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drank Pina Colada by Adagio Teas
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Pina Colada night, apparently. Went out for drinks for a friend’s birthday and had a virgin one (I was driving), and came home and decided to brew up the three different versions I have to try.

First up, Adagio’s. Thanks for the sample, Azzrian. :)

Smells kind of sweet dry, but with a gross fermenting fruit sort of flavour. Makes me a gag a bit, actually. Steeped…. it smells rather like vomit. I’m sorry, but that’s truly the only way to describe it.

!@#*#()$&() This is absolutely DISGUSTING. I can’t even….

Azzrian, I completely understand why you rated this a 1. It tastes. Like vomit.

I think there is something seriously wrong with this tea. I think you/we should contact them about it, because this is the most disgustingly vile tea I have ever had the misfortune of tasting. I know i only asked for it because of curiousity as to how something could be that bad, but I didn’t imagine quite how bad it would be.

I actually gulped a bit down and am starting to feel sick to my stomach. Whether that’s simply concern over what I just ingested or what, I don’t know.

I still have some of the sample left if Adagio wants to take a look at it for themselves…. this is NOT right.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
TeaBrat

the pineapple kona pop from Teavana is disgusting too

Azzrian

See that is the word I left out of my rating but yes VOMIT all the way. OMG it is horrid just HORRID!!!!!!!!!

LiberTEAS

OK… Vomit flavored tea just doesn’t sound good.

Kittenna

It was awful. I feel like they may have gotten a rotten batch of something and put it into the blend. And given my somewhat upset stomach afterward, I am definitely rather concerned.

Ninavampi

Sounds so gross…. And I just bought some that I havent tried yet…. :S

Kittenna

It was awful. I think there’s something wrong with a batch, because there are positive tasting notes about this blend. I would suggest that if you open the packet and it smells rotten at all, or if you steep it and it smells gross, maybe don’t drink it. And for heaven’s sake, don’t swallow it if it tastes gross!! :)

Azzrian

To be honest, I have not ordered ANYTHING from Adagio since this happened. I probably won’t ever again. Something like this can really destroy a companies image – for me anyway. The fact that something like this could pass their inspection – assuming they have one – and be shipped out. Unacceptable!

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TeaBrat

the pineapple kona pop from Teavana is disgusting too

Azzrian

See that is the word I left out of my rating but yes VOMIT all the way. OMG it is horrid just HORRID!!!!!!!!!

LiberTEAS

OK… Vomit flavored tea just doesn’t sound good.

Kittenna

It was awful. I feel like they may have gotten a rotten batch of something and put it into the blend. And given my somewhat upset stomach afterward, I am definitely rather concerned.

Ninavampi

Sounds so gross…. And I just bought some that I havent tried yet…. :S

Kittenna

It was awful. I think there’s something wrong with a batch, because there are positive tasting notes about this blend. I would suggest that if you open the packet and it smells rotten at all, or if you steep it and it smells gross, maybe don’t drink it. And for heaven’s sake, don’t swallow it if it tastes gross!! :)

Azzrian

To be honest, I have not ordered ANYTHING from Adagio since this happened. I probably won’t ever again. Something like this can really destroy a companies image – for me anyway. The fact that something like this could pass their inspection – assuming they have one – and be shipped out. Unacceptable!

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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