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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
6770 tasting notes

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
6770 tasting notes

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
6770 tasting notes

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
6770 tasting notes

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
6770 tasting notes

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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My new stash is in!!! (picked up off the front porch by my eye-rolling husband.) I was really excited to try this one, so I’m drinking it first. The leaves smell and look really nice, both dry and wet. The picture looks just like the dry leaves…but after steeping, several of the leaves unfurled to show whole 1-1.5 inch leaves. Pretty neat!

I’m not really picking up any of the peachy notes, but it doesn’t matter. #40 is very smooth and soft tasting with a tiny smoky aftertaste. It also brews up pretty dark. I don’t know how this tea and ali shan are in the same oolong category. I highly favor this type/style of oolong over the hand rolled, super dry tasting other oolongs. However, I wish I preferred the others considering this tea is $44 for a 6oz tin. Diggity damn! #40 might have to be my “special occasion” or “really bad day” tea.

I’ll just keep steeping this cup until I’m drinking clear, hot water…it’s THAT tasty.

Jillian

Isn’t that always how it works, the best tea is always the most expensive.

takgoti

I have a little tin of this that I’ve been saving. Definitely looking forward to trying it now.

jennlea

Hmmm…I have a sample of this somewhere. Why haven’t I tried it yet?! Gonna have to now.

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77
drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Had a cup of this just now…fairly decent :)

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drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Seemed very refreshing to me this morning! :)

Teafreak

If you enjoy white monkey you should try my blend, snow white: http://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/blend.html?blend=276&sid=02b227fe334f6fba53236fcf5b261f56&scrollTop=0

It’s a mix of white monkey and snowbud, and I think it is a great combination

TeaEqualsBliss

I actually have that one on my ‘list to try in the future!’

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drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Smooth. Light. Juicy. Buttery. Earthy. Semi-Sweet. YUM!

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drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
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I know this sounds a little odd but the smell prior to steeping reminds me of buttered vegetable with a pinch of pepper. The coloring seemed to be a typical green tea color. The taste is smooth and light with a bit of sweetness. A good starter tea for those who are unsure or not used to greens. I think I like it. :)

Cofftea

After my snowbud experience, no it doesn’t:)

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drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

1st sample I’m trying from the white sampler. White and green teas are my favorite.

The raw leaves have an extremely light aroma, ever so slightly like vinegar yet not NEARLY as strong as some white teas, like their white cucumber which is my favorite.

Steeping method:
2.25g of leaf in 6oz purified water heated to 180 degrees for 7 minutes.

When steeped the liquor is a buttery, creamy yellow and the aroma is MUCH lighter than I was expecting based on the liquor. I almost had to inhale the tea to smell it, but this could be because I woke up congested due to allergies.

Wow… This is an interesting tea… the flavor is light, but also creamy, thick, and buttery. Brandice was right, it does have similarities to broth. Is this the tea Mrs. Butterton drinks? Infact I may add my bullion to this when I make chicken soup instead of water…

2nd Infusion:
Steeping time: 8 min.

The liquor of the 2nd infusion is slightly lighter than the 1st, but I’d say that a better way to describe it would be more translucent. This infusion looks like tea instead of butter.

The scent seems to be stronger for some reason, but maybe my sinuses are clearing.

The flavor is a little weaker, allowing it to be more fluid instead of thick. The 1st infusion seemed to coat my tongue while this one just washes over it. It tastes more like tea instead of butter or broth.

3rd Infusion:
Steeping time: 9 min.

What is it with me and 3rd infusion lately…
The aroma and liquor were lighter than the previous 2 infusions as I expected. The flavor was also a bit lighter (weaker), but it was also lighter as in it didn’t taste ANYTHING like a butter slick over my tongue. Maybe this is what a white version of their cream flavored tea would tast like. It’s light, yet creamy, and yet there’s also a very light floral taste in the back… but it’s NOTHING even close to drinking perfume. I think this is my favorite infusion. I should be able to get a decent 4th infusion out of this, but I think I’ll wait and move on to another white sample for the rest of the day.

Conclusions:
This is a strange white tea. I don’t really care for the buttery texture and taste of the 1st infusion but it isn’t so foul or weak that I won’t drink it. I may make the 1st infusion for a friend:)

I’ve learned that teas can taste like things that aren’t tea-esk… campfires, cucumber, horse droppings, and now butter.

Not my favorite white tea, but I might buy it again and would drink it if someone offered it to me.

TeaEqualsBliss

I have this one on my list to try soon too!

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Smells like peppered spinach today. Next to no color and very mellow. Will be pairing with my lunch which is Veggie Lasagna…should be an ok fit.

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