Adagio Teas

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72

Very light and tasty

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

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84

Very floral aromas and slightly nutty and fruity flavors. The 3rd steep at 30 seconds a steep was the most flavorful by far. Once the leaves open up, you can really taste the peachiness described by Adagio. Super smooth and easy to drink for about 8 steeps.

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

How much tea/water do you use?

chemakil

When making this I’m usually at work. So I use a coffee mug and this strainer: http://www.forlifedesign.com/infusers-strainers/433.html#.
I rinse the tea and and then let it sit for about 30 seconds to open up a little more from the initial hot water rinse. Then I fill up the cup and take out the strainer after about 10 seconds for first steep, then 20 for 2nd then 20-30 for 3rd and so on, but after 3rd it becomes easier to regulate and harder to oversteep. I use about a tablespoon of tea, but I just eyeball it to just fill the bottom of the strainer. Hope that helps and makes this tea more enjoyable because it is terrible when over steeped.

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25
drank Banana by Adagio Teas
433 tasting notes

I’m not overly impressed with this blend. It’s nice, with very subtle banana flavour, but lacks that something special I was looking for.

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100
drank Ti Kuan Yin by Adagio Teas
22 tasting notes

Whew, back. Had computer issues that involve a brand new Dual Core Gateway. Hurray, no?

I should start by noting that Sinister owns a lovely Yixing clay pot seasoned for this tea alone. (refers to self in third person) Did you see what I did there?

Iron Goddess is a good epithet for any Oolong tea, but it’s perfect for this. It has sharp blood-coppery notes that are very lifting. It’s by no means too dark to taste fresh and light. That may sound a little like a contradiction…but sense is so hard to type in words.

If you’ve tried this, then you know. If you haven’t, buy some. This type of tea is too important for that “I don’t have an opinion so let me use yours” mentality. Besides, if you really think about it…what sort of tea aficionado would you be if you couldn’t say you loved or hated this tea?

It’s hard for me to correct myself. But I apparently lied/wrong when I said that Gunpowder was my favorite forever. “There’s always a bigger fish.” “The light at the end of the tunnel is brighter the closer you get.” “When you meet the Buddha on the road, you should kill the Buddha.” (think I’ve taken this as far as it’ll go.)

Either way, few people can say bad things about this tea. But to the few that do: I won’t argue with you, but I wish I could give you something as delicious as this tea. Alas, I cannot. A lot of Zen references floating around this post… =/ Suppose I’d best end on that note.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

Never underestimate a good Yixing pot, I say. I have four, two of which are in use. The big one was sadly rendered useless when the lid slipped out of my hands and shattered and the littlest one was just exactly big enough for one small cup. I used that one for a very smoky-like (worse than Lapsang Souchong, srsly!) yellow tea, though, so I don’t dare try to put anything else in it now. So they’re just standing around the flat now, looking pretty. My boyfriend has hinted at the fact that I have way too many teapots anyway. He might have a (small teensy tiny) point.

Sinister

Nonsense, the more the merrier. We tea fans know that the enhancements a good seasoned pot will bring to the cup can’t be carried by any tea alone, no matter how great. Besides, what makes a more wonderful decoration than a nice artful teapot?

That’s horrible about your pot, though. I live in mortal dread of breaking mine and it’s the only one I have and took so long to season right.

Angrboda

And there’s just something fun about getting a new teapot and breaking it in, no matter what sort of pot it is. Although I will say that the cheap as dirt clear plastic godawful one that I bought for the benefit only of a flowering tea has been used only for that and does not get included in the regular rota. Not unless all the ten others break first.

Yeah, at first I was all WAAAAAAAHHH! about it, but if it had to happen, I’m glad it was the lid that broke. The lid sans pot wouldn’t have looked quite as nice on the shelf. :p

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90
drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

It was already 80 degrees by 9am… is gonna be 90 w/ 80% humidity… and our air conditioner broke. I think I’m gonna be drinking solely white tea today hoping it’ll keep my body temp down. Making this 3 cups at a time:

6.75g leaf/4oz water
3oz bottled lime juice
11oz cold water

This is the ONLY thing getting me thru this day.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Janefan

that sounds quite refreshing! I hope it does the trick (or at least helps!)

Cofftea

Me too!

Lisbet

Oh no, our AC broke just last week and we’re in hot hot Houston. This sounds like the perfect tea (and an interesting one!) for the situation though.

-Jessica-

Yummm cucumber white tea is always refreshing!

Cofftea

2nd infusion, 12oz plain and 6oz mixed w/ 2 scoops strawberry matcha.

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90
drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

Doing something I’ve never done before prelogging this. I just made 36oz of this to take w/ me tonite when I go out to dinner and to a fund raiser. 13.5g tea/12oz water, steeped, decanted, then added 24oz cold water.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

Combined 3g of this w/ my 2nd infusion of orange mint. Hadda bump up the amount of white cucumber and water from my normal 2.25g/6oz ratio because of the amount of orange mint I used. Steeped for only 3min instead of a normal 2nd infusion time of 4 min because I’ve read that’s a good 1st infusion time for whites and Adagio kills theirs. Mint is still VERY strong, but the cucumber is pushing thru the more I sip it. Would be GREAT cold!

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

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90
drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

I combined 4 parts (2.25 grams) white cucumber w/ one part (.56 grams) home grown dried peppermint and steeped it in 6oz of purified water heated to 180 degrees for 7 min and drank it w/ a salad.

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

Cucumber tea? O.o

…Now I’ve seen everything.

Cofftea

it’s my FAVORITE. the crist flavor makes it perfect for iced tea, especially since white tea helps lower body temp.

