Adagio Teas

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This blend was crafted as an homage to my favorite comedy, gaming group, Mega64 (www.mega64.com). I mailed some samples into their weekly podcast and they tried them live. See their reactions and get yourself a taste for Mega64. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WiSf8iqdtM)
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This is a more traditional black tea, full with the astringent tannins of irish breakfast and a touch of cloves and ginger from oriental spice. To mellow out these bold blacks, a hefty dose of green rooibos is in the mix, adding a bright, honey-like flavor in the aftertaste of each sip, and a bit of crispy dry grassiness in the whole. Apples pieces smell slightly sweet in the bag but drop off in the brewing. A more traditional tasting tea for fans of irish breakfast

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Clove, Honey, Spices, Tannin

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This blend was crafted as an homage to my favorite comedy, gaming group, Mega64 (www.mega64.com). I mailed some samples into their weekly podcast and they tried them live. See their reactions and get yourself a taste for Mega64. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WiSf8iqdtM)
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One of my favorite Mega64 moments, and now one of my favorite blends across the board. First taste emphasizes the dry-leaf flavor of the yerba mate, but it pairs well with the toasted green hojicha. The splash of peppermint that lingers in your mouth and the high caffeine in the mate really wake me up and help me focus. There’s candy cane pieces mixed in as well (shake the bag if they fell to the bottom) and they add just a touch of sweet vanilla-mint in the aftertaste. A great alternative for a powerful morning tea, or a perfect afternoon tea with some punch. One of my favorites!!

Flavors: Mint, Nutty, Vanilla

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This blend was crafted as an homage to my favorite comedy, gaming group, Mega64 (www.mega64.com). I mailed some samples into their weekly podcast and they tried them live. See their reactions and get yourself a taste for Mega64. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WiSf8iqdtM)
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I had originally planned this blend to use white chai, until I discovered it wasn’t listed for blends. So the green chai was added instead, along with some pineapple, coconut, and lemon accents. I’m pleased with the results, a blast of lemon and green, tempered with the cinnamon and spices in the chai and the warm zing of ginger in the ginseng. UPDATE: Garrett himself highlighted a great pro-tip with these fruity teas, feel free to fish out the pineapple pieces for mid-brew snack!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Clove, Coconut, Ginger, Lemon, Pineapple, Spices

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This blend was crafted as an homage to my favorite comedy, gaming group, Mega64 (www.mega64.com). I mailed some samples into their weekly podcast and they tried them live. See their reactions and get yourself a taste for Mega64. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WiSf8iqdtM)
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The almond oolong takes the lead in this blend, with forward flavors of earthy oolong tea and marzipan almond. The honeybush vanilla is also present, adding a slightly floral sweet nuttiness that goes well with the almond. The caramel black tea is hard to pick out in this blend, but the tell-tale smooth mouthfeel of drinking this tea tells me it is there. Smooth, nutty, and generally sweet, I like how this blend turned out.

Flavors: Almond, Caramel, Cinnamon, Marzipan, Nutty

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This blend was crafted as an homage to my favorite comedy, gaming group, Mega64 (www.mega64.com). I mailed some samples into their weekly podcast and they tried them live. See their reactions and get yourself a taste for Mega64. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WiSf8iqdtM)
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A little fruity from the cherry black tea, smooth starchiness with vanilla oolong, and some warmth from the ginger black. A smattering of cloves, coconut, and lemon add little twists of spice, butter, and tartness. This blend is intended to be reminiscent of Dr. Pepper, and though the soda is very different from this tea, this blend is both balanced and a little unusual. I’m pleased with the results.

Flavors: Cherry, Coconut, Cookie, Ginger, Lemon, Vanilla

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This blend was crafted as an homage to my favorite comedy, gaming group, Mega64 (www.mega64.com). I mailed some samples into their weekly podcast and they tried them live. See their reactions and get yourself a taste for Mega64. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WiSf8iqdtM)
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This tea tastes like an orange cream-sicle, which I am okay with. A good percentage of it is honeybush, so it’s a nice afternoon tea or for a morning when a lower caffeine tea will do the trick. This blend is cirtus-y, softened with some mellow cream, and balanced with a little spicy black tea flavor from the mambo. One of my favorite blends.

