Adagio Teas

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drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
560 tasting notes

Sipdown!

Sipped down two teas today and got two more so numbers just stayed the same. Ahh well. I’ll get through all my sipdowns eventually! I actually decided to rearrange my teas since I just moved in and.. dude. I have so much tea. I haven’t had a lot of them and I feel terrible! Oh well. I have a couple tea boxes coming in so I’ll take small samples of a bunch of teas, and I’ll replace it with tea I have a lot of, so I can get the amount down to sipdown status or something :)

I actually have no idea if I’ve had this tea before? Like it was in my sipdown pile, but I have no idea if I just sent this tea out to a lot of people.
Nice aroma. Chocolatey and I smell that good spice :)
Ehh. It’s just okay. The black base is a bit week, or the chocolate probably toned it down a bit. It does have a nice chocolate taste, and a bit of the spice. Tastes like the cinnamon sweet potato mash that my uncles sister made for Thanksgiving last year. Reminds me a bit of that chocolate orange spice from Teavana that I tried from the Teeny Tiny Tea Box! Good, but not great.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Spices, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
154 tasting notes

Samples Only TTB
Woah! I don’t know what happened but I must have done something wrong! I used 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup milk and let simmer for a bit, strained, sweetened, took a sip, and nearly choked. I love chai, but this was a whole other level. I’m convinced I either oversteeped, over leafed, or both, because this felt like what I imagine doing the cinnamon challenge is like. So so drying and bitter and not at all like the delicious spicy chai latte it should have been.
I’m not blaming you, poor innocent chai, I believe you are the victim here, I believe that this is not what you are, I believe that you acted like this because something I did to you.

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

I received this tea from the Herbal TTB. The lemongrass and cream are nice but not strong enough to cover the woodsiness of the rooibos. Nothing wrong with it but not as exciting as I had hoped. I added a little stevia after trying it plain. Still nothing to get excited about. I would drink it again if offered but I doubt I’d buy it.

Flavors: Cream, Lemongrass, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
hapatite

What an interesting tea name!

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drank White Peach by Adagio Teas
691 tasting notes

Nope, don’t like it. I don’t like the white base, and I don’t like the peach flavor. This one needed A LOT of help.
I liked The TeaCupany version MUCH better.
This is a pass for me….

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65
drank Foxtrot by Adagio Teas
154 tasting notes

Samples Only TTB
Backlog
Don’t hate me for this Arshness haha
i’m starting to think that unless its in with chocolate, I don’t like minty teas. And I’m not a huge chamomile fan. The funny thing is I like CS Sleepytime vanilla, which has all the same notes as this pretty much. I’m guessing its just the ratio. But I was not a fan of this. I ended up adding a big splash of coffee creamer (Almond Joy), which then maked it this enjoyable, but with just sugar, not so much.

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85
drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
154 tasting notes

Samples Only TTB
Being gone for a week means that when I get back we have no groceries. I’m pretty sure my boyfriend would eat fast food for every meal if I wasn’t there to insist on grocery shopping. When I saw this I knew I had to try it with milk, so I took a serving out of the box and waited till grocery day.
I put one tsp, 1/2 cup of water, and 1/2 cup of milk in a pot and simmered it for a bit, strained and sweetened and.. holy yum. Just what I was looking for, I don’t know if it’s the milk but I actually taste pumpkin. Not just pumpkin spices, but actual pumpkin. Seeing all the not so positive reviews of this, I’m glad I tried my sample the way I did, because its a real treat. Wish I would have gotten to try this before sending the box out, because I would have kept some, or all (;
Ah well, now its just something to add to my future first order from Adagio. Now all I have to do is find the email they sent me for $5 off, or I can just get one from Arshness and help a steepsta out (;

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Arshness

9332730212 <<< Good for 24 hours. If you need it again after that just tell me.

BUT! If you want, I have a whole tin of the Pumpkin Spice and I hated it, so maybe a swap is in order? :)

Mandy

I won’t be placing an order yet, but I’ll come to you right before I do (;
And I’d love to swap. Something of mine I think you’ll like is Zen Tea’s Puerh Vanilla Mint I remember seeing you say somewhere (boy that sounds stalkerish) that you really liked a puerh you tried and wanted to try more, plus it’s minty and vanillay. And I’m not a big fan which is a good sign right? (; but you’re welcome to pretty much anything else in my cupboard!

Arshness

Oooh that sounds like win to me. :) I’d be happy to trade that.
The Pumpkin is a little tin, probably about 3-4 ounces of tea. Just to be sure I’m giving you enough in exchange for what you’re sending. It has cute tin so you should like it. Adagio’s tins are good. :)
I’ll ship it to you then!
And lol You can stalk me! haha :D Stalker tea friends are best <3

Mandy

It’s only 50grams! Anything else you want me to add as well?

