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104 Tasting Notes

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To me (and this may just be me) the leaves of this tea smell EXACTLY like Froot Loops. In fact, I was having childhood flashbacks just sticking my nose in the tin.

After the recommended steeping, the tea has a sweet, flowery aroma that’s both pleasant and powerful. Again, it’s very reminiscent of Froot Loops, and brings to mind the idea of smelling sugary. (Not sure if that’s even possible, but hopefully you know what I mean. It smells like the sugar coating on a bowl of Froot Loops.)

In terms of taste, this tea has a definite sweetness to it, as well as a bite on the edges of your tongue where the tart/tangy nature of the tea comes through.

There’s also a lingering, sugary sweetness to the flavor that rounds out the Froot Loop experience. It sounds crazy, but the association was so strong, it was hard to ignore.

Overall, I enjoyed this tea, and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys sweeter, flowery flavors.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Ricky

Why does Adagio teas always smell like fruit loops. Is one machine dedicated to blending fruit loops?

Cory O'Brien

Maybe they rub Froot Loops all over the machines before they use them and the flavor transfers?

Jillian

Maybe it’s all a ploy to get us to eat more Fruit Loops. XD

Stephanie

I love Froot Loops! It’s one of my favorite cereals (second only to Corn Pops). This connotation makes me want this tea even more!

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77
drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
104 tasting notes

Great blend, though I think I over-steeped it in too hot water, so the coconut flavor didn’t come through as strongly as it could have. The lemongrass was a fantastic addition to the spicy chai flavor though, and adds to the aroma as well, so that was nice. Definitely a tea with a lot of potential, and one that I’ll enjoy as I try and perfect the formula.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

If you want more coconut you could always swap the water for coconut water and the milk for coconut milk.

Cofftea

My opinion, since it’s a black based tea, is to keep the temp the same and try a 3-5 min steep.

Cory O'Brien

Making this with coconut water/milk (and a slightly reduced steep time) sounds fantastic. I will definitely need to try that!

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drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
104 tasting notes

I bought this tea for a friend that LOVES bacon, so I wasn’t expecting much (I figured it was more novelty than anything) but I was pleasantly surprised by a tea that mixed sweet and smokey to create a perfect blend of flavorful black tea.

When you first open the bag, the leaves have a strong, sweet smell that reminded me of pralines. There’s a bit of bacon in the aroma as well, though it’s more of a woodsy, smokey smell than a meaty, porky smell.

When you brew it, the aroma mellows out and leaves you with a dark, golden brown/caramel colored tea that has a wonderfully smokey aroma and hints of salty bacon. The smoke definitely overpowers the maple and the bacon though, so don’t expect to be drinking liquid meat. (Which is a good thing.)

Next steep, I’d go a little longer and see if the bacon gets a little stronger, but this is a surprisingly good tea with complex flavors that will be enjoyed by anyone that likes a smokey, hearty tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
LENA

the phrase “liquid meat” is just about the grossest pairing of words i’ve heard. :)

Cory O'Brien

But descriptive, right? You can almost taste it… ;)

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64

This time around, the tea came out sweeter than previous steepings, and I was surprised by how well-balanced the flavor was. There’s a general sweetness to it, with just a hint of smoky flavor, and it’s rounded out by a nutty, chocolately taste that adds an extra layer of complexity. Still not what I’d call “great”, but it’s definitely growing on me.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
104 tasting notes

Revisiting this tea, and still not impressed. The spice does add to the flavor, but it overpowers the pumpkin, and you just end up with a spicy black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

Maybe the spices infuse into the water faster than the tea leaves? 5 1/2 min seems a bit long to me for my personal tastes. Maybe try 200-210 degrees (I don’t completely boil my water cuz it kills the health benefits) for 4-5 min. Hopefully that’ll give you a more even flavor profile. I’ve noticed that over steeping can actually produce a duller, flatter flavor- this is really common w/ Adagio’s whites. Let me know!:)

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75
drank Golden Spring by Adagio Teas
104 tasting notes

Another cold morning in San Francisco made better by a fantastic black (or more appropriately, black and golden brown) tea. Golden Spring’s subtle sweetness makes for a mellow flavor that’s smooth and enjoyable, while the smokey, sweet aroma rounds out the experience. Great stuff!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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72

What goes well with a sleepy Wednesday morning? Dragonwell! This time around, I’m picking up more of the sweet flavors that Dragonwell is known for, and it results in a nice tea to start the day with. I also love how the leaves start flat and lifeless without a lot of aroma, and then open up through the steeping to reveal their true character. It’s a great metaphor for what I feel like after drinking a cup of the dragon. Love it!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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65

Today was the last of my sampler tin, so I decided to steep it out with a bang. (7+ minutes of steeping.) Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed. The flavor was wonderful and flowery, with subtle hints of grass and minerals, and not a lot of bitterness. Though this tea didn’t wow me at first, it did grow on me, and I was sad to see it go.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Pu Erh Dante by Adagio Teas
104 tasting notes

I can’t pronounce the name of this tea for the life of me, but that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying it! Steeped for an extra minute today, and I’m not sure if it unlocked an extra something special or what, but it was delicious! Smokey tones, a rich, dark color, and an earthy/smokey aroma combine to form a potent black tea that can easily be enjoyed by itself on a cold, damp morning.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Pooh Errr Don-tay:) I’m just now getting back into pu erh’s after trying this when I knew absolutely nothing about tea. I thought it was absolutely vile the 1st time so I pray this time is different. Do you rinse it 1st?

Cory O'Brien

@Cofftea – I didn’t rinse it. Are you supposed to? I like strong teas, and especially smokey teas, so this one was right in my sweet spot. That said, I can see how people wouldn’t necessarily like it, so it’s going to be a hit or miss type tea. I’d give it a second chance though, because you never know what your refined palate is going to enjoy! ;)

Cofftea

Yep Carolyn suggested I rinse. There are a few Pu Erh threads here you might enjoy.

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