Flavors: Cream, Nutty, Orange

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This blend was crafted as an homage to my favorite comedy, gaming group, Mega64 (www.mega64.com). I mailed some samples into their weekly podcast and they tried them live. See their reactions and get yourself a taste for Mega64. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WiSf8iqdtM)
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As I intended, this blend talks a big bold game, but still has some gentleness. It’s a definite black tea blend but made more mellow with some caramel notes in tiger’s eye and the complicated wet foliage and cinnamon flavors of pu erh spice. A pop of pink hibiscus adds just a little sour bite to the overall blend. Dark tannins and tough swagger. Make it your next street meal!

Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Earth, Hibiscus, Mineral, Spices, Tannin

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drank Green Chai by Adagio Teas
319 tasting notes

I’m very surprised by this tea. I didn’t know what to think of the idea of a “green chai” but I knew I had to try it.

I boiled the water of this one and then forgot about it… so the water had been cooling for a bit. It was probably like 10mins of it sitting there before I finally got to it. Also, I ended up steeping for only 4 mins instead of the 5mins it recommended.

This is being enjoyed straight up and it’s very very good. I am loving it. I’m getting the orange hint from this with the cinnamon and the base is absolutely amazing. I honestly didn’t expect too much as I find a lot of green teas very grassy, but this one is just right! I’m so impressed! Absolutely delicious.

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Today’s mildly more exciting than yesterday, at least inasmuch as I bought office-appropriate linen trousers from M&S and I’ve decided to phase out wheat and processed sweeties in order to try and get my inflammation in check a bit, given that my ankles now hurt to stand on. Tomorrow, I’ll invest in some pineapple. Pineapple’s an anti-inflammatory.

So something moved me today, before dashing to submit a few job applications before their noon o’clock deadlines, to do a few steeps of this oolong. It’s not the most remarkable tea in the world, and it’s not something I crave very often if at all, but sometimes it’s a good, simple I-don’t-know-what-I-feel-like-drinking-so-I’ll-just-have-this choice, and it fulfilled it well. Still as autumn-leafy as ever, at once light and wholesome, with toasty granola notes and traces of dry earth. Ho hum.

TeaBrat

Yes I am doing the same thing. Other sources of inflammation include animal products, esp. red meat

Sami Kelsh

Indeed! It’s thankful I’ve pretty much been meatless for years. Sweeties, on the other hand… I had such a time saying no to a half price bag of Haribo gummies at the supermarket today :(

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drank Mambo by Adagio Teas
142 tasting notes

Well, poopsicles. Looks like the computer ate last night’s tasting note somewhere between my writing it and it actually being posted! And here I was just thinking y’all didn’t like my ridiculously over-sharing personal rant-reviews anymore. Let’s see if I can remember what I had to say:

Ah, well. Remember that bakery job I told you all about that I started a few weeks ago? Hated it. Hated it so much that I quit on Saturday. My manager, an absolute sweetie to whom I bear nothing but good feelings and apologies for taking off without a notice period, was absolutely understanding. That, at least, was something. The upshot of it was that instead of the R&D I’d been told I was going to be doing, they started what will be about 3 months of ongoing renovations, leaving a kitchen with concrete dust and wires hanging from the ceiling while people are trying to make bagels and brownies in a tiny, cramped space that’s scarcely sufficient for the volume of stuff being done. It’s hotter than Lucifer’s scrotum, and in addition to my hands seizing with tendonitis and becoming useless, it hurts to stand on my ankles, and my eczema’s manifesting itself in places it’s never been before, like the backs of my hands and arms. It’s not like building up the muscles you need to do heavy lifting. This is the kind of chronic stuff that only gets worse. Coming home in tears isn’t worth 4 6-hour shifts a week at 6 quid an hour. Sorry, gang, it’s back to a functional home bakery (and unemployment) for me. OH GOOD.

