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DH and I finished up our stash…need to reorder

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2nd infusion…a tad bitter but not bad. Still a good cup!

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75

Just what I needed…a great cup!

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75

WOW! Strong, Dark, and I like it! 2 Cups – Resteeps a thumbs up as well!

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drank Chestnut by Adagio Teas
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I received this from Adagio along with the other holiday blends, and I have to say, this is MUCH better than the previous Pumpkin Spice blend I had earlier today.

It’s taste does resemble chestnuts, though I would wager that it has more Vanilla in it than anything. I also got an oak-like, or “smokey” taste in this tea, which I am guessing is the chestnuts. I get the smokey taste after I swallow it, so it has that sense of an aftertaste.

I really do enjoy this tea (even though it is a black tea), but I can’t help think that it derives from the Pumpkin Spice. Perhaps it is in my mind/palate from earlier in the day, but these two are definitely similar. Yes I realize that they are the same type of tea, but the taste is all too similar.

Steep Method: IngenuiTEA
Steep Time: 4 Minutes even

As usual, heated water and poured it on top of the leaves. Used Steep.it again, but setting it to 4 minutes instead of 3:30. Good call.

Sip, sip, sip! Opinion and Reaction
The chestnut flavor and the earthy tones of the black tea blend well with he subtle Vanilla-Caramely flavor of the tea. Excellent tea, especially for those just getting into black teas. Not overwhelming, but has a consistency throughout the entire experience.

Certainly reminds me of chestnuts (and caramel) over an open fire?

TeaCast scale: 86/100.

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drank Xue Ya Ballad by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Peppery. Tasted Peppery today. Afterlooking at my previous note RE: the comparison to Ali Shan…that really, isn’t the case. I prefer Ali Shan. This doesn’t pair up in my opinion. This is an ok one but probably won’t reorder.

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drank Xue Ya Ballad by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Not sure why but this one reminds me of Ali Shan a little bit. It does have a sweetness to it before and during the steep. It’s also a little buttery going down. I am liking it but interested in oversteeping as well so time will tell…so far I like Ali Shan better…but this one is fairly good too.

TeaCast

I’m undecided to whether I like buttery teas or not, it’s strange to like them, because, well, it’s BUTTER. Liquid butter is not my cup of tea :)

Cofftea

I thought it had a pu erh-esk aroma and taste to it… light, but still slightly fecal.

TeaEqualsBliss

Well, one thing I did notice and I wanted to do a follow up to my post…I noticed that if the cup sits a while the taste gets more bitter (and that’s even without over steeping) I can’t imagine what it would taste like over steeped now…oye!

Cofftea

I wouldn’t know, what it tastes like if it sits. I took one sip then chugged the rest to get rid of it.

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drank Pi Lo Chun by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Still not my favorite but it’s growing on me so I can at least drink it. I am not going to re-order but will continue to tweak this to my liking…maybe by the end of the sample tin I will love it…or not…

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drank Pi Lo Chun by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

YUK! Oversteeped on purpose – Awful! Tastes like grass

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drank Pi Lo Chun by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Smells a bit rice-cakey. The coloring is somewhere between a white and green tea color. After steeping the rice-cakey smell turns into a slight – that’s a VERY slight – smoky scent. The taste seems a little reminiscent of green tea meets plain-NO-buttered popcorn. The aftertaste is a bit grassy. Not bad. But so far not in my fave TOP 30 Adagio’s. Will try again, however.

Cofftea

Top 30?! LOL:) I’m glad you love Adagio as much as I do. Try one of my blends!

http://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/list.html?userId=185065&sid=8c87af247d42ae6ee66c054312c096ff&scrollTop=75

takgoti

Ehm…I don’t think I even have 30 teas from Adagio. [Though I might be getting close.]

Hyrulehippie

I thought I was a fiend, but gosh. __ How many of those adorable sample tins do you have lying around?

Yes, i’m late.

MyTeaChest

I agree with the light smokey smell after steeping.

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
19 tasting notes

Though I contemplated reading my Computer Organization literature, I decided to take a break to try one of Adagio’s fine seasonal products. Though I have had seasonal teas in the past, none quite compare to this Black Tea, that which is full of flavor.

I’ll admit, I’m not really a big fan of Black Teas (though ironically it is the type of tea I started on), but I am always willing to try Adagio’s flavored stuff, as it is usually pretty decent. There was that one occasion where I bought their Pineapple Black Tea, which I am still afraid to touch, let alone DRINK! Anyway, I digress.

