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83
drank Ali Shan by Adagio Teas
27 tasting notes

It’s about a 823 out of 1000 I suppose. I wish I had a little bit hotter water to brew it. Seems like whatever temp the insta-boil device on the alhambra thing is just slightly under what it needs to be (probly 190) for this tea. I’ll try it again for a full review another day.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Jillian

I heard somewhere that you shouldn’t always use boiling water for oolongs, especially the ‘greener’ ones.

chemakil

That is usually true and I tend to use around 190-200 for oolongs, but this tea is telling me to use a little bit hotter. I did try it with just under boiling water today and my theory was correct. It only needs about a 25 second steep for a smoother flavor with less tannins.

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48

Surprisingly mellow flavor for how dark the color is and how strong the aroma is.

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100

Ah, it’s a morning that demands balls. Either that or sliding back under the covers and sleeping in. As always the dragon balls are lovely and strong with a strong cocoa undertone. I ordered ten ounces from Adagio and I am in awe of the giant can they are in. I’m glad I did. This is shaping up to be one of my favorite teas.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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100

A headache is pressing in on my brain after a night spent up with a server on-call issue. Dragon balls are just the thing! Their strong, full-bodied sassiness is willing to hold my head with gentle soothing motions while the caffeine kicks butt, drives out the pain and gives me energy to spare.

The tea brews up into a copper brown liquor that smells sweet. The balls release themselves from the tight black pearls and expand into full chocolate brown leaves, a process that never fails to amuse. There are notes of cocoa, caramel, and a touch of earthiness in the taste.

The only bad thing? I’m now out of dragon balls. I guess you could say that I have no balls.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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100

When I need something strong to get me through a difficult morning, I call for balls. (God I love saying that!)

LENA

HA! Yay balls!

Auggy

Ah, Carolyn’s Black Balls of Death! Yay!

Jillian

Balls make everything better!
XDDD

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100

So what does one say to one’s tea collection after certain members of it have given one a splitting headache? Balls! Balls! Bring them on!

It really is a great tea. Sharp like good chocolate without being bitter and with a full ration of caffeine to chase away the most troublesome headache. Bring on the Balls!

takgoti

Actually, I like to say “Balls! Balls!” as a general rule in varying social situations and almost always in public.

But I will give you that the onset of a headache gives the saying more of an emotional drive.

Carolyn

It is deeply amusing to me to be able to say Balls! and mean tea.

LENA

I actually use the word “balls” in my daily swearing. “Holy BALLS!” or during my drive time…“Dude!!! pause BALLS, man!”

Good times.

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100

These are really big pearls. In fact, they are much too big to be called pearls. Let’s just go with takgoti and call them balls. It’s a good name for these. They expand into beautiful brown leaves and brew up into a red-black liquor.

The fragrance is slightly fruity with a slight smoky note. It’s a strong tea with a slight astringency and a very slight bitter chocolate taste (I may have oversteeped it slightly). The smoky notes exist within the taste as well. It’s a good strong tea and better than I expected. Not as good as my favorite blacks but I wouldn’t toss these balls out of the room. They have a lot to offer.

Angrboda

Dragon balls… snicker

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75

I love this blend! I never expected such an odd combination to be so delicious. The mango and chocolate go perfect together and the bled of black and rooibos is brilliant. A yummy dessert tea, but great any time.

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63

When I opened my sample tin, there were a lot of big chunks of stuff on top, and the rooibos had filtered to the bottom of the tin. I stirred the tea up to distribute the ingredients better before brewing. I made this with frothed milk and honey.
Rich, strong and soothing, with a nice balance of spice. This was great after coming home from a late choir rehearsal.

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75
drank Green Anji by Adagio Teas
162 tasting notes

Simple green tea. Not a strong green taste but is still distinctly vegetal.

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82
drank Wuyi Ensemble by Adagio Teas
104 tasting notes

Steeped a minute longer today, and got a really strong flavor that was still smooth with just a hint of bite at the end. The aroma is strong, with a mix of toasted rice and a hint of earthy, and a taste to match. Still a great cup!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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82
drank Wuyi Ensemble by Adagio Teas
104 tasting notes

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82
drank Wuyi Ensemble by Adagio Teas
104 tasting notes

Aroma reminds me of toasted rice. Nice, golden color and a smooth taste. This one’s a winner.

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71

So I brought the water temp down and lengthened the steep time a bit and all I can say is WOW! It’s like a whole new tea. With just those few small changes, this has gone from ho-hum tea to the apple tea that I would create if I had the skill to.

The apple flavor is crisp but not overwhelming, with just a touch of sourness to bite your tongue. It also has a pleasant sweetness that’s not too sugary, and a spicy aroma that’s inviting and invigorating.

In short: When made correctly, this tea is a winner!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Meghann M

I may have to try this your way, I hope it improves. Such disappointment when brewed according to instructions.

