36 Tasting Notes

85
drank Dongshan Dolce by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

I’m really getting to like this green from Adagio. I just finished my third steep and was pleasantly surprised at how much I’m liking it. The aftertaste is awesome- tastes like a good warm biscuit in your mouth fresh from the oven…The general (well there is nothing general about tea), but the taste of the tea was different for each steep starting out a little sweet with not much else happening but in second steep notes come whistling through and its sweetly delicious. The 3rd steep is just as good as the second but I noticed the biscuity aftertaste the most after this one. I think this is gonna be my favorite new green from them! Dang it! I just put in an order for them 2 days ago and I didnt get any more of this…YET!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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61
drank Birthday Tea by Adagio Teas
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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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90
drank Ali Shan by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

well, been a really busy morning today and this is my first time to sit and chill-ax. Ah the comfort of a good cozy chair…well I had this tea yesterday and I just can’t seem to get enough of its playful leaves and buttery fruit like taste. One of my fave oolongs I think but I don’t know everything I’ve tried is just sooooo good! This steep (the first ) I let brew a little longer than yesterday and I put a little more tea in the infuser- wham bam thank u maam!! I’m ready for my 2nd steep now…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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90
drank Ali Shan by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

Mmmmm, very nice. Just the smell of it pulls me in. There is a nice sweetness that comes with it. The first infusion is remarkable, complex, lovely, I can’t wait for the 2nd steep which to me, is always better and has more pronounced flavor. Great aftertaste still lingers at the back of the throat, almost floral- like.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Jade Oolong #18 by Adagio Teas
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Very nice and smoooooooth taste to this one. Suprisingly sweet yet delicate. I love to watch these leaves unfurl in my diffuser, and they withstand at least 4-5 good steeps for me. I can definitely taste the jade-ness in this tea and its really good! These big leaves are gorgeous!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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45
drank Coconut Cabana by The Tea Spot
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For a coconut oolong this tea really fits its description. It tastes filling and creamy and the tea looks ‘milky’ almost murky. The way this tea store recommends this tea , I just couldn’t resist trying some, but I would definitely not say its “extraordinary” but I’ll drink it cuz I dont want to waste it but I wouldn’t buy this again- just not my favorite coconut tea.

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

Which one is your favorite?

kat

Funny that u ask because I was shopping for one yesterday…I want to try 52 Teas coconut cream pie- sounds delicious! Adagios coconut black was pretty good too. Maybe the cocnut just doesn’t go too well with an oolong?

Carolyn

I don’t know. I like Golden Moon’s Coconut Pouchong tea and it’s an oolong. http://www.goldenmoontea.com/Coconut_Pouchong_-_Awarded_Bes_P26C15.cfm

I wasn’t able to tolerate Adagio’s flavoring, so the coconut didn’t do me much good. I agree that 52 Tea’s Coconut Cream Pie sounds nice. Let me know when you find something good.

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85
drank Genmai Cha by Adagio Teas
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I like this tea quite a bit- love the nuttiness/popcorn flavor-definitely unique and definitely a keeper! I did multiple steeps and am very satisfied. Kinda curbed my hunger too.

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75
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
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I drink chai about once a month it seems but I’m always pleasantly surprised by the tasty treat! I’m still very sick with the friggin Swine Flu and thought I needed to put some spices in there to help get me over the hump of this damn flu. I’ve never felt so sick in my life! I am able to make teas all day long to try and get thru this mundane existence right now-thank God for tea! This chai is tasting very good, so for the moment I am happy, I’ll just savor the malty ,spicy,yumminess of all the wonderful herbs in this tea right now..its just about the only thing I can do to try to keep my mind of feeling like utter crap.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
kat

Well I just finished that warm delicious mug of chai but now the aftertaste for some reason is what makes me want to put it away for another month. Chai is not a tea that I can stomach a double infusion with. One 16 oz mug satiates me just enough.

Angrboda

I hope you beat it soon!

Cofftea

@Kat, that’s kinda funny… most black teas (although I’m slowly starting to outgrow it) make my stomach sick- except chai. I find it interesting how not only each person’s tastebuds, but stomach, react differently to different teas.

takgoti

Oh. Dude. I hope you’re better ASAP. Then you can get one of these:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkgeekmonkeys/4121049034/in/set-72157622720059779/

kat

Hahaha thats perfect takgoti..:)

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94
drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

Mmmm Tastes very smooth and nicely sweet. Really light yet flavorful tea. One of my faves.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
kat

OK I think I was pushing it a tad when I said its one of my faves..its not bad but it ain’t all that either!

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85
drank Xue Ya Ballad by Adagio Teas
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Just tried this tea for the first time. I like it. It has a nice sweetness to it and smells good to me. Its nice to have another green that is not so grassy sometimes yet still has that green tea undeniable taste.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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