Right now my window is open a crack (Allegheny likes to CRANK the heat, which is bad when my door is closed), and I can smell the faint sense of Autumn. Leaves are falling and that chilly air is just creeping in, though not as bad as winter, that’s for sure. So, the mood is set for some Fall-esque tea, am I right people?

Steep Method: IngenuiTEA
Normally, when making some tea from Adagio, I use their/my trusty IngenuiTEA steeping mechanism. I figure since they sell it, they’d want you to experience their teas in it. Also, I feel that I get a better, more thorough taste, than with my Zarafina, or some other auto-teamaker.

Steep Time: 3 Minutes, 30 Seconds

I heat the water first and when it’s boiling (about 200° F) I pour it into my steeper, the Pumpkin Spice already in there. Decided to have some fun and use Steep.it for their recommended amount of time for teas. A good thought, but I should have set my own time (3:30 was too short for this black tea).

Sip, sip, sip! Opinion and Reaction

This tea is surprisingly light for it’s type (black) and certainly has that “Fall” attitude to it. The taste is definitely there, a plethora of Vanilla and Oriental Spice-ish taste, as well as some Pumpkin flavoring to it. I’m actually surprised that there wasn’t MORE pumpkin flavor. I swear I need to steep it longer. I’ll try that on the next steep, but man it definitely needs MORE punch! So, Adagio, if you are listening, I am giving you the Thumbs Up on Steepster.com, but for next year (or even your next batch) please please add more Pumpkin flavor! Maybe there is a lot in it, but the Black Tea tastes overwhelms it? If so, use White Tea or even Oolong (my favorite!). It does go well with my mood at the moment, but there’s simply not enough Pumpkin flavor, I expected Pumpkin Pie! It’s more like Oriental Spice with a twist of Vanilla and a little hint of Pumpkins. Just sayin’.

I like it, but I don’t LOVE it.

TeaCast scale: 81/100.

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Hmmm… I love tea blends and I certainly love white teas, but a blend of white and black tea is interesting. I just hope the black tea isn’t strong enough to upset my stomach.

Steeping method: As directed.

The aroma of the raw leaf is as interesting as the combination of teas. I can definitely smell white tea, but there seems to be a depth to this tea that most pure white teas don’t have.

The liquor is a little bit lighter than I expected. The fact that the Mambo wasn’t the largest factor in the liquor gives me a good feeling about the taste. The sent seems to be layered. The white tea floats to my nose first but is then followed by the black tea, almost as if it’s pulling the white tea back down into the cup.

As I take my 1st sip I get the same layered effect. The white tea dances on my tongue while the black tea coats it. I find this interesting because the “Dancing” in the title, comes from the Mambo, not the white teas.

Conclusions: Very good every day tea, sort of a flirtatious take on a black tea. Will buy again.

Jillian

You do realize that the custom blends go under the brand heading ‘Adagio Teas’ like all the other Adagio products? There’s no need to make a seperate brand for them, it just clutters things up.

Cofftea

I happen to like the distiction. It’s my blend and I posted it, please don’t change the brand name.

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Served w/ a TB of white chocolate creamer in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day- yum!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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White chocolate Irish Creme CappuTEAno. 2.25g steeped in 4oz water steeped in water just below boiling for 5 min. Add 3TB Irish Creme instant cappuccino mix and 1TB white chocolate coffee creamer.

This is kind of a bittersweet cuppa (circumstance wise, not the tea itself). I’m celebrating National Hot Tea Month, but I’m mourning the fact that my left arm still hurts after my flu shot 48hrs ago, I have a sore throat (wasn’t I just sick?!), I’m dealing w/ some really difficult people, and… Adagio has DISCONTINUED their Rum flavored black tea!!! :,(

For instant, it isn’t bad. Adding the tea and the creame make it so much better. The white chocolate gets rid of the artificial after taste and the cream and rum flavored teas give the flavors in the instant mix some depth.

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

I’m still trying to find out about National Hot Tea Month. I assume it is a US thing. I read a statistic somewhere that in the US less than 5% of tea is drunk hot. Here is Australia, less than quarter of a percent is drunk as iced, so perhaps we don’t need it! However, I’m keen on any excuse.

Cofftea

Yeah, just a US thing. If it was world wide, (and it should be) it’d be International Hot Tea Month. And most of the iced tea here is filled w/ sweeteners.

Robert Godden

What passes for iced tea here – and it’s exploded in the last few years, is kind of a sugar cordial with pretend fruit flavours, usually something like .08% tea, and sold as being a healthy alternative to soft drinks. It’s fantastic if you have the plate of a three year old and no family history of diabetes.

