Adagio Teas

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82
drank Birthday Tea by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

I’m now out of this sweet, dessert-y little beastie. No more tea sprinkles. So sad.

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

I’m so going to try this in my next order! It sounds awesome!

Auggy

It makes me happiest with milk and sugar – really brings out the dessert-like quality to it and makes me think of vanilla icing!

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82
drank Birthday Tea by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

I add a decent amount of milk and sugar to this – it makes it a very dessert-y tea, but honestly, it’s called birthday tea – it should be dessert-y. Without milk and sugar, it’s just kind of fine, whatever. But with? Vanilla icing. Mmm.

Hey, sometimes you gotta have the tea equivalent of junk food.

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

i always accidentally overbrew this one. ok, maybe not accident. maybe i should stop generically brewing EVERY tea for 5 minutes.. haha…

Auggy

Hehe – yeah, for me anything over 4 minutes is… bitterly thick or something like that. Not so good.

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82
drank Birthday Tea by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

This is a tea that benefits from being a little cooler so the flavors pop a bit more. But with a little sugar, I think this is a yummy dessert tea. Yes, it gives me a bit of a funky aftertaste, but I think that’s countered by the fact that it has sprinkles. Sprinkles, people.

Which is good because sprinkles make me happy and it is supposed to snow again today which makes me very sad. So I must focus on the sprinkles.

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

yay for sprinkles! you can send some of that snow our way…we only got about 1/2" for the whole year. That’s BIG for TN. haha!

rabbysmom

Sprinkles in tea, lol! That is funny!

Carolyn

@Lena I’m pretty content without the snow. It’s cold enough here for my morning run these days. I think this is the coldest winter I remember in TN. On the other hand, apparently we’ve managed the near-impossible and killed all mosquitoes and ants.

Auggy

We are 20° below our norm for the month and some places had 4 to 7" of snow Christmas eve! Someone, please, take our snow!

silvermage2000

Nice review that sounds good. I’ts cold here to.

takgoti

We actually had Fargo beat for snow coverage for a while here, until they got dumped with a couple of feet not too long ago. I can’t remember seeing this much for a while [I’d say we got about 14-16 inches], but a lot of it’s melted now. Send your snow to Fargo – they have so much I doubt they’d notice a few more inches!

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82
drank Birthday Tea by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

Yet another tea I had forgotten I had. Actually, thought I was out of it. Nope, I’m not! I have almost half a tin left. Yay!

Because it has been a while since I’ve had it and it is possible my tastes have changed some since the last time I had it (in July), I’m going to treat this like a new tea.

First off, the sprinkles are fun. I’m easily distracted by shiny and sprinkles are close enough to bring me great joy. As it is brewing, I get a big time vanilla icing smell. Mmm. Icing. Normally I’d add a sugar and a splash of milk to my flavored/dessert teas (seems to me to help the flavors show up and be, you know, dessert-y) but I am milk-less today. Boo.

Mmm, this is good though. Sweet (yay sprinkles!) and tastes pretty similar to how it smells. It’s not exactly a well developed tea or anything. No peppery notes or sweet hay tail or hints of raisins. It’s a vanilla cupcake tea. Correction: it’s a GOOD vanilla cupcake tea. But dessert teas have their place in my pantry and I think this is probably in my top 5.

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

Now I want cupcakes. I haven’t had a cupcake in a while and oh, but there are a lot of cupcake places around here. Might be time to make a cupcake crawl…

teafiend

As I’m reading this, I am so hoping that the dining hall has cake today. Caaaakkeee. Caaaake. (Zombie wail)
I really like the idea of sprinkles in a tea, sound so perky!

Auggy

Cupcakes are a great way to start (or end or really have any time during) the day!

The sprinkles are fun and cute. They make me smile. :) See?

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75

aromas of wood, root, light briskness, and gentle plum sweetness/tartness

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75
drank Raspberry by Adagio Teas
1311 tasting notes

GRRRR! ARGH!

