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75

Great by itself. I’m going to try blending it next time though

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75

Clean, light and relaxing.

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75

Very soothing and that is exactly what I need at the moment.

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82
drank Sour Apple by Adagio Teas
104 tasting notes

When I first smelled this tea, I was worried that it would taste like a Jolly Rancher, but it was a surprisingly pleasant tea with a nice sour taste that makes it fun to drink.

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81
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

The weather is overcast, humid and rainy for the second week in a row and I’m getting grouchy about it. So grouchy, in fact, that I am too grumpy to really make tea. My tea consumption had been drastically reduced because of this and I’ve felt the lack. I’m still grumpy and grouchy and sulking about the weather but decide that I needed tea, even if I didn’t really want to make it. So I put some water into my 10oz cup, dropped a dragon ball in, meandered into the living room and flipped on History Channel and answered some emails.

The first few sips were like hot water sprinkled with a bit of cocoa powder but I had only let the ball soak for a maybe couple of minutes, not nearly long enough. The water was too hot still anyway, so I let it cool a bit more. By the time it was easy sipping temperature, I ended up with a lovely cup of tea. The last two or three sips (I emptied the cup because I was too lazy to refill) were perhaps a bit on the tannic side but still quite pleasant.

I’m not a big one for imprecise brewing methods but this tea makes it so easy and rewarding that I’m probably going to be doing it more while the weather is so icky.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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81
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

Oddly enough when I searched from “Dragon Balls”, this tea did not come up. Boo. Anyway…

As the song Cup of Brown Joy says, “If you’re tired of tea then you’re tired of life.” Well, I’m not so much tired of life, but it has been feeling somewhat blah lately. And so I’ve been somewhat blah about tea as well. So yeah, I’m still drinking it but I’m just not that excited. Which is stupid because I have some teas to try that I’ve wanted to try for a while and now I have the chance! But I feel that they deserve more than blah me so I’m holding on for enthusiastic me to come back. (If the freakin’ wind would stop trying to blow my house down and the sun would stay out, enthusiastic me would probably show up quicker.)

With my lackadaisical attitude about, well, everything lately, I took a different approach to this tea today. I tossed a couple of balls :snicker: in my cup, boiled some water, brought the kettle to my desk, filled up my cup and just kept topping my cup off as I sipped. So there’s no real steeping time, no real water temp. I really wish I had some oolong at work to try this with but maybe tomorrow.

So how did the experiment work? Okay, so I ended up with a slightly strong first cup since I needed to let the water cool so I could drink it and it kept get stronger as I got about half way down into the cup. But it didn’t get bitter, just strong and I learned to top off my cup frequently-ish and that took care of the too-strong issue. And I might have had to put a leaf bit or two back in the cup at the beginning. But a bit of leaf floating into my mouth isn’t near as bad as a gnat or something and once things got going the leaves stayed firmly in the bottom of the cup (which was kind of neat). The tea tasted good even though there was fair amount of variety depending on how much water was in the cup and how long it had been since I last added more. In fact, towards the end it ended up being pretty sweet which is something I don’t think I’ve hit on with this tea before.

All in all it worked out pretty great and the brewing style fit in well with my current meh-ness. It seemed like I got a lot more tea out of the leaf than I would have otherwise (close to about 26oz I’d guess) and it was pretty tasty once I got the hang of when to top off and by how much. So I’m gonna count this as a win and make note to do it again. Even if the leaves in my cup did make it look like I was drinking a cup of swamp water.

TeaEqualsBliss

DRAGON BALLS! LOL
LOVE IT!!!!

S

I know what you mean about the teas deserving more that “blah me”…I’ve been kind of put off of tea after my Samovar order, because it was so hyped up yet the tins were so tiny and the one I tried so far (Four Seasons) was just a “meh” weak tie guan yin for me that I spent a (very small) fortune on…I haven’t been able to really write a review since then because I know I have to write a “meh” review for FS but then everyone on steepster will kill me in my sleep, heh. And that’s just makes me feel “blah” because whenever I remember the tins, I feel like I got ripped off big time, and that depresses me, and I get put off of drinking the tea…

Auggy

TeaEqualsBliss, I kid you not, that’s what I searched for. It didn’t show up. :(
Aww, poor Shanti. I didn’t really ‘get’ the Four Seasons love until I went a bit heavy on the leaf – then I got a fuller taste to it. Before that it seemed a bit flat. So hopefully you’ll find the love.

