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96
drank Golden Monkey by Adagio Teas
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96
drank Yunnan Noir by Adagio Teas
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So good news… GOT MY ADAGIO SHIPMENT IN TODAY!!!!!! I was so pumped i bout dove into the box. This is one of the five i picked, basically, at random from the black tea list and was entirely to happy to have picked a Yunnan… funny thing though, i ended up picking 3 Yunnan and was ok with it.

I brewed at 3 minutes and 15 seconds at 195F. i added a small bit of honey and its really all it needed. First sip without sweetener, i picked up on a bold dark cocoa and maybe a little pepper, as well the aroma of the tea was strangely fruity and very sweet.

After the first couple small sips, i added honey and a smig of milk. This tea works very well with others, becoming very creamy and charming, building with the honey for a wonderful medley of flavors. As the tea cooled a bit, the tea flavor subsided a little and a natural fruitiness broke through. A perfect end to a damn near perfect tea.

I am a Yunnan fan and it just hit the spot for me. Thank you all for your suggestions and i’ll will talk to you all in the morning.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Cheryl

Glad to see you had great luck with your first Adagio order :)

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41
drank Moroccan Mint by Teavana
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I’m not a huge green tea fan… i’m just not. It is a sad fact and i wish i was a green fan, but i have problems with it. It just seems so bland and tacky. It may just be me but i feel like this tea has almost not flavor. i get a little mint but nothing that really excites me… i ordered a sample of the adagio Casablanca Twist so i hope is does better than this…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
GiggleGoddess

I know what you mean! Have you tried 3tsp per 8oz? I read online that the baristas at Teavana use three times the amount in the store. I really wish there was more of a mint flavor. But it just tastes blah to me too.

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79

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Preparation
Iced 4 min, 15 sec

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100

This is my evening snack… and its perfect. i finally understand what people mean when they say this is a pepper-y kinda taste and spice and its amazing. i can’t believe its almost gone.
i want to order new tea’s soon but don’t know what try… does anyone have a suggestion or some couple gram samples they may wanna send my way… i drink 4 cups a day and im also a part of another blog page so im always open to new things… as well i would love to swap with you however im still unemployed and the lis of my cupboard is just a list of the teas i have had and drank so im sorry guys… im just about of everything except my celestial. please help me out guy… at least with ideas. if anyone needs my adress and shipping info PM me. thanks so much

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Steven Cook

thanks for the like guy any suggestions?

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92
drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
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Rockin’ the Earl Gray Creme From teavana this morning. it is hard the beat a good earl gray.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

So… 2:11 A.M. in sleepy little germantown, and what am i drinking… WHAT ELSE Nine Dragon. It just works for me, i don’t know.

It is a wonderfully earthy tea. I wish that i could break my NDGN stash at all hours of the day. Every hour that is, and enjoy a nice warm cup with a little powdered sugar (mostly because i have run out of agave nectar, RAW sugar, and honey…Payday is this Thursday though) and it makes my soul warm. However, this frantic love afare will , more sooner then i had ever dreamed, be over. The bad part about all this…one of has to go, and i’m afraid its you. My Bag of NDGN is almost depleted and will never be available again… R.I.P Nine Dragon Golden Needle… you served me well.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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79

Brewed a Gallon of this and put it on ice. Best idea ever…. it make me happy and proud to say that i am7 months free of soda today and it’s all thanks to tea…

id also like to shout to a few steepster pals that helped me through my mind numbing, Nine Dragon Golden Needles ordeal yesterday. sad stuff…. thanks guys

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 0 sec
Cheryl

Congratulations! I am still working on getting rid of my bad habit. Finding things that are good iced/cold is probably where I’ll end up too. One thing I like cold is Stash’s (Organic) Vanilla Honeybush, which I found at Giant Eagle (Kroger/Walmart here doesn’t have it, but maybe some other grocer down that way might…is there a Whole Foods that you can get to?). There are other brands (including Adagio and Upton, if you’re getting other samples). p.s. see my note on your Earl Grey Creme Vanilla tasting note.