I’ll miss the fanta floats. It’s not on the menu, but man, a pint of fanta with a scoop of raspberry sorbet and vanilla ice cream? MAGICAL.

So last night, feeling a combination of relief and fear (given that I’m paying rent on two flats for the month of July, which I decidedly couldn’t even afford on my meagre bakery income, let alone none at all – feel free to tell your friends I’m taking illustration jobs!) I brewed myself a load of mambo, because mambo is a feel-good tea. It’s got just enough je ne sais quoi to it to keep you interested, without being overly challenging. It’s smooth and gentle and recalls flavours of ripe peaches and soft dustings of cocoa. There’s something incredibly comforting about it, while retaining a lightness: it’s like being hugged by downy soft pillows when you need someone to tell you that everything’s going to be okay. I’ll be sad when I run out of this one, and then I’ll be immediately onto Adagio’s website to restock.

Christina

Oh, that whole situation sounds so upsetting. Aside from illustration gigs, what sort of work are you now looking for?

TheTeaFairy

Hope your future holds better things for you Sami. But I see you keep your sense of (dark) humour, I have never heard of “Lucifer scrotum” before and I am still ROFL about it ;-)

TeaBrat

Sorry, I hope you find something better soon!

Sami Kelsh

Thanks guys! I’ve been through enough silly garbage in the past year that if I can say that this is the grim nadir of my working life, I’ll be quite all right with that. My ambitions have shrunk a little, but I’d still quite like to write for Doctor Who, while also working in academic administration? Sigh. You guys are awesome.

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drank Rooibos Lemon Cloud by Adagio Teas
137 tasting notes

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When I first brewed this up and poured over ice I was a little let down, pretty much just straight woodsy. But after sweetening it up a bit more, yummy! I guess I really like creamy lemony teas, I never would have guessed. First Butiki Tea’s Good Morning Sunshine, and now this. Lemony without being tart, creamy and when sweetened, just the right amount of woodsy. This is perfect for when I want a dessert tea that’s still refreshing. I’m definitely a fan. I think I’ll be keeping this, sorry guys (;

Flavors: Cream, Lemon, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Decaf Apricot by Adagio Teas
137 tasting notes

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Another tea that I understeeped. Dang, I’m off my game today. I could taste the apricot more in this one than I could taste the orange in the decaf orange so thats a plus. I’m discovering I’m not a big apricot tea fan though so this one gets a pass from me though.

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Guanabana by Adagio Teas
137 tasting notes

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I think I should have steeped this a little longer, because it’s a little watered down tasting when Iced. I get fruity, but I couldn’t tell you what kind of fruit it is. Not bad, but it’s hard to judge because it became to watered down when iced.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
Arshness

I had the same experience with that one. It was a tea. But not much else to be said about it haha.

Mandy

Glad I’m not the only one! I thought that maybe I had had too many fruity teas in a row and that it was interfering because it was just there, nothing really remarkable about it, haha.

Arshness

Yeah. Guanabana. I remember when my sis and I sipped this one. We looked up at each other and agreed mutually, “Well… this is a tea.” haha :)

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drank Decaf Orange by Adagio Teas
137 tasting notes

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I just had to try this one next after trying the last two orange teas. This one tastes like black tea with a hint of candied orange peels, probably candied because I added sugar. Either way tastes like the peel more than the fruit. Drinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to have it again. Had it iced.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Blood Orange by Adagio Teas
137 tasting notes

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This smells exactly like Orange Gatorade Drink Mix. My mom bought a big tub of it when we all caught a stomach bug when I was younger, and it lasted so long that the florida humidity crept in and turned the whole thing clumpy. I didn’t like it as a drink, but I used to either sprinkle it on my cut apples, or make a thick paste out of it first, and then spread it on apples.
This doesn’t taste like orange Gatorade mix (thankfully), but I wouldn’t exactly say it tastes like blood oranges, or oranges in general. Its quite tart, even iced and sweetened, and citrusy, but more of a nondescript citrus not necessarily orange. All that aside, I quite like it, its a good kind of sour, something I can see myself reaching for.

