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18
drank Pi Lo Chun by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

I opened this bag of tea from Adagio and the first thing I smelled was fish. I thought that it was just a strong odor from being packed too long, so I let it air out before making myself a cup.

I steeped this tea with a few different temperatures and a few different water ratios, and each time I got a nutty salmon taste. It was the grossest green tea I’ve had so far.

I would rate this tea much lower, but this was one of the better qualities of fish broth I’ve had.

Flavors: Fish Broth, Fishy, Nutty, Sour

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Everything about this Green blend is animated; the aroma is sharp, the colour is vibrant and the flavour is tangy. This is definitely a tea that awakens the senses and so makes a great morning brew. The strength of the raspberry flavour itself is a tad more neutral than the smell, however your taste buds will still receive that sharp transmission that raspberries usually provide. The raspberry elements provide, not only a tangy taste, but also a medicinal quality. Raspberry leaves are high in magnesium, potassium and also contain iron, vitamins B and C, making it a super little drink for anti-inflammation of oral issues such as sore throats and gums.

For the full review see: http://tastethetea.co.uk/2016/02/06/raspberry-green/

Flavors: Fruity, Raspberry, Sour

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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80
drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

I want to review this tea fairly, so I’ll update this note on my next go-round. Can’t be totally objective this morning, because I’m still reeling from my love affair with another chai, and wishing this was that one!

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100
drank Oriental Spice by Adagio Teas
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Holy smokes. I’m in love!

This tea came in a sample set from Adagio, and it was probably the one I was the least excited about, mainly because the description sounded a bit vague. So, it’s kind of a like a chai, but not really? I couldn’t tell for sure.

This tea knocks my socks off. I completely adore it. I’ve been nursing a giant 20-oz mug of it all morning and all I can think about, as I’m nearing the end, is how soon I can make more. I had decided to put off ordering more tea for at least a month, but there’s just no way I can hold out that long. I need this tea in my life!

I’ve been on the search for the last few weeks to find “my” go-to chai, the favorite I could keep around as a pantry staple. I think this is it. I can’t imagine an improvement to it. It’s delightfully sweet, spicy but not too spicy, comforting, lovely. I want to start and end every day with it. I want to fill a bunker with it in case of the nuclear collapse of civilization. It’s just that good.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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100

OH MAN.

Pollution is bad, guys. For reals. So last Wednesday, my husband and I flew out to Los Angeles for a long long weekend of dorky social and mayhem. He’d never been to America, let alone LA, and I’d been a fair few times now, but MAN, it is full on. I’d be exhausted regardless, but I’ve never felt the smog quite as much as we did on this trip. I don’t know if it’s my age or it was just really heavy right now, but just being outside and breathing in, you immediately get this hit of something nasty grating against your airways. I’m used to the black snot you get from a day out in London, but this was HARDCORE. The only place worse that I can think of is Beijing. Now that we’re home, it feels like something crawled down my throat and died. Otherwise it was fun, even though my anxiety was in full swing because weather/people/too much everything.

So I kind of didn’t want to caffeinate myself once we got home yesterday, as we flew out Monday afternoon and landed Tuesday morning, and I really wanted to get a good night’s sleep to try and iron out my crumpled circadian rhythms. Had this with lazy takeaway Singapore noodles and catching up on the cooking shows we’ve missed since last week.

This is just sweet and lovely, like sweet strawberry jam sprinkled with lavender. The vanilla gives it a round warmth, and the lavender is fresh and present, but doesn’t steamroll over everything else as lavender sometimes does. I feel like this would be good cold too, but I super needed warmness.

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95
drank Cocomint Green by Adagio Teas
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Adagio sent this as a free sample, and I’ve been really excited to try it, because I’m a pretty big fan of the chocolate-mint combo. Well, I’ll keep this short, because my husband wants to play a couple video games with me and I don’t want to keep him waiting. So yeah, I love it. Absolutely. It’s like an Andes mint, honestly. I am completely thrilled, and putting this on my “permanent” list. Another wonderful green to keep around; I couldn’t be happier.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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67
drank Lemon Grass by Adagio Teas
33 tasting notes

This tea is basically drinking a light lemon drink. Super smooth with an odd oil taste. I’m not sure how else to describe it. It has a slickness to it that is very enjoyable.

Flavors: Flowers, Lemon, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Rooibos by Adagio Teas
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One of my favorite teas of all time and an excellent product from Adagio. Warm and naturally sweet with notes of caramel, vanilla, earth, and just liquid warmth.

Flavors: Caramel, Earth, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100
drank White Chai by Adagio Teas
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This is one of the most delightful teas I’ve ever had! It has a wholesome & delicious flavor. My husband and I both enjoyed this and wish we’d ordered more than just the sample size! The tea is dessert-like, as it’s quite rich, but it’s not too sweet! I could (and will, once my bulk order arrives) drink this several times a week! I’ve enjoyed this tea straight, which was very tasty, and I’ve also added some raw sugar and whole milk which was just as satisfying, but definitely not necessary.

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Creamy, Milk, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I purchased the sample of this and, to be honest, I wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not. I am pleasantly surprised! First of all, the aroma this tea produces is INCREDIBLE! It almost smells like coffee, with a delicious nuttiness that is divine. The taste, however, is not nearly as strong as the smell – which is a GOOD thing, in my opinion, as the taste is AMAZING just as it is! It’s almost got a creaminess to it that I was not expecting! No bitterness, no aftertaste, no bad thing to say about this tea, whatsoever! A+ in my book! I will definitely be ordering more of this tea; I could see drinking this before work every morning.

