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70
drank Chestnut by Adagio Teas
52 tasting notes

I had been warned to give this tea a really short steep. I was certain that I only steeped it for 3 minutes, but it still had a slightly bitter note. I will try 2.5 mins. the next time. The tea is really nice sweet and fullbodied.

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80
drank Grapefruit Oolong by Adagio Teas
33 tasting notes

This was a very simple but very nice tea for me. It had a pretty typical nice oolong flavor, and the grapefruit was very subtle. It kind of changed the tea’s astringency more than the flavor to me – rather than there being a bitterness from tannin, it was a more fruity bitterness. I really enjoyed it a lot. The only reason I don’t rate it higher is that I feel that for something sold as grapefruit, it needed more actual grapefruit flavor.

rosebudmelissa

Interesting. I feel like this one has a perfect amount of flavor.

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75
drank Chai Town by Adagio Teas
413 tasting notes

Although I love the tins I can’t really get excited about the tea. Very weak, mostly clove tea.I generally like chai but this just doesn’t come up to my expectations. There aren’t any nice big cardamom buds/seeds (?) like I am used to seeing in chai. The aroma as I take a sip is good, very chai-like. But there is just no umph in the taste. I brewed it carefully in the Breville so I am pretty sure it was made correctly. Maybe I’ll try to make it on the stove top with milk.

Fjellrev

Yeah, perhaps letting it simmer would allow the flavours to come out more.

Cheri

I get sad when I’m disappointed by a tea.

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60

Not feeling the best today. Construction going on in the building and since I’m allergic to just about everything, well. . I sound like Rudolph today from all the dust and debris that is making its way into our building. So I went simple. My boyfriend got me the Juicy Slices pack for my stocking so I grabbed this one. Its not too bad. You can definitely tell that this is a citrus tea. Its almost overwhelming the tea. The green tea is very light. Its one of those Meh teas where its just ok, it doesn’t wow you but you are also not running to the kitchen to dump it out.

Flavors: Citrus, Green

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93
drank Chestnut by Adagio Teas
115 tasting notes

A sample from MissB from a while back. Thank you!

I actually meant for this to be a sipdown, but I went to edit my spreadsheet and discovered that I have a couple of bags of this somewhere. This makes me incredibly happy because I love this tea. It is, however, the end of my loose leaf ):

It probably would have been harder to get rid of, but I’ve hoarded for too long and sadly, the flavours are fading. Luckily I caught it in time and though the tea base was weak, and a little astringent from the long steep I gave it, the chestnut flavour is just as delicious as I remember it. Warm, comforting and roasty, with a creamy nuttiness and an almost maple syrup-like aftertaste without the sweetness. Reminds me so much of baking! Just like some kind of muffin. Yummy.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML
adagio breeze

oooh, I gotta get me some of this.

Nattie

I would definitely recommend it (:

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85
drank Peach Oolong by Adagio Teas
506 tasting notes

Overboard TTB

This is quite tasty. It is my first experience with Adagio Teas. The peach flavor is quite good, very prominent. While I suspect the tea base is a second tier oolong it is very good. That is not to say second tier teas aren’t good, they are excellent. I notice with most flavored teas they use a tea that is a step below the best with the possible exception of Whispering Pines and such.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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15
drank Rooibos Jasmine by Adagio Teas
26 tasting notes

Bleh. This one was totally undrinkable. The taste and smell were very artificial. I’m glad this was a free sample because I wouldn’t want to waste my money on this awful tea.

Flavors: Artificial, Jasmine, Medicinal

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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98
drank Citron Green by Adagio Teas
33 tasting notes

I have both the loose tea and the bags specifically made for iced tea. I’ve only made the iced tea one, but I LOVE THIS! It isn’t a complex flavor, but it’s what I want out of a tea like this. I can taste the tea, the lemon, and the lime. I added just a hint of sugar (I think it was 2 teaspoons for a bit over a quart), and that was delicious. I haven’t tried it hot yet, but I’m guessing this is one that is pretty much ideal for iced rather than hot. It’s smooth and not at all sour, which is perfect for iced tea for me.

Flavors: Drying, Lemon, Lime, Smooth

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

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78
drank Three Little Pigs by Adagio Teas
263 tasting notes

I’m glad cupboard sorting on the site finally works now!

This sample is from beelicious. It’s a very cute, cheerful looking blend, with large chamomile flowers, apple pieces, blue petals, and lemongrass bits. The tea brews up to have a pleasant, fresh chamomile scent. The flavor is definitely sweeter than the typical chamomile tea, and is predominantly apple. I was surprised to find such a long list of ingredients (all natural though!), since I didn’t get the flavor for most of them. However, it doesn’t suffer as some herbal blends do of being too busy, and feels just right as a fruity chamomile blend. A nice bedtime or dessert tea!

