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61
drank Fujian Black by Adagio Teas
197 tasting notes

Clean, mellow, a good tea when made strong enough

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Preparation
4 min, 30 sec

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93
drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

I’m slamming a pitcher of iced blueberry at the moment and it is so good and refreshing! Its obligatory at this point to pound a lot of white tea so I can get over this H1N1 virus more quickly. Yes, I got the swine flu …but I have hope this white tea and all of its wonderful antioxidants will help with the longevity and reduce the symptoms. I’ll let you know!

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

White tea also lowers body temp so it should get rid of your fever. Try their white cucumber, it’s my FAVORITE! I’m praying for you.

LENA

I have faith in this tea….it’s one of my favs. Did you eat any of the blueberries? I have an internal debate everytime I make a cup of this one. Feel better!

Jason

Good luck with the H1N1. I’m recovering from that too :(

kat

Thanks for the well wishes..doing my share of indulging on tea and sleeping!

Erin

I got the swine flu in June, I’m sorry you had to go through it too. When I got back to school, people thought it was MOST entertaining to oink at me.

Cofftea

FINALLY got the vaccine (and the regular flu shot) today!

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This is actually quite good. It has a dark, somewhat heavy taste but that works for it. I can’t really pick out the almond or the valentines which is fine by me because that means that it isn’t overwhelming. Valentines tends to hit me as too bitter so any tea with too much of it just comes across as a bit too rough for me. Anyway, this ends up being a fairly stout tea with smooth edges that I think would hit the spot on mornings that I can’t deal with something sweet but don’t want something harsh either. Pretty rich and feels very full-flavored in my mouth.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Suzi

I’m so glad you reviewed this one; I’ve been waiting to hear about the various Twilight-related teas on Adagio!

Auggy

I’ve tried 3 other of the Twilight blends that Sarah has made and haven’t really been a fan. But she tends to go for fruitier teas than I do and she goes for things that are best iced (though it was in the summer the last time I really talked to her so that could have been a summer thing for her, not sure). But this one I do like though. It reminded me a bit of the Hades blend, which I enjoyed, but without the cinnamon. Probably because both have Mambo in them…?

Jillian

Sorry, I still refuse to try anything associated with that miserable excuse for literature.

Auggy

Hahah! I accidentally ended up at a B&N during the release party for #4. SO disturbing. I can’t even begin to tell you. I had no idea what I had stumbled into since I hadn’t heard of the books… there were just lots and lots of teenage girls wandering around in prom dresses. And one really interesting guy (he wasn’t in a prom dress though). I did end up reading the books months and months after that when my SIL gave me the first one. But I will forever be disturbed by the memory of the crowd at that release party.

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35
drank Tropical White by Adagio Teas
33 tasting notes

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

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81
drank Jasmine #12 by Adagio Teas
7 tasting notes

This tea smells wonderful, just like fresh jasmine. The taste is very light and smooth.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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7
drank Pu Erh Dante by Adagio Teas
4 tasting notes

This was my first experience with Pu Erh tea, and my first time hating something I tried from Adagio. I’m glad I went with the sample size, because I actually ended up throwing this one at (another first). I got a little worried when I opened the tin and was hit with a rather fishy smell. But I was hoping the taste would be different. It really wasn’t. Earthy is fine, I usually like earthy. Fishy, however, I don’t like.

Suzi

Fishy? I’ve never heard a tea described like that before :( EEW!

Emily Lind

Yeah, it was not a pleasant experience.

Cofftea

You should be a part of freecycle.org. That’s how I regifted my pu erh dante. Throwing away even pu erh is a sin!:)

B-Sides

I wouldn’t call mine a bad experience, but I certainly had a similiar reaction. Not fishy, but the earthiness of this tea was too much for me.

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100
drank Yunnan Gold by Adagio Teas
4 tasting notes

When it comes to black teas, I usually tend to go with ones that have been flavored. But Yunnan Gold is an absolutely fantastic plain black tea. Certainly it’s a bit on the pricey side, but it’s well worth it in my mind. It’s such a rich tasting tea. Full of flavor, with some lovely peppery notes and a lot of body. I’ve found this a great tea to pair with just about anything, or to enjoy on it’s own, curled up on the sofa with a good book.

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90
drank Honeybush by Adagio Teas
11 tasting notes

I got a sample of this because even though I did enjoy Rooibos, I found the flavor a bit dull and uninspiring. Well, when I first opened the container, I thought this sort of smelled a bit like tobacco with a hint of…a sickly sweet, almost spoiled smell maybe? A proper description of the smell eludes me. When brewed however, it mellows out with a very pleasant and sweet aroma and taste that only gets better the longer it’s steeped. I usually let it steep for at least 10 minutes.

Like Rooibos, this plant has an insane amount of supposed health benefits (via antioxidants, nutrients and more) and lacks the tannins oxalates and caffeine of tea.

Both Honeybush and Rooibos are 100% great for insomnia, relaxation and reducing anxiety, especially when combined with Lemongrass. The combo will knock me out in 10-15 minutes after the first cup, especially if I’m already laying down.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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82
drank Rooibos by Adagio Teas
11 tasting notes

This is an interesting plant. The dry product in the container smells of pipe tobacco…although a bit more earthy and not nearly as strong. Brewing it brings out the flavor a bit but remains a bit shallow compared to the complexity of variants of the actual tea plant. However, due to the insane amount of supposed health benefits (via antioxidants, nutrients and more) that this plant has to offer, and the lack of tannins oxalates and caffeine that tea does have, I’d recommend frequent consumption of Rooibos simply to promote better health, and then have your favorite teas to please your senses and taste buds. :)

For those not fond of the taste, I’d recommend trying Honeybush, as it tastes worlds better, and since it is from the same family of plants, it shares the health benefits. I’d highly recommend it over Rooibos in terms of taste.

