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67
drank Keemun Rhapsody by Adagio Teas
1624 tasting notes

This is the second Keemun I have tasted, and I prefer this one. The flavor isn’t extremely strong, which I like. It has a nice nutty and malty scent and flavor. :)

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

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57
drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

Just finished watching District 9 and thought it was time to change up the tea I was drinking. I realized I haven’t had this in a while (and I’ve only had it once) so I pulled it out. It smells a lot more floral than I remember. Taste-wise, it’s odd. A little tart, a little floral. When I take a big sip, I get a raw, sharp green veggie taste (hello artichoke) and the aftertaste is slightly vinegar-y. The front taste of each sip is also odd. Almost a powdery floral taste. Very weird and this one bit of taste just doesn’t really go for me.

So yeah, dropping the score on this one just a little. It’s odd and go Adagio for attempting the weirdness because you never know until you try, right? This isn’t a great tea, but if I was in a weird mood, I think this would fit pretty well. Not a tea to drink when looking for a lot of subtlety because it isn’t a subtle tea and if you look too hard, you end up with powdery floral. But hey, want a green to smack you around just a little bit and give you something unexpected? This would do it!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

At least the tea is better than the movie! I watched it the other night and thought it was one of the worst movies I have EVER seen! LOL

laurenpressley

Huh, I just watched this movie the other night, too! I guess we were all waiting for it to come out on DVD!

takgoti

I actually really enjoyed District 9. I’m not going to get into it too much, but I thought it was very well done on many fronts – especially considering their rather miniscule budget [comparatively speaking].

Anyhow, this tea still sounds really, really weird. How would you compare it to White Cucumber, Auggy?

Angrboda

I have to agree with Takgoti on D9. There were many things about it that worked out very well. That said, though, I found it a bit too violent for my taste and that overshadowed it for me. Kind of like Watchmen. Good story, but ruined for me by too much gore.

Micah

I saw this tea the other day and it seemed so intriguing! Good to know that it isn’t disgusting.

Auggy

@takgoti – White Cumber is EEEEEVIL! This one is much better. Mucho mas better.

And I agree with takgoti and Angrbroda. I enjoyed the movie. I liked the under-story he was showing even if I thought the main story lacked a true connection to the characters. And I’ll admit, I thought the exploding people was kind of… disgustingly giggle-worthy.

takgoti

@Auggy HAHAHAHA okay!

I think the gamer in me has made me not mind gore so much. That, and being around boys and action movies has kind of…well, they’ve combined to make it not as big of a deal as it should be. I think that sometimes movies [especially when their core demographic is a group of people who might be semi-immune to violence in media] push the limits on graphicness to make a point. I’m going to stop here, because I see this becoming longer. And not gonna lie, I teared up in D9.

Also, part of me wants to try the artichoke. I think I’m just gonna have to cave and order a little sampler pack from Adagio. Maybe when I run out of Keemun Rhapsody [LENA F. is awesome].

Angrboda

I would have thought that my job had conditioned me to not be squeamish. I work in a hospital pathology lab and I can handle various insides and blood and guts and what have you there with no problem. Someone’s lung with with a tumor the size of my fist? Not a problem. An amputated finger that keeps pointing at you no matter which way you turn the container? Piece of cake. But on tv, even knowing that it’s fake and what I’m used to seeing is very very real, I don’t do so well. It’s weird, really.

As for this whole savoury line, Adagio released, I’ll have to say the white cucumber that Ricky sent to me pretty much murdered any curiosity I ever had for the others. I’ll probably still give them a go if I ever get the chance, but I can totally live with missing out.

takgoti

@Angrboda That’s so funny. I have trouble dealing with the real stuff unless I talk myself down and really detach myself before I see it. So can you not watch doctor shows and stuff like that either?

Also, yeah…white cucumber is quite…singular.

LENA

District 9 was alright…I gave it 3 out of 5 Netflix stars. I don’t think I’ve tried this tea yet. I’m just not in the mood for the overly strange.

@ takgoti – oh no no no…you are the most awesome!

Angrboda

Takgoti, doctor shows and such are fine, (except for when they get stuff wrong. You do NOT spin a bloodsample in which you want to count the cell types, for example. Or when they order tests done that cannot be done in less than 24 hours). It’s more violence-gore than just insides-gore.

takgoti

@Angrboda That’s hilarious [in an observational way, not a haha laughing at you way]. I have a friend in med school who gets really angry when she watches Grey’s Anatomy. Like, really angry. Interesting about the gore differences. Insides-gore tends to make me more queasy than than violence gore. Not that I really have any real-life experience with either.

