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84
drank Raspberry by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Following my craving for Black teas today…I decided to try this one again. I really like it. I will say – the black tea doesn’t seem to be as strong as the black tea flavor in the Strawberry Adagio Flavored Black. I also noticed that the Raspberry is harder to oversteep than the Strawberry…just a few comparison notes there…hope you don’t mind…now back to our regularly schedule tea programming…

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84
drank Raspberry by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

My New Tea Shipment is HERE! YAY! I randomly chose – out of the ones I ordered – to sip first – and here it is! It’s the Raspberry Flavored Black. At first sniff this tea reminds me of Raspberry chocolate almost. It seems to steep quickly and the aroma lingers. The coloring is that of a regular black tea. The taste is a medium flavored black tea with slight raspberry flavors throughout. I know I will enjoy this tea most mornings! First sample – a success!

takgoti

EXCITEMENT! Tea shipment days are the best days!

My mom loves raspberry truffles; I might have to get a tin of this for her for her birthday. Which reminds me that it’s rapidly approaching. How is October already half over?

Jillian

Yum, I’ll have to put it on my (very extensive) list of teas to try.

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100
drank Jasmine #12 by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

Made this for myself while visiting w/ my friend Helen. Decide to steep it a lil shorter this time to see what’d happen. Pleasantly surprised at the flavor punch! Yummy. I think I’ll keep steeping it at 3min from now on.

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

Infusion 2, steeped for 4 min w/ dinner- chicken pesto flat bread sandwhich w/ red peppers and sun dried tomatoes (which is actually pretty good). What the heck? Did someone pull a prank on me? This is not the same tea. It can’t be. Even though I’ve understeeped the 1st 2 infusions, this infusion is much ligher than the 1st. Infact, it looks like a light white tea! The flavor is a light jasminey w/ the taste of the tea itself as the base. It’s also sweet, crisp, and clean. Between the liquor and the flavor I could very easily confuse this w/ their jasmine silver needle. Now that’s very far from a bad thing, just shocking.

Cofftea

Infusion 3, steeped 5 min. Definitely darker liquor than infusion 2, but it’s kinda hard to tell if it’s darker than 1 or not, but it is more orangy. The flavor is in proportion to the liquor- more oolongy than white.

Cofftea

Infusion 4, 6 min. A lil lighter in color than infusion 3, but not nearly as light as infusion 2. More sweet and less jasminey, but I still really love it. I love teas that morph.

Cofftea

Infusion 5, 7 min. Only gonna steep it in 3oz of water though and will make thick matcha w/ it. Keep an eye out for my tasting note:)

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100
drank Jasmine #12 by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

This is my 1st oolong since my shocking cup of Ooooh Darjeeling as well as my very 1st Jasmine.

Raw leaf observations: I love teas that are as much of a delight to watch steep as drink when they are finished. The tightly rolled leaves have a smooth and slightly sweet aroma, nothing similiar to a pu erh as some oolongs have.

Steeping method: 2.25g of pearls in 6oz of purified water heated at 195 degrees F for 5 min in Adagio’s IngenuiTEA.

I’m surprised at the light yellowish-amber liquor of the 1st infusion. By far not as light as a green or white tea, but definitely lighter than most of the oolongs I’ve tried.

It smells just like it did in the tin, although a bit more pronounced. A smooth and sweet scent, yet not flowery or perfumey like rose might be.

This is much more positive than my last oolong experience. It tastes just like it smells. It’s not weak for my tastes although a bit weaker than I expect from an oolong. It does not have a strong punch of flavor that you’d get from a black tea. It’s lighter and smoother. It doesn’t upset my stomach like most black and flowery teas do.

2nd infusion: 6 min. Hmmm… Interesting. This infusion is darker than the 1st. The smell is a bit stronger as well which makes me wonder if there’s more caffeine in this infusion than the 1st. While this infusion is stronger, it’s not too strong. It’s a personal preference as to which one a person might prefer but both are not just drinkable, but good.

3rd infusion: 7 min. Lighter in liquor, aroma, and taste than the 2nd but yet still stronger than the 1st. Still very good. I think I’m going to switch to something else now, but I’d think one could get a 4th good infusion out of this and I will try next time I desire an oolong. I can see myself buying this one again.

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77
drank Ooooh Darjeeling by Adagio Teas
27 tasting notes

So far so good. The first steep is an interesting blend of an early picked oolong with all of the aromatic of a quality darjeeling black. A 30 second steep yielded a lot of flavor and a light golden color. Not my favorite oolong ever, but I will definitely drink it again. Well done for the first oolong from Darjeeling.

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drank Dongshan Dolce by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

I got this in the new arrivals sampler free w/ $19 purchase. It came w/ 2 oolong teas and a jasmine oolong. The raw tea leaves have a very faint non descript green tea aroma.

