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75
drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
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75
drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
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75
drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
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75
drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
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73
drank Pu Erh Spice by Adagio Teas
526 tasting notes

Thank you to Kat_Maria for sending this tea my way in our swap! I’ve been hesitant to try this one out because the one time I had puerh before, I did not like it. At all. But I figured that this is a flavored puerh, so I might as well give it a chance. While it was steeping, I could immediately smell those spices. It reminds me of an autumn candle scent (I’ve been sniffing a lot of candles lately), which was nice. It’s warm and cozy without that damp forest smell that I had from straight puerh. I think that the tea tastes like I would expect one of those fall candles to taste. A bit of cinnamon, ginger, and probably other things I can’t identify with the earthy undertones that I know are coming from the puerh. It’s nicer than I expected, but still a little perfume-y for my personal taste. I’m glad that I finally tried this one out, and I think I’ll let it rest for a bit and reach for it again in the winter (fall in California doesn’t get quite cold enough to put me in the mood for these types of teas).

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78
drank Golden Monkey by Adagio Teas
51 tasting notes

Beautiful dry leaves with golden oxidized buds reminding me of Golden Curl tea from Yunnan. Rich amber-maple color moving to greenish-yellow near cups edge. Spices, with slight honey-sweet tang conjuring thoughts of cooked fruit followed by a woody, nutty astringent finish which really lingers in the wrong way I feel. I am not in love with this tea… and I really wanted to! I feel like its a little tired which will be ANOTHER sample from Adagio that is not quite that good. They really need to date those packs! I will get more next time I go, as I feel this isn’t the teas fault.

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

i usually steep red teas at 205F and less time. gongfu method works every time

Parsifal

Yea… I am going to try again. Never really had a problem with the Golden Curl I have, which is similar. I probably need lower temp water… with the boiling I started at 3 minutes and it didn’t taste like much so I put the leaves back in for another 1:30… it just tasted “tired”, for lack of a better term. But thanks for the info I will try 205F for 2-3 minutes and see if that coaxes a better cup :)

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82
drank White Symphony by Adagio Teas
51 tasting notes

This is my second review of this tea because I needed to figure it out. Adagio recommends 180F for 3-5 minutes… using this method with destroy any chance of enjoying this tea. Using gung-fu method is a far better choice here. 3g to 4oz filtered water for 1:00 (thanks Lion!) really opened this tea up and allowed for a much more enjoyable experience.
Pale ivory cup which becomes more golden on 2nd infusion (1:15). Light floral aromas blended with lovely autumnal aromas of raked leaves. The palate is mild and nutty with a lovely clean powdered sugar sweetness and hints of gala apples. Soft honey-like (not in flavor) mouth feel which has a delicate astringency that seems to pull flavors across the tongue playfully and really bring out the autumnal notes and turn the previously described “ape house” flavors into an enjoyable complexity which compliments the tea. 4+ Infusions are possible using gung-fu method. This is Fall in a cup!

Original Review: 56
Adagio says: “An exquisite version of the White Peony”… White Peony, at least the ones I have had, are beautiful teas. This tea seems to have aromas which remind you of being in the ape house at a zoo. Dry grassy wild-brush, mild floral notes, perspiring animal, white pepper and minerals dominate the flavor profile; the mouth-feel is quite off-putting. The tea was in a sealed pouch sample bag… so its probably not old, and I am very familiar with preparing white teas so its not over-extraction.
I am all for funky tasking unique teas… this isn’t that. This tea just isn’t very good. Disappointing… but its alright, I have been on a streak of good teas so I was bound to hit a bump! Not throwing it away, I will experiment with different infusions and update if I can make it acceptable… or give it to someone I don’t like very much!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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82
drank White Symphony by Adagio Teas
51 tasting notes

This is just not enjoyable tea.

Adagio says: “An exquisite version of the White Peony”… White Peony, at least the ones I have had, are beautiful teas. This tea seems to have aromas which remind you of being in the ape house at a zoo. Dry grassy wild-brush, mild floral notes, perspiring animal, white pepper and minerals dominate the flavor profile; the mouth-feel is quite off-putting. The tea was in a sealed pouch sample bag… so its probably not old, and I am very familiar with preparing white teas so its not over-extraction.
I am all for funky tasking unique teas… this isn’t that. This tea just isn’t very good. Disappointing… but its alright, I have been on a streak of good teas so I was bound to hit a bump! Not throwing it away, I will experiment with different infusions and update if I can make it acceptable… or give it to someone I don’t like very much!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Lion

Ahaha! The primate house at the zoo, oh man I know that smell. If you decide to experiment with this more, you might try steeping it for just 1 minute. Use 2g of leaf per 100ml(about 3 oz) of water. You can get multiple infusions this way, at least 3 or 4 good ones. 185F is what I always brew white tea at.