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90

I am not a fan of chamomile so imagine my delight in finding one that I love! :D The most remembered chamomile for me was Sleepytime from Celestial Seasonings. :( Blah! This tea is lovely to look at and the dry scent is very fruity not the rather bland chamomile of my misspent youth.
This tea is awesome. There is a lovely apple/orange/grapefruit and rose aroma. The white tea is gentle and yet flavorful. I mostly taste the apple and some grapefruit. If you had told me that they would be good together I would have thought you were nuts. But… these blend so well together. Nom nom! The very pretty tin says it has hibiscus but I don’t sense it.

This is part of the Chicago tea set: Magnificent ChamoMile, Chai Town and Chicago Jazzmint. The tins are large and very attractive. It’s a great set. There is a total of 9.2 oz in the set. I think it was $27. Not a bad price.

Flavors: Apple, Grapefruit, Orange Zest

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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68
drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
242 tasting notes

Received this as a gift from my boyfriend for Christmas. Hadn’t had it in a while or any flavored blacks from Adagio and forgot that if you drink this after it starts to really cool down, the bitterness really sets in. When its hot and fresh, wow, pretty smooth and minty with no real after taste. A very creamy cup of mint. Once it cools a bit, the bitterness really overshadows the rest of the tea and makes it not as good. But overall, if drank like a latte with some milk, I bet this would be pretty great.

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65
drank Lemon Grass by Adagio Teas
325 tasting notes

GCTTB

This was a basic lemongrass tea. It was good but needed a little something to either make it more lemony or zip it up somehow. The lemongrass flavour was a bit weak.

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drank Monster Brew by Adagio Teas
1784 tasting notes

Trying a lower/shorter steep on recommendation of LiberTEAS and Dexter, to try and avoid that terrible sour taste honeybush can have. (I’ve been going through my list, and TeaG and Butiki have been fine, as have a couple I’ve tried from Bayswater. A couple blends that are “honeybush” but mostly other stuff have also been fine. But I’ve had a bunch from Steam, and some other local shops (usually teas to go), 52Teas and Adagio, and I’ve noticed it in all those at varying levels. I don’t always note it because for a while I thought it was how it was supposed to taste. Heh. Guess not!)

Steeped low and short, this tea is very herbaceous, actually. I would say that the flavour is 90% raspberry leaves, 9% honeybush and rooibos, 1% other. :) Not exactly the flavour profile I’m going for! Even though the last time I had this, before it went sour, it was kind of weird.

Now to let this cool…

Hmm. It’s starting to get sour again. Now, this one probably isn’t the best test for this, but I’m not sure I want to buy some honeybush to test it out. I might try some of the others I have in my cupboard this way. And it really isn’t as bad as it was last time – as in, I can still drink it so I’m finishing this cup instead of dumping it.

Interesting.

(1 teabag)

(WOO 212!)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
LiberTEAS

I would recommend trying – if you have something available to you – some plain honeybush (loose leaf!) and see if you get the same results. It could just be that this is the way honeybush tastes to you. Something that I learned many years ago is that no tea tastes exactly the same to any other palate. Our palates are individualized, just like our fingerprints, so it could very well be that honeybush just isn’t your thing.

OMGsrsly

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen plain honeybush around here! But it’s something I’ll be putting on my list to try. If I don’t like it, I have a friend who will love it. :) It’s interesting because there are some I’ve had with no problems, and some that I’ve ended up getting rid of. I guess it’s somewhat like rooibos, where some grades/harvests/etc are a lot woodier than others.

LiberTEAS

I’ve also found that whether or not it’s organic makes a big difference in flavor too. I took the time several years ago to compare rooibos side by side – a conventionally grown rooibos versus an organic rooibos … organic is definitely better tasting.

ThainofBuckland

I have a few ounces of organic honeybush from Mountain Rose Herbs. I prefer it over the Rooibos that I have from them, because it’s more mellow. I haven’t had much honeybush blends, but I know people say that it can taste woody. When you say it tastes sour, could it be the taste of the rooibos or the added orange peel and orange flavor? I missed your other review. :(

OMGsrsly

I know it’s not rooibos because I never get the flavour in rooibos teas. I only get it in teas that have honeybush – and it doesn’t matter what flavour it is. Plum, spice, almond, etc. They all have that sour taste as the tea starts to cool.

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drank Monster Brew by Adagio Teas
1784 tasting notes

I got this sample from Sil. Thank you! :)

Unfortunately I mostly taste sour honeybush. I’m not sure why, but some honeybush just tastes sour and dirty to me as the mug cools. So I’ve had half the cup, and it was OK. No really identifiable flavours, but soothing and generic. The second half of the cup definitely needs to go… :/

Sil

haha at least you can cross it off the list

OMGsrsly

If honeybush didn’t taste that way it’d totally be my BFF over rooibos.

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Not for me. I’m not a straight vanilla in tea fan anyway so I had doubts I’d like this. It’s not the worst thing but not something I can keep drinking or will drink again.

The smell is slightly artificial but kind of pleasant. The taste is…well, not good for me since I don’t like vanilla teas. People who do like a Vanilla extract taste in their tea (which is what this seems like to me) should dig it.

It’s like blending a pleasant Roobios with a ¼ tsp. of Vanilla Extract.

