262 Tasting Notes

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Heavy, malty, honey, sweetish aroma.
Very malty taste, slightly bitter, slightly astringent.
It’s not good, honestly. But it certainly is passable.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Honey, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 11 OZ / 330 ML
Martin Bednář

The box is very nice though. Too bad that tea isn’t that great :)

dreamloomer

Fortunately it was cheap (around 4€ for 100 g). so I have a passable tea and a nice box for a low price. :)

Martin Bednář

That’s indeed nice price; somehow typical for us Eastern Europeans :)

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My first review after my forced cooldown period from Steepster due to having my access blocked by those strange security measures. And I still have to log in using US VPN server, because I can’t seem to access the site in the customary way.

Anyway, this is a pretty straightforward, cheap, chain-store black tea. And for such kind of tea it is surprisingly drinkable. A bit malty, with nice body and no astringency. My perfect breakfast tea – usually in the mornings I drink some cheap black teabag brand that goes well with my food and doesn’t force me to focus on the taste and aroma nuances.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
tea-sipper

Hopefully Steepster works smoothly for you soon!

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60
drank Earl Grey te by coop
262 tasting notes

Very strong bergamot aroma after opening the package.
Strong, malty aroma after brewing.
And a really solid taste for a cheap own brand tea, malty, with distinct bergamot flavours. Nothing spectacular, but certainly very drinkable.

Flavors: Bergamot, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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80
drank Tiger Eye by Adagio Teas
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Discovering Adagio teas, episode #12 (out of 12).

Wonderful aroma after opening the zip bag, with a lot of chocolate and fudge caramel plus a bit of woody smokiness and chocolate liqueur.
After steeping the aroma is much more mellow, very dessert-like, with chocolate and fudge notes intertwined like in layered ice cream.
The taste is also very mellow, slightly sweet, very chocolate-y, with cocoa nibs in the aftertaste.
Really nice pastry tea, well balanced and not oversweetened.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Cocoa, Toffee, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
Nattie

This is one I’ve been meaning to try for years

dreamloomer

Nattie, I got it in the “Sweet Tooth” sample box. The other three are nice too, if you’re into dessert teas.

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90
drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
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Discovering Adagio teas, episode #11 (out of 12).

Wonderful aroma after opening the zip bag: hay, fallen leaves, cocoa, some spices, a hint of smoke.
After steeping it smells a lot like miso soup with a lot of seaweed, but it is very mellow. There’s also a bit of slightly roasted cocoa, solid maltiness and delicate fruit notes.
The taste sensation is very mellow and velvety, with a strong foundation of maltiness and earthiness plus a bit of cocoa, only a slight sweetness and low astringency. TYhe aftertaste is very peculiar, with strong mineral character.
Very good, special tea.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Cocoa, Earth, Fruity, Hay, Malt, Mineral, Seaweed, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
Mastress Alita

I really like this one, though I like their Keemun Concerto even more.

dreamloomer

I’m definitely planning to buy some more Adagio teas. But this has to wait for more than a month, because I’m moving soon and I need to reduce the amount of my possessings, not increase it. :)

Mastress Alita

I moved last August and had two HUGE boxes of tea to move… it wasn’t fun!

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90
drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
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90
drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
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95

Discovering Adagio teas, episode #10 (out of 12).

Wonderful aroma out of the zip bag, reminding me of old leather and wet tree bark.
After steeping the leather subsides, but there’s a strong wood barrel character, hot soil after the rain starts, maltiness, mellow pipe tobacco, raisins and Autumn leaves. Really unique and exquisite.
The taste is very mellow and it unwinds magnificently. There is no sweetness, bitterness nor astringency, just the rich and complex bouquet.
Really wonderful tea.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Bark, Leather, Malt, Oak wood, Raisins, Tobacco, Wet Earth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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80
drank Chocolate Chip by Adagio Teas
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Discovering Adagio teas, episode #9 (out of 12).

And satisfying my sweet tooth. Currently I don’t eat sweets per se, but I don’t mind dessert teas, so this time I’m drinking te chocolate chip one.

It has a great smell after opening the zip bag, with a lot of cocoa nibs and chocolate.
After steeping, the aroma is still dominated by chocolate (of course), but it’s not one dimensional. You can sense milk chocolate, cocoa nibs and chocolate liqueur in it, plus a hefty dose of vanilla.
The taste is more cocoa-like than chocolate-like, with solid notes of roasted cocoa, creamy, mellow texture, some vanilla and only slight sweetness. Rich, very rich, even a bit heavy, but you don’t drink such teas on an everyday basis, so that’s not a problem,
This tea would probably teste well with some milk. I’ll try it this way one day.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Cream, Dark Chocolate, Roasted, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I drink tea almost all the time.

However, my tea drinking can be divided into two main categories.

1. I work a lot at my computer and when I work, I need to always have tea at hand. That’s when I drink bag varieties, mostly black blends, often corporate ones. They need to be at least drinkable, of course, but I don’t focus on the taste much, though I don’t go below a certain level…

2. When I read (and read a lot) or when I’m just relaxing, I savor tea. That’s when the better varieties come into play, that’s when I use leafs instead of bags, that’s when I really focus on what I’m drinking.

I’m Polish, temporarily living in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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