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drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
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2nd steep – there is the buttery taste others were talking about! Still good tho

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drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
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Oversteeped on purpose. Hard to totally mess this tea up which is good. It’s certainly a white tea taste and this time I get more of a vegetable type undertone. Probably because of the longer steep. I am going to resteep just for kicks.

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drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
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This has a very clean smell before the steep and not much a of scent after the steep. It’s light and tasty and clean. Very relaxing. Will def have again.

Cofftea

You didn’t get a buttery taste?

TeaEqualsBliss

Not as of yet. I will most likely have some more today and will ‘play’ around with the amount and length of loose leaf and steep…will let you know.

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drank Green Anji by Adagio Teas
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Wanted a stronger taste than last time so I steeped 3 T for 4 to 5 minutes. That certainly did the trick. Still ended up tasting a little like vegetables…almost like peas in a pod with a hint of jasmine or something. I still “like” it but might not reorder for a while – just to make room for other Adagio Green’s I haven’t tried yet.

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drank Green Anji by Adagio Teas
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Because of the way the loose leaf dried it was a little hard to get a few pinches out of the sample tin. But if that is the least of my problems I won’t complain. The dried leaves smell like a masculine candle, cologne, or air freshener – but it’s not overly scented. It’s very light in color – not too different from other green teas. There isn’t much of a aroma after steeping but there is a hint of earthiness. The taste is a cross between a florally-light-jasmine and a vegetable taste. The taste isn’t very intense so when the company’s descriptions says its name stands for safety and prosperity I suppose that may go a little further and I would say this is a safe tea…especially if you are new to Green Teas or don’t like the intense green tea taste. This may be something to try. It is a pretty pleasant cup, regardless.

Auggy

It’s interesting that you say that it’s a safe tea for those that aren’t big green tea folks. I know I like this one but normally I’m not fond of Chinese greens. So, at least for me, you are totally right.

TeaEqualsBliss

Well, that’s COOL! Thanks for chiming in! :)

TeaCast

I’m surprised I haven’t had any Green Anji, as I’ve had most of Adagio’s standard teas (I have a lot of free time apparently), but it’s good to hear that it is “safe,” as green tea can be TOO green sometimes IMO :)

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drank Mambo by Adagio Teas
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This isn’t really my thing. It has a strong sort of vegetable taste that reminds me of my grandmother’s green beans. Very earthy, very dark flavor. I usually prefer fruity, herbal, and floral tastes, but if you like a strong black tea taste, you might like this. It has a very complex taste.

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drank Ceylon Sonata by Adagio Teas
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Having a pot of this that is 2/3 Ceylon Sonata and 1/3 English Breakfast, both by Adagio. I’m not a very big fan of either, but they blend together well. I’ll definitely do this again. It’s malty and sweet, with a summery taste that’s hard to describe.

I probably should have brewed this for less time, as it is pretty potent and a little bitter. (But I like some bitterness to my black teas.) I think I’ll go with four minutes next round.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Ceylon Sonata by Adagio Teas
513 tasting notes

So THIS is what they’re using for all the flavored black teas at Adagio. I knew it was Ceylon, but I didn’t know which blend. Anyway, this is a good, standard black tea. The leaves smell sweet and smoky, but the smokiness doesn’t really appear in the tea itself. But that’s alright, I’m not really a fan of smokiness anyway. It brews up a really pleasant shade of amber, and was a great way to start my day.

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drank Dancong Aria by Adagio Teas
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Just a warm-up…still sweet and earthy! nice!

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drank Dancong Aria by Adagio Teas
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Another one bites the dust! And another one’s gone…this is the last in my stash of this kind, too, WOW! I sure am finishing up several of my teas in my stash lately…must be time to do some ordering…

gmathis

I feel your pain…running out of my favorites, too…and too temporarily poor to do anything about it :o) I guess when I’m down to the generic Wal-Mart brand I use for eye compresses, I’ll know it’s time to bite the bullet and go shopping.

TeaEqualsBliss

I totally hear ya!!! I can’t re-order until after Christmas…sigh…

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drank Dancong Aria by Adagio Teas
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I think I finally found “MY” perfect amount and length to steep! Unfortunately I am almost out. I prob have one more attempt after today. Still woodsy, but sweeter than other attempts – which is fine by me. I can finally taste the semi-peachiness that was talked about by others but I must say this is the first time I have been able to taste this. I know it’s because I steeped for less time this time. I have a tendency to oversteep stuff often. :) Regardless – this is a nice cup

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Dancong Aria by Adagio Teas
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My Mistake! Not the tea’s…Steeping water NOT hot enough and not enough loose leaf. I really ruined that cuppa. Bad Tea=Bliss, BAD! How dare you ruin an Adagio Tea.

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drank Dancong Aria by Adagio Teas
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As I opened this sample tin…It’s almost like a mix of black tea and oolong teas put together – but just for the first sniff. After steeping the aroma changed to a mild oolong type smell. I think it’s of the lighter colored oolongs I have seen. For an Oolong the taste is very smooth and not very woodsy tasting like some have been that I have tasted. Right at the end you get just a tad of the sweetness but it’s barely there. I am very surprised by this one…very different that I expected. Glad I bought it…will certainly be trying different steeps and amounts/lengths of steep just for fun.

takgoti

Hmm. That sounds interesting. I’ll be keeping an eye out for your results from other steepings.

