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83
drank Yunnan Gold by Adagio Teas
3 tasting notes

Great Tea for mornings and coffee substitute, I use a tea spoon of German rock sugar to make it more pleasant for early mornings. I use the same leaves 3-4 times so its great for study sessions.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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53
drank Wild Strawberry by Adagio Teas
7 tasting notes

I’m very “eh” about this one. It is sweet on its own, but also quite sour, so I added some Splenda. That made it better, but it still wasn’t great. Maybe sugar would have worked better. It definitely smells and tastes like strawberries and is a wonderful red color. I would drink it maybe as a desert tea. Not bad, fruit teas may just not be the type for me :)

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

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17
drank Winter Frost by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

Too overrun with mint, not enough tea. And even that tea is decaf (dangit!).

I drank most of it but gave up at the end.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Do you have a whole tin of it!? Prob something I would like…lol…

Auggy

Nope, just had enough of a sample to do my morning tea. I got it from the Signature Blends box pass that was going (is going?) around on the Adagio forums. That’s why I’ve tried to many blends. I tried a ton right after I got the box, then I got a bit burned out because there are more bad and just okay blends out there than there are good ones. Now I’m finishing up the few samples that were remaining when I got scared back to my regular teas. :)

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77
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
257 tasting notes

I’m ready for more! Yannan Jig (I got it with the black tea sampler from Adagio) happened to be an almost random choice this morning but I’m quite happy with it.

It’s an easeful black with no sharp, strident, or bitter notes. I didn’t really get the peppery or smoky taste that others have referenced. I did feel, however, that this is a candidate for a great every-day wake-you-upper. My first cup of Yunnan Jig felt like meeting somebody who might be a candidate for a good friendship. I want to try more and audition it for my stable of reliable teas.

It’s not dashing or daring, but I think it could be lovable in the way that a somewhat plain girl like Jane Eyre manages to get under your skin and stay there.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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75

Basically picked this one at random to have with breakfast this morning. It turned out a bit weak, though… maybe I should leave it to steep a little longer next time.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Casablanca Twist by Adagio Teas
7 tasting notes

This cup mostly smelled like peppermint with the Darjeeling as a very subtle undertone. The taste was almost all peppermint, but softer than peppermint tea by itself, beautifully balanced by the Darjeeling. I got distracted and let this cool for about 10 minutes before drinking it and then finished it in about 2 seconds without realizing it, so it must have been pretty good :)

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

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100
drank Genmai Cha by Adagio Teas
26 tasting notes

This is a great Japanese green with popped rice. It’s not as grassy as most Japanese greens, and has a nice, mellow toasty taste. Great for multiple steeps.

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

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80
drank White Symphony by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

Steeps 4-7. YUMMY!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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80
drank White Symphony by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

3rd steep: 9min. Just as nice!

Preparation
8 min or more

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80
drank White Symphony by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

2nd steep w/ roasted red pepper hummus and true north almond crisps… YUMMY!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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80
drank White Symphony by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

2.25g/6oz purified water… hoping to get at least 6 steeps out of this like I did for their Silver Needle.

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

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61
drank Fujian Black by Adagio Teas
197 tasting notes

Clean, mellow, a good tea when made strong enough

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Preparation
4 min, 30 sec

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93
drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

I’m slamming a pitcher of iced blueberry at the moment and it is so good and refreshing! Its obligatory at this point to pound a lot of white tea so I can get over this H1N1 virus more quickly. Yes, I got the swine flu …but I have hope this white tea and all of its wonderful antioxidants will help with the longevity and reduce the symptoms. I’ll let you know!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

White tea also lowers body temp so it should get rid of your fever. Try their white cucumber, it’s my FAVORITE! I’m praying for you.

LENA

I have faith in this tea….it’s one of my favs. Did you eat any of the blueberries? I have an internal debate everytime I make a cup of this one. Feel better!

Jason

Good luck with the H1N1. I’m recovering from that too :(

kat

Thanks for the well wishes..doing my share of indulging on tea and sleeping!

Erin

I got the swine flu in June, I’m sorry you had to go through it too. When I got back to school, people thought it was MOST entertaining to oink at me.

Cofftea

FINALLY got the vaccine (and the regular flu shot) today!

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This is actually quite good. It has a dark, somewhat heavy taste but that works for it. I can’t really pick out the almond or the valentines which is fine by me because that means that it isn’t overwhelming. Valentines tends to hit me as too bitter so any tea with too much of it just comes across as a bit too rough for me. Anyway, this ends up being a fairly stout tea with smooth edges that I think would hit the spot on mornings that I can’t deal with something sweet but don’t want something harsh either. Pretty rich and feels very full-flavored in my mouth.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Suzi

I’m so glad you reviewed this one; I’ve been waiting to hear about the various Twilight-related teas on Adagio!

Auggy

I’ve tried 3 other of the Twilight blends that Sarah has made and haven’t really been a fan. But she tends to go for fruitier teas than I do and she goes for things that are best iced (though it was in the summer the last time I really talked to her so that could have been a summer thing for her, not sure). But this one I do like though. It reminded me a bit of the Hades blend, which I enjoyed, but without the cinnamon. Probably because both have Mambo in them…?

