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This is one of my signature blends at Adagio. I created it because I LOVE Orange Chocolate. I’m originally from Buffalo, NY, and until I moved – I didn’t realize most people have never heard of or tried Orange Chocolate before. Anyhow…Since this blend is made up of 3 black flavored teas I knew it wouldn’t be a true Orange Chocolate so I added “dark” to the name. It’s smells a lot like Orange Chocolate but I was correct in my assumption…it tastes more like a DARK Chocolate with a small hints of Orange. The cream is barely there – if at all – but that is by design. The after-steep scent you lose a little of the orange scent, too. I have noticed it’s a very bold blend and I am certainly going to enjoy it more in the morning! Or when I need a pick-me-up! And I am glad that I ended up putting “Dark” because the more and more I sip it as I review it – it certainly reminiscent of DARK Chocolate…with a hint of orange. I’m liking it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Stacers1973

That sounds heavenly….

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100
drank Rooibos by Adagio Teas
25 tasting notes

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50
drank Sencha Overture by Adagio Teas
260 tasting notes

This isn’t a bad tea by any means. It definitely tastes like sencha. Buuut, it’s not as full flavored as other senchas I’ve had.

Those distinctly grassy, vegetal notes are present. They’re just…not quite as opaque. Almost like they’re slightly translucent? Someone needs to adjust this tea’s alpha channel. [Apologies, horrid photoshop reference there.]

To be fair, and maybe it’s because I’ve been drinking a lot more black tea, most green tea has a sense of translucence to it. The flavor in greens is always absolutely present, but most have a kind of watery quality to them. Which makes sense in a way, I guess. That characteristic is just more present in this tea.

All of this leads me to conclude that this might be a very good starter tea for someone who is looking to get into greens. However, as someone who has grown to acquire the taste of sencha it just isn’t cutting it. It’d do in a pinch, though.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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22
drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

This tin is so hard to open. I’ve already had to vacuum up little leaves off the floor. :(

DH says the dry leaf smells like Christmas. Well, I’ll see him his Christmas and raise him a pickle, combining to make a sort of pickle potpourri. If they, you know, made pickle potpourri…

But hey, I’m not judging. Yet.

The liquor smells more potpourri and less pickle. I smell something like cinnamon. No, more like Red Hots (or Hot Damn). I am insane. (Or not because I made DH try some and his first question was “Is this a cinnamon tea?”) But underneath the Red Hot, I smell cucumber. Ooookay. As it cools, I smell more cucumber, less Red Hot.

The taste is… kind of nifty. The main flavor is very cucumber. Juicy, musky, good cucumber. The Red Hot flavor is hanging out a little underneath the cucumber – pretty much a reverse of the smell – but it moves to the front as I hold it in my mouth.

Mentally, these tastes don’t seem to go but in actuality it works. It’s flavorful but not as overpowering as the smell would indicate so that’s good. Not sure if I want a Red Hot cucumber tea though so rating subject to change.

ETA: 2nd steep @ 7mins. The flavor isn’t as strong but pretty much all I can taste is diluted Red Hot. DH says this tea should be called Big Red. I concur.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Red hot??? Try it iced, it’s yummy:)

Auggy

Yep, the little candy Red Hots. Or Hot Damn but without the alcohol.

takgoti

Red hot flavor in a cucumber tea? Like you said, this sounds very contradictory. When I think cucumber, I think cucumber water, which makes me think cool and soothing. But if you say it works…hrm.

Auggy

Don’t get me wrong – it’s weird (and DH was not a fan) – but the tastes seem to mesh vs. trying to fight it out in my mouth. And even though it seems odd, I don’t make faces when I drink it so that’s a good sign, yeah?

Cofftea

I haven’t known anyone else that got that flavor.

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75
drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

I opened this tin and was greeted by a surprising vinegar/pickle scent. The tea retains some of the scent after steeping. The taste is definitely that of cucumber, which pairs nicely with the delicate white. I like cucumbers, but not necessarily in my tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Give it a try iced.

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71

I clearly see all of the ingredients and they are colorful. And look like dried fruit. This kind of smells like orange. I steeped for a couple of minutes or so. I’t brewed up to a light orange color. I will be experimenting with times. But this tastes like orange with a bite. And I think It’s good.

