Adagio Teas

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drank Sour Apple by Adagio Teas
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When I opened the tin I could definitely smell the sour apple. It took all I had not to eat it:) I steeped one heaping teaspoons in 6oz boiled purified water for 5 min. It had a bright red liquor from the cranberries. For a minute I even thought that I had mistakenly steeped this tisane in boiling cranberry juice and I was even more convinced of it when I took my 1st sip. This tisane tastes nothing like green apple, cran apple at best. It tastes like the hot cranberry juice I thought I steeped it in. False advertising alert! Don’t get me wrong, if you’re looking for a cranberry herbal tisane it is VERY good, but you will be very disappointed if you expect it to taste like it the title

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Smooth, mellow. Late morning pot.

20 oz Bodum Classic tea press. 4 pearls.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Delicious! Benefits from re-steeping. One of my favs.

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drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
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Excellent staple tea. Great any time of the day. Not as sharp as many black teas, a very smooth but robust taste; you know you’re drinking black tea. Best drank with a spot of milk and honey.

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drank Wuyi Ensemble by Adagio Teas
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Great soothing tea. Smoky, earthy, nutty flavors. Has the effect on the missus and I of inducing a coma-like sleep. Best drank with a spot of honey.

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drank Oriental Spice by Adagio Teas
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Because of the spices I measure this by the teaspoon instead of weight. 1 heaping teaspoon steeped for 5 min in purified boiling water or simmering milk, I like chocolate milk. Serve unsweetened.

For a dirty chai, add 2oz cold brewed coffee concentrate to 4oz boiling water or simmering milk. You can also add hot cocoa mix added after steeping.

There’s good chai, and there’s bad chai. This is bad chai. Something is really strong in it, and it’s something I obviously don’t like a lot of. Almost bitter. There isn’t “chai” in the name, but this is definitely a chai tea. But if that’s what you want, do yourself a favor and buy one of their actual chai teas. This is a redundant waste of product space in my opinon- I’d rather they take this out and put something more interesting and unique in it’s place.

Because of the spices I measure this by the teaspoon instead of weight. 1 heaping teaspoon steeped for 5 min in boiling water or simmering milk, I like chocolate milk. Serve unsweetened.

For a dirty chai, add 2oz cold brewed coffee concentrate to 4oz boiling water or simmering milk. This is also VERY good w/ hot cocoa mix added after steeping.

To make it chilled, make a large batch using as little water as possible to make a concentrate, chilling, then using milk to fill the liquid discrepency. If desired, add proper amount of coffee concentrate for the amount you’re making and reduce water/milk that amount according to compensate for the coffee. If serving it over ice, make ice cubes from more tea or tea steeped in milk. I prefer it blended when iced.

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drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
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Took a heaping teaspoon w/ me to have @ Bible study today and found a surprise at the refreshment table… Caramel apple creamer! I’ve never seen that before so I added about a TB to my tea. Sooo good!

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec
TeaCast

Oh wow, that sounds so good, Caramel apple creamer! Where the heck did that come from!! :D Must add a BAM! to Masala.

Cofftea

It was coffee mate brand I believe. (liquid)

Cinoi

Definitely have to find that creamer… :)

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drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
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Backlogging from last nite. Mom made brownies and served them w/ rum flavored coffee. I steeped a very heaping teaspoon in my coffee for 5 min. Yummy!

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

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drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
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Because of the spices I measure this by the teaspoon instead of weight. 1 heaping teaspoon steeped for 5 min in purified boiling water or simmering milk, I like chocolate milk. Serve unsweetened.

For a dirty chai, add 2oz cold brewed coffee concentrate to 4oz boiling water or simmering milk. This is also VERY good w/ hot cocoa mix added after steeping.

Good basic chai. Nothing overly special. I buy this mainly cuz of the frequent cup points program they have.

To make it chilled I love making a large batch using as little water as possible to make a concentrate, chilling, then using milk to fill the liquid discrepency. If desired, add proper amount of coffee concentrate for the amount you’re making and reduce water/milk that amount according to compensate for the coffee. If serving it over ice, make ice cubes from more tea or tea steeped in milk. I prefer it blended when iced.

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drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
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drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
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For those that aren’t big on matcha, here’s another drinking chocolate I just made:
1/3 c. milk (chocolate or plain)
3TB drinking chocolate mix
1 heaping teaspoon of your favorite chai
1 packet (individual serving) instant coffee
1TB spiced rum creamer (pumpkin spice would also be killer)

Heat milk til bubbles start forming on the surface and add chai. Steep for 5 min and strain. Add chocolate mix, instant coffee, and creamer. Mix completely, pour into your favorite bowl, and drink up!