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100

So… my 8 month old daughter had me up until about… ah i don’t know, FIVE am… kinda sucks but a rather great time to enjoy a warm cup of tea. i always reach for my nine dragon golden needles when i need to cal my nerves. However, as of lately i am almost afraid to drink anymore of it. I got on the teavana website to order more and, much to my surprise, ITS NOT ON THE WEBSITE ANYMORE… terror ran through every inch of me. So without further ado the question of the night: Does: A. anyone know if the nine dragon golden needles is discontinued? and B. Does anyone know of a fair replacement for it if, indeed, it is at an end. i don’t like to think this way however i don’t see much of a choice. As well, i am thinking about venturing out. as of thus far, i have only enjoyed teas that can be purchased as you local Wal-mart/ kroger and from my Simi-local Teavana. I was curious upon Adagio and there array of teas…any suggestions? thanks all.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cheryl

Not positive, but it seems to be discontinued (see other tasting notes). I don’t feel qualified to make recommendations, but look around for Yunnan teas (golden, gold?). Don’t know how Adagio’s Yunnans stack up, so maybe read reviews for choices. Check out Upton Tea Imports also. I’ve had good luck with their flavored teas (so far). I’m a beginner too though : )

Steven Cook

Hey, Thanks so much! its an odd thing, my brain is still rapt around this idea that tea is mysterious and hard to understand. I’m starting to come to the conclusion that, ironic though it may be, that it isn;t so hard to understand but it requires a sense of valid logic. It’s all fairly new to me and thats why i joined this website, because i want to learn more and the best way to do that is to do that is to spend time and talk to the people that spend there time and money enjoying this wonderful little leaf. So again i say thank you .

The DJBooth

Based on the description of the tea I would suggest the Bai Lin Gongfu from Teavivre.

Angrboda

I support the Bai Lin suggestion, but I will always support a recommendation of Fujian black. :D If you try the Bai Lin and find you like it, also have a go at a Panyang (or Tan Yang), also a Fujian tea and my all-time favourite tea in the world. I get mine from TeaSpring. You could also try the Laoshan Northern Black (I think that’s the name) that Verdant Tea sells. You might enjoy that one as well.
Definitely explore Yunnans though. Cheryl made some good suggestions up there because they have huge selections so it’s a good place to start exploring, and like she says, try to look up some of them here first and see if other people have posted about it and how they describe it.

Steven Cook

Ok wonderfriends… got another noobie question for ya. i started a teavivre account and it says i have reward point…. how do you use them and how many do you need?

Angrboda

Pass. I haven’t tried shopping with Teavivre yet. I would think it ought to say on the site, though.

The DJBooth

sorry man I’m clueless on this as well.

Cheryl

See mail I sent you. Angel from Teavivre is active on Steepster (I see many people thanking her for sending them samples). She could answer your questions, or perhaps ask about sampling? http://steepster.com/Teavivre

ashmanra

Each 100 points is worth a dollar off your order! You also sometimes get points after you buy tea if you review your tea on their site. Purchases of tea also garner you some points. There is almost always a tea coupon code. I recently used teavivre10 and it worked. You can always google for those and then give them a try.

Kaety Keckhafer

It IS sadly discontinued, but if you can get to a Teavana store, they may have some left over from the after Christmas sale. I know the store I work in still has a couple of tins full of it and they’re like 75% off. As a replacement if you’re used to using Teavana, Copper Knot Hongcha is one of my favorites with the same honey undertone. :)

blindwords

Also, you can get 2oz of Golden Needle along with a few others and other neat stuff in their Into Tea collection. I got mine half off, but even full priced it’s a great deal! I love all of teas and the little tins are great for keeping at the office or in your purse if you’re on the go like me. And it comes with two fabulous tea tumblers!

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100

I like the Nine Dragon Golden Needles Black from Teavana because it not a super black tea “punch to the face.” I was lucky to find my little teavana baggie while going though my moved foodstuffs and almost see this as a gift from god. It is amazing and i truly enjoy is. Amen.

It is nice and aromatic without being fruity or perfumesque. It’s light amber in color, and it is almost as thought its full of life. It has a sweet undertone of honey that truly makes for a wonderful taste and has almost no bitterness what-so-ever. It’s a perfect tea, well… all the time. I like my nine dragon with a little sugar and a couple drops of lemon juice. Makes for a nice relaxing tea in the evening and just enough caffeine to wake me up in the morning.

It is awesome that i found this tea and i’m glad to have a cup tonight. In the meantime… good night everyone.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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hello all, i’m joe. i am from a sleepy little town called Germantown in Ohio. i stopped drinking soda about 6 months ago, which is the point in time when i started truly started enjoying tea.

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