30 Tasting Notes

Makes a nice and fragrant cup, a bit weak though. Got a sample of this out of curiosity and I liked it, but would not buy again. I prefer real earl grey with black tea in the mornings, there are other tisanes I prefer for a night time cup of rooibos.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Assam Melody by Adagio Teas
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This tea is unique and very different from my normal morning Ceylons and Earl Grays. The drink is very flavorful, the maltiness is definitely there but not super strong. The tea has a very noticeable cocoa character and slight tannic character. Overall, this tea makes a very well balanced cup with enough maltiness, chocolatiness, and slightly dry mouth feel. My new favorite tea, will always have this available.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Not an unpleasant cup by any means but not something I’d buy again. The smell in the pouch is of apple pie but that scent does not completely transfer to the cup. The drink tastes mostly of cinnamon and the apple is very hard to detect. The cinnamon is not overwheelming but it does overpower the rooibos.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Rooibos Almond by Adagio Teas
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This is a great night time tea, very pleasant and soothing cup after dinner on those days I don’t want caffeine late at night. The almond flavor is present and comes out with a touch of sugar, less than 1/2 teasopoon does it. Also, the flavoring does not overpower the rooibos flavor.

I may be wrong but I thought this tea had almond slivers and I remember seeing the pictures with almond slivers on Adagio’s website. Their current picture does not show any slivers and mine came without. Still a very good tisane, but lately Adagio has implemented some overall changes that I am not particularly pleased with. I am now looking for another website with a similar variety and customer service, this will definitely do for the time being.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Never had Darjeeling before and thought I’d buy a couple of ounces from my local grocer to try it. Great introduction to this variety of tea, just not what I look for in a morning cup of black tea. This tea is very pleasant, has a mild body, it’s a little dryer that most black teas, and has a subtle smoky flavor. Very pleasant and enjoyable, but I like the maltiness, sweetness and fullness of Assam in the morning.

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drank Green Anji by Adagio Teas
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Good as an everyday cup, nothing terribly complex or exciting, just a basic cup of grassy green tea. Pleasant and mild, would make a good introduction to green teas. Call me crazy, but I’ll take this over Sencha any day, I guess I just lean more towards the Chinese greens.

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drank Wuyi Oolong by Rishi Tea
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This tea is not bad at all, it has the roasty/nutty/grainy flavors and aroma found in most darker oolongs. It is fully body and actually somewhat similar to Rishi’s Iron Goddess of Mercy but with a more “barky” note.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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93

As far as white teas go this is my favorite simply because it has a lot of qualities more commonly associated with green teas. It does have a semi-pungent scent and greenish flavor.

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180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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63

The predominant flavor here is a combination of chocolate and tea, which makes a nice combo if you ask me. A touch of sugar bring up the flavorings.

I am not a fan of flavored teas and only tried it because I got a free sample. As far as flavored teas go, this one is not so bad, I can easily see how some would like it. I’d recommend it to people who like flavored teas. I suspect this will taste good iced and sweetened, but I never thought to try. If I get another free sample I might try it iced, but not something I’d buy.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100

I really like this tea though I don’t get the floral notes others detect. To me, it smells like dried ripe fruit, tastes like roasted grains, and has an underlying sweetness that’s hard to describe. I make it in a gaiwan and use quite a bit of leaf. I use enough tea to the gaiwan will be almost full once they unfurl. I start with a 15 sec. infusion (after washing the tea) and add 15 more seconds to each subsequent infusion. This tea takes multiple infusions very well and fully develops by the 3rd infusion.

Another big plus for me is that I can get this at my local tea merchant for a reasonable price (actually cheaper than buying it directly from Rishi’s website), so, when the mood strikes, I don’t have to wait a few days to get it, I can just drive a few blocks and restock.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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