I steeped 2.25g of tea leaves in 6oz of purified water heated to 175 degrees F. This tea is a very light tea not only in aroma, but in weight. 2.25g is approx. 3.25 teaspoons so unlike a lot of loose leaf green teas I’m expecting this to be a darker green.

Well… I was wrong. 3 min later and this is by far the lightest tea I’ve ever seen. If I didn’t know it was tea, I would probably mistake it for funky water. Surprisingly though, it does have an, albeit very light, aroma. Absolutely no scent of pu erh like some greens, just a light grassy smell w/ a sweet finish.

Surprisingly this does have a taste, although I have to strain to taste it. The flavor is very weak, but the flavor that is there is a very basic but good, smooth green tea. Nothing special.

Infusion 2, 4 min: Ok… Interesting… This infusion is actually darker than the 1st. I’m thinking that’s because there was not enough leaf to require the full min of extra steeping time that additional infusions usually require. Both the aroma and liquor are stronger versions of the 1st, nothing different. The taste is also stronger… I’m wondering if the caffeine is stronger in this infusion even though everything I’ve read says most of the caffeine is released in the 1st infusion.

3rd infusion, 5 min: When I originally steeped this I would have never imagined that I’d get 3 infusions out of this. The 3rd infusion is a weaker version of the 2nd in sight, liquor, and taste, yet stronger than the 1st.

Conclusions: While the 3rd infusion is still of a VERY good quality, I think my favorite is the 2nd. The 1st is pretty much a waste for me. This tea requires quite a bit of leaf for a solid 2nd infusion and good 3rd, but even that much results in a useless 1st infusion. I’m glad I tried this, but I’m also glad that I got it free. I would have been very disappointed I even wasted $2 for a sample of this. This tea requires a lot of leaf and a wasted infusion to get only 2 good infusions (I didn’t try a fourth, maybe that would be drinkable as well) so it’s more expensive per cup than you would think. Just not worth it for me when there are so many other wonderful green teas out there.

TeaEqualsBliss

hummm…I’m afraid now…this was one I just got…will be drinking soon tho…so I will be doing a write up too! sigh…not sure about this one now…

Cofftea

Don’t get me wrong. It’s good (at least the 2nd infusion) and I’m glad I tried it, but IMO 3.25 teaspoons for 2, maybe 3 infusions when the 1st one is too weak to drink is a waste. To each his or her own though. I can’t wait to see what you think of it:)

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75
drank Spring Darjeeling by Adagio Teas
92 tasting notes

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75
drank Spring Darjeeling by Adagio Teas
92 tasting notes

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25
drank Cocomint Green by Adagio Teas
13 tasting notes

Works in theory, just not in execution. I’ll be drinking it for awhile though since I have a 4oz tin sigh It isn’t undrinkable, just not very good.

LENA

Oh no…I had that in my “to buy a sample of” list. You went bold with the 4oz tin, huh? I did the same with Adagio’s cin-apple rooibos and I hate it. Now I just get samples of everything and then order big.

Auggy

@Lena: you never know, you might like it. My mom is totally in love with the cocomint green. I’m with Xanthia though. Can’t really get behind it.

Cofftea

Xanthia, try again with 2.25g in 6oz of purified water steeped at 175-180 degrees for 3 min. This is my FAVORITE dessert tea. If after that you really don’t like it, I’d be THRILLED to take it:)

LENA F., even if someone says a tea is horrible, don’t let that sway you from at least ordering a sample. I love some teas that other people hate and hate some teas that other people love. If you like chocolate, mint, and green tea, you should at least give it a shot. I did a full detailed tasting of it. Check it out.

Cofftea

@Xanthia, I’ll take whatever you have left off your hands. My email address is in my profile.

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When I was little and would get really sick with anything that left me pale and without an appetite, Jello and ramen noodles were staples in our house. Occasionally, these illnesses would arrive during the colder months, like they do. When they did my mom would occasionally make Jello, but instead of refrigerating all of it to make it wiggly, she’d leave it part of it warm and serve it to me in a little cup.

This tea isn’t as brightly hued as Jello is, nor is it as sweet. The Rooibos is definitely the main flavor I get out of this, but when I swish it around in my month, I get a little bit of that orange Jello flavor on the tip of my tongue. It also lingers in the aftertaste in a pleasant way.

The chamomile is extremely subtle. Subtle enough that it won’t be a deciding factor as to whether I want to drink this tea or not on a given day, which is how I like it.

I’m actually surprised that I enjoy this tea as much as I do because when I opened the tin and smelled it my first thought was, “Oh, Paul Rudd. Why are you so cute?” because I have I Love You, Man running in the background [Sleappin’ da byaaayss, mon!]. But my second thought was, “AHHHH, VICKS VAPOR RUB!”

However, in a surprising turn of events, I quite like it. And I’m a Pisces, so it all seems very fitting. I’ve got a running list on a post-it that I have stuck to my monitor for the next order I’m going to put through for Adagio, and this one just got added to it riiiiight…now.

