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74
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
784 tasting notes

Hmm. Not sure about this one. Steeps up pretty dark. Not many of the flavors coming through. I’ll have to try more pearls next time.

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75
drank Ti Kuan Yin by Adagio Teas
3 tasting notes

First impressions, very good light and surprisingly fresh flavour, with a floral fragrence

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75

I knew there was hazelnut as soon as I opened the tin! I like this combo – I am glad the company accidentally sent me two tins!

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85
drank Wuyi Ensemble by Adagio Teas
248 tasting notes

This is one of my favorite oolong because of its slight nutty flavor. Unfortunately this will be my last pot for a while since I just finished off the tin.

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drank Wuyi Ensemble by Adagio Teas
248 tasting notes

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drank Wuyi Ensemble by Adagio Teas
248 tasting notes

Haven’t been logging tea because I’ve been having a stressful week with moving back to LA for school, unpacking, doing extra training for my research lab, classes starting up again… BUT I would not have been able to do any of this without my wonderful tea collection. And wuyi ensemble is a wonderful way to wake up.

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75
drank Jasmine #5 by Adagio Teas
6 tasting notes

I love this jasmine! I drink it anytime — day or night. Also excellent for cooking jasmine rice in your home rice cooker; simply steep your tea and add to your cooker as you would water with your rice. Don’t over-steep this tea, however. It gets bitter very easily.

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75
drank Darjeeling #22 by Adagio Teas
6 tasting notes

I don’t drink black teas at all, but I wanted to at least give a darjeeling a shot. I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a very lovely black that doesn’t prove to be very overpowering for my green-and-white-preferred tongue. It’s over-caffeinated for someone of my tolerance — I was shaking after a couple cups! Great with milk and honey.

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75
drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
6 tasting notes

I absolutely love this tea. I first sampled a white blueberry at Seattle’s Queen Mary Tea Room and fell instantly in love. Unfortunately, they no longer carry it as they claimed their supplier went down in quality. Adagio’s has continued to be consistent, at least so far as I can tell. An excellent tea where the blueberries are well-balanced with the white tea. Could stand to have a few more blueberries in there, though.

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75
drank Genmai Cha by Adagio Teas
6 tasting notes

Genmaicha is my favorite green tea. I love the strength of this tea, and the smoothness. The fragrance has always reminded me of the ocean for some inexplicable reason. It’s a very clean tea that I drink when I want to feel cleansed.

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59
drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

Made this for my friend Helen today. 2.25g/3oz water and then added 3oz milk. No sweetener.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I don’t really like this tea, but I’m gonna try one thing before dumping these leaves. 2nd infusion, 6min steeped in 3oz water and then added 3oz of a creamer/milk combo. 1TB each spiced rum, vanilla, and white chocolate creamers and the rest (~1oz) milk. Eh. Not to bad I guess considering I don’t like it. The lemongrass gets lost which doesn’t hurt my feelings, I don’t like lemongrass in my chai. And the coconut and white chocolate play nicely together considering I don’t care for either one separately.

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59
drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

I’m nervous about trying this tea. I don’t like coconut, but came in a sampler set that I got so it’s not like I intentionally bought it per se. I knew I’d like the other ones in the sampler so I hoped for the best with this one.

When I open the tin I’m even more worried. The only thing I can smell is the coconut. No spices. No lemon grass. No ceylon black tea.

Since this has large pieces of flavoring, I decided to measure it by the teaspoon instead of the industry standard of 2.25g/serving. I steep it in 6oz boiling purified water for 5 min.

The tea has a medium amber color, kind of surprising for a ceylon.

The sent when steeped is definitely of coconut… I hope I don’t regret wasting this teaspoon of tea.

While I’m not a fan of coconut, assuming a person drinking it would like it does, I’m very glad I measured the tea by the teaspoon (it’s more dense than 2.25g/teaspoon). Served unsweetened.

It’s a very weak tea, but I’m not sure if I’d prefer it stronger or not. The first thing that hits me is the coconut of course. Second, I taste the lemongrass… well kinda… I really only taste the grass part of the lemongrass. Finally the spices, but it’s not really the flavor the spices. It just burns my throat. There is absolutely no flavor of the black tea, infact because of the “grass” part of the lemongrass this could be mistaken as a green tea chia.

My conclusions: Do I like it? No. Would someone that likes coconut like it? Probably. Would I like it better stronger? I’m not sure. Would someone else? Probably. Would I drink it again? Probably, if that was my only option. Would I buy it again? No. Serving suggestions: unsweetened, steeped partially or entirely in coconut milk if milk is desired, a touch of pineapple juice or a few (dried, candied, or fresh) pieces added during steeping? More leaf used during steeping? Maybe. I voted it thumbs down because I personally don’t like it and I’m not sure someone else would think it’s strong enough when steeped by industry standards, which would be even weaker than the way I steeped it. I also rate a tea based on number of infusions I can get and I’m leary I’ll be able to get the average of 3 good infusions..