Flavors: Citrus, Sour, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Arshness

I’m glad I included that one. I thought it was much more flavorful than the Harney & Sons that was in the box originally so I thought I needed to include Adagio’s offering for contrast. :) We have a pound of it anyway. It’s good stuff to make a pitcher of to drink cold. :)

Mandy

I know, when I saw your tasting note on the H&S and that you had included this one I knew I had to compare them. (:

Arshness

I included the German Chamomile and Egyptian Chamomiles for the same reason. Comparison. I know which one I prefer.

Mandy

I ended up comparing those two too. Taste like celery to me haha

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drank Decaf Mango by Adagio Teas
137 tasting notes

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Caffeine doesn’t effect me. I can have a high caffeine tea, or even an energy drink right before bed and not notice any difference in how long it takes me to sleep. But, I still will usually have an herbal right before bed, because, it feels right. I had this iced last night after date night. I might have over sweetened it a tad, but since I’m a sweet fiend, it worked out for the better. I wouldn’t exactly say mango if you asked me what fruit it was, but it was still enjoyable. Sweet and fruity and mellow.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Tea Rex by Adagio Teas
1600 tasting notes

Thanks 221tea! I didn’t really expect to like this as much as I did, but I’m going to have to restock this! Also, I LOVE, LOVE LOVE that it comes in a dinosaur tin. Yes. This is going to go to my daughter in my next (eventual) Adagio order. I actually cold-steeped this for nearly 24 hours and it was just tasty and great. Fruity and sweet and rich. I think I’m getting mostly cherry out of this too. It was good iced, and hot – I tried both today. :O

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Sil

This was one I really liked too, I think?

Cavocorax

It comes in an adorable dino tin too!

Sil

yes. they had them at the chicago store and i was tempted but i’d already purchased a ton

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drank Sleeping Dragon by Adagio Teas
333 tasting notes

I’ve either not had enough green teas lately, or too much oolong. Because this kinda smells like oolong. The flavour is light, and very vegetal. It makes me want wakame soup.

Flavors: Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
109 tasting notes

I finally ordered from Adagio. I see I should have done this sooner, but not for the reasons you’re thinking. You see, thanks to Steepster, Lupicia might have brought me to this board, but I went straight to Butiki, Andrews & Dunham, Verdant and TeaVivre after that. I kinda went straight in with the big guns, and now I have Adagio. Hmmmm…..

Now, don’t get me wrong, this tea isn’t bad. It has a very light mouthfeel….I steeped for 5 minutes, but it could have gone longer. The oak/cannabis/mineral(?)/light malt top note is balanced well with the chocolate bottom note….but it isn’t a stunner. This tea is a good intro to “boutique teas” if a friend comes over and you want to share your passion, but don’t want to give them something over the top (like Laoshan Black or Congou Keemun). I wouldn’t turn it down, but I wouldn’t buy more, knowing what’s out there in big world of teas these days. Photo here: https://twitter.com/squeediebeebert/status/477864371922948096

Post script: Even as it cools, it tastes nice. And that’s how I’d describe this tea….nice.

Flavors: Cannabis, Chocolate, Malt, Mineral

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
apt

cannabis hm

donkeytiara

apt, I’ve never smoked pot, but I’ve gone to a zillion concerts (starting in the early 80s) and it’s a note I get with teas often….the strongest cannabis flavor was in Laoshan Black by Verdant. Drinking it was like going to a Led Zeppelin gig!

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Will have to try this again. Maybe my taste buds are fried from sampling too many different teas. Felt this was not as jasmine flavored as teavana or harney and sons.

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Tasted grassy to me. Didn’t taste much apricot flavor.

Indigobloom

Sometimes adding just half a teaspoon of sugar brings out the flavour :)

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Smooth malty with a pepper finish left on the tounge and the mouth.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I didn’t taste much flavor in this one. Very light tasting.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
41 tasting notes

Smells of caramel and tastes like it but not too overpowering. I found that adding some sugar made the flavor come out more. Very delightful for someone who likes caramel. Great treat!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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