TeaEqualsBliss

I just might have to blend an Adagio Signature Blend and call it DRAGON BALLS…lol…

S

I’ll have to try it that way. I just feel deceived…the website says 40 servings with multiple infusions. How big are the servings supposed to be?? There can’t be more than 15, maybe 20 teaspoons in my tin, which is barely half full. After this experience, I will not be ordering from Samovar ever again, nor will I recommend them. Plus, I had to steep FS for like 4 minutes, and I could barely taste anything, whereas my other TGYs for around 45 seconds and the flavor is much stronger and has that signature TGY heavy mouth feel. So boo to FS, and boo to Samovar.

rage>

Somehow I feel better after typing that out publically, heh…I’ve been avoiding Steepster since I tried the FS, but I feel motivated again to type up some tasting notes now. :)

Auggy

Wow, that seems very not good. I don’t know what to tell you. Even when I went lighter on the leaf there was still taste at 2 minutes but it didn’t truly shine for me until I did about .8g/oz (instead of the normal .5g/oz I start out with – yes, I have ratios, I’m a dork). I don’t know how that would equate to teaspoons though so I’m no real help there. Hopefully you got other things from them that are awesome and won’t leave you with a bad taste in your mouth (literally or figuratively!)

Doulton

Shanti, I hear you. I figure that the amount of dry tea called for on the packages is suitable for a 4 ounce dainty little tea cup or even a demi-tasse. So I adjust like mad. I typically use 3 or sometimes even 4 times the amount called for in a typical mug of mine that holds perhaps 8 or 10 ounces. And I’ve never felt that there was too much tea in my tea!

Miss Sweet

Aw I’ve been wanting to try black dragon pearls for ages but never see them anywhere! Simply because the green ones are so pretty to watch unfurl but I’m not much of a fan of the taste.

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81
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

Cocoa, earthy, a little malty, smooth and sweet. Not really sure why I ended up going with a shorter steep time this time, but I did and it is still good.
5.2g/14oz

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

3 balls for 8oz… I pretty much can’t smell it today because my nose is so stuffy. Then I brilliantly decided to have a cup of Odwalla’s Strawberry C Monster, which I love but is by NO means flavorless. So sipping on a more delicate tea afterward (because almost any beverage has a more delicate flavor than Strawberry C Monster) made me think, “Wait, is this water?”

Thankfully, I’ve washed the Monster out of my mouth and can actually taste again. Mmm, this tea is good. Makes me think of baking cocoa, the stuff that any chocolate lover has tried eating straight just once, thinking that it will actually taste like chocolate.

It doesn’t.

This doesn’t taste exactly like that. There is so spitting or face-making involved when I drink this. But this isn’t chocolaty either because it isn’t sweet enough. I kind of feel like I’m having a grown up version of hot chocolate. So glad I got a tin of this with my last Adagio order!

Jillian

I got a sample tin if this tea in my Adagio order that just arrived. After all the conversations about the ‘balls’ I knew I had to try them. :D

Auggy

I really like them! It’s a very mellow, chill-out sort of tea for me. And they are in big balls. What’s not to like? Hehe.

takgoti

What else is Steepster good for if not some hot double-entendre on double-entendre action?

Well, a lot. But you can never have too many ball jokes in your life.

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81
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

Thanks to Lena for sharing this with me!

First off, the dry leaves (balls) smell like someone sprinkled cocoa on them… not my cat but rather the baking powder. Really surprising. I had a little trouble getting the right amount for my cup because I weigh my tea. I had to shuffle around a combination of 5 different balls (ahem) to get my 2.3g for 6oz that I wanted. The large and irregular ball size could be a problem for me. Or else I need to relax. (Probably that last one).

Once I got them in the pot, I was good to go. I was also way too entertained by watching the balls open. How do they get the leaves to stick like that? Anyone? Way too easily entertained.

The smell of the tea post-brewing is much earthier than the smell of the dry leaves. And I don’t get the strong cocoa flavor/smell anymore except as a bit of the aftertaste. It does have a little bitterness to it that reminds me of cocoa, though. Not a bad bitterness, just an unsweetened chocolate bitterness. But without the chocolate.

All in all, I like it. It’s smooth and has a good, complex flavor. Not really knock my socks off with flavor or anything but I think this is probably something I’d get to have every so often as part of a black tea rotation. Not a have to have on hand at all times kind of thing but something to bring in occasionally, use up, then move on to a couple more before ordering it again.

