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Backlogging from the weekend

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This is one of the blends I created over at Adagio. This is the first time I am tasting it, however. As some of you know I am a HUGE Hockey Fan! My team is the Buffalo Sabres but I enjoy several other teams on a secondary level.

All I can say about the aroma is that it is very pleasant. A nice blend of scents. The strawberry pops out a little more than the rest of the contents, tho.

This steeps very fast. It’s quite dark in color. It has a bold taste. The taste is that of a black tea – almost one that a coffee drinker might enjoy as an alternative. It’s pretty good but none of the flavors stand out too much…they all seem to blend together nicely.

I’m thinking this would be a great MORNING tea to really wake you up OR if you are trying to stay up late to watch those overtimes or shootouts!

GO SABRES!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

I only have 1 more cupsworth left after this one. It’s tasting pretty good today…must have been the correct amount of loose leaf, water temp, infusion length, and all the stars must have been align or something…it’s better than my other attempts…woot.

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drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Backlogging from earlier today…drank this as my 2nd cup. I’m lowering my rating on this a little bit because I have found other Candy Cane ones I like better than this one…sorry Adagio! I still like this ok – it’s just not my fave…

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drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Steeped a lesser amount of the loose leaf…lighter in color but nice!

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drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Better each time I try it…I’m finding less is more…if you know what I mean…also nice iced…

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drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Needed some Minty Freshness. Wanted to see if I could steep this better than my first attempt yesterday…success!!!

Cofftea

Is it sweeter than just a peppermint flavored black tea? Seems like it would be slightly sugary? How does the candy desolving affect additional infusions?

TeaEqualsBliss

The candy melts. It’s sweeter. The extra infusions aren’t as – as the candy melts the first attempt. I am going to try and do multiple infusions tomorrow…and compare.

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drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

This smells AWESOME prior to the steep. While steeping it’s equally Candy Cane but a hint of “woods” smell underneath. After steeping it’s still minty but the black tea blends with it more noticeably. First and Second sips make me raise an eyebrow and I try and guess what I am tasting in the middle of each sip. First you taste the black tea…then something…not sure what…then the Candy Cane at the end. The Minty Fresh Aftertaste is nice but not overwhelming. It’s weird but the first thought that popped into my head for that middle flavor was almost a cigarette or cigar…not sure why…maybe the way it blends with the black tea!? Regardless this is far different from other minty teas I have had. It’s fairly good. It’s intriguing. I think the highlight of this tea for me is the prior to steeping aroma and the aftertaste. I will certainly review again.

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80
drank Ceylon Sonata by Adagio Teas
161 tasting notes

Needed a quick cup of something good. This didn’t disappoint.

I’m really liking Ceylon teas. Does anyone have a favorite vendor? I know this is a pretty basic black tea, but sometimes that’s exactly what I need.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Bethany

I’m a big fan of SpecialTeas’ Ceylon Dimbulla OP. It’s extremely smooth and has a very faint chocolate taste. I’ve also seen good reviews of Mighty Leaf’s Ceylon Kenilworth.

Cofftea

Lena, has your opinion of their black flavored teas changed since tasting this sans flavor?

LENA

@ Bethany – Thanks! I’ll be sure to check them out.

@ Cofftea – I’m not a huge fan of their flavored tea or blends (for black tea). Some I like, but most have disappointed. I really like this tea and I agree that it is a great base tea for their flavors…if you generally like flavored teas.

Cofftea

@Lena, I love flavored teas, but am not big on blacks in general so I’m very selective. I only get flavored blacks when I can’t find a flavor match in another type of tea. Like their sesame- I think that’d be REALLY good as a green tea.

Marie

Metropolitan Tea Company sells a nice estate ceylon through www.jollygoodtea.com I’ve been ordering through this web vendor several times over the last 2 years and she’s on the ball and consistent. :)

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drank Ceylon Sonata by Adagio Teas
161 tasting notes

I’m in a no-frills mood today. My husband had knee surgery on Monday, so I’m pretty much running dead on my feet. I need the warmth, the simplicity, the CAFFEINE to make it through the work day today. Then, family starts to come in…

Then I swap from teas to Bloody Marys.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

positive vibes for a speedy recovery!

