Adagio Teas

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drank Ti Kuan Yin by Adagio Teas
216 tasting notes

Back to back tie guan yins. I just tried Yezi tea’s master grade TGY and followed it with this one to compare. I didn’t expect it to be quite as good as Yezi’s since this one is not “master grade” but it was still disappointing to have such a lack of flavor. The wonderful floral and perfumey notes that the other tea had were lacking here. You could kind of taste them as an aftertaste, as if this was just old tea that’s lost most of it’s flavor. I was able to get more flavor in the later infusions with the increased steeping times, so maybe timing is the only issue here. Luckly Adagio’s sample for this tea is generously sized, so I should be able to try it out at least two more times.

Preparation
5 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
3 tasting notes

This is one of my favorites.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
3 tasting notes

I didn’t like this tea as much as I thought I would. Though I like hazelnuts, I didn’t get that taste in the tea.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chocolate by Adagio Teas
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Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I added some milk and chai spices when I made this today. It was good, but I think I’ll try again sometime after steeping it longer as the flavor was extremely mild.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Thanks for the sample Marzipan

Hmm, green rooibos is better than red, but it is still rooibos! Meh. Shame because I might’ve liked this flavoring otherwise. Oh well! Can’t win em all :)

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drank Hojicha by Adagio Teas
417 tasting notes

Sipdown (111)! It’s an exciting sipdown because it’s the first from my new apartment! Ok, that’s probably not terribly exciting to others, but it is to me. Of course, most of this was sipped down when my mom came to visit and fell in love with hojichas, but couldn’t really tell the difference between them. I do feel a little bad about just feeding her my least favorite hojicha, but she still very much enjoyed it. And even though I won’t be reordering this particular hojicha, it was a very good tea anyway.

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Small Big Traveling Tea Box

Apparently the way that I am drinking my tea is so humorous… my boyfriend just walked downstairs and started cracking up in laughter XD Yes, my cup is tiny, but I think it is adorable! Thought I would attach a picture for so you guys can enjoy my adorable, little mug! (https://www.flickr.com/photos/125647446@N05/14340903979/ )I like doing TTB taste tests this way so I can try virtually all the teas without completely stealing a tea that someone else in the line up can hardly wait to enjoy. :] Ta-DAH~

This tea has a sweet malty flavor to it much like a golden monkey. I expected this tea to be a bit plainer in flavor than it actually is, but it has several notes. I love the malt the most, but it has a slight essence of cinnamon or pepper that is so unexpected it is delicious. Although it is a light black tea in flavor, I’m really enjoying it.

Preparation
1 g 2 OZ / 59 ML
Ost

Hahaha aww it is a cute mug!

gmathis

But think of all the cups of tea you can justify. They’re small!

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Totally adorable :-)

albertocanfly

gmathis exactly!! I get to try every single tea in the box! . Talk about awesome!

Ost and TheTeaFairy Thank you!! .

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drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
267 tasting notes

Yay! One more tea gone! Technically two, but I’m not sure the second was listed in my cupboard. Will check that.

Brewed the last of this up with my oatmeal this morning. It looked like there might not be quite enough, so I dumped in the teensy bit of Masala Chai I had in a small tin. Not sure if that was Adagio or a different chai. But at any rate, that’s two tins empty now! Yay!

Mixing it with a masala chai is pretty good. I like it more than by itself. The coconut and lemongrass are still there, just a hint, and it makes it a masala with some difference to it. They should sell it this way! :)

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drank Guanabana by Adagio Teas
95 tasting notes

Decided that it was probably best to squeeze in a few of the caffeine teas from the other TTB before it gets too late and the caffeine keeps me up all night… then I’d be up all night tasting teas :P tehehe.

Small Big Traveling Tea Box

This tea is different than what I was expecting. The name leads me to believe that it would have banana and guava in it. But to no avail. Luckily it does have some fruity notes, a bit mango-y to me. Actually, this reminds me of a black tea version of their green mango tea. Hmm. I’ll have to add some to the box so people can try both of these.. :]

Preparation
1 g 2 OZ / 59 ML

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Herbal Traveling Tea Box

How did I miss this tea when I was doing my Adagio sequence yesterday? Oh, well, this tea served as a great change of pace from all the fruity teas that I have been sampling recently:P Oh, pancakes..This tea reminds me of maple syrup:D Which is really quite good. So I’m quite a small person, but for some reason I can out eat my 200 lb brother when it comes to pancakes. 30 full-sized pancakes in one sitting is not too difficult for me. Ihop never sees it coming when I walk in the door— especially after the Tough Mudder Run. Muahaha>:} But anyways, I’m a fan of maple syrup. This tea also has a lovely hazelnut with a touch of….. caramel?.. It is a bit strong of honeybush but I like that flavor, so I don’t mind. :P

