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100
drank Blueberry by Adagio Teas
84 tasting notes

so i have a head cold thats so weird and is messing with my mind (i seriously thought today was Wednesday) anyway. to comfort myself i decided on one of my favs!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Blueberry by Adagio Teas
84 tasting notes

i LOVE this, maybe too much :p i got distracted and this cooled down ALOT as in its now cold. its still delicious! the color is such a nice pale golden brown and smells like dried blueberries…more please!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

I just made me a pot of this. You’re inspiring.

Kitch3ntools

:D thnx it is hard to resist, it is my always every day any time tea :)

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100
drank Blueberry by Adagio Teas
84 tasting notes

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100
drank Blueberry by Adagio Teas
84 tasting notes

i love this tea so much the 4oz tin was gone in 3 weeks! i got the big bag :D

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75
drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
54 tasting notes

This is a very smooth tea- a good black base, with just the right amount of caramel flavor, and not artificially sweet. This is an excellent afternoon/evening tea.

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75
drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
54 tasting notes

This is the tea that sucked me into Adagio with full force- it’s a true delight. The strawberry and chocolate flavors mix beautifully. Before this tea, I would never have seen myself drinking a tea flavored like dessert, but this made me a believer.

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62
drank English Breakfast by Adagio Teas
517 tasting notes

Very tired of this, and I still have like a fourth of the tin left. Bleh. Definitely not reordering at this point.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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62
drank English Breakfast by Adagio Teas
517 tasting notes

Backlogging from the day before yesterday. (I’ve been a busy cat.) Made a pot of this to sip on all day, ended up sharing a lot of it with my brother. Just as good as usual. Not amazing, but good.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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62
drank English Breakfast by Adagio Teas
517 tasting notes

Blended with Celestial Seasonings Raspberry Zinger (2 bags) again. This time I extended the brewing time by just a little, and used 11 teaspoons instead of 9. I had hoped to give the tea a stronger flavor, and it worked. I added sugar and cold water, eyeballing the amounts, and now it’s cooling in my fridge. My ingenuiTea is half-full of leaves when I’m done.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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62
drank English Breakfast by Adagio Teas
517 tasting notes

Blended 9 teaspoons of this plus two bags of Celestial Seasonings Raspberry Zinger. Made 2 quarts of delicious chilled raspberry tea. I will definitely do this again. I bet this kind of English Breakfast blends well with lots of different flavors.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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62
drank English Breakfast by Adagio Teas
517 tasting notes

Very standard, but good. I find that brewing it with a little more than a teaspoon makes it more flavorful, but not bitter. Right now I’ve got a hot cup of it, sweetened with three packs of Sugar In The Raw because that’s how we do it in the deep south, dammit! Actually, I think it’s probably just a bad habit of mine. Anyway, I like this tea a lot. It would be good to keep around for everyday pots.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Green Chai by Adagio Teas
110 tasting notes

I tried this again, steeping it longer and at a lower temperature. This time, the spice is mellower, and the tea flavor shines through a bit better. It definitely upped the yummy factor a lot.

Dang. This is not making my next tea order any smaller.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Green Chai by Adagio Teas
110 tasting notes

One thing Adagio does well is their chai blends – the spice is always rich and well balanced. This green tea is not my favorite of their chai tea blends, because they are all awfully good, but it is well worth drinking.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Auggy

I do love their chai blends but I’ve never had a green chai before. How do you prepare it? I would think doing it the same way as their black chai blends the green would get bitter?

Cynthia Carter

I actually prepared this with boiling water, figuring that a lower temperature would not extract the spices as well. I may try it again at a lower temperature and for a longer steep, to see how that affects the flavor.

takgoti

I’d never even heard of a green chai before. I’m very curious to see what your results are from shifting the parameters around.

Unless you already have and I just haven’t seen it because I have a lot of catching up to do. [If that’s the case, ignore me.]

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75
drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
1610 tasting notes

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75
drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
1610 tasting notes

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75
drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
1610 tasting notes

Felt like I should bust out with the pumpkin spice today. Steeped for 4 minutes. I definitely taste the spice, which went well with some milk and sugar. Not much pumpkin, but this tea was still delightful to drink this morning.