Cofftea

the 2nd infusion surprised me. First, there was virtually no aroma to it. Second, there was almost no coconut in this infusion at all. The lemon that was hiding in the 1st infusion came back as the dominant. Then the sweetness, but not the flavor, of the coconut. And last the warmth of the spice. There was a faint taste of tea, but it was more of a sencha then a ceylon

Jillian

I find it actually tastes quite good just with regular skim milk. You’re right in that it doesn’t have the harsh spices of a Masala chai but I personally felt the tea was plenty strong for what it was supposed to be and that the flavours mixed nicely. Maybe try fiddling around with the amounts and the steeping time?

Cofftea

The 3rd infusion was a lot like the 2nd. 1 min extra steeping time as always (up to 7 now). No aroma. When I take my 1st sip it tastes like a light lemon herbal tea. Then about halfway I get to the spices that are oddly stronger than the 2nd steeping, yet lighter than the 1st. Still no black tea taste to speak of. These leaves are dead. 3 infusions max here, if that.

Cofftea

Thanks Jillian, but I don’t like this tea enough weak to want to fiddle around and possibly waste more tea due to me liking it even less. And I tend to drink teas that taste good when prepared to industry standards.

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75

Earthy and dark. Full bodied and almost chocolaty. I was surprised to like this since I don’t always go for teas this dark. Neat to watch the pearls unfurl.

Cofftea

The 2nd and 3rd infusions just aren’t as fun since they’re unfurled. Just as good though.

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75
drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
30 tasting notes

This smelled stronger than it tasted. While we liked it, we wanted more pumpkin flavor…

75
drank Spiced Apple Chai by Adagio Teas
30 tasting notes

Hubby and I loved this! It tasted as good as it smelled!

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75
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
1630 tasting notes

This is the last of the tea in my little sample tin. It’s maybe not my favorite plain black tea but I still enjoyed its unique taste and found it a very pleasing drink for waking me up in the morning or shaking the tiredness out of me during the day.

I’ll likely re-order at some point in the future; maybe not a full tin, but I’ve been eyeing Adagio’s black tea sampler which this is part of.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Ricky

Out of the black tea sampler, I think I enjoyed this one the best. I’m not a fan of smokiness and this one was the most natural tasting to me. Err, natural is probably a bad choice of words, the one with the least earthy mucky dirt taste.

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
1630 tasting notes

This makes a nice wake-me-up tea; strong, straightforward, and not too complex.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
1630 tasting notes

Yawns It’s nice to have something strong to wake my up in the morning.

I finally got my order from Adagio this morning, whoot! I’ll tear into it sometime later today. :D

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
1630 tasting notes

Another long steep but this time I added a bit of skim milk which made it taste considerably better. It’s back to that sort of vegetal smokiness which is nothing like the sort of smokiness you get from a Lapsang Souchong BTW, instead it tastes rather tanin-laced.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
1630 tasting notes

I re-steeped the leaves from the last cup (adding a minute onto the previous steeping time) and found that the taste this time around is lighter and there’s also a curious hint of spice. Le gaspeth Could this be the elusive pepper flavour the tea gurus speaketh of???

I honestly have no idea, but if you squint and use your imagination I suppose the flavour might be considered peppery. shrugs Maybe I’m just crazy and this tea has finally driven me mad! ;)

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Auggy

While tea-induced madness IS totally possible, I do think that spicy taste is the elusive pepper… if you squint your eyes and tilt your head just right… Or we’ll just say it is, k? :)

Jillian

Sounds good! :D

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
1630 tasting notes

Six minutes is too long to steep this tea I think, as there’s a bitter bite of tanins in the flavour. Some milk might leaven it out so maybe I’ll try it that way next time.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
1630 tasting notes

I resteeped the leaves from last night and they were plenty strong enough to provide me with another cuppa this morning. This tea does lose a lot of its unique qualities on the resteep I’ve noticed, and it tasted more like a slightly smokey generic (but still high quality) black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
1630 tasting notes

Halloween party tonight and what better way to make sure I’m bright and awake? I think I used a bit too much dry leaf because it has a slightly bitter aftertaste but oddly enough it almost seems to work with the smokiness of the tea. (And sorry, still not tasting any pepper.)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

Oh thank you! Finally someone else who can find the smokiness in Yunnan! I think of it as sort of in the vein as Lapsang Souchong, only milder, but that if you don’t like one, chances are you won’t like the other either. I’ve stopped mentioning that because people kept looking funny and started talking about pepper. I can’t remember having found any pepper either. I was beginning to think my memory had been playing tricks on me.

Jillian

Exactly! I had pepper on my pasta for lunch and it sure the heck didn’t taste anything like this tea does. It reminds me more of the Russian Caravan teas that I drink – although it has different undertones.

East Side Rob

Has anyone — other than the guys who write the descriptions for the tea companies — ever tasted pepper or spice? With Yunnans, I taste maltiness and a caramel thing. But spice? I haven’t found one Yunnan that matches that description. I think we’re onto something here.

Angrboda

I have on occassion encountered something that I’ve described as having a spicey taste, but how we perceive flavour is so individual so that might easily be my own definition of a spicey taste that someone else would describe differently.

Auggy

Sometimes I pick up a taste that tastes like my pepper mill smells. I assume that’s what they’re talking about and go ahead and call that ‘peppery’, but that’s the closest I’ve really gotten (because the way a pepper mill smells and tastes are two different things… not that I go around licking pepper mills or anything).

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