TeaEqualsBliss

I have pondered ordering this. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be too tart or too fruity. If one usually don’t like tart/fruity herbals…is this the better of the bunch or more mellow or the sourpuss type that one would or should or tend to stay away from? Just Curious

silvermage2000

Well I hear that raspberry patch and the summer strawberry in the adagio herbal section are not too sour. On this blood orange I used a short steeping time so I’t was not extremely tart. Thanks for replying to my post.

TeaEqualsBliss

Thanks for the suggestions/feedback – they help!!!! :)

LENA

it was pretty tart when I steeped it…but then again, I did it for the full amount of time.

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70
drank Chestnut by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

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70
drank Chestnut by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

I remember when I was younger visiting a friend that had Chestnut Trees on their street. We LOVED it when the Chestnuts fell from the trees…we would crack them open and take a sniff…they smelled just like these dry leaves! Sure does bring back memories!

After this tea steeps there is a bit of woodiness scent with the dried leaves and the taste is a mixture of Black Tea, Chestnut, and Vanilla. It’s quite interesting. I am enjoying it…I must admit it wouldn’t be something I would buy just to buy – I received it in the Holiday Flavors – I was looking for variety and really wanted the Candy Cane one so I figured why not try them all in the sampler! Regardless I am pleasantly surprised by this one. It’s strong and bold. I would guess flavored coffee drinkers might enjoy this one as well.

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89

Well, it looks like I can type 1,678,556 words a minute today…so…I guess that means it’s time to switch to greens, whites, oolongs, and rooibos teas and tisanes for the rest of the day! LOL

I haven’t had much Adagio Tea lately – only because my stash is filled with all sorts of companies at the moment…so…I am going to start randomly choosing (except for the 1 Oolong I have yet to try from Auggy!)

For this specific go-around with Adagio’s Artichoke Green I thought I would under infuse for a change – just to see if there was a difference…

The post-infusion liquid is still murky but the aroma is more like what I think an artichoke is to smell like. Buttery Artichokes…yup! Pretty much. Altho I like this tea basically anyway you infuse it…it does certainly taste different depending on steep times and amounts.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Cofftea

I agree- I use premium sencha parameters from Den’s tea to give it an extra savory flavor:)

TeaEqualsBliss

Interesting! Thanks for sharing that info! I hope to be trying some Den’s Teas soon!!!! I HOPE!

malomorgen

I sent Adagio an email yesterday asking if they plan to increase the number of teas in the European webshop (they got just the basic few now) – and today they answered that they are planning to offer 90% of their teas that are sold in the States. Very soon ;D So yay for Adagio…

TeaEqualsBliss

YAY for you! That’s AWESOME!!!!!

malomorgen

Yep it is :D I love them. Shopping and communication is very smooth and teas are very good (judging by silver needle i’m waiting for 3 new ones these days).

LiberTEAS

I like Adagio ok. I have been less impressed with their black teas than I have with their greens (like this one, the Artichoke green, is quite good). But they do have some really unique flavors and I have enjoyed some of the blends.

Cofftea

I’m a chai LOVER and even their chocolate chai is “meh” in my book… their green chai is really good though. I’m not a huge flavored blacks (and even less of unflavored blacks), but the ones I’ve tried (mostly dessert flavors) have been pretty good for the price.

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89

sweet and yummy. Didn’t overdue it in any way for a change! LOL
I’m thinking about trying this iced soon…bet it would be good…

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89

After finding I wasn’t really in the mood for Black or Black Flavored Tea today I sipped on this. I think I will be more into the Greens and Whites today!

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89

The resteep was a little grassier and less sweet IMO. Because I liked the way the 1st and 2nd Infusions tasted I think I might stop at two tho…don’t want to ruin my tea karma this afternoon…

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89

I am not fond of the dry leaf scent. The aroma morphs as it steeps, however. This I appreciate. It’s a typical Green Tea Coloring. The taste is sweet and green but without the harsh green aftertaste you can sometimes get. It’s hard to believe that this tea is an artichoke tea. Thumbs up for the creative-ness. It’s a pretty tasty tea. I am going to do resteeps/infusions and report back, too.

