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80
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!

Preparation
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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63
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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63
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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79
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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90
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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80
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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15

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?

Preparation
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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78
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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100
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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100
drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

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100
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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100
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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100
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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100
drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

2 infusions, 2.25g of leaf steeped in 6oz water for 3 and 4 min respectively. Don’t let my rating fool you, this is a WONDERFUL tea… but I it wasn’t what I was expecting. While the liquor looks like the left over water from cooked spinach or artichokes, both the raw and steeped leaves smell fruity (kinda like their mango green) and it tastes fruity as well. Based on the flavor I’d give it a 100, but as far as it supposed to being an artichoke tea… it misses the mark.

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

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100
drank Lapsang Souchong by Adagio Teas
32 tasting notes

This is such a love it or hate it tea. Me? I love it. Tastes like a campfire. I’m a camping sort of person, so that works out well for me. Perfect on a gloomy, rainy, cold night.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Peppermint by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

One word: minty. I may have steeped this at too high of a temperature, so I’ll let the water chill for a minute next time.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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63

I got my new teas! And this one for some reason has been nagging me to drink it. I used two balls for a decently sized cup, but decided against using my tea ball so I could watch them unfurl. So cool, but then I realized that this is probably why I over steep everything.
This is the darkest liquor I’ve encounter. When I went to scoop out the leaves, after about an inch I lost sight of my spoon. The leaves are long and very a chocolaty brown. When dried the definite smelt like cocoa.

Funny story, I opened my package at the start of my Entomology class out of pure excitement, and let my friends and professor smell the tins. Everyone immediately jumped to chocolate at this one and was highly confused at the artichoke. I do believe I made a few converts, even if their in it just so I bump their grade up. Thus is the power of being the TA with the grade book.

The tea smells bittersweet and a touch cocoa like, but very clearly black. The taste is strong and bold, but smooth. The feel is more coffee-like to me with that (good)acidic/tangy bite. The complexity is fun to mill over, and I feel predominately its earthy with that strange not-quite-sweetness edging in.

Now that its cooled down, I definitely tasting chocolate notes. That aside, it tastes like most black teas and isn’t quite distinctive for me to re-buy, but I will throughly enjoy my sample size.

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

This is one of the teas I ordered with my savory teas, and I can’t wait to try it. Damn you Canadian customs, don’t you know I need my tea?!

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64
drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
104 tasting notes

Snowbud makes a good cup of white tea with a subtle, yet distinctive taste. It’s a bit grassy and a bit minerally, but very smooth and with just a hint of tea aroma. The color is a barely there yellow, which reinforces the subtlety of the tea in general. If you’re looking for a smooth, mellow tea that’s hard no to like, this is it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Citron Green by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

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drank Citron Green by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

I don’t quite get the “froot loops” smell that others have mentioned—Earl Grey Bravo smells more like that to me. Regardless, this does have a very strong lemon-lime scent. As usual, I expected the tea to be overwhelmed by the flavor, but I found the citrus to balance quite nicely. A tasty tea that makes me feel summery.

I even resteeped for five minutes and it made a good, while noticeably weaker, cup.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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65

Taken with no additives.
Rich, well-balenced light oolong with well developed jasmine flavor.
Not over powering jasmine and as the tea cools the jasmine does not take on any unpleasantness.
Very nice.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

One of my faves!

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80
drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
161 tasting notes

Just returned from a hard day of Christmas shopping. It’s pouring rain. My shoes and socks were soaked through. I HATE having wet feet. It’s just one of those things with me. It will ruin my whole day. As this was steeping, I put on some warm socks and a pair of slippers…yes, very glamorous, I know. I go to the fridge…no milk. I really like this tea with a little milk and sugar, or honey. Looks like I’ll be making a trip to Publix…in the rain.

Crap.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
sophistre

I hate those days! Maybe the miserable weather and the anticipation will make it a sweeter cup for all of the trouble…maybe. ;)

Marie

Totally hear ya on being out of milk when craving a nice cup of hot black tea. It will be so worth it though. Then once you get back you can rest easy. :)

Kitch3ntools

i hate wet socks with a passion too!!

teaplz

I just liked this for your wet socks problem. EW. One of my worst experiences was having to sit on a bus with air conditioning when it had rained. I had somehow waded into some serious puddles, and the water had crept from my ankles all the way to the knees of my jeans. And my socks were wet. :( And I was on the bus for an hour and a half. :( BOO RAIN!

Angrboda

I’m so with you on the socks thing. This summer I was going on a course in Copenhagen and it had been raining a lot so I wisely decided to bring a pair of dry socks in my bag. When it was time to go home it had started raining again and I was desperate for warm dry feet, so as soon as I got on the train home I stupidly changed my socks. It was AWESOME for about 30 seconds. Made the rest of the journey home with bare feet and two pairs of wet socks in my bag.

LENA

I’m not alone! Yay! After the trip to Publix, I totally crashed with my tea. It was worth it…I drank several cups last night. Mmmm!

takgoti

I must join in the hating of the wet feet. Stick me in the woods with a tent and a lot of rain and people yelling at one another and everything being generally crappy, and I can manage. But add wet socks and shoes to the picture and get ready for me to crack some heads. Plus, shoes take effing for*ever* to dry.

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80
drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
161 tasting notes

I threw in a little Irish Breakfast on top of yesterday’s leftover Keemun Concerto. Yum. This tea is comforting and heavy…malty and smokey. Fantastic for a cold, rainy and generally yucky day. Taken with milk and a little Truvia. Does anyone else have an opinion on this Truvia stuff? I came across it by way of my local tea shop. They have packets out on their tables with the Splenda, raw sugar, etc. Just curious if this is the latest and greatest in the world of sweeteners.

denisend

Truvia – supposed to be more pure form of Stevia. I’ve not had Truvia but I have had Stevia, and it has a horrible aftertaste. Theoretically, the processing that Truvia undergoes gets rid of the aftertaste.

How was it?

LENA

not too bad in a splenda-like way. i didn’t use very much in this cup, so i’m not a very good judge yet.

Danielle

i usually use Agave nectar in my teas…but if i ever use sugar i use Truvia. I never had a taste for splenda…i thought that it had that funny after taste. So when i use Truvia, i only use a half a packet and i think it tastes fine. I dont notice a yucky after taste like in splenda.

Cofftea

@Danielle, your 1st sentence is contradictory. Sugar is not stevia. You are right in only using half a packet. Stevia is 2x as sweet as sugar.

teaplz

Cofftea, I’m pretty sure she just meant sweetener, instead of sugar in that first sentence.

Jillian

Whenever I use a sweetener I prefer to go natural, usually with honey. I try to avoid artificial sweeteners if possible because many of them contain aspartame which is a bit dodgy health-wise.

Cofftea

@Jillian, absolutely. Aspartame is notoriously known for making depression worse for those who suffer from it. I go w/ stevia because it’s the only natural calorie free option… although honey is very healthy for you. I’d love to try ROT’s honeys w/ tea in them.

kat

@cofftea, is it your mission each day to get on here and piss on and irritate people on purpose? I have read sooooo many of your comments to people that are just rude. Does this make u feel good or what?

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