Angrboda

Takgoti, I haven’t watched Grey’s much. I got tired of it pretty quickly. I watched House for a while and didn’t spot any enormous mistakes there apart from the tests-that-takes-24-hours-w/-results-in-20-minutes thing. And the fact that he has the DOCTORS do the lab work, apparently. I’m sure they’re supposed to have more than the one patient to worry about, so could they kindly stop taking my job, plz? I dunno, maybe a doctor’s job is different in America, but over here most doctors rarely, if ever, get anywhere near the lab.

takgoti

Hahaha, yeah, well testing results always get a time cut for…time purposes. I know people who get annoyed with that in a lot of procedurals too, but I guess it’s just one of those things everyone has to suspend their belief for to make the show more enjoyable. And yeah, doctors here don’t do lab work here eitehr, but the idea on House [and I think in at least one episode they’ve touched on that specifically] is that his team is completely autonomous from the rest of the hospital and he doesn’t trust the lab techs because he thinks they’re idiots. Part of his conditions upon working there was that they only take on patient at a time. Anyhow, I heart Hugh Laurie very much and I don’t know anything about medicine, so it’s an easy pill for me to swallow regardless of accuracy!

TeaEqualsBliss

Don’t get me wrong…I love sci fi stuff…I guess I just thought it was overly cheesy…I was really expecting more and thought the acting was really bad. The story had potential…but was left wanting…lol…

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57
drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

My turn to try this oddity!

The dry leaves smell sweet. Not syrupy or anything, just sweet. Can’t really link that to artichoke… While brewing, it has a different smell… some of the tang is coming through. It makes my mouth water just a bit. Almost like very diluted bread and butter pickle juice.

It tastes… neat. Different. Softer than I expected. The first taste is hard to place. Vinegar? But not like straight vinegar and not as strong as the smell. It just has a similar note to it… a clean sort of tang. The ending taste is the most fresh artichoke-like taste I think. As I inhale after the sip there is a very fresh green almost floral taste. I would say this gives me a very pickled artichoke feel but pickled artichoke has always been very mouth puckering to me and this isn’t sour/tangy enough to do that. Just tangy enough to add interest.

Anyway, so far I’m intrigued. It’s a weird flavor to have in tea but I think it is done well. Not sure how in love with this tea I will be once the freak-factor is eliminated from it but I won’t have any problem going through the sampler tin.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Charisma

Hmm interesting! I’m going to be getting this in the mail soon! I’m glad it isn’t too tangy or sour since a part of me is a bit hesitant to try it! Thanks for sharing your notes!

Cofftea

try dropping the temp by 5 degrees and steeping it for 15 seconds longer.

Auggy

@oOTeaOo: I actually started with this one because I figured it would be the most offensive but I was pleasantly surprised. I quite like it.

@Cofftea: Please stop telling me what time and temp to make my teas at. I do not always follow the recommended directions and you telling me in your comments will not change that fact. I do what works for me. If I need your input, I will ask for it.

Cofftea

I’m not telling you what you should do, it’s just a suggestion.

takgoti

Artichoke tea? This just might be the tea the pushes me to ordering from adagio again. I haven’t been this intrigued about trying something strange since I found out about Jones’ Soda’s Thanksgiving in a bottle pack.

Auggy

Haha – that’s what made me do it! Some weirdness just must be tried!

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85
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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70
drank Cranberry by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

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70
drank Cranberry by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Fairly yummy this morning…I really need to buy some more BLACK and BLACK FLAVORED TEA…running low…

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70
drank Cranberry by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Had a cuppa this morning…running low on Black and Black Flavored Teas but still have over an ounce of this one…hum…

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70
drank Cranberry by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

This was better than I remember it. Maybe it’s one of those teas I have to infuse less loose leaf for less time…not sure…but it was fairly tasty today…

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70
drank Cranberry by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

This one was better today than my first experience so I will up the rating a tad. I’m so cold today so I will be doing many warm ups and different cups!!!!

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70
drank Cranberry by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

I’m thinking I like this one better cold/iced…maybe some resteeps will prove me wrong tho

Cofftea

I’ve found a strong hot cranberry flavor can burn my throat. Try steeping it in cranberry juice or w/ cranberry juice ice cubes? Or iced w/ vodka for a great cosmo!

Charisma

For some reason I’m fond of making fruity teas iced or cold! :)

Cofftea

While I don’t prefer them, I will drink fruity teas (as long as they aren’t “fruit teas” which are actually tealess) hot or cold. I also prefer they don’t have a black tea base.