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89

Lovely! Half a cup! Full review tomorrow with my full cup!

Cofftea

Why did you only make half a cup?

LENA

and i’ll be right here to read it! :)

TeaEqualsBliss

LOL – I was on my way out the door and only had a lil hot water left for the day before leaving work! LOL

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60
drank Keemun Concerto by Adagio Teas
161 tasting notes

Time to try the hair-free tin!

I accidentally steeped the heck out of the cup but it doesn’t seem to matter. Moderately malty, middle of the road keemun. Just “so-so” in my book. I’ll probably blend it in with my Irish Breakfast or add mint just to spruce it up.

teaplz

Yay! No more honkin’ hairs! ;)

LENA

YAY INDEED!

Cynthia Carter

Mint – what a great idea!

Jillian

Mint seems to go good with just about every tea or tisane I’ve tried.

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60
drank Keemun Concerto by Adagio Teas
161 tasting notes

Ya’ll…..

There were 2 big, honkin’ hairs in my sample tin. My never been opened, until now sample tin. I know for a fact that those hairs were not mine. Should I tell Adagio? Is this common? Should I just pick them out and drink up?!?! Ideas?

Auggy

Uhm… gross. Way gross. I can offer no advice – part of me says to contact Adagio because well, gross! Another part of me says that people drink pu-ehr and find nail clippings and bird feathers in it so it could be worse. Nah, I think I’d contact Adagio. Cause yeah, gross.

LENA

Thanks girl. I’ll try the online chat thingy. Man, I can’t drink this now. Gross indeed.

Angrboda

I think it might be a good idea to inform Adagio. It could be a one-time problem, but it could also be something they could fix really easily. And if they’re any kind of decent, they’ll give you a replacement sample.

TeaEqualsBliss

I’ve never had a problem with Adagio – I LOVE their customer service – so – I would mention it to them – I am sure they will ‘take care of it’…at least I think they would.

teafiend

Ewwwww. I’m go to throughly examine all of my teas now. I would pick it out and still drink it the heat will kill any potential pathogens. Still, tell Adagio.

LENA

Ok, thanks guys. I just finished my online chat with Adagio. (very cool by the way) They are sending me a replacement sample and two more free samples of my choice. She said it was to make it worth the shipping on their side. SO COOL AND SO NICE TO DEAL WITH. She was very apologetic about the “discovery”. Gotta love Adagio!!!

Auggy

Yay for Adagio! Almost makes me wish I’d find hair in one of my tins!

LENA

HAHAHA! No you don’t! But they more than made up for it. I think I am going to dump out that whole sample and look through it though. Maybe my tin escaped inspection.

TeaEqualsBliss

See…I KNEW Adagio would come thru! They are awesome! :)

teaplz

Awesome that this got resolved, Lena! Because that’s pretty disgusting.

Eww, Auggy, you make me never want to try pu-ehr tea!

Angrboda

Teaplz, you can also get pu-ehrs loose. :) I’ve never had a real cake, but I’ve never ever found anything in any of the loose pu-ehrs that I’ve tried that hadn’t at one point been part of a plant.

Auggy

@teaplz: Hahaha! Yep, that’s my feeling! It took me 2 years to try it and I’ve only tried loose. I think a cake is not going to happen.

Jillian

I’m glad you got things sorted out so quickly, Lena. Stuff like this can happen pretty randomly, even in the best places, unfortunately.

Oolonga

It’s not fair to give this tea such a low rating, you haven’t even tried it. Not that 2 hairs can affect the taste, you know.
I remember you saying in one of your reviews that you are not a girly girl but you are acting totally like one, he he :)

Cofftea

So the question is, what samples did you pic?:)

LENA

I picked white Silver Needle and Darjeeling #2. I’m really impressed with their customer service.

LENA

@ Oolonga – I thought about that after the fact (and after my hissy fit). I can’t take away the rating all together, so I just moved it to a neutral 50.

You don’t know me! :)

Auggy

Oolonga sounds like one of the brave ones that would have no fear when faced with a pu-ehr cake!