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45
drank Foxtrot by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

I don’t hate this. I was expecting to hate this, but I don’t.

Not a fan of rooibos or chamomile. I’m okay-ish with peppermint but much prefer spearmint. But for some reason, this mix kind of works for me. I mean, I’m not going to suddenly convert and drink this every night. But every so often, I might find the desire to have a little.

Oddly enough, I get a chocolate taste from it. No clue why. Not heavy chocolate, sort of the aftertaste from some Girl Scout Thin Mints.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Luthien

I’m not a fan of rooibos either, but I liked this one, too. I agree, it’s something about this mix of flavours that makes them work for me here when they don’t tend to work for me otherwise – but I’m not entirely sure quite what!

Auggy

Maybe they spike it with crack?

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90
drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
87 tasting notes

I just noticed that most of the blueberries in my tin fell through the leaves and landed on the bottom. It makes sense to stir leaves to spread berries more evenly each time before brewing.

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

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90
drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
87 tasting notes

I’d call this tea Blueberry Vanilla or Blueberry Jam because it doesn’t have that pure blueberry flavor one could expect looking at the name. I can definitely taste and smell something sweet which doesn’t make it a bad tea, just not 100% blueberry.

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

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36
drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
61 tasting notes

So, I played an epic game of “enni-meani-minnei-mo” today with my tea and landed on this. Joy. I tried it again without milk, could only taste tannin and mild spices. Now that I’ve added milk, I’m actually getting a bit more pumpkin! But it still has an odd effect on at the tip of my tongue.
The liquor (I for some reason feel uncomfortable with that word) was gorgeous and a rich red-brown and when I added milk it is a touch orange. Very pretty, happy I used my glass mug.
Still unnecessarily bitter and bland.

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

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36
drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
61 tasting notes

I think it might be because I had some terrible tea the night before, but I enjoyed this a bit more than I expected I would. While it was bitter and far less pumpkin and more fall-vanilla, it was decent cup. Honestly, if it wasn’t advertised as a pumpkin based drink, I would have liked it more, but it made want something it was not.
Ok, but I’m can definitely look forward to much better as my night of tea (and work) goes on.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
13 tasting notes

The aroma is fantastic but the flavor doesn’t live up to it. Not nearly as sweet as I would expect but the taste is unique enough for me to really like. The best flavor comes out when warm and not too hot. The taste is mostly of black tea with pumpkin pie flavors to it. Enjoyable but don’t set your expectations too high.

Preparation
4 min, 45 sec

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91
drank Chamomile by Adagio Teas
7 tasting notes

Great evening drink, although I wish I didn’t have to waste the 2nd steep the next day…

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24
drank Rooibos Earl Grey by Adagio Teas
124 tasting notes

Hm, somehow I did not realize that Earl Grey has bergamot, let alone that bergamot is THE defining ingredient of Earl Grey. Therefore, I was quite surprised and confused to open my new sampler tin of Rooibos Earl Grey and get a huge waft of orangey, floral bergamot. The bits of blue and orange petals scattered among the red honeybush further convinced me that Adagio had mislabeled my tin. I was expecting something more stoic, dignified, and well . . . grey. But a quick internet search told me that I am an idiot and Earl Grey is far more complicated than I’d imagined.

After all that, I’m still not sure if I like it. The strong floral and citrus (I assume this is bergamot) scent is too reminiscent of Pledge and potpourri. My mouth is left tasting like some fancy soap my mother used to use.

If anyone wants this let me know. I’ll definitely swap this one

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65
drank Peachy White by Adagio Teas
33 tasting notes

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50
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
33 tasting notes

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65
drank Ti Kuan Yin by Adagio Teas
33 tasting notes

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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54
drank Rooibos Caramel by Adagio Teas
124 tasting notes

Feeling so so about this. It tastes a little like bitter coffee to me. Better with soy milk and turbinado sugar, but still far too coffeeish.

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Kukicha by Adagio Teas
1 tasting notes

My favorite green — has a nice clean, somewhat grassy (but not too grassy like other greens I’ve had) taste. Good overall balance. Be careful not to oversteep, but its not as sensitive as other teas I’ve had.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Genmai Cha by Adagio Teas
32 tasting notes

Mmmm! Genmai cha is one of my staples. So, after a 60 hour work week and 7 hours of sleep in the last 2 nights (combined) I brewed a cup of this. The toasty flavor is just perfect on a rainy, dreary day. I’m on my second steep now.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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73

It took several tries to get a good-tasting steep from this tea – it definitely does not benefit from oversteeping, and it is well worth while to time the steep and pull out the leaves after no more than 5 minutes. Oversteeping will result in an astringent aftertaste. It might benefit from a shorter steep with more leaves.

This looks like a black tea, but brews up very light and delicate. I added more leaves than I might for a Darjeeling or other black tea. During brewing, the smell reminded me of spinach – a strongly vegetal, mineral aroma. Even after adding more leaves, it brewed up a very light amber, with a light floral aroma. Once I got the steep right, I tasted a smooth, flavorful tea with a definite sweetness.

I like it very much, and think it is worth keeping on hand, even though it is a bit fussy to brew.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Pouchong by Adagio Teas
123 tasting notes

Pouchong may have been the first oolong I ever tasted, because it’s the ‘default’ taste I think of whenever I hear ‘oolong.’ It’s lightly vegetal, and almost like a green tea except it doesn’t have the sharpness. A little floral, but not to the point that a specific flower could be named. I like it because it’s a very fresh and clean flavor.

Cofftea

This stuff is so good!

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