And if I haven’t babbled enough – my next door neighbor is trying to start the motor on his sail boat. Yes, it has been raining all day, but it isn’t that bad yet.

takgoti

You’ve been shuffling balls around, then, have you? This tea has been great, at the very least because the “ball” per tasting note count has skyrocketed on this site.

Carolyn

I’ve been using between five and seven balls per 8 ounce cup. Perhaps I’m just a ballsy kind of woman. The more I drink this tea, the more I like it.

Jillian

No idea how they make them but I love watching jasmine pearls unfurl in my mug. There’s something terribly ‘zen’ about it.

I missed the promo-thingy on these guys unfortuntely but they sound interesting enough that I might buy them the next time I order from Adagio.

Auggy

@takgoti: And there are sooo many jokes that this tea encourages me to make. That’s a total plus!

@Carolyn: I think 7 balls would scare me. That’s gotta be a fairly stout tea, yes?

@Jillian: These seemed fuzzier to me as they open compared to the jasmine pearls but that could have just been because of the size. Still, so fun.

This tea makes me wish Adagio sold something between the sample size and the 4oz tin (well, 5oz for this tea).

Carolyn

@Auggy: It brews up black as death with 7 balls and it produces a very stout, very caffeinated cup but not all that bitter. (Or at least it is bitter in a good, chocolatey way, not an unpleasant way.) It has a real body to it.

I’ve only drunk it at work where the water temperature gets to 190 degrees max, so that may be part of why 7 balls works.

Auggy

I’m sort of tempted to try what I will now think of as Carolyn’s Black Balls of Death brew.

Jillian

@Auggy: You make it sound almost like an STD! XD

/Sorry, my sense of humor isn’t very sophisticated when I’m this tired.

Auggy

Haha – and please! I snicker every time I type “balls”! You ARE the sophisticated one here!

takgoti

I’m really glad that I’m not alone when it comes to this kind of stuff. When I was in choir, we had to sing this song in Latin that had the word poenis [where the o and e are squished together – I don’t know how to do that on here without it involving more work than its worth]. It wasn’t even pronounced like what I think you know I’m getting to [poe-niece, if I remember correctly], but EVERY TIME, I would LOSE IT. And I’d make whoever was next to me start to lose it. Not too helpful when you’re trying to be all serious and dynamic and choir-y.

As for “Carolyn’s Black Balls of Death,” well done. I think that has a really nice ring to it. Someone should edit the tea name.

Auggy

I would ask what a poenis is… but in my world I already know the answer.

Hehe.

Cofftea

Auggy, glad to see I’m not the only one here that weighs her tea!:) Mine has a .01 accuracy so I go for 2.25g/6oz. Although these balls are so dense I just round up and don’t sift thru them.

Auggy

My scale is only accurate to .1g but I normally go for my normal 2.3g but sometimes I let it go of by .1… These little balls are tricky though! I think I just called it good at 2.5g after a few swaps and resisted the urge to dig through to get me the balls that would put me right at 2.3.

High-strung? Who, me? Nooooo.

Auggy

Nice! I have one of the My Weigh pocket scales… I’ll admit, I felt like Amazon thought I was a drug dealer when I bought it.

Cofftea

Why’s that?

Auggy

I tend to think that more people buy inexpensive, small weight scales to weigh their drugs into friendly, deal-able amounts than those that use them to measure tea.

Of course, there could be dealers out there that are big time into tea and they get a 2-for-1 deal. Bonus!

Jillian

lol, maybe they sell ‘special’ tea. ;)

Cofftea

Well I guess, if you want to automatically assume that they use those scales for drugs then don’t be surprised if amazon does as well. I; however, think tha’s very judgemental.

Auggy

Okay then.

Cynthia Carter

Wow. I’m surprised the mugs don’t dissolve with the amount of this tea you all are using. I made a pot tonight – 5 balls for a one pint pot.

And reading all of the comments on this tea, I am beginning to understand why Adagio refers to this tea as “pearls.” Dragon balls would be just way too entertaining.

Auggy

I weighed them and to get 2.3 – 2.5 g I needed per cup was 3 balls. I was somewhat surprised but the tea is good so I run with it! :)

S

Auggy, how did I miss this epic post until now?! STDs, poenis, and drug dealing (and related “judgmental”-ness), oh my!