Suzi

@ Oolonga – LOL! I generally would tend to agree with you – hairs don’t gross me out at all, because I shed my waist-length mane like crazy – but I know for a lot of people it’s at the top of the GROOOOOOOOSS list.

Glad Adagio is making it up to you, Lena!

LENA

I’m jealous of anyone with a mane…I have fine hair. Limits the styles…booo!

Oolonga

LENA F.
Glad you changed your mind :)

Auggy
To be honest, I haven’t met a pu-ehr cake in person yet but I guess I will be able to handle it…

teaplz

I don’t mind hair… as long as it’s mine! But someone else’s… blech. Like Auggy pointed out, there are way grosser things to find in your tea (nail clippings? I think I’d gag), but still.

Lena, I love your use of the word “honking” in your post, by the way!

LENA

@ Auggy – oh man, if I would have seen a fingernail clipping or a bird’s feather I probably would have thrown up. I may not be a girly girl, but I don’t have a cast-iron stomach! No pu-erh cakes for me!

Auggy

A cigarette butt was also on the list of nasty things people had found in their cakes. Dead bugs another. Yeah. Not cool. I guess that is a VERY good reason why people give their pu ehr a rinse before drinking it! Not like that’d wash a fingernail out…

takgoti

Ew. Ew. EW. EWWWWW.

This thread has turned me off trying a pu-erh cake. For now, anyway. EW.

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74
drank Sweet Potato Pie by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

I can’t help but compare this one to Samovar’s Yunnan Golden Buds, which is unflavored but tastes of baked sweet potatoes with butter and brown sugar (in other words, awesome). I’ll tell you right off – this one? Doesn’t win the contest. But at the same time, I like it. For me, it needs milk and sugar to really work, but with those additions it tastes like uncooked sweet potatoes with a starchy undernote that makes me think of the baked Yukon Gold potato I had yesterday). It’s a solid tea with some good texture to it, which I really like for the mornings. Bold and thick, it makes a good morning tea that is just fine in a tumbler (something I don’t think I’d ever attempt to do with YGB). So while this isn’t anywhere near the delicious sweet potato-ness of YGB, I still like it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Cofftea

Oh now I need to try YGB! Thanks for the comparison:)

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74
drank Sweet Potato Pie by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

Anybody have any idea what the tea base of this is? Adagio’s site doesn’t say but I know typically they use Ceylon, yes? But this tastes more like an Assam. Bake-y and a little malty. Or maybe I’m on crack. Either or.

Smell-wise, I get a lot of bake-y smell then followed with sweet potato – a not fully cooked sweet potato casserole maybe. DH got the bake-y, too, but he thought of some sort of rich biscotti.

Taste-wise, it’s a mix of sweet potato casserole, raw sweet potato and pumpkin pie for me. I could taste a faint marshmallow after the sip but had to look for it – only got it on the inhale after a large sip. The first was a bake-y taste that made me think of pie crust. Then the mid-taste which hit me as very much potato-y and alternated between cooked and raw (there was a sort of crispness to the smell that made me think raw). (DH is going with a predominately pumpkin pie taste).

So yeah, weird to have a tea taste like sweet potato but I kind of love it. Some of the notes (particularly the bake-y) reminded me of the much loved Thomas Sampson which is why I wonder if this has an Assam base. I do think I will love this tea.

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

By default I’d say ceylon. But shoot them an email or click on “Chat with our tea expert” to ask:)

LENA

now THAT’S what I’m talking about. now I’m eager to try it!

Auggy

I think that’s the default base of most flavored teas… I just get such a crust smell and taste from it… Will try the chat thing.

….

Never used the chat thing but it works well – yay for instant gratification! Yes, it is Ceylon and (in case anyone needs this information) all of their new savory teas are gluten-free.

Auggy

@Lena: I kind of love it. It’s weird at first but the potato flavor seems very natural and not too strong or out of place. If the rest of the sample tin works out like this first cup did, I will be getting more.

kat

Sounds awesome. I was wondering about this tea cuz I LOVE sweet potatoes, thanks for the review!

LiberTEAS

Auggy: I emailed Adagio to ask them what tea they used in this, and they replied back that it is a Ceylon. I wrote to them to ask because it does taste like Assam to me too – maybe not entirely Assam, but it does have a malt note to it, so I thought that maybe it was a blend of Assam and Ceylon.