Flavors: Hazelnut, Honey, Maple Syrup

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Marzipan

Every time we go to Denmark, it’s tradition that I cook pancakes for the whole extended family. It has become a “thing” – one brother in law ate 16 pancakes last time. Full sized ones. He was SO sick.

albertocanfly

Oh, man. That sounds amazing!!! :D But are pancakes from Denmark made with large sums of oil like the pannenkoeken from the Netherlands? I could easily see that being an issue for a stomach.

Marzipan

They don’t have pancakes like we do, that’s why “American pancakes” are such a thing when we go. Maple syrup is also almost impossible to find. The closest thing they have is a crepe and they eat it with fruit.

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Another magic potion blend from Dexter! I picked it for tonight because it’s a rooibos/honeybush blend, and therefore nighttime friendly! I had no idea what was in it though; the smell was not super telling.

However one sip in and it was pretty obvious that this blend was a nut heavy one. Really, it screamed nut notes at me. Honestly, I picked up the almond and hazelnut but more so than either of those I got peanut! But looking at the ingredients list right now, I don’t see that included. Odd.

It was good though once I got over being initially overwhelmed by all the nut flavour; though every time I have hazelnut anything and there’s no chocolate either than always throws me off a little regardless. I’m very accustomed to that due. I thought the rooibos/honeybush were both present but in a relatively soft way that I don’t necessarily think anti rooibos/honeybush drinkers would find offensive. Or rather, maybe it’d be less offensive than usual? The caramel was a weird flavour; it was so buried under the almond/hazelnut/peanut and I think mostly it just kinda sweetened stuff up a bit so the blend didn’t because too nutty.

I have one more cup of this one left so we’ll see how I feel after that one; but I could maybe go for more of this! It wasn’t bad at all, and I think it’s pretty different from the other rooibos/honeybush blend I have stocked up.

Flavors: Almond, Hazelnut, Nuts, Nutty, Peanut

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drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
267 tasting notes

Trying to polish off an old sample. I still have one more teaspoon of it left and then the tin will be empty. Yay!

I made an Amy’s Pad Thai in the microwave for dinner and figured a Thai Chai might go well with it. Not really. A green tea would have been a better match, or something I could make into a Thai tea type concoction.

I don’t usually like coconut but this isn’t bad.

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Herbal Traveling Tea Box

This is the last Adagio tea in my line-up. After taking a sniff, oh gosh, almost had to put it back. Not only is it is medicinal smelling but it smells exactly like the medicine that made me oh so sick when I snapped my wrist across the growth plate. But had to give it a chance, after all, it worked out for the lemon cloud tea.

As with the vanilla rooibos, it was just okay. The liquid has a gorgeous orange color, but the flavor wasn’t there for me.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Herbal Traveling Tea box

Watching the Fifa USA vs. Ghana game.. Oh my lordy, talk about a head smash:O Glad they are starting to take head injuries a little bit more seriously. But those poor players, makes my head ache in empathy..

This tea is much like the game right now… just ehhh. It’s a bit too woodsy and a little less vanilla-y than I would have liked. Not a bad tea, just nothing to write home about.

Flavors: Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Herbal Traveling Tea box

Grabbed the next tea in the line-up….“oooh lemon,” I thought^.^ But then I smelled the leaves…very medicinal smelling… now I’m worried…o.o…5 minutes later of pacing about worrying about how it is going to taste: oo la la..this is delicious! It’s like a sweet lemon bar in a tea! Ohhh, yeah. Cream, lemon, the whole nine! :D So good on it’s own, touch of agave puts it over the edge into that delicious dessert tea category. Might have to make another cup of this later..tehehe >:]

Flavors: Cream, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Cameron B.

Mmmm lemon bars… MUST MAKE! <3

albertocanfly

It’s delicious! I don’t think you will be disappointed :D

Cameron B.

I haven’t had great experiences with Adagio teas so far. However there is a fandom sampler I want so I’ll make sure to grab some of this tea when I order it (eventually… lol).

albertocanfly

Ooo, which fandom sampler? :]
They also create a new fandom sampler that is only available for a single weekend.. (They had a how to train your dragon one the weekend the new movie came out:]) so if you have more than fandom, keep an eye out for them:]!

Cameron B.