I’m not very well-versed in western style brewing. Most of the teas I’m interested in come from China, Japan, and Taiwan where tea is brewed in much smaller receptacles and for shorter durations, often with more leaf than Western style would use, and more repeated infusions. As I’ve never brewed White Peony western style, I can’t really say how it tastes that way, but I can say that I tend to appreciate white teas for their lighter qualities so to steep them for long periods of time is sort of unfathomable to me. I have done some longer infusions in the gaiwan before and they just tend to come off very dry and flat tasting. You really miss out on the complexity of the delicate notes white teas are famous for because the amount of flavor just suffocates them. On the other hand, I am spoiled to have a vendor in Kansas City here who specializes in white tea, farms it himself in Fujian province China, and has some of the best white tea in the world. Some types I’ve tried from other companies have been almost tasteless or tasted just weird… like paper or musty, haven’t run into primates yet though, though I don’t doubt I will someday!
Some silver needle and other bud-heavy white teas tolerate longer times simply because it takes more time to saturate the buds and pull out the flavor than with these delicate white peony leaves. It could be that steeping your White Symphony lighter (shorter time) will help pull out better nuances, or it could be that this tea is just not good stuff. I haven’t had it. Good luck with it anyway!

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60
drank Golden Monkey by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

I’m not a huge fan of Golden Monkey teas, but I got this one as a free sample so why not?

Looks like a Golden Monkey tea with the curly leaves.

Smells like a Golden Monkey tea. You know, kind of like honey.

Tastes like a Golden Monkey tea. A bit of natural sweetness that balances the tea fairly well and makes it completely unremarkable – unless Golden Monkeys are your thing, I suppose.

Made a great, just slightly sweet iced tea when cold brewed over night.

I enjoyed drinking this tea both hot and cold, but there are other teas I like better.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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89
drank Ti Kuan Yin by Adagio Teas
51 tasting notes

A light, yet refined Fujian Oolong which displays perfume-like orchid aromas mixed with warm sugar cookies. The pale ivory color is so light that one might think it didn’t steep long enough… and because the tannins are forgiving you can steep longer than recommended without hurting it. Soft and supple mouth fell yielding to lovely palate which reintroduces the buttery sweet orchid notes with a mild nuttiness and subtle tastes of cooked vegetation. The tea finishes very smooth with a light acidic kiss that conjures up flavors of crushed limestone. I have had Ti Kuan Yin from a few tea merchants and this one is easily on par with the best. A great tea for relaxing or to have after dinner with a very light cookie. I will be getting more of this soon and would recommend it to anyone. Multiple infusions are possible and the price can make this a lovely every day tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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82
drank Assam Melody by Adagio Teas
40 tasting notes

This is a good Indian black tea if you looking for something that isn’t going to be chalked full of bitterness. They claim to have notes of raisins but honestly I don’t taste it… However, I do enjoy the light malty flavor it offers!

I would suggest this tea if you are new to Indian blacks (which I am). This will give you an idea if you need to go sweeter (Maybe a nimbu) or if you need to go more bitter with a straight Darjeeling. Maybe you need to stay about from Indian blacks and stick with the more sweet flavors in Chinese blacks.

I don’t particularly think I would like anything much more intense then this. I don’t like it as much as a nimbu, but I do like it more than some of the more bitter Darjeelings I have tried. Overall I would purchase this tea again but am also looking forward to experimenting with more assams.

Please give me some recommendations if you know of any particularly good assam teas!

Flavors: Bitter, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Ost

I just tried No. 49 Assam FTGFOP1 and LOVED it! :D

Nick Boehm

That is some crazy name…Did you find that on Steepster?

Ost

Yeah, through Steepster. Oh I forgot to Mention. It’s by Steven Smith Teamaker. xD Haha-sorry about that. :P Was pretty good though. Tried some Assam from Golden Tips that was pretty good too, OH! I almost forgot. And Assam #8 from Tealux is one of my favorites!

Nick Boehm

Oh, thank you so much for your thoughtful reply! I am eager to try these out now!

