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Another one of my new Adagio teas. The first thing that hits me when I open the canister is the sweet odor of coconut follow closely on its heels by the vanilla.

The taste is quite similar in this regard although underneath I can also taste the malty Irish Breakfast. This tea has such a rich, creamy flavour that I feel like I need to look up the nutritional info to see how much fat it contains! ;D

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
takgoti

Ohhh don’t you just love it when you find a really rich tasting tea? Makes me want to throw it in the faces of all the fat free, no fat, sugar free, flavor free diet food manufacturers and say, “THIS! THIS IS HOW YOU DO RICH TASTE WITHOUT THE FAT. DRINK IT. LEARN.”

Jillian

Oh totally, I’m all, “I BEAT THE FRICKIN’ SYSTEM, NA NA!”
LOL! XD

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94
drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

So I just returned from the gym and a hard core workout that was fueled by some dark Yorkshire Harrogate which I am so in love with. But I needed a green soft tea for my palette and I chose this one because I’m running out of greens and its only 1 of 2 I have left. Genuis I know. I’m very pleased…I let the brew cool more which is what I’ve been working on lately after continuous attempts at sipping it hot and not getting a burnt tongue. Well my attempts were futile to say the least! So now I’m detecting so many different notes with this tea that I’m finally letting roll around my mouth and REALLY taste for a change. WOW! DUH. I thought I just liked everything hot hot hot, but I’ll leave that to The Cure for now. There is such sweetness apparent now! I taste a sugar cookie like taste with this tea and its really good! Subtle and sweet and just plain good. I’ve taken it thru 2 steeps already with great results and am hoping for a 3rd. Yum…just a delicate sweetness of a biscuit and honey…good times. Third times a charm right? Let me go see..

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Ricky

I had this yesterday and I loved it!

takgoti

This does sound delicious. With Steepsterites’ powers combined, I may accumulate enough Adagio tea wants to justify an order.

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94
drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

Mmmm Tastes very smooth and nicely sweet. Really light yet flavorful tea. One of my faves.

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

OK I think I was pushing it a tad when I said its one of my faves..its not bad but it ain’t all that either!

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91
drank Jade Oolong #18 by Adagio Teas
19 tasting notes

I really like this. Going straight to my shopping list. More . . .

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88
drank Assam Harmony by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

I continue my unintentional experiment with less than exact tea-making parameters. I’m taking it as an opportunity to try a more intuitive style of tea making.

Okay, honestly, I just don’t know how much liquid the cups hold so I’m having to guesstimate so that I don’t make the tea too watery or too strong. Or give someone a huge cup only one-third filled.

Anyway, it makes me happy that this tea is forgiving enough to still be good when I am not able to control all the factors involved in brewing (who you calling a control-freak, huh?). The flavor is strong, smooth and bake-y but I wish there was a little more thickness to the feel of this tea. For the stout taste of it I feel like I should almost be able to chew it so I’m a little disappointed that I can’t. But I still really like this tea (so much so that my sample tin has now gone bye-bye). There was a hint of almost barely tart/bitterness at the end of the sip but it wasn’t unpleasant. Both the husband and I enjoyed it straight but the father-in-law added a little sugar for his.

This is quite the yummy tea and it’s definitely opened me up to wanting to try lots of other Assams, something I had previously written off as I tea I just didn’t enjoy. But for those that like their Assams more in-your-face, this might be a little smooth and less chewy than they might prefer.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Assam Harmony by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

My first contact with this tea was successful and I wanted to see how it would do if I did the full 5 minute steep.

It’s good – and I’m saying that without having added sugar or milk to it. The bake-y flavor from before has become a malty flavor and there is a little bit of dryness/tannin in the aftertaste. The tea has no bitterness and a nice, full flavor.

This makes me think of the time a tasting specialist from Starbucks spoke at a meeting I went to and gave us coffee samples to highlight the different qualities to different types coffee beans. I wasn’t a big coffee fan but there was one he gave us – a pretty expensive, high-quality one – that was surprisingly smooth and rich without being acidic (a taste/feel I always associate with coffee). That’s what this tea reminds me of.

The smoothness of this makes me happy, but I could easily see people who prefer a more in-your-face Assam thinking this is too smooth or mild. But I think that someone who likes drinking a rougher Assam with sugar and milk would enjoy this one straight.

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

I went to a similar coffee tasting thing a couple of months ago. It was fun that there were so many things about it that I could recognise from tea, like growing height for the coffee berries being important to the general quality of the coffee and with how it wasn’t irrelevant how long it took to brew the coffee. It was really interesting. I learned a lot of stuff that technically I already kinda knew. :) I had never considered the fact that coffee has a sour taste until then, though. Especially one that he gave us, I think it was from Africa (I want to say Kenya… Can’t remember where I put my notes), that when it cooled off a bit tasted almost like someone had squeezed lemon juice in it. It took quite a few days before I could make myself make a cup of my normal instant coffee at home, although I had been inspired to drink coffee. I’d finally found one that was just right and easy to make what with being instant, I didn’t want to discover that it was crap. :)

Auggy

Hahah! Yep, sometimes learning something new means I have to forget what I’ve learned in order to continue enjoying some things! But learning about coffee made me think that I might actually enjoy some coffee out there – I’m just too lazy to find it. :)

takgoti

Coffee cupping got pretty big in the DC area not too long ago and there have been a lot of places that do it up right popping up lately. Unfortunately, having given up coffee almost completely I can’t really take advantage of it. It really takes a sledgehammer to my system. This post makes me miss it, though. Just a smidge.

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88
drank Assam Harmony by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

I’m singing ‘Cup of Brown Joy’ today. When I say Assam you say lovely. Assam! Lovely! Assam! Lovely!