It’s the Cowboy Bebop one, I emailed them asking if they would feature it as a sampler for a weekend and they said yeah, so hopefully it’ll be soon! Paying $9 a piece for six teas just isn’t happening for me. :P

albertocanfly

Oh, an anime fan! :D Do you watch lots of anime?
That’s awesome that they are going to do that for you! I agree with you there because, of course, the whole whole set is necessary:D Plus, the sampler sets are just so darn cute!

Cameron B.

Not really, just a select few. I mostly watch cooking shows. :P

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Herbal Traveling Tea Box

So I’m just about to start my tea-testing marathon… Picked out this yummy smelling tea from the mound of tea that I can hardly wait to try..and practically sprinted downstairs in excitement.. only to realize that I left my good tea infuser at my mom’s house… knew this was bound to happen as I insist to carry all my tea with me on visits in my traveling tea bag /sigh/ Luckily, I found my spare infuser in the drawer /happy dance/ . Life is good:]

This tea is pretty delicious! It smells a little bit like kool-aid so that makes me giggle of happy childhood memories. Luckily, this tea lacks that artificial kool-aid taste and replaces it with fruity goodness.. yum:] At first sip, it was a bit too tart, but with just a touch of agave, it sweetened right up leaving a strawberry melody. Tantalizing images of trying this tea iced danced about in my head…so I couldn’t help but to leave the rest of my cup to do just that. And dare I say, it is even more delicious iced? Yes, I do!:D
Nice cup of full-bodied fruity goodness.

Flavors: Berry, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I’m not usually a fan of rooibos but I heard good things about this blend. It’s definitely got the typical almost medicine-like rooibos flavor, but it’s balanced with vanilla and caramel flavors and a good touch of honeybush. I put extra honey in it because I’m drinking it on a cozy rainy night with a sore throat and I’m already feeling luckier! It is plenty sweet on its own as well. Have I mentioned this blend has no caffeine? In the cooler months, it is my all time favorite cozy nighttime tea. I’m going to have to stock up so my luck will never end.

Flavors: Butterscotch, Caramel, Hazelnut, Medicinal, Nutty, Vanilla

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Tonight I made spaghetti and meatballs for 12 people (3 POUNDS) of meatballs. Now I have a basement full of happy teenagers and I am upstairs cat sitting. He fell asleep with his head on my arm. It was so adorable. http://imgur.com/YLcSVfS

And oh yeah, I have tea.

Cheri

Dawwwwwwwwwwww

Angrboda

Is cute! Is his fur not a nightmare to keep though? I had a blue/white maine coon once and her fur matted like a crazy thing. Didn’t help that she didn’t like being brushed. I expect it was probably painful for her with all the matting every time you turned around. I’ve been told it’s often a problem with blue/white.

TheTeaFairy

Cute baby :-)

MzPriss

Awww sweet kitty

Stephanie

Sounds like a lovely evening :)

Marzipan

We actually don’t have issues with his fur. I read somewhere that with Ragdolls, you can get lucky and I think we did. We brush him once or twice a week but he hasn’t had any tangles and doesn’t shed much.

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drank Cream by Adagio Teas
41 tasting notes

This tea was good. I was looking for an alternative to Teavana Earl Greg Creme without the bergamot taste. This one came close but as I sipped it I felt it was lacking something. I guess the Earl Greg Creme was a perfect mix! The base in this tea tasted flat. Will finish my sample pack but might not reorder.

Marcel Duchamp

Adagio’s flavored black teas always seem to go flat for me too. I think their straight teas / classic scented (jasmine, etc) are better.

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Did I just get a bad batch? I first tried this tea as a sample and brewed it for 3 mins. I took one sip and got a mouthful of citrus bergamot! Way too intense. I had to pour it out. I then came back to steepster and went to adagio website to check reviews and no one else had the same experience. So I tried another cup. Same experience. A mouthful of bergamot and lingering after taste. Ugh!

arichard

I had good luck by blending this tea. I blended it most successfully with vanilla black tea. I do agree with you – this tea has so much bergamot that it tastes like perfume to me.

Arshness

I LOVE Adagio’s Earl Grey Bravo. I didn’t like Moonlight. So whatever that says… :)

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drank Peach by Adagio Teas
249 tasting notes

I prefer to cold steep this, and it tastes just like summer when it is done. Highly recommend! Hot, it is also good, but I usually prefer my fruity tea cold.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Rwanda Rukeri by Adagio Teas
249 tasting notes

People who like really boldly flavored black teas will probably like this. It is malty and rich, and a bit astringent. I am not the biggest fan of astringency, so it isn’t really for me.

Recommended for those who like heavy, bold blacks.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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