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drank Strawberry by Adagio Teas
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I just finished up my last of this – it was very nice. I could really taste the strawberry perfectly.

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drank Strawberry by Adagio Teas
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Just finishing up a cup of this now…it’s been a while since I have tried it and it’s still quite nice. I only have enough for one more cup tho…sigh…

Erin

ah, yes, it’s one of the very few flavored blacks from adagio that i enjoy.

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drank Strawberry by Adagio Teas
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Let another day of tea Begin!!!! Starting things off with this one! And it’s good! Getting low tho!

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drank Strawberry by Adagio Teas
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A little bitter today…not sure why…but not overly so it’s still pretty good.

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drank Strawberry by Adagio Teas
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Started with this flavored black today and it was great but I think I am more in the white and green mood for today…

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drank Strawberry by Adagio Teas
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This is another one of those teas that will draw you in by the aroma. It’s lovely. This is only my 2nd attempt but I have decided that I do like it very much.

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drank Strawberry by Adagio Teas
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Ahhhh! Here’s my Black Flavored Tea for the day! I’m typing as I taste. As soon as you open the tin the Dried Strawberry Scent fills my nose and my work cubicle. What a lovely scent! It pretty much stays true thru steeping. I made sure I didn’t oversteep as suggested by more than one of our follow steepsters! It’s not a very strong black tea taste it’s more of a medium strength. The Strawberry addition is very nice. It blends well and I like it. I must say my favorite part of this tea is the aroma. I will certainly be sipping this again tho…thumbs up!

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Drinking a cup of #40 before heading out to lunch. And where am I going…

http://www.worldcupoftea.com/

I took my mom here for her birthday and we did the Royal-tea lunch. It was pretty cool, and their teas were mostly tasty. I was not impressed with their staff, however. I think I was expecting a true tea sommelier or Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast or something. Instead, it was mostly a hippy staff. I’m not saying that being a hippy is bad (I’ve been known to hug a few trees)…just odd in a tea establishment that is known for their British High Tea ceremony. That, and the fact that when my mom asked about a certain tea, the hippy dude said, and I quote, “It’s a green tea…so umm, ya know…you might like it…if you like green tea.” Nice. Their tea menu is online, so I’ve been writing a few teas down to give the smell test when I get there.

As for this tea, I find my self saying, “It’s not bad…(insert long pause)…for Adagio.” After close to a year of all Adagio, all the time, I’m waiving goodbye. I thank them for helping me tune my tastes but I think it’s time to move on. Also, tea swaps are fantastic for finding new companies and teas to try out. I thank all of my tea swap buddies this year for all of the teas, funny emails, and general awesomeness. I hope everyone has a fantastic, tea-filled 2010.

Cofftea

Jealous, very jealous:)

takgoti

Oooh, hope your lunch is awesome, service aside! And yay for tea swaps! Your package should have arrived this AM!

TeaEqualsBliss

Double Jealous!

Bethany

I think I’m at the same point as you on Adagio. They’re a great company for beginners, and I still have a ton of their samples to drink through, but I’m really interested in trying more specialized companies.

Cofftea

Now I’m into Adagio for their custom blends, savory teas, and frequent cup points- I may never use all mine lol.

LENA

Lunch was great. I picked up 2 new teas and have one on order that they were out of.
@ takgoti – I can’t wait to see what all you sent! It’s Christmas part deux.
@ Bethany – yep, great for beginners. And I love that they send most of their teas out in tins…not bags. It’s ok though, I have hoards of the little sample tins that are great for tea swaps, etc.
@ Cofftea – I know you love a good blend! Still waiting to try the one you sent for my birthday. :) I used most of my points, but I have about 40 or so leftover. Hope they don’t expire…I might need them one day.

Cofftea

@LENA, I hope they don’t too! I have over 2000.

wombatgirl

Do you have any reccomendations for that shop? I’m heading down to Nashville next week and I’ll be going here for certain! (Going for a training class for work)

LENA

@ wombatgirl – Niiice! If you like rooibos, they have a blend called Home for the Holidays. I’m positive that it would be good hot, but it totally rocks when iced. I keep a pitcher of this one in the fridge.
Did you check out their website? I tried the Ceylon Kenilworth with my mom (at our lunch) and it was really nice…but fairly plain. China Chai is ok if you like the taste of licorice. I tried their Genmaicha Whole Leaf and hated it. I have some of their Czar’s Samovar on order…they were out of it the last time I was there. Czar’s seems to be a big seller for them.

Franklin Tea should be pretty close to World Cup of Tea. Their website is http://www.franklintea.com/index.html I haven’t been…yet…but I plan to very soon. Franklin Tea seems to have a much larger selection, but terrible descriptions on the site. You can email me at [email protected] if you might like to meet up while you are in town.

wombatgirl

@Lena – I sent you an email – I’d love to meet up!

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More #40, more #40! Start the wave!

I couldn’t drink anything else this morning. So much for this being my “special tea”. It’s too good to ration off. Two days in a row of #40 = a good thing.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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This is such a good oolong. Really, it’s just Mmmm. I want all my oolongs like this. Simple, smooth, mellow, rich. Sooo good AND it holds up to multiple steeps very well. I believe one can only drink this tea hot…to ice it would cheapen it. (But it would probably still be delicious.) I’m raising my initial rating. Damn good.

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5 min, 0 sec

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