Jillian

Sorry, I still refuse to try anything associated with that miserable excuse for literature.

Auggy

Hahah! I accidentally ended up at a B&N during the release party for #4. SO disturbing. I can’t even begin to tell you. I had no idea what I had stumbled into since I hadn’t heard of the books… there were just lots and lots of teenage girls wandering around in prom dresses. And one really interesting guy (he wasn’t in a prom dress though). I did end up reading the books months and months after that when my SIL gave me the first one. But I will forever be disturbed by the memory of the crowd at that release party.

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35
drank Tropical White by Adagio Teas
33 tasting notes

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

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81
drank Jasmine #12 by Adagio Teas
7 tasting notes

This tea smells wonderful, just like fresh jasmine. The taste is very light and smooth.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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7
drank Pu Erh Dante by Adagio Teas
4 tasting notes

This was my first experience with Pu Erh tea, and my first time hating something I tried from Adagio. I’m glad I went with the sample size, because I actually ended up throwing this one at (another first). I got a little worried when I opened the tin and was hit with a rather fishy smell. But I was hoping the taste would be different. It really wasn’t. Earthy is fine, I usually like earthy. Fishy, however, I don’t like.

Suzi

Fishy? I’ve never heard a tea described like that before :( EEW!

Emily Lind

Yeah, it was not a pleasant experience.

Cofftea

You should be a part of freecycle.org. That’s how I regifted my pu erh dante. Throwing away even pu erh is a sin!:)

B-Sides

I wouldn’t call mine a bad experience, but I certainly had a similiar reaction. Not fishy, but the earthiness of this tea was too much for me.

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100
drank Yunnan Gold by Adagio Teas
4 tasting notes

When it comes to black teas, I usually tend to go with ones that have been flavored. But Yunnan Gold is an absolutely fantastic plain black tea. Certainly it’s a bit on the pricey side, but it’s well worth it in my mind. It’s such a rich tasting tea. Full of flavor, with some lovely peppery notes and a lot of body. I’ve found this a great tea to pair with just about anything, or to enjoy on it’s own, curled up on the sofa with a good book.

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90
drank Honeybush by Adagio Teas
11 tasting notes

I got a sample of this because even though I did enjoy Rooibos, I found the flavor a bit dull and uninspiring. Well, when I first opened the container, I thought this sort of smelled a bit like tobacco with a hint of…a sickly sweet, almost spoiled smell maybe? A proper description of the smell eludes me. When brewed however, it mellows out with a very pleasant and sweet aroma and taste that only gets better the longer it’s steeped. I usually let it steep for at least 10 minutes.

Like Rooibos, this plant has an insane amount of supposed health benefits (via antioxidants, nutrients and more) and lacks the tannins oxalates and caffeine of tea.

Both Honeybush and Rooibos are 100% great for insomnia, relaxation and reducing anxiety, especially when combined with Lemongrass. The combo will knock me out in 10-15 minutes after the first cup, especially if I’m already laying down.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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82
drank Rooibos by Adagio Teas
11 tasting notes

This is an interesting plant. The dry product in the container smells of pipe tobacco…although a bit more earthy and not nearly as strong. Brewing it brings out the flavor a bit but remains a bit shallow compared to the complexity of variants of the actual tea plant. However, due to the insane amount of supposed health benefits (via antioxidants, nutrients and more) that this plant has to offer, and the lack of tannins oxalates and caffeine that tea does have, I’d recommend frequent consumption of Rooibos simply to promote better health, and then have your favorite teas to please your senses and taste buds. :)

For those not fond of the taste, I’d recommend trying Honeybush, as it tastes worlds better, and since it is from the same family of plants, it shares the health benefits. I’d highly recommend it over Rooibos in terms of taste.

A few more things…neither this nor Honeybush can be oversteeped, (the flavors only enhance with steep time) and both are 100% great for insomnia, relaxation and reducing anxiety, especially when combined with Lemongrass.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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95
drank Golden Spring by Adagio Teas
11 tasting notes

This is a very great and very unique black tea. It’s one of the smoothest and least astringent black teas I’ve ever had. There is truly an umami meaty thing going on in this tea, but not in the MSG powered traditional sense. Upon tasting, I think it could best be described as an extension of and/or a twist on the typical malty sensation and heavy mouth feel of a malty black tea but with a more savory taste/aftertaste attributed to the heavy maltyness. Great stuff!!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Life's A Peach by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

The initial smell is peachy and the taste is peachy but not as sweet as the smell. Pretty smooth. A little smoky from the oolong, I think. I think the white peach only comes out in the aftertaste – it seems sweeter/fruitier than the peach oolong on its own has when I’ve had it before. The sweeter white seems to balance the smokier, dark flavor and it’s all wrapped up in a peachy bow. All in all, a pretty good peach tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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56
drank Rooibos Vanilla by Adagio Teas
124 tasting notes

Better this time. Longer steep, turbinado sugar, soy milk, thick mug instead of thin tea cup. Soothing, like hot chocolate. But ultimately boring

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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