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70
drank Cranberry by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

I’m the first one to try this, eh!? Well, here goes! The aroma is perfect (if you like flavored black tea). It’s the great black tea scent with hints of cranberry goodness! It looks like a typical black tea when infused. The taste is a little bitter – but then again – many cranberry things are bitter, right!? It’s pretty good for a cranberry tea, I suppose. PLUS I was in need of more flavored black teas in my stash so it serves a purpose or two.

LENA

sounds worth a sample tin to me. i’m a big cranberry fan. maybe a cranberry spice blend???

Cofftea

I tried hydrating craisins in green tea before, maybe I should try it w/ this.

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70
drank Sweet Potato Pie by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

Infusion 3

Sweetness is gone. Just a basic black tea now. I could get another infusion of this, but I’m tired of it.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Madison Bartholemew

You lasted longer that I did. I tried the multiple infusions after you brought them up and I ended up dumping the first pot due to starchiness and got tired of the second pot before I finished it… sad sad tea

Cofftea

Really? Almost all of the starchyness was gone in the 1st cup for me.

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70
drank Sweet Potato Pie by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

2nd infusion.

I’m a little surprised at how fast the aroma and liquor lighten w/ only the 2nd infusion. The liquor is more of a dirty leather color now and the aroma is a very light make up of mostly ceylon w/a a hint of sweetness.

Starchyness is gone. This is now a black tea w/ a hint of sweetness. Even though I don’t personally care for blacks, I like to at least get 3-4 infusions I try no matter if I like them or not because to me it’s a sign of a quality tea. We’ll see what happens w/ this one…

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
kat

Hmmm, I don’t ever resteep blacks cuz I figure they’re waking me up in the morning or mid afternoon jag and they lose all their caffeine after the first infusion..is this true? I would save soooo much leaf if I could double steep my blacks!!

Cofftea

Kat, you CAN resteep your blacks but yes, most of the caffeine is in the 1st cup. That’s why they say 2nd and later infusions of true tea are perfectly safe for kids.

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70
drank Sweet Potato Pie by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

2.25 grams of leaf steeped in 6 ounces purified boiling water for 5 min.

This is a hard tea for me to log because I typically do not prefer black teas unless there’s a flavor that I can’t find in a green, white, yellow, or oolong. So please take that into consideration when reading this although I will do my very best to be biased.

This tea (both raw leaves and steeped) definitely smells sweet, but the ceylon tea is also very present as it does not smell like a cream or even vanilla flavored tea. When I taste it, the 1st thing that hits my tongue is the ceylon. I hate when I drink a flavored tea and all I get is the flavor. Then the hint of sweetness. The potato doesn’t come thru in the flavor as much as it does the mouth feel and texture. It may seem weird that I say this because tea is a liquid, but this tea definitely has a dry, starchy texture and mouth feel. But then again wine, which is also a liquid, can be dry so I’ve decided tea can be as well. I’m going to resteep this, but I probably won’t get as many infusions I consider satisfactory as a person who really enjoys black teas as I find that for me they get watery tasting very quickly.

Conclusions: While I didn’t give this a very high score, I think a person who really enjoys black tea and/or dry wine would give this a very high score. I also think this is a great “safe” place to start if you want to get someone a savory or weird tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Oh heck why not, I think I may be tempted to add 2.25 grams of tea per potato (not per serving of water I use to boil them) next time I boil some for mashed potatoes (just for steeping purposes, I’ll remove the leaves after 5 min).

Cofftea

I know I gave the impression I didn’t rate it higher based on the fact that I don’t like non dessert/chai flavored blacks, but upon tasting Lupicia’s version I think my score states how accurate the flavor is. This tea is a good potatoe flavored tea while Lupicia’s more accurately captures the “sweet” and “pie” aspects.

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80

Over infused…semi-bitter…bummer! But I know I do like this…when done right. Side note…I only have 1 cupsworth left…eeek

JonTea

Go habs go! lol

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Backlogging…I’m almost out of this one too! BUMMER

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YUM. Too bad my Sabres lost tonight tho…

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2 Cups this evening. First one was awesome…2nd one not so much…totally my fault because I oversteeped…ek!!!! I’m so upset! This season Direct TV and VERSUS are in a right battle and Direct TV Customers no longer get VS access so my Sabres are playing tonight and I can’t get the game!!!!! BLAH! This tea will do in the meantime…

JonTea

Looks like a hardcore tea!!!!

TeaEqualsBliss

I’m all out at the moment…need to get some more!!! :P

JonTea

How do you make your own blends? So cool :P

JonTea

MINDBOGGLING!
Thanks so much :)

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