Ost

Yeah! Enjoy! And if you ever find a super good assam, give me the heads up! I am on a quest to find the best Assam out there. :O I like the malty ones best :O

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91

A lovely treat for the price! Rich amber, almost leaning towards light maple in the cup. Classic aromas of muscatel and dry wood come off of the steeped leaves, while the liquor carries a sweetness along with it. Wonderful sweet musk and wood flavors command the overall flavor profile, followed with hints of coco powder, black strap molasses and roasted acorn squash. Finishes with a lingering astringency which allows the coco, molasses and squash notes linger long after swallowing. Recommended infusion time from Adagio is right on at 2:00-2:30, allow the liquor to cool a bit before tasting to open up more flavors. If there is such a thing as an every-day single estate Darjeeling 2nd flush this may be it as the price is VERY reasonable and 2-3 steeps are possible.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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84

Smells like wood smoke, tastes like drinking rich, dark wood.

Flavors: Campfire, Dark Wood, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Foxtrot by Adagio Teas
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Flavors: Flowers, Peppermint, Rooibos, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 15 g 68 OZ / 2000 ML

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80

I love this tea. I bought sample baggies of Adagio’s black Hazelnut tea and this one at the same time, and this one was definitely my favourite. The black tea was quite nice and hazelnutty when brewed quite strong and then with milk and sugar, whereas this one is just wonderfully hazelnutty on its own without much fuss. No bitterness, a lot of hazelnut, and a bit of something else that gives it depth. I’d take it that’s the honeybush, but as this is the only honeybush I’ve tried, I can’t really judge. I’m sure to try more, though! I think I definitely prefer honeybush to rooibos.

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25
drank Christmas by Adagio Teas
11 tasting notes

Looking at the ingredient list on this, it seems like there should be a lot of different flavors going on here. What actually happens, at least when I taste this tea, is that all those flavors lump together and produce a strong black tea flavor with a very bitter orange peel component. I really don’t notice any of the spices or anything like that.

Flavors: Bitter, Orange

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

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89

Light fuzzy needles of Fujian joy! Lovely Pale yellow ivory in color. Delicate floral aromas which yield to a soothing sweetness highlighted with notes of honey and lemon peel. Palate is much the same as the aroma with the addition of a slight musk and a juicy brisk finish which recalls the acid of the lemon notes and balances the sweetness perfectly. Flavors change as the tea cools, with notes of fresh cucumber coming into play and enhancing the overall experience. Multiple steepings are possible here, which is good because this in not an inexpensive tea. All this being said, this is a “I am in the mood for really good white tea” kind of experience and not an everyday tea in my opinion which makes purchasing a small amount a good choice.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 15 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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85
drank Formosa Pouchong by Adagio Teas
51 tasting notes

Charming and light. Lovely light pale yellow color fading to near clear at the edges. Brilliantly floral on the nose… fresh lilies and jasmine come to mind. Light and smooth… honeydew and vanilla notes weave with the natural flowery green flavor. Perhaps a bit light for my tastes, but I really enjoyed this tea and would recommend it to anyone. A perfect way to start a tea tasting or tea dinner. A very classy cup!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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98

A brilliant selection, with velvety complexity which is well worth the price. The golden oxidized tea buds are beautiful to look at. Brewed, golden-orange in color, fading to sunglow nearing the edges. Intense aromas of malt and wood with notes of orange zest and almond. Very silky and creamy with a dynamic palate that ranges from sweet potato and raisins to honey, coco and almonds finishing very sweet and long with balanced flint-like mineral acidity and very slight astringency. The honey notes increased as the tea cools, which added to the progressive experience. One of the best teas I have had in a while.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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95
drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
11 tasting notes

Uncomplicated, black tea flavor with heavy peppermint taste. If you like those tastes, you will like this.

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Peppermint, Sweet

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

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75

Delicate and refreshing, with an earthy plant flavor as well as some lighter floral flavor as well. Probably not satisfying for those who prefer strong flavors in their teas. No sweetness that I noticed.

Flavors: Floral, Plants

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

Loved the jasmine flavor in this tea but I find that it isn’t as fragrant as the white jasmine I tried yesterday. Still delicious though. I didn’t over brew it this time so it doesn’t taste bitter at all! Will have to try the Teavivre Jasmine Pearls next and will compare!

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

I absolutely love this tea! I think it is awesome that it has the creamy taste already built in rather then having to put it into the tea! This is my go-to Earl Grey drink!

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

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70

This is a very unique chai. I was having the darnedest time trying to pin down what flavor it reminded me of until I read the other reviews. The sweetness of the almond really threw me off. But in a good way. This would be really good in a muffin of some sort. I love to cook with tea
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Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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