A few more things…neither this nor Honeybush can be oversteeped, (the flavors only enhance with steep time) and both are 100% great for insomnia, relaxation and reducing anxiety, especially when combined with Lemongrass.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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95
drank Golden Spring by Adagio Teas
11 tasting notes

This is a very great and very unique black tea. It’s one of the smoothest and least astringent black teas I’ve ever had. There is truly an umami meaty thing going on in this tea, but not in the MSG powered traditional sense. Upon tasting, I think it could best be described as an extension of and/or a twist on the typical malty sensation and heavy mouth feel of a malty black tea but with a more savory taste/aftertaste attributed to the heavy maltyness. Great stuff!!

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

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60
drank Life's A Peach by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

The initial smell is peachy and the taste is peachy but not as sweet as the smell. Pretty smooth. A little smoky from the oolong, I think. I think the white peach only comes out in the aftertaste – it seems sweeter/fruitier than the peach oolong on its own has when I’ve had it before. The sweeter white seems to balance the smokier, dark flavor and it’s all wrapped up in a peachy bow. All in all, a pretty good peach tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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56
drank Rooibos Vanilla by Adagio Teas
124 tasting notes

Better this time. Longer steep, turbinado sugar, soy milk, thick mug instead of thin tea cup. Soothing, like hot chocolate. But ultimately boring

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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56
drank Rooibos Vanilla by Adagio Teas
124 tasting notes

Meh. Maybe I didn’t steep this long enough? It just tastes like hot cigars. And if I want that I drink Tea Spot’s Red Rocks. I’m really disappointed in Adagio’s Rooibos Sampler. I’ll give this another shot with a longer, stronger steep and add some milk & sweetener.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more

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91
drank Foxtrot by Adagio Teas
7 tasting notes

I absolutely adore this tea. I read a review that described it as incredibly smooth, and I think that’s the best way to describe it. It’s soft and almost silky and the contrast between the hot tea and fairly subtle peppermint is very nice. I don’t think it tastes medicinal as I’ve heard others do. Great evening tea or for when you’re sick.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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11
drank Lapsang Souchong by Adagio Teas
11 tasting notes

Oh my lord…….it’s BBQ water. If I wanted this flavor in a liquid, I would grill a few porterhouses, scrape the grill with the traditional wire brush, and then collect and brew the particulate matter left over after all the scrapeage. DEFINITELY not what a tea should be in my opinion haha.

Kudos to all of you whose taste buds can handle (let alone enjoy) this!!! lol

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec
gmathis

I’ve always said lapsang souchong tasted like sucking bacon rinds!

Pat

Honestly, I can’t believe how awful it was…haha…..I usually find some redeeming quality in every tea I try, even if I don’t prefer it….but this one? I can’t imagine how this tea made a name for itself…I know some teas have a nice umami/meaty flavor like Adagio’s black tea Golden Spring (excellent, by the way,) but this takes meaty n smokey in the totally wrong direction lol

Oolonga

Now I want to try it… just out of curiosity… lol
I doubt I will like it, I’m not into BBQ flavored teas either.

Pat

Haha, def try it…I always encourage trying new things, even things that may make you cringe, just for the experience lol…but buy as small of a quanitity as you possibly can! :) and if you end up liking it….well then, rock on with the Souchong :P

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91
drank Mintastic by Adagio Teas
6 tasting notes

This is my favorite tea of the moment. It’s so refreshing to drink, yet relaxing. I drink it almost every morning.

I find it’s best with two packets of sugar to sweeten it up a bit.

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100
drank Silver Needle by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

infusions 4, 5, 6 steeped at 10, 11, and 12 mins respectively. AMAZING! These leaves are finally as exhausted as I am. I can go to bed now.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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74
drank Berry Blues by Adagio Teas
55 tasting notes

Fantastic, deep color and fruity scent. Perfect nighttime tea – a little sweet with a full, fruity flavor. 1st Steep water:180 degrees, and steeped for just over 8 min.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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Really, really caffeinated today. For some reason this reminded me of pine and cleaning solvent. I didn’t really focus on the tea as much as I would have liked to, but still didn’t really get the apple.

Cofftea

Steep it in apple juice.

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100
drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
26 tasting notes

This is possibly the best masala chai I’ve ever had. The coconut and lemongrass blend perfectly with the other spices. Great both plain and mixed with coconut milk.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
26 tasting notes

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100
drank Grapefruit Oolong by Adagio Teas
26 tasting notes

This is great for multiple steeps and has a subtle grapefruit flavor that’s just right. As far as flavored teas go, this one is near perfect.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank A Green Chiller by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

One more sample gone now – yay!

But that’s pretty much the only good thing about this tea. It tastes flat and like it’s the water used to boil some edamame or something. Maybe it is because this was stored in a plastic bag (yes, I know, shame on me) or because it is pretty old (I’ve ignored it for a couple of months and I don’t think it was all that fresh when I got it). But whatever it is, this isn’t enjoyable to me.

I’ll probably finish this cup because it isn’t awful or anything, but I don’t think I’ll try a second steep. Ever.

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

From the description it almost sounds like it might be better iced, what say you?

Auggy

One would hope but if a tea isn’t good hot, I don’t keep it around. Plus, I don’t think the taste of edamame water would be much better cold.

Jillian

You’ve got a point, eww.

Auggy

I let the second half of the cup cool to around room temp. I could actually taste a little bit of sweet at the very beginning of the sip then but then it went back to full on edamame water.

I poured it out. Ah well!

TeaEqualsBliss

how do you get the samplers of the Blends? I have only seen the 4oz $10 ones

Auggy

I participated in the Signature Blend box pass that was going on on the Adagio boards. So I got lots of samples of lots of blends!

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