I really like this tea too.

Auggy

Yeah, it has that starchy taste to it that makes me think Assam. So I suppose that must come from… the flavoring?

LiberTEAS

I don’t know… I suppose so. It’s a tasty tea, though.

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20
drank Ginger Peach by Adagio Teas
161 tasting notes

ICK! One more time. ICK! Where’s the peach? The ginger is so overwhelming and artificial tasting. If the tea wasn’t labled “Ginger Peach” I would have sworn it was just a Ginger flavored black tea. Adagio offers a flavored ginger tea, so I can’t imagine how much stronger and intense that tea would be. Yikes! I love ginger but this is just too much. I found myself grimacing and scrunching up my nose trying to finish the cup. And one cup was enough for me. The taste is lingering…and it’s not the most pleasant.

This one is going into the drawer of misfit teas in hope to be swapped at a later date.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75

I’m having a cuppa this after my lunch…still hungry…sigh…

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75

I HAD to throw my lunch away…bleh. Decided to do a 2nd cup of this tho!!! I’m going thru my snack drawer at work – which is REALLY thin – mind you – and found some dehydrated sweetened Pineapple. They are surprisingly good to nibble on while sipping this tea.

Cofftea

Pineapple and sesame tea? Weird. LOL:) Why did you have to throw your lunch away?

TeaEqualsBliss

It’s was plain brown rice – boil in a bag – no flavor – but it looked bad – grossed me out! LOL

Cofftea

You were just going to have rice? Nothing else? Ick lol.

TeaEqualsBliss

Well…it was the only thing I had to eat…didn’t have cash on me. Usually I will have it with Hummus. No hummus in sight, however…

Cofftea

Hummus! Yum. I’m thinking of trying to make matcha hummus.

TeaEqualsBliss

Let me know how that goes! :P

Cofftea

Ok, let me rephrase that- I’m thinking of trying it after someone else makes it. Yes, I know- I’m a hypocritcal wimp lol. I’d have no clue how much to put in.

Cofftea

Thinking… How about steeping a 2nd infusion (you DON’T need to add anymore caffeine lol) to make matcha… or maybe a matcha made w/ genmaicha?

TeaEqualsBliss

interesting…

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75

Thought I would pair this with my lunch today. I’m having brown rice which isn’t all that great because it’s the kind you nuke…but…I was hungry and didn’t have any cash on me…so…anyhow…thank GOD the tea is better than the rice! Will just have to fill up on tea, I guess…

Bethany

I still have a sample of this lying around. I was so excited to try it, but I keep putting it off for some reason! Glad to hear it’s tasty.

TeaEqualsBliss

If at first you don’t succeed try to steep again…the tastes are totally different with the different timing. Not sure if you want to start a little weak and then move up to stronger or not…not sure how much you like soy or sesame…

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I have toasted sesame seeds before and this is certainly what they smell like, indeed! Once steeped, however, they just smell like regular sesame seeds. The leaves are greasy looking – which is something ‘new’ from Adagio. It’s not a bad tea…I actually somewhat like it. It’s a strong and bold taste so if you are looking for something a little lighter…try understeeping and/or less loose leaf while steeping. I’m thinking about using this to make rice for flavoring just for the heck of it. Not bad…E for effort. Nice creative attempt on something new.

TeaEqualsBliss

I ate some toast with this…it was a wonderful pair!

Madison Bartholemew

Making the rice with it is a really good idea!

Cofftea

I had the same idea. 2.25 grams per serving of rice steeped in the water for 5 min at boiling before adding the rice.

TeaEqualsBliss

NICE! (Or should I say RICE!?)

Jillian

Mmm that sounds like a nice idea.

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56
drank Gingerbread by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

I thought I would give this one another try. I’m still not very fond of it BUT I understeeped to see the difference and I think I like it understeeped for a change usually I like the more bold and dark and powerful types of tastes but this one I enjoy on the lighter side…the ole’ less is more theory.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec
I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

At least you’ve found a way to make the tea work for you. Congrats.

Robert Godden

I think I would like this one

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