Cofftea

That’s the way it is a lot here too. The only place I’ll even dare order an iced tea when I go out to eat is Subway because it’s specifically labeled unsweetend and I can’t stand mine sweetened.

Robert Godden

When we owned a tea shop with 160+ tea, the greatest joy on a 40deg. (Celsius) day was deciding which teas I would be making in two three litre jugs. And drinking some! Honeyed Moroccan Mint still my favourite.

Cofftea

White tea lowers body temperature. My favorite is cucumber white.

Cofftea

2nd infusion. 6min. Very boring brown liquor, but it’s a very dark brown. Hmmm… interesting… I’m just getting a strong black tea- no cream and no rum. Strong isn’t to be confused w/ bitter, astringent, or harsh. It’s just not weak. It could easily be taken for a 1st infusion. While there’s no creamy flavor to this infusion, it’s definitely a smooth cuppa. I’m not a fan of black teas, but I like it.

Cofftea

3rd infusion. 7min. Not a necessarily darker liquor, but definitely a more attractive reddish brown. Flavor is pretty much the same as last time.

Cofftea

4th infusion. 8min. W/ dinner. A lil lighter, but still very good.

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3rd infusion. The cup was clean but there was still cappuccino mix residue on the leaves that left the liquid lightly cloudy. I can’t imagine how light it would be had it not been. VERY light for only a 3rd infusion. Thank God it tasted stronger than it looks. Not bad, especially coming from a person who doesn’t really care for black teas and especially black reinfusions. Time for the leaves to go.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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2nd infusion. I used the same mug I did for my cappuccino experiment so it’s a bit milky, but just barely. This is the reason I didn’t use boiling water. I used very slightly cooler water because I didn’t want to scortch the cappuccino residue. It has a texture more like watery milk then a chai preparation. I don’t care for milk in my tea unless it’s chai, but for those that do it’s VERY delicious. Note to self, mix this w/ Adagio’s chocolate chai.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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Steeped a cup (2.25g/6oz) and used that for my (Hills Bros. brand) Irish Cream Cappuccino. (A mix) It didn’t have foam on the top so it was more like a flat latte, but still good for a mix. Couldn’t really taste the tea- possibly a little more creamy (tasting, not texture) and a touch more of a bite because of the rum tea, but that’s actually ok for this. I mainly used it to make my cappuccino at least partially healthy.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Infusions 2 and 3.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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1st infusion w/ 1 TB Irish Cream creamer

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I bought this because I love dessert teas where I can actually taste the tea, but I do admit I’m a little nervous about this as black non-chai teas tend to upset my stomach.

As soon as I pop the lid on the canister some of my reservations are gone. This smells AMAZING! The sweetness of the cream hits me 1st, but it’s definitely followed by the typical Irish Breakfast aroma and then punctuated by the rum.

1st Infusion:
Steeping method: As directed.

The liquor is not surprising. Typical of a black tea. The aroma on the other hand is anything but typical. The cream hits my nose like powdered sugar frosting, followed by the solid aroma of the Irish Breakfast, then finally the scent of the rum. Nothing harsh about this.

As I take my 1st sip, the cream rolls around my tongue. I was right. Liquid frosting. But will this be a dessert tea where all you taste is the dessert? Nope. The Irish Breakfast gives it the true tea taste and prevents the cream from taking control and making it too sweet. Most dessert teas would end here, but soon the bite of the rum sneaks in as if to say “SURPRISE!”

2nd Infusion:
Steep time: 6 min

A slightly weaker version of the 1st in liquor, aroma, and flavor.

Pairs surpisingly well with the ham and pepper jack pannini w/ roasted red peppers that I had it with. The Irish Breakfast was strong enough to stand up to the food and the Rum cut thru the Cream enough where it wasn’t overly sweet for the sandwhich.

3rd Infusion:
Steep time: 7 min

Lightest and weakest infusion. More red/orange in the liquor. The Irish Breakfast and the Rum are strong enough to stand up to the beef stew I had with it, but the Cream wasn’t enough to clash with the stew. In some ways this is my favorite infusion. It depends on what you have it with.

Conclusions: A wonderful black dessert tea where the true tea taste is very much evident but it does not upset my stomach. Secondary infusions still pair well with foods that aren’t sweet making it a tea you could drink all day. I’ll buy this one again.

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drank Raspberry by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

After this cup…I’m officially out of this tea, too…parting is such sweet sorrow…

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drank Raspberry by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Believe it or not…I’m getting low on black flavored teas…kind of. So I am having this! I only have enough for one more cup after this tho…

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drank Raspberry by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Thought I would throw an Adagio into the mix…was looking for a flavored black…this did the trick.

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