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drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
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2.25g steeped in only 2oz purified water. (just enough to cover the leaves). Add 4oz milk and 1 TBS Spiced Rum creamer. Makes a great winter drink for those who don’t drink alcohol. And much healthier for children than hot cocoa! For extra chocolate flavor shave 1oz 100% dark chocolate, add to the milk, and melt. Add chai concentrate.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
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3rd infusion: 7min

Hmmm… lighter than normal for a 3rd infusion of this tea in all 3 points of the tirfecta (aroma, liquor, and taste). I had this w/ pancakes this morning and didn’t want a heavier tea so I just steeped it in water and, even though I RARELY sweeten my tea, added a tiny drizzle of maple syrup to echo the pancakes. YUM!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
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I wanted to see what chocolate and rose taste like so I steeped the only chocolate tea I had, this, as directed (it’s a 2nd infusion so 6 min in boiling water) except I used 2.25 g of tea and 6 oz of water instead of 8 then used that to steep a tea bag (2nd infusion also) of The Republic of Teas Get Relaxed! for 8 min. The 1st infusion of the chai was used in a dirty chai so the little coffee that remained gave it a little depth and the rose from the Get Relaxed gave a flirty undertone that was slightly floral but no where near perfumey- I LOVE IT!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
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I was craving a dirty chai misto, so I grabbed my chocolate chai.

3oz double strength premade coffee, boiled used to steep 2.25 g of tea for 5 min. Instead of placing my ingenuiTEA right on top of the cup I was going to drink out of, I placed the tea concentrate in a pan, added 3oz cold fat free milk and heated it up again and then poured the dirty chai misto in my cup and enjoyed!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
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Because of the spices I measure this by the teaspoon instead of weight. 1 heaping teaspoon steeped for 5 min in purified boiling water or simmering milk. Serve unsweetened. Good chai… but wait a minute… I just looked at the tin… this is supposed to be a chocolate chai??? The chocolate flavor is completely non existant and bordering on false advertising. If you add milk, make sure it’s chocolate milk. A great disappointment from a company w/ otherwise wonderful products.

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drank Rooibos Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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Delicious tea! The nutty taste of the rooibos and the vanilla compliment each other perfectly! I like to add honey to mine to give it that little something extra.

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Brewed for 3 mins. Nice. Very sweet from the chamomile. Is smooth and bright. Very flavorful.

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drank Xue Ya Ballad by Adagio Teas
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This tea has a non descript aroma when in the tin. I steeped 2.25g of tea leaves in 6oz purified water heated to 175 degrees F for 3 min. and I’m glad I didn’t steep it any longer. It does have a pale yellowish green liquor as the description states, but that’s where the accuracy ends. There is nothing fruity about this tea at all. I did not sweeten this. I became leary about this tea even before tasting it. It smelled of dirt. Sure enough, it tastes like a very weak pu erh, kind of like I dropped a good tasting green tea on the ground. I’m not sure this tea would appeal to anyone. If you don’t like pu erh, you won’t like this tea. But then again if you like pu erh this may be too weak for you. If you like pu erh maybe steep it for 5 mins like a black tea. I normally like to try all teas both hot and chilled and see how many infusions I can get before the flavor dies, but I’m not brave enough to try this a 2nd time no matter how it’s prepared.

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I was REALLY excited about this because I can’t stand most sweetened tea. I was just as disappointed. I got a bottle as a free sample from Adagio w/ one of my purchases and I’m glad I didn’t have to pay for it. There was an odd taste I couldn’t place. Maybe peaches? But I like peach white or green peach tea. This wasn’t good. It says they added vitamin C to it and I think that was the mistake. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
110 tasting notes

Sometimes I don’t want my palate challenged, or a finicky steeping ritual, or a lot of nuance. Sometimes, I just want a really good, satisfying cup of tea. Now, please.

This one has a deep tea perfume, a dark color that promises and delivers a strong tannic flavor. Tannic meaning it tastes like tea – good, honest, no fussiness about it tea. I wrap my hands around my mug and inhale deeply before each sip. Ahhh – tea.

Wait, the pot is empty already?!!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
Jillian

“Why is the tea always gone?” ;) Just out of question do you get the supposed ‘peppery’ taste with this tea?

Cynthia Carter

There is a puckery feeling in my mouth after drinking a cup of this tea, probably from the tannins, and I think that sensation plus the strong dark flavor may be what folks are detecting as “peppery.” As in black pepper, not chili pepper.

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
110 tasting notes

Drank this as an after dinner treat with almond wafers – the smooth earthiness was just right.

Curse Adagio and their samplers! I like all of the teas in their black sampler, and am beginning to panic now that I am getting low on a number of them. How to choose what to order next?

takgoti

I run into the same problem with samplers. Damn the sample sets! DAMN ALL THE SAMPLE SETS!

Jillian

MOAR samplers? ;)

Cynthia Carter

Yes, I could buy more samples, but . . . it makes me feel like such a tea tramp.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I heart samplers.

Jillian

Bah, think of it as free (tea) love. ;)

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
110 tasting notes

Delicious, intensely earthy tea, with a strong vegetal flavor and a hint of smokiness.

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