TeaEqualsBliss

I just have to say I LOVE your reviews! They are wonderful!

takgoti

Thank you! Man, this is one of the nicest online communities I have ever participated in.

Jillian

I’m glad it didn’t turn out to be Vick’s Vapour Rub-flavoured as well as that sounds spectacularly nasty. XD

LENA

Any post with a Paul Rudd reference is a good one. Of course I said the quote outloud in my cube…

takgoti

@Jillian I was truly frightened to take that first sip.

@LENA F. Totes magotes.

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75
drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
79 tasting notes

I really enjoyed this. I tried it in a local tea room before buying, and found that I liked the chocolate note being very subtle as opposed to IN YOUR FACE sweet. The spices seem gentler than other chai blends I have in my cupboard. It is light, spicy, and sweet. Very enjoyable.

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Adagio Teas included this as a free sample and I’ve tried hard to like it. It seems almost disloyal to Libras everywhere to dislike it this much. But it is truly not for me. It tastes artificial and cloying to me. It reminds me of when I was 13 and ate my lip gloss because it smelled like strawberries. The lip gloss also had this strange, artificial, somewhat bitter taste.

takgoti

I had a friend who used to like to chew on Lip Smackers. Never understood that.

Carolyn

Eating my lip gloss was not top of the chart of Carolyn’s Most Intelligent Moments.

Jillian

I’d say ‘eww’ but I think I might have tried to do the same once when I was much younger. Stones and glass houses and all that. ;)

I am a big fan of chocolate; does that come through at all in the tea?

Carolyn

Not to me, but my preferred chocolate is dark chocolate. I think this may have a note of that artificial-tasting waxy milk chocolate.

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77
drank Kai Hua Crescendo by Adagio Teas
784 tasting notes

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77
drank Kai Hua Crescendo by Adagio Teas
784 tasting notes

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77
drank Kai Hua Crescendo by Adagio Teas
784 tasting notes

A green (veggie) green. Not sweet, but not astringent either.

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

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77
drank Kai Hua Crescendo by Adagio Teas
784 tasting notes

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77
drank Kai Hua Crescendo by Adagio Teas
784 tasting notes

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75
drank Spiced Green by Adagio Teas
10 tasting notes

You can really smell the spices in this wonderful tea. Light flavor yet delicious.

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45
drank Decaf Tropics by Adagio Teas
224 tasting notes

My box of tea samples from Adagio came today. The samples are all in tiny tins! It is very cute, but I’m not sure what I will do with so many little tins once I’ve finished the tea.

This Decaf Tropics has an excellent flavor and fragrance that makes me think of sunny days on a beach sipping a drink with an umbrella in it. The fragrance is true to the flavor.

The black tea base is ok. It isn’t Lipton, but it isn’t up to the grade of my favorite black teas either. It has more tannins than I like and a slight bitterness. Also it doesn’t have much complexity. (On the other hand, it’s better than most grocery store tea. However, I’ve been getting spoiled with the great black teas I’ve been trying.) I steeped it for 4 minutes. Next time I’ll try 3 minutes and see if that improves it.

Despite my slight disappointment with the black tea, the adept hand Adagio has with the flavoring makes up for the dull tea. It is pleasant to drink and a good bedtime tea. I look forward to trying the rest of the samples.

takgoti

I like to keep a couple of small tins around so I can dump small quantities for transport. Beyond that, I haven’t a clue. I could probably build a fort, at the rate that I am accruing them.

Jillian

I always thought that the ‘duller’, less distinct black teas were always used deliberatly in flavoured blends so that it wouldn’t interfere with the flavour.

Carolyn

takgoti: Build a fort! That’s what I need to do then. ;)

Jillian: That makes sense. However my favorite flavored teas feature interesting black teas as well. For example, Golden Moon’s Honey Pear combines the flavor with a very good black tea so that the flavors integrate and are distinctive in their own right as one sips. Also the complexity and lovely notes of the black tea in Upton Tea’s Mélange de Chamonix are an important part of the blend and would be missed if they’d used an uninteresting Ceylon black.

Auggy

I love Adagio’s little tins! I keep all of them and sometimes there is a little fort of them in my pantry. But they slowly go away because I use them to give people tea samples. Also, when I get bulk tea from the store, I don’t get a ton and they fit in those little tins so nicely (much better than the clear plastic bags I buy them in).

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75
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
265 tasting notes

I haven’t had this particular dragonwell before but there’s no mistaking those distinctive flat, jade-green leaves, and also no mistaking that distinctive slightly malty, slightly roasted sort of flavour. I don’t have my tea thermometer with me, so I let the water cool for five minutes before steeping for three minutes, and it turned out very well.

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88
drank Honeybush Apricot by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

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88
drank Honeybush Apricot by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

Love this tea. Nice mild honeybush with a vibrant apricot taste. Perfectly balanced, and you can’t oversteep it.

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88
drank Honeybush Apricot by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

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