Adagio Teas

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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
1658 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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75
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
1658 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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75
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
1658 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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75
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
1658 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
1658 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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75
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
1658 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
1658 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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75
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
1658 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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75
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
1658 tasting notes

I re-steeped the leaves from this morning (5.5 minutes, no milk). This cup came out a bit weaker than the first, but considering the strength of the flavours in this tea, that wasn’t really detrimental.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
1658 tasting notes

I tried it with milk this morning and I don’t think it added anything to to the tea, if anything it looses much of it’s subtleties. Still not tasting any pepper.

Preparation
Boiling
Auggy

For me I only get pepper through the smell and sometimes that smell will translate to a subtle pepper taste. And even then I don’t think “mmm, pepper” but more like “I bet that’s what they meant by pepper”.

Jillian

That’s what I thought too, but quite a few people have said that they actually get a taste similar to fresh-ground black pepper out of their Yunnan teas. shrugs

Auggy

Well maybe I need to make better Yunnan choices to get the full pepper flavor.

Jillian

Well for all we know it’s all a huge joke the tea someliers like to play on unsuspecting newbies, lol “Find the mythical pepper-flavoured tea!”
XD

Auggy

That’s what I’m thinking! It’s like the Where’s Waldo of tea flavors… and Waldo has walked off the page but we keep looking. Hehe.

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75
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
1658 tasting notes

Drank another cup this morning. I steeped it for 4.5 minutes and noticed a bit less smokiness but still none of the black pepper taste Adagio claims it has.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
1658 tasting notes

My first taste of Yunnan! The leaves were longer than I’m used to seeing but it was neat watching them expand and unfurl while they steeped (5 minutes).

I’m not entirely sure what they meant by ‘peppery’ in the description, to me it tastes more smokey but with a cleaner, vegetale undertone almost like what you’d get in a green tea maybe.

This is one I’ll have to experiment with the steeping time more, but I think it’s quite enjoyable thus far. It’s robust enough that it’d probably be a good wake-me-up tea to have in the morning.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Raspberry Patch by Adagio Teas
112 tasting notes

I’m busy making some food (southern style stuffing and a veggie tray) for a friend’s Thanksgiving gathering. I figured I’d put my recent tea advice to test and I’m glad to say it paid off.

I went with the advice I got from Jack (http://steepster.com/jack), Cofftea (http://steepster.com/Cofftea), and Angrboda’s awesome conversions (http://steepster.com/Angrboda). I added about twice as much tea as I was using before and I got the much stronger flavors I was expecting. This tea naturally has some really strong flavors, but I think it worked much better.

Great sweet raspberry aroma, and super sweet and tart raspberry taste. It finishes with a little of the bitterness from the raspberries, but still good. I added a little bit of honey to cut some of that and it seemed to do the job. The one thing I’m not a big fan of is the hibiscus flowers, they can be a little overpowering.

But overall, much better and an enjoyable experience. Props to my Steeps!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more
78
drank Raspberry Patch by Adagio Teas
112 tasting notes

Light and sweet. First you get the sweetness of the apple and a hint of the raspberry. Then as the pink liquor travels back on your tongue you get more of the sour/bitter flavors of the cranberry and the hibiscus. This seems like a tea I would really like, except I can’t quite seem to get the preparation down. My first cup was too light, not enough flavor, so maybe I needed to add more tea and steep for longer. The second cup (that I had left steeping) had a much more powerful flavor but a little on the bitter side. It would probably help if I had a proper kettle so I knew what temp my water is.

Jillian

You could try getting one of those dinky little cooking thermometers that you can find in the grocery stores.

Jason

I feel like one of those variable temperature kettles would be good because right now I use a super old and crappy one. What do you use/recommend?

takgoti

I know you’re not asking me, but I’m gonna be a buttinski anyway. I use the Utilitea from Adagio, and it’s pretty fantastic, though I sometimes find myself wishing for something more more precise.
http://is.gd/3OQDv

I’ve heard good things about Cuisinart’s.
http://is.gd/3OQL4

But if I were in the market I’d probably get this one.
http://is.gd/3OR1V

And continue to lust after this one.
http://is.gd/3ORbZ

Jason

@takgoti: yea that last one looks amazing, I’ve even tweeted about it before. The utilitea is more in my price range but I would like something that has fairly precise temp control. Hmm, so many decisions…

Jack

The Utilitea is good enough temp-wise, and you can’t beat the price!

Carolyn

I picked up one recently at Upton Tea Imports and I adore it. It has four temperature settings and it heats a full kettle of water to 212 degrees in three minutes flat (I timed it). Plus it is on sale, so I got it for $42.88. Here’s the link:

https://secure.uptontea.com/shopcart/item.asp?from=catalog.asp&itemID=AK16&begin=0&parent=Accessories%3ETeaware%3EElectric+Kettles&category=Upton+Tea+Imports&sortMethod=0&categoryID=0

Carolyn

Just wanted to say that I lust after the Bugatti as well. If only I could afford to spend that kind of money on a tea kettle.

Cofftea

Don’t bother w/ the UtiliTEA, it’s SO much more inferior than the Breville. Sure it’s cheap, but that’s because it doesn’t have all the features to make the perfect cup of tea. Why waste any amount of money on something that doesn’t work the way it should?

Cofftea

What’s so special about the Bugatti? the Breville is perfect for 1/2 the price.

Cofftea

try 2.25g of tea per 6oz of water @ the recommended temp.

Cofftea

I was wrong. Never mind w/ the Breville either. This has WAY more settings and is a heck of a lot cheaper. I’m getting this ASAP.

http://www.amazon.com/Component-Design-TT1-Digital-Thermometer/dp/B0021AEA8U/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1254430975&sr=1-4

Jason

Wow, so many great choices. I have some research to do.

Cofftea

What the heck is it w/ Adagio’s fruit teas? Why do they insist that fruit teas need to be flavored w/ other fruit?. If I order raspberry, I want raspberry. If I order sour apple, I want sour apple.

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85

I originally purchased this tea because it comes from the same region of Japan that I stayed in when I went there a few years back.

This tea has the perfect amount of grassiness for my preference, at least compared to other green teas I’ve tried so far. Once this tea cooled down, it was very good. None of the flavors were very sharp, which I like. It all seems to mesh together quite well.

I do see one problem however. I only made two cups worth, and I am starting to think that was not enough! This might qualify for a re-steep.

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

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90
drank Jasmine #12 by Adagio Teas
13 tasting notes

An enjoyable and refreshing tea. It has a wonderful aroma with an excellent light, floral flavor. My first jasmine tea and it’s a great change from herbals, black and green teas I’m more used to. Lots of flavor even on a third steeping.

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50
drank Xue Ya Ballad by Adagio Teas
53 tasting notes

180 degrees for 4 minutes. Too light for my tastes. Might try a longer steeping.

Megan

I liked it ok, but wasn’t my favorite. I didn’t think light was a bad thing. Esp when eating it with dinner.

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90
drank English Breakfast by Adagio Teas
19 tasting notes

Having a fresh 20 oz pot with a pinch of Lapsang Souchong added.

BillNV

This is the fourth steep of this pot. I added 6 or seven leaves of Lapsang Souchong and was was very pleasantly surprised. I think that Russian Caravan tea will be making it’s way into my EBT in the future.

BillNV

new resteep. Tried some honey last pot. Doesn’t
float my boat

BillNV

11/26 2nd steep

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81
drank Yunnan Gold by Adagio Teas
34 tasting notes

Really good tea. Taste’s really sweet for being a black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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