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75
drank Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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drank Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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75
drank Pouchong by Adagio Teas
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Waxing nostalgic this evening, as I brew and sip the last of this sample…

It’s funny how one’s tastes change. I first started drinking and discovering tea about five years ago. I heated my tap water via the microwave. I bought the Adagio steeper (the one that presses down and releases tea over a mug), and marveled at how the leaves swirled around inside. I didn’t do much with straight teas then. I was more drawn by the flavored teas and blends, and tended to add sugar, honey, and/or milk with nearly every tea I drank. I think my family thought it was a phase.

But it wasn’t. As I continued to drink tea, I branched out to other companies, like H&S, DavidsTEA, etc. Those (particularly H&S) have been staples in recent years. I ventured into straight black teas, and then flavored oolongs, and finally onto straight greens and whites. I own an electric kettle, which I fill with filtered water. I drink most of my tea without additions now.

In November, I ordered a few straight teas from Adagio for the first time in about four years. I can appreciate Adagio for getting me hooked on loose tea. I thought it would be like coming home. So this is an unflavored oolong and I like the flavor. It doesn’t seem to have much of an odor. It’s one I would order again, just not from Adagio. I’ve noticed that the leaves just aren’t high quality. Both the black teas and white teas I ordered came with broken leaves. It makes me a bit sad that I won’t be ordering from Adagio again, given that it was my first love and introduction to loose tea. Then again, I guess I should just remember the good times we had, and thank my stars that I didn’t spend more money on a relationship that wasn’t meant to be long term.

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86
drank Pu Erh Pearls by Adagio Teas
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I used 3 balls of tea. The tea smells a bit like leather, but it has a warm and earthy flavor and a lighter bright aftertaste.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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68

Added 1t of sugar. The flavor on this tea is pretty mild and pleasant – I can taste the vanilla flavoring, but it isn’t terribly strong.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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80

The hazelnut flavor here is intense, which is actually perfect because I am not sure I like honeybush without any flavoring. I think this will be even better with milk.

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

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61
drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
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Added 1t of sugar. I wouldn’t say that this tea tastes like chocolate-covered strawberries like it’s trying to do, but you can definitely taste the chocolate and fruity notes. Overall, pleasant.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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67

This tea is like if Tang grew up and started going to sophisticated bars.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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65
drank Jolteon Tea by Adagio Teas
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81
drank Pu Erh Pearls by Adagio Teas
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This is surprisingly good. I thought to get nice puehr I had to order directly from China. Not so! This is actually pretty decent and has a nice strong puehr flavor. Bonus points for the convenience of the pearl.

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95

Added 1t of sugar. Taste is pleasant, and the vanilla and almond flavors really stand out, making the flavor like cookies or frosting. Doesn’t taste as good as it smells, but it still tastes pretty darn good.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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72
drank Sour Apple by Adagio Teas
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What a great aroma! It’s so tangy! The flavor is also tangy but it required at least 10 minuets of steep time to get to this. At 5 mins it was way too light. The color was a light red. But now after 10 mins it’s much better. The color is a deep, rich red and the flavor is much better.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp

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72
drank Sour Apple by Adagio Teas
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82
drank Fujian Rain by Adagio Teas
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Wow! This is an oolong? So bright, lots of nice too notes. I don’t get that darker smokey oolong-y taste in used to getting. Very nice.

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82
drank Fujian Rain by Adagio Teas
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58
drank Candy Apple by Adagio Teas
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Used 1t of sugar. The apple flavor pairs well with the black tea, but I’m not sure if I can taste any caramel flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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68
drank Wuyi Ensemble by Adagio Teas
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It’s a decent, solid oolong. Nothing mind blowing. Probably will not be reordering this.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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