Adagio Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

74

Definitely not a bad tea, but has a very particular taste that not all would enjoy.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Yunnan Golden Curls by Adagio Teas
1607 tasting notes

Guys guess what? – Adagio has lowered its international shipping charges – which means that after several years, I can buy from them again!

This is quite a neat looking tea – the leaves really do look like tight curls. I’ve often heard Yunnan teas described as ‘peppery’ but I think that this is the first time I’ve actually been able to taste what they’re taking about; it doesn’t bite the tongue like pepper does but there’s a spiciness in the back of the mouth at the end of each sip. There’s also a tannin flavour that I’m more familiar with in this tea type, though in this case it’s quite smooth unlike some teas where there’s almost a cigarette-like tone to them (bleh). This tea on the other hand is more like leather with a faint hint of cocoa-like bitterness in there.

I look forward to trying more teas in Adagio’s Master collection especially – they’ve added quite a few new ones since I last purchased from them.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
NofarS

Oh no. Lower shipping charges. MUST. NOT. VISIT. THEIR. SITE.
TEA. HIATUS. STILL. IN. EFFECT.
:)

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drank Snow White by Adagio Teas
1938 tasting notes

I had this iced and of all the ingredients in the blend, all I got was a lot of apple (which certainly makes sense for Snow White) and a hint of hibby tartness (which I like to think of as the poison :P). It was actually quite nice. I don’t know if this is one I would buy in quantity but I wouldn’t turn down a cup. Thank you for sharing Scheherazade. 147.

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75
drank Three Little Pigs by Adagio Teas
1938 tasting notes

Holy chamomile batman! Chamomile and blueberry. Nice, though not my favourite. Thank you Scheherazade for sending this my way! 150.

Cavocorax

Woohoo! 150!!!

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55
drank Cinderella by Adagio Teas
1938 tasting notes

I had high hopes for this one but I am just not loving it. Mostly I get the honeybush and the cinnamon. Every now and then notes of pumpkin show up for just a second but for some reason this just isn’t working. Nonetheless, thank you Scheherazade for sharing as this is one I was really interested in and would have bought in larger quantities if I hadn’t sampled it first. 155.

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drank Alice in Wonderland by Adagio Teas
1938 tasting notes

Thank you for sharing Scheherazade. This is interesting as it is supposed to be a green rooibos with mixed berries and rose but all I am getting is the rooibos and rose. Every now and then a touch of raspberry tartness might sneak in but in a blind taste test, I would not have guessed the ingredients in this blend. Still, it’s always fun to try new things. 158.

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83
drank Felix Felicis by Adagio Teas
10 tasting notes

Delicious, refreshing, and golden.

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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77
drank Peach Oolong by Adagio Teas
230 tasting notes

I’ve had this twice so far. The first time I did it gong fu style and the peach flavor stayed nice and strong steep after steep. The second time I did it Western style and the flavor was pretty much done after the first steep. Good to know! You really couldn’t taste any oolong, just peach. Won’t be buying this because I seem myself quickly drifting away from flavored tea…

Flavors: Peach

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100
drank Mary Morstan by Adagio Teas
48 tasting notes

I wanted a nice, sweet bedtime tea…. Without caffeine, of course. This is cinnamon apple loveliness. Honey and milk makes it the best dessert ever. Apple pie a la mode without the calories :-). I will definitely keep this in stock.

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54

Hmmm. I ordered a honeybush sampler because I’ve really never tried them before. It’s not bad, but it’s not what I typically enjoy. I will save it for winter because it seems like a great tea for sick days.

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80
drank Mocha Nut Mate by Adagio Teas
10 tasting notes

Earthy Chocolate

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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85
drank Ti Kuan Yin by Adagio Teas
3 tasting notes

I received this in an oolong sampler with no expectations. The sampler was my first foray into oolongs. I was expecting not to like them as much as green/white teas because I don’t care much for black teas. Boy was I wrong on this one. The liquor looked like butter and smelled divine. The taste was equally good.

I bow to thee, oh iron goddess of mercy.

Flavors: Nutty, Orchids

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Silver Needle by Adagio Teas
3 tasting notes

This was my first white tea and I definitely enjoyed it. It has a delicate flavor and goes down very smoothly.

Flavors: Floral

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

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drank Monster Brew by Adagio Teas
1938 tasting notes

Of the tree house collection, this is my least favorite. There is a fairly strong cherry flavor that at times can be slightly medicinal. The coconut provides a creaminess but can also take on a lotion-esque quality. Very weird. Not horrible but not great either. Still, I am grateful for the chance to try something new. Thank you Scheherazade!