I’m mildly irritated at just about the whole entire world today.

I picked this one pretty much at random from the cupboard, going for something that I could finish off. I have a lot of samples left that have only one go left in them or so and I need to get around to getting rid of it. (And no, I’m not particularly interested in giving them away just because there isn’t much left. I believe in swap via wishlist or because I think someone might like a particular one (or it’s one that I like enough that I want others to try it too)). Maybe I should make a finish-this-first pile ala Bethany.

I’m rather busy spewing my irritated rant elsewhere on the internet at the moment and the tea was semi-forgotten in the process. It’s just lukewarm now and in this condition it’s fairly boring. Shame actually, because I can see from my previous rating that I’ve otherwise enjoyed it.

Maybe what I really needed wasn’t any particular flavour but just something warm to drink. I’m not in a condition to pay too much attention to flavour profile anyway. I just needed a cup of tea. The kind was pretty much irrelevant at this point.

If any of that even made sense.

Bethany

The drink it up pile is going pretty well. I have a lot of samples to finish, so those are going quickly. The bigger sizes of things that have been neglected.. well, they’re still being neglected, unfortunately.

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75
drank Raspberry by Adagio Teas
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I saw two raspberry tea posts in a row and I got inspired. So Raspberry Rampage, oh yes!

(I’m a widdle wabbit wot can’t type!)

Having this now as an after-after-dinner tea, and it’s nice and semi-sweet.

There’s lots of raspberry in the aroma and something fruity in the flavour although I still don’t really think it tastes very raspberry-ish.

I give up, I can’t think of anything else to say about it. Dreadfully short post from me, I’m so sorry. Forgive me.

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75
drank Raspberry by Adagio Teas
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I’m having it now in spite of it hardly being a particularly autumny tea, simply because I found the tin in my tea cabinet and realised I’d quite forgotten I had it.

I see I’ve reviewed this one before and theorised that it might benefit from a little bit of sugar. So we’ll try it with a little bit of sugar this time.

Before, I said I could easily find the raspberry in the aroma of the dry leaves, but not really in the actual tea. I still agree with myself on that. I can find something nice and fruity, but not something directly recognisable as raspberry.

Trying it with a little cane sugar, but not too much, is nice and sweet and enhances the fruityness. It just doesn’t make it any more raspberry-ish.

Another tea that would be very nice on ice though, so since I made a small pot, I’ll drink this cup now and pour the other one on ice for later.

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75
drank Raspberry by Adagio Teas
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Leaves smell very sweet and fruity. Very nice.
The colour strikes me a kind of boring light golden brown. It doesn’t look bad, it just looks very average.
It doesn’t taste very fruity. I can find the raspberry, but it’s rather subtle and not enormously sweet. I like that, and I think it might benefit from a little sugar. I’ll have to experiment wtih that.

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79
drank Honeybush Apricot by Adagio Teas
162 tasting notes

Had a second cup, just as good as the 1st until my puppy stuck her nose rudely into my cup when I turned to answer the phone.

Auggy

Aw, yay pets! I have a cat that likes tea and tries to sneak sips in and likes everything from sweet iced tea to Formosa Oolong. Silly thing.

jennlea

Couldn’t be too mad at her. Gotta love their cuteness!

Erin

Puppies have a habit of doing obnoxious yet completely adorable things like that.

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79
drank Honeybush Apricot by Adagio Teas
162 tasting notes

Sweet, but not too sweet and the apricot is actually present in the taste.

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79
drank Honeybush Apricot by Adagio Teas
162 tasting notes

A wonderful, not overly sweet, refreshing treat.

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85
drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
1311 tasting notes

Dead tin.

For dessert tonight with plenty of milk in it. A little too much milk, actually, if I’m to be honest, but it’s still quite nice. It gives a good clue of what it would have been like with a little less milk, but a milk with a slightly higher fat content.

Or is that just me being unhappy about the supermarket not having my usual brand of milk, so I had to get a different one? And they didn’t have any cartons left of the fat content level that I usually drink? Wrong milk all round.

