then tried 3, then tried 2, it just didnt work for me! my Fiancee loves it so he can have it all he wants. id rather have some Irish breakfast.

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64
drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
84 tasting notes

a nice mild flavor with just enough smokiness :) something id recommend to people who prefer a less sweet tea and like their green teas

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77
drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
84 tasting notes

i think what makes this tea good is the stronger strawberry flavor and the more subtle chocolate flavor. i had most of a cup of this at work earlier today (lost the last 2 sips as i dropped dog food into it) its defiantly something i can see myself coming back to but personally i dont think id purchase it. it isnt significant enough for me to purchase even the 4oz tin. the strawberry alone is amazing, and chocolate alone is gross so im glad they found a way to make it work out nicely.
the scent of this tea is stronger on the chocolate than the flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
84 tasting notes

i like this alot, i dislike the chocolate alone but paired with strawberry its great. i tried this from a friend of mine who has the large 16oz bag so i havent tried it iced.

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91

a delicious black tea! got this in a sample set and sure was glad to try it! sadly its all gone now

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25
drank Chocolate by Adagio Teas
84 tasting notes

im not a huge fan of this, it tastes good added to cinnamon but thats about it…it reminds me of really watered down hot cocoa…

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95
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
84 tasting notes

im having this i guess the real way chai is made and i gotta say…..i dont wana try it any other way lol
i stole this from teaplz
1 cup of water, 1 cup of milk/milk equivalent 1 tbsp of sugar, 1 tbsp of chai

Boil water and sugar together in a saucepan until sugar dissolves into water. Into a syrup.
Add the chai, then simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the milk, simmering and stirring.
When it comes to a boil (be careful that it doesn’t boil over!), turn the heat off and let it sit for a long time. Like 7-10 minutes long. I let it sit for around 8-9 or so.
Strain and serve.

it gos perfectly with my turkey dinner i just made :D its amazing!
bumping up my rating!!!

teaplz

OMG YAY! I’m SO happy it worked for you! What was your rating before? I stole this from takgoti, so… yay! Awesomeness. Does it taste very different from the really quick way of making it?

teaplz

And there are SO many ways to make chai, you can’t really make it “wrong,” but this is definitely more authentic and much more flavorful. I’m pretty sure this is something close to what Samovar does, knowing takgoti!

Kitch3ntools

i think it was a 70ish :) it had more complexity to the flavor that i didnt get with the fast and dirty way lol its so much more amazing and comforting and it feels like its inviting me in rather than being overbearing like it was b4. i have the chocolate chai i wanna try that way now. but no moo juice :( used the last of it to make the masala :D

teaplz

Awwww yay! Seriously SO happy for you! I feel like it actually tastes like its own beverage instead of tea-with-milk-in-it. I’m not a fan of putting milk in tea, but this just tastes like its own thing!

Kitch3ntools

now that i look at my b4 post about this tea i said i wish it were stronger. but i remember the clove scent attacking me as a drank this (not always a bad thing lol) but making it this new cool way it reminds me of christmas in a mug(my fav holiday lol)

Kitch3ntools

i agree, i usually really dont like milk in my tea (unless its my cinnamon) but this is something all on its own. it tastes like it is suppose to taste like that. :D

amandajo

mmm…that recipe is delicious! vowing never to go back to starbucks ever again!

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95
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
84 tasting notes

this is delicious! i only wish it were a bit stronger

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68
drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
423 tasting notes

The black tea chocolate and strawberries. Do not steep more then two minutes because I’t gets bitter. Its good a black tea with a medium chocolate taste with a hint of strawberry. I’ts good.

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