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drank Tea Rex by Adagio Teas
1938 tasting notes

This. I like this. Chocolate, raspberry, caffeine-free, delicious. Yum! Good bye for now. We shall be reunited though. Thank you Scheherazade for the sample. 154.

Cavocorax

I’m going to grab this eventually! And then TK can have the tin.

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drank Tea Rex by Adagio Teas
1938 tasting notes

Thank you Scheherazade for sharing this with me. After really enjoying the Rocket Fuel Cavocorax shared with me, I was really intrigued by the whole collection. This one in particular piqued my interest as it was specifically recommended by Cavo and now I can see why. Instantly I taste chocolate but then notes of chocolate/raspberry sneak in. To me, this seems like a slightly weaker version of DAVIDs Chocolate Rocket but it is caffeine-free which makes it all the more appealing. I definitely will have to pick up more of this in the future.

Sil

i like rocket fuel..but i want this tin..almost bought it when i was in chicago last time… might have to see if this is there again when i’m there in a few weeks..

VariaTEA

I am debating about placing an order and sending it to my dad’s place. Scheherazade sent me the three different collections though so imma try those all first.

Sil

unless there’s a sense of urgency, wait until i hit chicago…then if they have what you want, i can just bring it back in my suitcase! I’ll be there sunday and likely won’t get much time to shop sunday night but mon and tues nights are my own…and i can possibly get away wed and thrs as well heh

VariaTEA

But but aren’t the tins going to be heavy and take up space??

Sil

uh the tins aren’t that big… and work is paying for my luggage, so i can always take the big suitcase instead of my smaller “work” one… lol and 5 days of work clothes is minimal in my suitcase anyway… 1 suit; 1 dress and 4 tops. then a whole lot of space since i don’t have makeup and shit to bring hahaha

VariaTEA

lol in that case, bring back ALL THE TEAS!!

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70
drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
32 tasting notes

I’ve been getting into Chinese black teas lately. They’re nice when I want something less bitter. Especially when I forget my cup and oversteep it; I can still drink it rather than throwing it away. This tea was fairly pleasant, slightly cocoa-ey and mild. More like something I’d drink in the afternoon than the morning.

I tried it with sugar as well, and found that I had to go very easy on it. The tea’s already sweet, so too much sugar and it becomes nauseating. No more than a half teaspoon.

It doesn’t really hold up well for a second steep. At least in my opinion anyway; the second steep was very light and bland. I could steep the Black Dragon Pearls three times and the Yunnan Jig twice, so the fact that this is only good for one was a bit disappointing. It’s a decent tea, but I’ll stick to other varieties with more staying power, especially if I’m paying $8 a bag for them.

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drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
545 tasting notes

Pass the Stash TTB 2.0

Blegh, I’m feeling slightly nauseous after that Choconut Oolong… And I don’t think it’s because it’s a particularly bad tea. I really think I’m getting less tolerant of flavored teas, and I certainly don’t drink them often anymore. I’ve pretty much settled in to drinking a bunch of straight blacks with a few flavored varieties, so now that I have this box with a lot of flavored things, my stomach is getting unhappy with me. I may have to keep this a day longer than I had planned, just because I don’t really want to drink four or five more flavored teas today, and I don’t think my stomach can handle it. I was planning on sending it out tomorrow, but it may have to be Thursday now.

ANYWAY! I confess, I thought this was a white tea (I mean come on, with a name like White Monkey…). It’s apparently considered a green tea. The shape of the leaves remind me of the “wild” style black leaves – medium size and very twisty and tangly. They smell mostly of hay and alfalfa with a grassy edge. The package recommended 180 degrees, but I did 175 (partially because that’s my standard for greens and partially because my kettle has 175 and 185 buttons and I was lazy).

The aroma is sweetly vegetal and very light, with hay and grass notes. Tasting this, I find it similar to the Drum Mountain I tried earlier today. I could see it being the result of a cross between green and white teas – it has the vegetal taste of a green (albeit a lighter version) along with the distinctive hay note from a white tea. Very lovely! There’s also a touch of grassiness (green) and just a tiny hint of floral (white). And I can taste a little bit of a light grain note, especially if I slurp obnoxiously. ;)

Quite lovely, one of the best (or the best) I’ve tasted from Adagio.

Flavors: Floral, Grain, Grass, Hay, Spinach, Vegetal

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

Yes slurping obnoxiously is the best way to get those hidden notes. I shamelessly slurp (:

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93

Oh man, waiting for a possibly life altering doctor’s appointment is tiring! In two days I go to a GI doctor to find out whether or not yes, that rather ill thought out dismissal of me having Celiac disease after an unplanned biopsy when I was 21 was correct of not. Actually this will be a lot of looking at medical history and bloodwork and scheduling a new biopsy. I have been pretty gluten light for years (out of fear!) but lately I noticed that gluten makes me feel like death, so to prepare I have been gorging on the stuff, I feel like a corpse, but it is for science!