Jillian

Dead tin? That sounds omminous. ;P

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85
drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
1311 tasting notes

Apparently I hadn’t actually hidden relationship info over Facebook way… Just had to reply to an all caps message from my aunt who demanded to know why she hadn’t been told about Lexitus. looks shifty I’ve only told my parents about it and was rather hoping they would leak the info so I wouldn’t have to. Obviously not. Curses!

So I need something fortifying. (And dessert-ish because I’ve just had dinner)

This is it. The hazelnut with the lovely sweet nutty woodsy smell. Like nuts smell in a cake with nuts in it.

Second tea I get today that turned out as black as coffee. Considering I ended up oversteeping the Ceylong this morning, I’m a wee bit concerned, but upon tasting nothing’s wrong with it. It’s JUST right, with that nutty hazelnut flavour that’s at the same time roasted and sweetish. I think it’s very good for a dessert tea, and since nuts in Denmark is often associated with Christmas in Denmark, it also tastes a bit Christmassy.

Maybe this is why it’s going so well with my other dessert which is this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/aebleskiver

Also, I’ve added a load of people tonight (again) so apologies to those who may have been following the live feed when I uh flooded it a little bit.

ForetDeMichelle

Noticed you were on Facebook. Would you like to link up there too? I’m there more than here. Speaking of which, I need to do an update, huh? LOL
Michelle

Angrboda

I’m extremely protective of my real name online, so I’d rather not. It’s a privacy issue and I primarily use the FB account with people I know in RL. Thanks for the interest though. :)

takgoti

Eeeee! My friend got one of those pans from Williams-Sonoma and we tried making them one night. We failed fantastically but they tasted good so I guess in the end that’s what mattered. [It looked like they were all in a horrible battle and everyone lost.] I never knew they were called aebleskiver, we were just calling them flippy pancakes.

Angrboda

I can’t get them perfectly round either. These days a lot of people buy them frozen though. :) Just 10 minutes in the oven and they’re ready.

ForetDeMichelle

Completely understand. :o)

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85
drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
1311 tasting notes

Goodmorning Steepster.

After all these almonds, I feel almost treacherous for having chosen a different nut this morning.

I probably ought to have logged this one as a blend but I had already pulled it up on Steepster when I decided on a whim to add the little twist. What this actually is, is two thirds hazelnut black form Adagio and one third chocolate black form Adagio. After the almond vanilla success, I guess I just felt sort of inspired. :)

Also, I’ve had my eye on this hazelnut tea for a while in a combination with just a little bit of chocolate milk. I’m guessing it might turn into something Nutella-ish. Which would be AWESOME!

The smell is great! Nutty and chocolaty! I can’t decide if I should have added a little more chocolate or if it was just the right amount. I’m leaning towards just the right amount. It’s not something that’s particularly sweet, it’s got a sort of dark flavour and it’s very autumny.

Obviously I’m trying a cup with a bit of milk too. Just enough to cover the bottom of this (admittedly pretty wide-bottomed) cup and the result is a bit of a disappointment. The flavours of the hazelnut and the chocolate are mildened by the milk to the point of almost disappearing.

It was good without milk. Not so much with. Lesson learned, although it’s come as rather a bit of a surprise for me!

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85
drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
1311 tasting notes

Yes, it’s me again with a word of advice. Don’t carry a full teapot seconds after you put lotion on your hands. Wasted a good deal of this when the handle slipped through my fingers leaving a very warm teapot in the pouring position.

Anyway, since the raspberry wasn’t all that autumny and I put half of it in the fridge for later, I found something else. Nuts. That’s very autumny, although this particular tea is sweet enough to probably be more of a dessert tea.