Not my cup of tea.

Flavors: Rooibos, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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75
drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
972 tasting notes

Steepster’s really being a butt tonight, isn’t it? Doesn’t want to load pages for me half of the time. Anyway… This is one of the samples I picked up with my Adagio order because I had tried a fandom blend with hazelnut in it and found that part of it tasty. The leaves themselves (according to the description, it’s a Ceylon base) are widely varied in size and a dark chocolate brown in color. I don’t see any of the nut pieces shown in the picture in my sample. Scent is very creamy, rich, and nutty though.

Meh, this is pretty good. Obviously the base tea is fairly crappy, which I expected. It just tastes like a generic bagged black tea and there’s a touch of astringency even at 3 minutes. The hazelnut flavoring is nice though, it manages to be creamy and rich even though there’s no cream in the cup. I’m not sure whether I would describe it as hazelnut exactly, it’s closer to perhaps macadamia? Some kind of very buttery and rich nut. Overall, tasty and would be much improved by sugar and milk, I’m sure.

Flavors: Astringent, Creamy, Nuts, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Lupiressmoon

Yeah I havent been a fan of Adagio teas lately

Dustin

I was having Steepster page not loading issues earlier too. I finally got on by going through my history and finding a page for a tea I had visited and it would let me on that way, but not through the main site URL. I was able to navigate through the site once in, but it was getting in that was an issue. Fickle little beastie.

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I finally hit a real winner! I’ve not had green rooibos before, so I can’t speak to that flavor per se. The fragrance and the flavor match pretty well – I get peaches strongest, but I do get the strawberry and more of an orange zest than orange. There is also the faintest spicy green taste, which may be the green rooibos but it reminds me of a green mango somehow. This tastes almost as if it could be a light green tea backbone rather than herbs. It manages to very carefully balance between sweet and sour, which I rarely find. Definitely a summery feel to it, but it has enough body to be drinking it now in the dead of winter. Loving this one! I did use more than the bag recommended (not quite 2x in fact, but I like strong flavors).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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63
drank Decaf Vanilla by Adagio Teas
25 tasting notes

I think this is the first tea I’ve ever had that I was very on the fence about. On the one hand, this tea smells nice, like a mild, sugary vanilla. Drinking it though was somewhat disappointing. The black tea was definitely in the background, but the vanilla did a poor job of shining through.

Overall, the tea was very mellow and just a little dull. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. Maybe it would be better with sweetener and milk or cream, but I’ve yet to try that. I wouldn’t recommend this, but I would certainly suggest this to someone who is looking for something mildly sweet to sip after dinner or before bed.

Flavors: Vanilla

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

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50
drank Lemon Soleil by Adagio Teas
71 tasting notes

I remember once having a boxed set of tea as a teenager which was a black tea and lemon blend. I loved this set and devoured it – I was never able to find or duplicate it again. I couldn’t remember the company of blend- although, seriously, grocery stores don’t have that much variety so never solved that little mystery.

Anyway, I’m gungo-ho to try lemon blends because of that nice box experience. It can be so hit or so miss. There’s different lemon flavors, applications of it, and sometimes it works alone…sometimes it just doesn’t.

This one isn’t exactly bad, but it has an unpleasant bitterness I don’t understand. It’s not supposed to be a strong tea, a breakfast tea, or a brisk tea – lemon tea should be pleasant and bitter free. I did do a healthy teaspoon of brew, but this is my staple spoon and staple size with my staple cup – bitterness is rarely a problem due to user effort.

There’s a citrus bitterness/astringency but it’s not wholly lemon. I would guess, if trying blind, this was a blood orange black tea. There isn’t sunny, tartness, or freshness.

Not nauseating, but not something I drool over.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Citrus, Lemon, Orange Zest

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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77
drank Xue Ya Ballad by Adagio Teas
325 tasting notes

GCTTB

I liked the cute little white tin this comes in. When I checked out the reviews before having it I cringed a bit and wondered if I really wanted to try it. Fishy? Crab? Didn’t sound good. I just brewed it up like most of my green teas – 1 tsp – 8 oz- 185F- 1 1/2 min.

I was surprised it was pretty good. Nope , no fishy taste. Maybe it was all in the brewing? Or maybe a different batch? I don’t know. It was smooth, sweet and a pleasant green tea. No bitterness or astringency.

Cameron B.

Lol, crab? o.o That is frightening.

Ubacat

I’m glad I tried it out after all. Isn’t it amazing how we all get something different from the same tea?

Jillian

I found this tea to to have quite a savory, ‘umami’ taste so I wonder if people are confusing that with fish.

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64
drank Apricot Green by Adagio Teas
26 tasting notes

I’m always a little leery of fruity teas because the fruitiness tends to overwhelm. This one was no exception but it wasn’t bad either. This tea has a pleasant, candylike topical flavor which isn’t too fruity but clearly dominates. Since I like my flavored teas to have just a hint of flavor, I think this will taste best after cutting it with straight green tea.

Flavors: Apricot, Candy, Mango, Tropical

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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