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77
drank Kai Hua Crescendo by Adagio Teas
113 tasting notes

This has some good body to it. Not overwhelmingly so, but not so light that you don’t notice the flavors. The color is really light for a green and given it’s delicacy, I agree with everyone else that this is a green bordering on a white. Very vegetal, grassy, a little earthy/heavy flavor. Some buttery sweetness on the nose and just when it hits your tongue. I’m getting just a tad of bitterness toward the end, but I think that’s because I got the bottom of the pot. For not being such a fan of greens, this is a good one.

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

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77
drank Kai Hua Crescendo by Adagio Teas
113 tasting notes

Very nice, especially because I don’t usually go for the greens. Good vegetal flavor, not too grassy/earthy or bitter. Light and airy with a touch of sweetness. The brew is surprisingly light in color, just a hint of green (unless you let it sit in the pot too long :) ). I think you green and non-green lovers might like this one.

Jane Quigley

I just got a sample of this – I’m going to try it tomorrow.

Jason

I saw in your tealog that you’ve had some teas from Subtle Tea. Is that the one on Madison and 30th in NYC? Do you go there often?

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60
drank Lapsang Souchong by Adagio Teas
224 tasting notes

I’ve been waiting for another “Be Brave” day to try Lapsang Souchong. I like the salty, smoky way it smells dry but I have a hard time seeing it as a tea. I can picture using it as a marinade over seitan or tofu and I may try that at a later point.

I brewed it light with less leaves than I normally do and for less time, just 3:30 minutes. (It smelled so strong in the sample, I couldn’t imagine doing my normal kamikaze tea routine.)

It brews up into a light honey colored amber, though I’m sure that if i brewed it for four or five minutes it would be darker. It has a campfire smell that is reminiscent of smoked food, as someone said it smells like bacon or smoked meats. It has a light sharpness in the smoky taste. I can definitely see using this tea in cooking, especially to soak seitan or tofu in. I don’t mind it too much as a tea drink, either. Though I put it in the same category as drinking pickle juice: something fun and strange to do to wake up my taste buds, but not an everyday quaff.

Jillian

I liken it to liquid BBQ. It’s just too strong and too smokey for me to drink it plain so I prefere it blended with other teas like in Russian Caravan.

Carolyn

It does have a sort of liquid BBQ taste. I was even thinking that a tea BBQ sauce might be an interesting use.

Tyler

That is such a good idea to use this tea in cooking. Lapsang Souchong reminds me of Worcestershire sauce. I wonder how it would actually taste in say a jerky or baked beans. Thanks for the idea!

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98

Mmmmm, Darjeeling!

This has a lighter, more delicate flavor than Darjeeling No. 22. I still like 22 better, but I wouldn’t say no if someone offered me a cup of this tea. Lightly sweet, with a faintly grassy taste. This tea is very coarse in texture, so it pays to add a larger volume when I steep.

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85
drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
8 tasting notes

A great tea. Pretty subtle, but definitely sweet.

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34
drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
104 tasting notes

Revisiting this tea, and still not impressed. The spice does add to the flavor, but it overpowers the pumpkin, and you just end up with a spicy black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

Maybe the spices infuse into the water faster than the tea leaves? 5 1/2 min seems a bit long to me for my personal tastes. Maybe try 200-210 degrees (I don’t completely boil my water cuz it kills the health benefits) for 4-5 min. Hopefully that’ll give you a more even flavor profile. I’ve noticed that over steeping can actually produce a duller, flatter flavor- this is really common w/ Adagio’s whites. Let me know!:)

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34
drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
104 tasting notes

Steeped for longer today, and still didn’t get the flavor I was looking for. Has a great aroma, but that just doesn’t transfer to the taste, and you end up with a bland (and when over-steeped, bitter) taste with a bit of spice and no pumpkin. If you’re looking for a tea that tastes like you’re drinking a pumpkin pie, then this isn’t it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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34
drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
104 tasting notes

Good, but not great. Wanted something special out of the Pumpkin Spice tea, but the pumpkin smell is much stronger than the taste, and it ends up being a pretty normal cup of black tea with a slight hint of pumpkin and spice. Maybe bump up the steep time and add milk? As suggested though, this was not a winner.

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