Doesn’t matter though. Not when my main reason for choosing this particular one right now admittedly had little to do with autumny-ness and much to do with lack-of-cake-in-the-flat-ness…

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85
drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
1311 tasting notes

The leaves smell sort of like I would imagine Nutella concentrate would smell like if it existed. Already before actually tasting it, I’m finding myself considering an experiment involving chocolate milk.
The colour’s nicely golden-red and you can really smell the nuts in the scent.
It’s not at all as sweet as I had expected. It’s very nutty and very delicious actually. I’m definitely going to conduct some experiments with sugar, milk and chocolate milk, and I might buy this tea again.

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75

Nice standard tea. One of my favorite morning teas.

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75
drank Guanabana by Adagio Teas
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Another one finished off! I decided that what I really needed was something black and fruity sweet, not something plain black.

So I took the rest of these leaves, again, enough for just half a pot, and botched the brewing. I put them in the pot, but by the time the water was done boiling I’d forgotten that I only had enough leaves for half a pot so I filled it up. I don’t like pouring a botched brewing away without tasting it first, so we’ll see if I just wasted the last of my leaves of this one.

Yes, it’s definitely a bit on the weakling side. It’s still tasting like a black tea though and there’s they sweet fruity note that I wanted clear enough. It just doesn’t really have much body. But that’s my own fault.

I like it. It was fun to try and I’m curious about this guanabana fruit. Unlikely to ever get to taste one, but still. I kinda suspect that I would like it. But it’s not a tea that I feel any need to stock up on.

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75
drank Guanabana by Adagio Teas
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Suzi logged this yesterday and reminded me that I still had some left in my sample tin. I bought it primarily because of the odd name. Never heard of this fruit before, but if I ever get to South America (doubtful, considering my fear of travelling) I’ll have to make sure to try and taste it.

It’s sweet and fruity and tastes tropical. If I knew what the fruit really tastes like ‘au naturel’ my review of it might be difference, but as it is I’m thinking it’s a fruit I might like. So this is my morning cup on this grey and dismal looking thursday. I understand the majority of you lot have a holiday today, so I’m guessing a lot of people won’t be around. Wow… bad day for me to get addicted to the live stream, but there you are. My life in a nutshell.

takgoti

Heh, being that Thanksgiving is traditionally a holiday centered around family, you might find quite a few people hiding out on Steepster regardless. I distinctly remember a Thanksgiving we spent with family out in Ohio, where I told them I was doing schoolwork but I was actually playing mini-golf on candystand.com. My cousin found me and in exchange for not telling we played two-player for the rest of the afternoon.

Suzi

Ha ha, I’ll still be around. I had to skip out the festivities and work on a paper for school :-p

Angrboda

Don’t go playing minigolf instead. :D

Awww I hearts my Steepster Peeps today. :)

Suzi

Hey, congrats on the $2 shipping w/ 52teas :D You had me cracking up over in Steepster Select!

Angrboda

Hey, this place is AWESOME! Now I want to build a statue of 52Teas out of used leaves and worship at its feet.

Jillian

My Thanksgiving was back in mid-October so this is just another day for me. ;)

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75
drank Guanabana by Adagio Teas
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While I wasn’t completely convinced of this when I first reviewed it, I have an addendum to make.
It is absolutely splendid iced!

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75
drank Guanabana by Adagio Teas
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75
drank Guanabana by Adagio Teas
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I had never heard of this before, but apparently it’s some sort of tropical fruit that we others can’t get because the fruit doesn’t transport very well.
The dry leaves smell weird. Sort of fruity and bitter at the same time. Like a very old orange. At this point I’m sceptic. Very sceptic.
Colour is nice and golden and the scent is something familiar that I can’t quite place. It’s not mouldy oranges anymore anyway.
The taste is…. strange. Fruity. Adagio suggests something akin to candied strawberry and pineapple. I can’t really ‘find’ those notes but at the same time I don’t really disagree either. I can’t tell when I don’t know how the fruit is supposed to taste.

I like it. I don’t think I’ll stock up on it once I’ve got through the sample, but I like it.

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75
drank Silver Needle by Adagio Teas
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