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drank Birthday Tea by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

Well, I’m FINALLY making myself try this tea that I got from Adagio last month on my birthday- isn’t that sweet? How come every time I make a flavored black it comes out so much stronger than other leaves. I mean I don’t even know if you can call these pellets leaves but boy do they bring on the bold! I topped it off with some reddi whip and I’m all ready to party now lemme tell ya! WoooHoooo! Yes, it’s stronger than I like but a more refined version of this may taste just right for a dessert tea. The more sips I take the more bland I taste the flavors – definitely one dimensional and no notes coming from these teas! But its sweet and hot and possibly in need of a splash of milk. Yeah thats what it needs.. Are these blacks strangely stronger than breakfast teas and assams?

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

silvermage2000

Happy birthday. Nice review well I have been wanting to try this so if you had any left you could sent it to me lol.

kat

Thanks guys um yeah I have some left if u want to try it-lets keep this par-tea going! Woohooo. Ok I’ll stop.

Cofftea

I’ll take some too:)

kat

OK my girlfriend just walked into the room and called dibs on whats left in the little sample tin….sorry! Gotta make the wife happy guys. There really is not much to even send after she tried it – and I thought mine was STRONG, jeez, she’s got petro oil with some sprinkles in hers lol What can u expect though from a coffee press/triple espresso fiend, right? haha I love ya anyway honey!

silvermage2000

Ah thanks anyway.

Auggy

Don’t quote me on this, but I would guess that since flavored teas are usually lower quality leaves when compared to unflavored teas, it’s possible those in this one are smaller and a bit more broken than an unflavored tea. That would help it have a stronger, possibly bitter taste, even with a shorter steep time. Just a guess though, not a real answer. :)

kat

Auggy, would the caffeine be higher you think?

Cofftea

@kat- the smaller the leaf, the more leaf in a given measurement whether it’s by amount (i.e. teaspoon) or weight, and the more the more leaf the higher the caffeine so yes.

kat

ok good to know

Auggy

I have always been told that tannins and caffeine kind of go hand in hand, so the faster something gets bitter when steeping, the faster the caffeine can get into the water so more caffeine in a shorter steep. I think it has to do with how much surface area of the leaf is in contact with the water…

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Cofftea

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

silvermage2000

Happy birthday. Nice review well I have been wanting to try this so if you had any left you could sent it to me lol.

kat

Thanks guys um yeah I have some left if u want to try it-lets keep this par-tea going! Woohooo. Ok I’ll stop.

Cofftea

I’ll take some too:)

kat

OK my girlfriend just walked into the room and called dibs on whats left in the little sample tin….sorry! Gotta make the wife happy guys. There really is not much to even send after she tried it – and I thought mine was STRONG, jeez, she’s got petro oil with some sprinkles in hers lol What can u expect though from a coffee press/triple espresso fiend, right? haha I love ya anyway honey!

silvermage2000

Ah thanks anyway.

Auggy

Don’t quote me on this, but I would guess that since flavored teas are usually lower quality leaves when compared to unflavored teas, it’s possible those in this one are smaller and a bit more broken than an unflavored tea. That would help it have a stronger, possibly bitter taste, even with a shorter steep time. Just a guess though, not a real answer. :)

kat

Auggy, would the caffeine be higher you think?

Cofftea

@kat- the smaller the leaf, the more leaf in a given measurement whether it’s by amount (i.e. teaspoon) or weight, and the more the more leaf the higher the caffeine so yes.

kat

ok good to know

Auggy

I have always been told that tannins and caffeine kind of go hand in hand, so the faster something gets bitter when steeping, the faster the caffeine can get into the water so more caffeine in a shorter steep. I think it has to do with how much surface area of the leaf is in contact with the water…

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