Cofftea

Praying for him!

LENA

Thanks you guys! The Steepster community is the absolute best!

gmathis

I just noticed you’re from Murfreesboro! Spent part of a week there in late October for a writers’ conference. (My editor, a dear friend and fellow tea lover, brings her tea chest to keep us all focused and docile!)

LENA

@ gmathis – very cool! hope it was a pleasant visit. let me know if you are in town again and i can tell you about a couple local tea shops.

gmathis

I’m in Nashville 2-3 times a year and have enjoyed a couple of neat excursions — one to a Miss Mabel’s in Dickson, which I understand is now closed, but it was great fun and frou-frou-y. I get occasional care packages from a tea place in Franklin from the same buddy. Hope you have an opportunity to make yourself a cuppa, family notwithstanding, and count your blessings.

Carolyn

Hope the holidays are a blessing for you and that your husband recovers well from knee surgery!

takgoti

Beaming you and your husband all the good brainwaves I’ve got left!

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drank Ceylon Sonata by Adagio Teas
161 tasting notes

Oh Ceylon Sonata, I like you. I’m 4 for 4 in regards to liking all of my new teas from my last Adagio order. Of course, I haven’t opened my savory sampler yet.

Anyway, this tea is basic and simple in the best of ways. Strong and mellow with a nice aftertaste. Almost any flavor would blend well with this tea…which is why Adagio uses this tea as the base of all of their flavored teas. It’s a perfect no-frills everyday tea. It can meld with anyone’s drinking habits. Milk and sugar, straight up, with honey, etc. Ceylon Sonata can hold its own. In the summer I would love this iced with some of my peppermint blended in. YUM!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
takgoti

I think I have a tin of this lying around that I STILL haven’t tried yet. Tomorrow is going to be busy.

Jillian

Tsk, you’re slacking, woman – get on it! ;P

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drank Candy Apple by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Better than my first attempt but still a little weird. Not sure how to describe.

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drank Candy Apple by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

I JUST got my Adagio Shipment MINUTES ago! Is it sad that I get THIS jazzed about tea, seriously!? Do I have a problem? :) Anyhow…Candy Apple. It’s Black Tea with Caramel and Apple scents. After steeping it’s scent morphs to something that seems a little bark-like but just a little, not overbearing. The longer it steeps the longer the bark smell…loose leaf-wise NOT actual liquid…thankfully. The After Steep Scent of the liquid is a medium black tea smell. I can taste a caramelly-type taste but it seems like it’s interrupted but something else and I cannot figure out what…but it’s not apple. Just like “Gotta Have More Cowbell” it’s “Gotta Have More Apple”. It’s okay but I was hoping for more apple or a different type taste. It’s not bad, just not really what I was thinking it would taste like, I guess.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I have a caramel flavored oolong that I love. I steep it in apple juice either plain or w/ chai spices… it’s SO much better!

teaplz

It would be interesting if they’d make a jelly apple flavoring! That’s what I think of when I hear candy apple, at least. Does this tea have actual apple pieces in it, or is it just flavoring? Saddened that that flavor didn’t come through!

TeaEqualsBliss

@ teaplz – It DOES have actual pieces in there, yes! I think it just needs more!

LENA

MORE COWBELL!

TeaEqualsBliss

LOL @ LENA! Glad SOMEONE picked up on that! LOL

LENA

you’ve got that apple fever…or rather “feeva” done in my best Christopher Walken impression

TeaEqualsBliss

LMAO! feeva!!! LOL

gmathis

Yes, it is possible to get that jazzed over tea - for our seven"tea"nth anniversary some years back, my husband surprised me with a big-honkin’ Rubbermaid tub full to bursting with teas and accessories he’d been squirreling away for months. My cuppa ranneth over and I spent days just fingering all the boxes and tins like Gollum and his preciouss…..

teaplz

Awww gmathis! That’s super-sweet!

My mom gets exasperated over my recent tea interests, but my boyfriend is all for fostering them. He keeps badgering me to order some loose leaf tea online, and brings me packets of tea that his mom and grandmother have picked up in Chinatown. :)

TeaEqualsBliss

You know…I don’t use the word EXASPERATED nearly enough. I might have to start! :) gmathis – that’s an awesome gift!