Anyway… Yesterday was a good tea day. I drank 3 cups shy of 4L of tea – and it was all delish. So today’s quandary was: do I take a risk with a new tea and possibly upset the good tea karma from yesterday or do I go with tried and true to keep the wonderness flowing?

I decided to be a little daring and try this one. (I could have been more daring – I still have one Adagio custom blend to try…) And it’s official – I like Assams. I wasn’t sure because in the past I had only had some not so great ones and didn’t know if my dislike of them was related to the fact that they were Assams or the fact that they weren’t high quality. Totally option two.

This was very smooth – absolutely zero hint of bitterness so I definitely could have brewed it the full 5 minutes I think (but brewing unknown blacks that long scares me). I got a very bake-y quality from it. Like a nice bread. It took me a while to place it and I might be off (my mouthwash from last night has a disturbing amount of staying power – I can STILL feel it on my tongue so it’s dulled my sense of taste a bit – boo!) but ultimately I came up with that it tastes like the cookie part of a chocolate chip cookie. I didn’t get a chocolate taste from it, but you know how there are some cookies that skimp on the chocolate chips so you just end up with a bite of cookie, no chocolate? But it doesn’t taste like a sugar cookie (unless it’s a brown sugar cookie)? That’s the taste I was getting from this.

Right now I’m intentionally tying this one with Adagio’s Irish Breakfast for the rating but I’m going to have to see which one truly reigns supreme (once the mouthwash taste goes away and I can have a fair taste-off or something). But yeah, two thumbs up.

Now, must go watch the Brown Joy video again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
takgoti

Damn you, now I’m going to have to go watch it again.

Auggy

Muahahaha! My evil plan is working. Excellent.

Cynthia Carter

I love that video! I also like this tea, I have a sample of it somewhere I’ve been neglecting.

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84

Backlogging…ICED…sending the rest to friends…

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84

Finished up my large pitcher of ICED – ahhhhh

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Backlogging…ICED…see previous reviews…

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Yeah…I don’t think I will drink this hot anymore…ICED really IS the way to go! Very nice…ICED!

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I made a HUGE pitcher of this ICED yesterday and forgot to log. I really think the way to go with this one is ICED. It makes more sense than having it hot. Yesterday I really remember the pear taste popping out.

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84

baklogging…puckery today

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84

The more I drink this the more I like it. I steeped for about 2-3 minutes today and it’s great. I still have to send a sample of this to my friend in Norway…I think she would be proud! :P

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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84

I hand picked which leaves I steeped today and it was a little bit more tart than I like…will stick to the ‘blend’ from now on…still a good cup tho!

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Hot Review – if you are looking for a COLD/Iced Review…click on my other tasting notes.

I LOVE how you can see chunks of pear in this! Another observation is that there really isn’t that much Black Currant Flavored in there but that is by design. Even tho I blended a Black Flavored, an herbal, and a white together I think the White Tea is the more prominent and that is what I was hoping for.

The coloring is that of an oolong, really…at least that is what comes to mind first.

The first and 2nd infusions are quite different but both fun and yummy. The first one was more fruity but not tart…thirst quenching and relaxing. The 2nd infusion is more earthy or leafy with hints of cherry and pear and maybe hidden currant like tones. It’s also a comfort. And I really like the way the label came out on this one! :)
Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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84

ICED Review – I’m liking this iced (as well as hot which I will review soon, hot, but I am thinking Iced is pretty awesome – if I do say so myself)

Fruity but not tart, sweet and thirst quenching. Fun and colorful dry leaf…medium white color tint to the tea once brewed. If you like White teas – flavored and if you are afraid of fruity herbals because you think they are too tart…try this…you might just like it! It’s a happy medium.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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Cinnamon and spice chocolate taste. Not a very smooth chocolate tho. The steeped aroma isn’t too bad but I’m just not sure about this taste. It reminds me when I was in grade school and used to chew on my pencil…that aftertaste you had…ek…with Cocoa Powder on it…yeah…that’s it…Cocoa Powder flavored pencil wood.

takgoti

That doesn’t sound terribly appetizing.

Jillian

Mmm, pencil wood…. ;p

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75
drank Grapefruit Oolong by Adagio Teas
1868 tasting notes

I decided to see how long I could make this tea last – I got four good steepings out of it before there was any significant weakening of the flavour.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C

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75
drank Grapefruit Oolong by Adagio Teas
1868 tasting notes

This oolong seem quite ‘woody’ to me. A significant portion of what’s in my sample canister would probably qualify as twigs rather than tea leaves. I wonder if Adagio decided to run the whole tea bush through the woodchipper!

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

Promising name though. ;-)

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75
drank Grapefruit Oolong by Adagio Teas
1868 tasting notes

I dialed down the steeping time and this tea doesn’t taste as woody – I’m found out what the taste reminds me off. You know the temperate rainforest on the cost of BC (and Washington, Oregon)? The tea makes me think of wet cedar bark, slowly decomposing in the moist climate and covered with a thick layer of green moss. Or that might just be my inner Ecologist showing. ;)

I’m also picking up the spicy note a bit more clearly, it tastes like a mix of cloves and pepper. The grapefruit is just a subtle flavour in the background.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

Their white grapefruit rocks @ 3mins so I can imagine this one does at approx that time as well=P

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75
drank Grapefruit Oolong by Adagio Teas
1868 tasting notes

I resteeped the leaves from last night and it’s more grapefruit-y than the first steeping although there’s still a hint of woodiness and sweetness.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Grapefruit Oolong by Adagio Teas
1868 tasting notes

I’m still getting the wood-spice smell and flavour but it’s not as pungent at this steeping time. On the whole the tea is sweeter tasting too and the tang of the grapefruit isn’t as sharp.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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