Arshness

You can send a few random samples if you want. :P
I have no idea which things you like or don’t like in your cupboard since I can’t click straight to your tasting notes there but I’ll try anything once. I don’t like Rooibos, whites and greens much, but black teas, spice and herbals are all good. :)

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drank White Peach by Adagio Teas
321 tasting notes

From my Giant Peach taste off:

a light peachy tea… This one doesn’t have anything extra in it. It’s strictly white peach tea. But, it’s very good. Will enjoy this one.

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65
drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
489 tasting notes

T&C TTB Tea # 10 – Backlog May 24

I apologize again for the massive spam of reviews. The baby made me do it. I mean, what she does is stop me from posting one at a time in a reasonable fashion. I need to get these up here before my next TTB comes around, or else I’m super screwed.

This one I should have drank prior to the Beer Butter tea, because the caramel is basically the dominating note in that tea, so this one didn’t taste too different to me.

Not half bad, a different sort of caramel flavour than I’m used to, though I can’t quite put my finger on what makes it so. I had it with milk.

Slightly bitter.

Nice to try, but not awesome or anything.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Chamomile by Adagio Teas
154 tasting notes

Samples Only TTB
Continuing on with my taste comparison, this tea also tastes like celery, but with something else. I don’t know what, but once again odd.
I now added honey, but added to much considering theres only about 1/4 of a cup in my cup so it just tastes like honey. Ah well, better than celery.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 30 sec
Arshness

Okay that is really, really strange! I the Adagio kind is Egyptian and it is far sweeter than the German by comparison.
I have never heard anyone register Chamomile as celery before… Are you sure it’s not a contamination of your water or teaware?
Just… odd.

Mandy

I mean it’s possible, but I used the same stuff I always do and nothing before or after tasted like celery lol. I found it really weird that I tasted something so far from what everyone else tastes but they both tasted like it, idk it was the darnest thing.

Arshness

I am fascinated by how different your tastes are from mine. :) It’s really interesting. Chamomile is like sweet butter to me.

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85

I started drinking more honeybush tea as an alternative to caffeinated black teas. For me, they did just the trick. Their flavors are warm, caramel-like, and the hazelnut makes this tea almost like a favorite coffee treat. It does tend to be a bit light on flavor and color, so I tend to steep for several long minutes or use more leaves. When I can have caffeine this blends well with other black teas, lending the barky, nutty, sweetness to a deeper flavor. I don’t think honeybush is related to rooibos, but I could be wrong; the honeybush is a nuttier tea, and has none of the medicine-like flavor rooibos tends to have. This flavor is best had warm and in the evening.

Flavors: Bark, Hazelnut, Honey, Nutty

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88

This was one of the first loose leaf teas I really drank in great quantities. Now, one of my all time favorite teas. Tasty cold or hot, good for a vitamin C boost, and drinkable at any time of day since it’s caffeine free. I bought the biggest bag of it and am quickly devouring this bright, colorful, flavorful tea. It’s a strong element in blends, and can be a bit sour or overpowering if brewed long, but I prefer a heavy flavor. If nothing else, it is a glorious red-pink color when brewed. Probably my favorite orange tea of all time, and a really delicious, juicy herbal.

Flavors: Fruity, Hibiscus, Orange, Sour

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90

This is everything I wanted out of a mango tea. It’s herbal, juicy, smells and tastes like fresh fruit, and not like flavoring. I’ve been drinking it iced, but either way is great. Love using it as an element in minty, green, iced blends. Caffeine-free! So far, this has long been my most favorite mango tea around and the best iced mango of the summer.

Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Sweet, Tropical

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96

I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a blend geek when it comes to teas, so I haven’t gotten a taste of too many high-brow teas. That said, Sleeping Dragon from Adagio was one of my rare excursions into quality tea and I was not disappointed. Gunpowder green is one of my favorite teas from Adagio both on its own and in blends. Sleeping Dragon is a smokier version of this great tea. This has a more toasty, nutty flavor than grassy green, but still lighter and brighter than any black teas. As a fan of hojicha, this is like the perfect union of that roasted nuttiness and the rich greens of gunpowder. Not too strange or challenging but hugely complex. I’m due to brew it again and give you some more adjectives.

Flavors: Earth, Grass, Nutty, Roasted, Smoke

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85
drank White Chai by Adagio Teas
43 tasting notes

I was hoping this tea would be a bit crazier and more unusual, but it is still tasty. Smells like lemon christmas in the bag, and when steeped, reminds me of a lemon ginger tea I used to drink. Spicy lemon is the dominant flavor, with a little sharp zing that might be the peppercorns or might be the ginger. I don’t believe this is caffeine free, which makes it tricky as to what time of day I might drink it. Overall a bright, lemony, pick me up

Flavors: Citrus, Coconut, Ginger, Lemon

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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 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 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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95

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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100

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
321 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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