Flavors: Coffee, Creamy, Hazelnut, Nutty

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

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35
drank Lapsang Souchong by Adagio Teas
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The smell upon opening the bag made me hestiate to even try the tea. It reminded me of the smokey, peat bog reek of Islay scotch, I like scotch, but not that kind.
The first sip dispelled the imagined fear of it tasting like Laphroaig or Ardbeg. Reality wasn’t much better though. It was like liquefied ham or bacon. I’m not sure as I haven’t eaten either in 20 years. I was not thrilled with my tea tasting like meat water.
My husband who loves BBQ and scotch liked it, but I think I’ll pass.

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

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70
drank Vanilla by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

I am really not sure what to make of this tea. I feel like I really should love it. I’m a big fan of so many of these Adagio flavored blacks, like Cream, and Chocolate Chip, and Caramel. And there’s certainly nothing WRONG with it – it’s a pretty nice, smooth, vanilla-flavored tea. Good black base, takes milk and sugar well. Maybe I’m just in a mood. But this just seems rather plain. Rather, if you’ll forgive the pun, vanilla. It would probably combine excellently with other teas. But for whatever reason, it leaves me wanting more.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
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This is pretty boring plain, but I really like it mixed with Adagio’s Cream.

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85
drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
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So I was busy washing the dishes this morning and forgot I was steeping tea. Ack. And I was especially worried because this tea had a pretty short recommended steep time (3 min) and I’d never tried it before. Ruining my first pot of this tea was NOT how I wanted to begin my morning!

Surprisingly, it doesn’t taste in the least oversteeped. Not bitter at all. I did add a healthy amount of almond milk and truvia, but that was more a matter of personal preference than actual need.

I like how another reviewer described this tea as “ferarro rocher minus the chocolate,” because that’s exactly what this is. The hazelnut flavor is VERY strong, and pleasant. Honestly, it makes me want to have this with “Chocolate Chip” tea from now on, I won’t lie. :-)

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I was not expecting such a spicy chai, to be honest, since all of the other rooibos teas I’ve tried lately have been so smooth and sweet, honey-ish. That’s not what this is. It’s got a bite to it, and I can’t say I love it, honestly. I just think I wanted something a little lighter.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75
drank Almond by Adagio Teas
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This tea has a high bar to clear, simply because I already have and love Adagio’s “Chestnut” and “Almond Oolong” teas. This one was sent as a free sample, so I’ve been looking forward to it, but I’m wary if it will live up to the other two “nutty” teas that I already have in my cupboard and am so attached to. And…it doesn’t. Don’t get me wrong, this is fine. The almond/marzipan flavor is present, it’s nicely fragrant, and delivers exactly what was expected. Nice, almondy, but nothing more. I can’t see ever reaching for it instead of the Chestnut or Almond Oolong.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
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Ooh, just in time for the holiday, my Valentines tea arrived from Adagio. First whiff, not hugely impressed. There’s a little scent of the promised chocolate-strawberries, but something is throwing it off. Can’t put my finger on what it is. Nevertheless, I brew up a healthy portion, and as usual when trying a new tea, slowly add truvia until I get it right. I needed to put quite a bit in there to bring out the full flavors, (about 1 tsp truvia for 16 oz tea?) but once I got it right, this tea is GREAT. I mean, it definitely tastes like strawberry-chocolate candy, with a nice deep black tea base, exactly what I was hoping for. I’m very pleased!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

I would prefer a little more chocolate in my Chocolate Chai, but since I keep a tin of regular black “Chocolate Chip” tea handy, I can easily adjust this on my next go-round. That aside is a lovely chai flavor. I am really enjoying my first mug of it. I’m currently on the search for my personal best, go-to chai, and I wouldn’t say this is “it.” At least not until I try quite a few more. :-) But it’s in the running.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Hugs and Kisses by Adagio Teas
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I usually wouldn’t order a whole tin of any tea without sampling it first, but I bought this one on a whim because the description sounded pretty great. Rooibos, caramel, vanilla? Yes please? In point of fact, it’s so overpoweringly full of “honey” scent and flavor that I really struggle to pick up any other note at all. But after my third or fourth steeping, it’s growing on me. A very smooth, comforting tea, nice in the evening.

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

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drank Almond Oolong by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

You know it’s a special morning when I’m indulging with a cup of my Almond Oolong. I love the heck out of this tea. I have to be extra careful with the preparation, because it’s so delicate. But when I get it right…wow! So soft and smooth, light and subtle, very slightly sweet, with a lovely marzipan flavor. I could drink gallons of it!

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drank Almond Oolong by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

Guys, I gotta level, I simply adore this tea. I love the smooth, marzipan flavor. I love that it lacks any harsh, bitter notes. I love it even when I’ve accidentally over-sweetened it (like today). I need to remember that this one requires much less truvia than my flavored blacks…in fact, any sweetener at all is almost too much, because this is so mild and lovely on its own.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

I am always REALLY careful when steeping this tea, because when done correctly I absolutely love this one. I do add a tiny bit of truvia to it, though. It’s really smooth, not at all bitter, and lightly sweet. VERY fragrant and soothing. Just the thing for a stressful afternoon!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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