Cofftea

I COMPLETELY agree w/ you teaplz. I still live w/ my mom so she constantly comments on how much I spend.

LENA

@ gmathis – OMG, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself! I would probably cry! What a great gift.

gmathis

Cofftea, sorry … I chuckled at your mom’s “Constant Comment.” Appropriate for a tiff over tea, wouldn’t you say?

silvermage2000

I liked your post. I do agree with you on the tea I hardly got much carmel and was like wheres’s the apple?

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drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

Very delicate green that reminds me of both Adagio’s White Symphony and Green Anji. As with many greens, more of the flavors come out as the tea cools. It also tastes sweeter as I go.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Cranberry by Adagio Teas
106 tasting notes

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Toasted Sesame by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

I opened the tin with these leaves, smelled them, and was completely disgusted by the strong, burnt sesame smell—almost like soy sauce. I like sesame and soy sauce, but the smell was so gross to me that I almost didn’t make the tea. I’m glad my grandparents always told me that “you have to try everything once.”

After steeping, the cup had a very faint sesame smell, and almost a spice to it. The taste is great: solid black tea with sesame notes and nothing “soy sauce” about it. This was a very nice surprise!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Taken with milk and sugar.
It smells like potato. The leaves before you brew them smell like potato and it still does after brewing. The tea even has a slightly starchy after taste…
This is a pleasant tea but it doesn’t remind me of sweet potato as much as just plain old potato.
It is definitely a pleasant savory (as advertised) tea… my hang up is what to eat it with. I think eating it with a starch would be too much. And the after taste is a strong enough flavor that it might interfere with actual food.
Maybe with a roasted Chicken instead of a potato… maybe this is a good diet tea for starch lovers?

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

a burger? lasagna? pumpkin pie?

Oh Cha!

This sounds very interesting! I like the roasted chicken or lasagne ideas!

gmathis

I second the pumpkin pie thought … with marshmallow creme on the pie instead of Cool Whip.

TeaEqualsBliss

I just realized the Marshmallow – ek! I don’t eat Marshmallow’s (vegetarian) so I emailed Adagio just now to see what the deal was…if it’s real Marshmallow I will be giving it to someone as a gift. BUMMER. Sounds interesting tho…

Cofftea

TeaEqualsBliss, a lot of marshmallow and jello made w/ vegetarian gelatin. But if you don’t want it, send it my way:)

TeaEqualsBliss

If it is veggie friendly – I’m golden – if not…I’ll pass…If someone here locally doesn’t want it I might send you a note. :)

TeaEqualsBliss

UPDATE!!!! Just received this from Adagio in regards to the Vegetarian/Marshmallow concerns:

The Sweet Potato Pie does not contain any marshmallow pieces or marshmallow flavoring- this is a natural kind of flavor note that we found when tasting the tea. We hope this information helps!

Thank you for your note. Please visit us again soon,

Adagio Teas
http://www.adagio.com

Cofftea

yeah didn’t figure they’d put any real flavoring it it lol.

TeaEqualsBliss

Just wanted to “be sure” ya know!? :) YAY Adagio!

Suzi

So cool! Glad you checked up re: the marshmallow, TeaEqualsBliss!

Cofftea

Eh not really. They should put the real stuff in.

Madison Bartholemew

Yea… I agree that they should put the real stuff in… no offense TeaEqualsBliss. Their description of marshmallows made me think it would be more of a savory dessert tea… that’s actually why I was fixated on the fact it just tasted like potato…
I wasn’t expecting that.

TeaEqualsBliss

None taken, Madison. :)

Cofftea

Madison, I totally agree. It can still be vegetarian but enough w/ fake flavorings.

teaplz

I’m not really sure where you’d get a marshmallow flavor note from sweet potato. Sweet potatoes don’t taste like marshmallow! It’s a bit bizarre for Adagio to include that, I’d think.

LENA

dang, I was hoping for more “pie” flavor…not straight up potato. still trying all of my other teas before I crack open the savory sampler.

Cofftea

teaplz, sweet potato pie is often served w/ toasted marshmallows on the top. That’s why it’s added.