Auggy

Thank you for commenting on this because it made me reread it all and laugh. So fun!

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75

Direct Link for this Blend that I create today is located here
http://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/blend.html?blend=9306&SID=9fa992f5bfcc28c365cc97336cb6de69

Or you can use 60% Raspberry Flavored Black, 40% Chocolate Flavored Black, and 10% Herbal Peppermint.

Upon first sniff you can smell the chocolate and peppermint in the blend more than the raspberry.

It’s a BOLD taste. And the Raspberry and Chocolate come together nicely with the peppermint as the extra lil kick.

The peppermint also seems to linger for that minty fresh aftertaste.

Pretty Good…might only need 5% peppermint tho.

I would certainly try it again.

Angrboda

That sounds interesting. I’ve got all the ingredients too, so I’ll have to try that some time. :)

TeaEqualsBliss

Or if you order I get points! LOL :) Thanks!

Angrboda

I can’t promise that. The only time I ordered from Adagio was out of sheer curiosity with these teas that normally I can’t have and the enormous selection. Paid for the tea, an arm and a leg in shipping cost to Denmark and then through my nose for VAT and customs. All in all, it was fun to try the teas and I love the little tins, but unless it’s available through the new UK based Adagio store, it’s a seriously expensive experience.

It’s pretty limited where I can shop at a reasonable price from over here.

TeaEqualsBliss

OH! Denmark! I totally understand with the shipping costs!!! :P No prob!

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75
drank Birthday Tea by Adagio Teas
37 tasting notes

Liked this one fine. It didn’t knock my socks off though. I got it as a free sample from Adagio. It does taste like birthday cake, surprisingly. Probably wouldn’t buy it though.

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75
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
37 tasting notes

Good but didn’t love it. Middle of the road chai for me.

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75
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
37 tasting notes

This is good, has a pretty good spice to it, which is important since you gotta have sugar and milk with it. I think Teavana’s is better besides blending my own.

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78
drank White Peach by Adagio Teas
34 tasting notes

Really refreshing. It has a quality that I can only think to describe as “juicy”. There’s just the right amount of peach flavor so as not to overwhelm the tea. It works fabulously for re-steeps. I’m sad my sample is gone.

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80

This tea is a winner. Love the rich, dark red color and pleasant jasmine aroma that just won’t quit. It’s also got a smooth, sweet taste that lingers on your tongue without getting bitter for a great combo of color, taste and aroma.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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80

I’m not sure why they call the scent of this tea ‘delicate’, because it’s a big and bold aroma that is only slightly diminished by a 7 minute steeping. There’s a bit of a medicinal taste to it, but in a good way. It also has a great color, and a strong jasmine flavor that’s not too sweet, but pleasantly soothing.

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75

Here’s an Oolong Blend I added to the Blends Section of the Adagio Site. The direct link is http://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/blend.html?blend=9297&SID=c8e6b56fbe338faf44d4543152596502

Smells like vanilla-nut Oolong. Coloring is quite dark for an oolong. The taste is certainly the vanilla oolong with more almond than I thought would be noticeable. The Grapefruit is barely there but does give it a hint of zing that makes you wonder.

This isn’t too bad if you are looking for something different and like oolongs.

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50

And this is the last cup of this sample.

I’m working on clearing my samples as fast as I can… it’s a major project!!

Uniquity

I’m starting to think I wouldn’t have any tea left if I drank all my samples! : )

laurenpressley

haha, I know that feeling!

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50

Inspired by the “where is everyone” discussion post, I made a glass of this iced. It’s really good that way! I sweetened it, southern style, so it reminded me a bit of strawberry candy. I also had never really thought of making iced tea by the glass (we do it by the pitcher in my house), so I’m glad the post made me consider that. Now I’ll try a bunch of iced teas in the near future!!

Cofftea

I make it by the glass cuz I can’t stick w/ one flavor for too long lol.

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50

I made a cup of this early in the afternoon, got pulled out of the office, and when I got back it might as well have been a mug of iced strawberry tea. Not what I was hoping for, but surprisingly good! I might actually begin brewing this for a cool beverage once we get warmer weather again.

Cofftea

Black teas don’t normally agree w/ me, but this one isn’t too bad. It’s pretty good cold as well. And coming from me, that’s pretty high compliments lol.

laurenpressley

:) Glad to hear others like it cold, too!

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