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71

Steeped this one for a couple extra minutes today, and it definitely made for a much stronger taste. I still get much more spice than apple (especially strong when smelling the tea leaves, which have a strong, spicy smell to them) and the aroma is pleasant, but the flavor has a bit of a bite to it on the finish.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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71

The apple flavor is a little too subtle for me, but this is still a nice, drinkable tea, and perfect for a cold morning.

Jillian

I’ve had my eye on this one, does it have an apple-cinnamon-type flavour?

Cory O'Brien

It’s not strong like a spiced apple cider. I’d say it’s more of a hint of spice w/ a stronger apple flavor.

Cofftea

Use apple juice instead of water for extra apple flavor. YUM!

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75
drank Formosa Oolong #8 by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

I oversteeped the first and second (7-8 mins), and the third was incredible! So smooth, slightly sweet, with very little woodiness or grassiness. Do it, people.

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75
drank Formosa Oolong #8 by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

Two oversteeps so far, but still two good cups. Anxious to see how it affects my usual-favorite third and fourth steeps.

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75
drank Formosa Oolong #8 by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

Second steep. Mellower than the first.

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75
drank Formosa Oolong #8 by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

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90
drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
161 tasting notes

Loves it!!!

I really took the time on Saturday evening to brew this correctly. The whole process took about 30 or so minutes. I had about 1 cup of cream that I added to the mix that made it superb! Diets aside, adding the rich cream was sooo good. The whole house smelled spicy and fall-y. After my husband’s initial, “you’re going to make me drink that, aren’t you?” he decided that he loved it. (I didn’t tell him it had coconut in it.)

On Sunday morning I awoke to the Thai Chai smell in the house again. I thought it might still be from the night before, but my husband crept into the bedroom with a breakfast tray of eggs in a pita pocket, a piece of homemade baklava, and the last rose from our garden. Oh yeah, and a huge steaming cup of Thai Chai for the both of us! He had snuck out of bed to start making the tea! He admitted that it was better with the cream added (he just used skim milk), but it tasted great to me because of all the thought he put into it.

As we lounged in bed eating breakfast and drinking our tea, he said to me, “Hey babe, I won’t give you a hard time if you order a much bigger bag of this stuff.” Yea!!! No more eye-rolling when he sees my tea orders!

takgoti

That is just awesome in so many ways, not to mention jealousy inducing. When you got to the part about the baklava I may or may not have actually started salivating.

The fact that I think that chai tea is SO much better with milk that’s got fat content [I usually make it with whole, MAYBE 2% – never tried it with cream which sounds absolutely sinful] is exactly why I don’t drink it every day. But in that way it’s also a real treat when I do get a cup.

I don’t have a husband who makes me melt, but I do think I’ll be rewarding myself with a mug of chai at the end of the week. I’ll take what I can get.

Auggy

Anything that gets the hubby on the tea-wagon is a definite win!

Cynthia Carter

What aug3zimm said. Clearly you have superb husband training skills, not to mention great taste in tea.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Awww! Please help me train mine. He won’t even make my coffee, which is much simpler than tea. That is, he won’t sweeten and half & half it.

Please tell me about your Chai tea making process. I’ve only recently began trying to make it with milk on stove top and I don’t have a good process down yet.

Jillian

Aww, that’s so cute. Sounds like you’ve got quite a good catch. ;)

I’ve been wanting to do a traditional-style chai with this tea aswell, but I always forget or don’t have the time.

LENA

Thanks everyone…he is a good catch!

Here’s my traditional method: bring 2 cups water to a low boil. Add two table spoons of sugar. I like to use brown sugar with my chai teas. Stir in until sugar is totally dissolved. Add two heaping spoons of your chai…a little more or less depending on your tastes. Let everything boil for about 10 minutes…this cracks open all of the pods and spices. Add 2 cups of milk. Whole milk is ideal. I used a cup of skim milk and a cup of cream in my review above. Delish! But DO try to use a milk with fat in it. Adding the milk with halt the boiling process for a few minutes. Let the mix all start to boil again. Watch your milk and stir stir stir! I let mine all boil together for about 5 minutes. Take it off the heat and let it sit for about 10 minutes and you are good to go enjoy a fab cup. This makes about 2-3 average mugs.

Enjoy!

CHAroma

This is the sweetest thing ever!!!

VeryPisces

Oh, boy- I’m very late to the party, but can I borrow your husband?

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75
drank Formosa Oolong #8 by Adagio Teas
12 tasting notes

Got a sample and was sold on oolongs immediately. On the light side, green, and a bit sweet.

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75
drank Assam Melody by Adagio Teas
12 tasting notes

Nice, smooth tea to wake up with. Also makes a tasty iced tea.

East Side Rob

Assams do make kick-ass iced teas.

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75
drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
12 tasting notes

Delicious when cold-brewed, which is how I usually take it. Often with a little mint.

Jillian

Funny you should say that because that’s basically what Morrocan Mint tea is. :D

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