Cofftea

Maybe if you steep it the full 5 min that’s recommended you’ll get more the “sweet” potato taste.

Cofftea

If you steep it for the full 5 min and add just a touch of milk or cream and melted butter (some eastern countries really do add butter and even salt to their tea), maybe it would taste like mashed potatoes? Especially if you blend it w/ just a bit of their cream tea.

teaplz

Cofftea, I understand, but none of the ingredients in the tea scream out as marshmallow. So I don’t know why they’d include it in the tasting notes. Especially when they just emailed TeaEqualsBliss and told her that there isn’t any actual marshmallow in the blend.

Cofftea

Because the sweetness is supposed to echo the marshmallow I suppose. I’m not sure what marshmallow tea would taste like, but maybe their right because to me the sweetness does not taste like sugar, honey, or cream or vanilla flavored teas to me.

Madison Bartholemew

Cofftea, I agree there is a hint of sweet there… but it’s not the orangy sweet that comes with orange vegies…. I think it’s more of the sweet that just comes with starches…. being that starch is carbs is complex sugars…
I’m gonna have to brew another pot of this to verify my memories.
And I have never heard of putting marshmallows on pie! I’ve heard of pineapple though.

Cofftea

if you bump the temp up 12 degrees and steep it 2 min longer you’ll get something different.

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drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
61 tasting notes

My first reaction to smelling this tea was, “oh man, I was looking forward to this, what a disappointment.” I literally gagged a little on the overwhelming fruitiness. Its not even like a sweet fruity, more like semi-fermented fruity. I’m having issues linking this unnatural scent to any sort of edible plant, never mind my beloved artichoke. Eh, I think to myself, I’ve had tea that smell like woodsmoke and taste like carmel and creme, might as well brew it up.

Thank Crickt I did! This is absolute amazing in a cup! The taste of the green tea and whatever they did to make it artichoke flavor meld perfectly into one glorious note. This is the artichoke flavor that permeates the breadcrumbs in stuffed artichokes that makes it not stuffing. But distilled and added to a mellow grassy base that only enhances the taste. Also so natural sweetness from the green really gives it a nice solid finish. My favorite part has to be that first tangy high note that settles down into the whole artichoke taste.

Very, very good. I’m usually not a fan of greens or flavored teas, but I hope this sticks around for a long time so I can re-order it. Not a perfect 100, because I have a hard time declaring things perfect being the good skeptical scientist that I am. But this is damn close.

Cofftea

I’m SO glad I’m not the only one that thinks it’s fruity! I’ve found the artichoke comes out more w/ each additional infusion. I’m making #5 right now.

teafiend

Really? I tried a second infusion and thought it tasted like water.

teaplz

You guys are making me crave this tea. I adore artichokes; they’re my favorite vegetable! I really can’t wait to get my hands on a sample of this and the sesame. I’m not too thrilled about cucumber though. Not a fan!

Suzi

You make this sound so wonderful!

Cofftea

Teaplz, really??? The cucumber is my favorite. I have a huge tin so I didn’t buy it w/ the other 3 tins. Try it iced.

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drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

Since steeping ginseng green w/ Premium Sencha perameters went so well, I decided to try it w/ this. 1/2TB leaves, 2oz water @ 160 degrees, steeped for 90 sec. I like these perameters for steeping because it makes a green tea shot or green tea espresso type drink. Lots of flavor, caffeine, L-theanine, and tannins in very little water.

I just need to smell this to know this serving is different. While there is still a bit of sweetness on the nose, it smells much more savory than my past attempts. The flavor is very much like the the nose- very compact. Strong, but not bitter. Mainly savory, but w/ a hint of sweetness.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

4th infusion, 2min 40sec… don’t ask me where my other comments went…

Ricky

Haha, copy and paste them for safety.

Cofftea

Shouldn’t have to.

Ricky

They’re working on it ;)

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drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

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drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

infusion 7, 9min. I’m really surprised at how much of a nose dive this has taken between infusions 6 and 7… Some greens I get up to 10 infusions out of…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

infusion 6.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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100
drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

infusion 5.

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

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drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

infusions 3 and 4, 5 and 6 min respectively.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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