But enough about me, how are you? Fine I hope, enjoying some nice sunny weather while sipping tea? This is a good time of year for lounging on a tropical beach while sipping teas, but if you are like me and live too far away from beaches, you can evoke the feel with Green Rooibos Key West by Adagio Teas! With a blend of Green Rooibos, Marigold Flowers, Natural Passionfruit Flavor, Orange Peel, Mango Pieces, Natural Mango Flavor, and Natural Apricot Flavor, it is certainly a tropical party. The aroma is a great blend of tropical fruit and apricot, citrus, a touch of floral, and a tiny hint of woodiness and bamboo. It certainly lives up to its name as of sniffing the dry leaves, which is always a good sign.

Whoa nelly, steeping the dry leaves has turned the Tea Lair into a tropical paradise, minus the coconuts that I usually associate with the tropical things, but that is ok. Sniffing the now soggy leaves inside their little basket reveals some tantalizing aromas of fruity sweetness, primarily mango and apricot, there is a hint of floral in the middle, and at the end there is a nice zing of citrus. The liquid without its basket of leafy bits has a sweet and mild fruity aroma, very tropical, a fusion of citrus, passionfruit, and mango.

Tasting time! The first sip starts off a little dry and mild then all of a sudden a tropical fruit stand explodes in my mouth like a Jamaican Kool-Aid Man busting through a beach bungalow. It is not overwhelmingly sweet, more like delicate nectar of mango, passionfruit, and orange…this fades to a gentle floral and fairly delicate apricot taste that lingers into the aftertaste. The rooibos is there, but it is more like a guidebook on a tropical tour than part of the actual scenery, useful as a base but not overwhelming.

I am a shame to my proud Southern upbringing as in I rarely make traditional iced tea anymore, when I want iced tea I just cold brew it in my fridge for a few hours using my handy travel mug. Actually I am a shame to my upbringing even more because I just do not drink much iced tea, but some days are too hot and I want something cool. This tea seemed like a perfect candidate to cold steep for an evening sip (on my perpetual quest to find more evening teas that I love) plus iced tropical teas are just where it is at, yo. Remember that dryness and bursting in of fruit flavor? Totally gone as a cold brew, instead it is a smooth fruity sweet transition to a cool relaxation, it starts out with mango, then to apricot, then orange, until finally I am left with the afteratste of passionfruit. Why the apricot and passionfruit get reversed in cold steep is beyond me. Usually when I cold steep teas I just mention it as being good and if it had any awesome qualities, this is one of the few times that I think it is better cold. The flavors are more subtle and relaxing, it is like the difference between a busy afternoon and sunset. And with that, I am going to go lounge in bed fanning myself while sipping my cold tea, because it is HOT!

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/07/adagio-teas-green-rooibos-key-west-tea.html

TeaBrat

good luck with the testing!

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64
drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
48 tasting notes

Received as part of the chai sampler. It’s funny that it is described as having chicken soup flavor. My first thought when I started drinking this was that it tastes like my favorite soup from our local Thai restaurant. I wouldn’t describe it as savory, though, and I enjoyed it with milk and honey

Preparation
3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cream by Adagio Teas
48 tasting notes

This is my first cup of cream. It’s a nice breakfast tea. My only complaint is that the leaves are really broken up so that they make it through my filter.
Otherwise, I will definitely drink this again and again.

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80
drank Ginger by Adagio Teas
32 tasting notes

I love ginger, and a tea with just that is hard to come by. Usually it’s ginger with some kind of fruit, like ginger peach or ginger pear, or a holiday tea like gingerbread. Not that I don’t like those, but sometimes I just want ginger and nothing else.

This tea suits my needs quite nicely. It’s got a strong ginger taste that works well with the black tea base. I can take it either with sugar or without, but I really wouldn’t recommend any milk.

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86
drank Witch's brew by Adagio Teas
48 tasting notes

Screw you, Starbucks! I can have pumpkin spice in July if I feel like it!!

Dexter

LOL of course you can!!!

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drank Witch's brew by Adagio Teas
48 tasting notes

It’s actually chilly in Louisiana, and it’s mid-July! That calls for a breakfast of yummy hazelnutty pumpkin spice tea!
This stuff is delicious. I just bought it this week, enticed by the thought of hazelnut and pumpkin spice together. It certainly delivers.
I’m drinking it with steamed milk and a tiny tad of honey. At this point there won’t be any left when fall actually arrives.

Flavors: Hazelnut, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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