46 Tasting Notes

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drank Jasmine #12 by Adagio Teas
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I spent the most money I have ever spent on a tea buying a 5 oz tin of this Jasmine ($25) but it is worth every penny. The flavors are outstanding and the leaves re-steep so well. Typically I’ll get three awesome steeps out of this and the 4th and 5th are a bit weaker but they are very sweet tasting. Given the fact that I’m getting so much out of every serving of this tea the cost breakdown isn’t too bad. Plus, the visual experience of starting the leaves in ball form and watching as they expand is really fun. I’m always amazed at how large the leaves really are and I have a hard time imagining how difficult it must be to roll this tea into the pearls.

Something that has worked for me for re-steeping this particular tea is to add anywhere between 30 seconds to 1 minute to the steep time suggested by Adagio. So start with a 5 minute steep then go up to 6, 7, 8, and so on depending on how many steeps you do with this tea. I really feel like the more I re-steep this, the sweeter the tea gets so each cup is significantly different.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I agree w/ every word! Jasmine Silver Needle is probably equally as good, but this one is more fun to steep:)

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85
drank Ginseng Green by Adagio Teas
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I’m on my second steep of this tea and I’m enjoying it more than the first. The astringency is pretty nice and the body is light. I’m enjoying the grassy, woodsy notes of flavors as well as the smooth ginseng flavors. I steeped 1.5tsps for 3 minutes at 180º as per Adagio’s instructions for both the first and second steep. Really liking my journey back into green tea.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

This is one of my very few Adagio teas I have in a large size. It’s a staple for me. When I want an extra kick of flavor I steep 4.5tsp in 6oz of 160 degree water for 1.5min. I also love adding dried ginger root to it. It’s my espresso:) (Which I also love, just don’t have daily)

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70

I brewed this tea to accommodate my lunch and my first impression is that it has a very interesting flavor profile. I followed Adagio’s recommendations (1 tsp per cup of water, 180º, 3 minutes) and I’m getting grassy, smoky, vegetal notes along with as one user put it a “tolerable bitterness.” I’m curious to see how it does with a second steeping and the next time I do a first steep of the tea I’m planning to reduce steep time by one minute.

I haven’t been drinking many green teas lately so this tea is kind of becoming a bridge to more green teas that I’ll try in the future. I have good impressions so far but I’d like to see how I can customize this tea enough so that it gets a better rating from me.

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

One variation on the steeping parameters you could try is 1.5tsp steeped in 4oz 160 degree water for a min. If that isn’t a big enough cuppa for you, just double it:)

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80
drank White Symphony by Adagio Teas
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Brewed this today with some Purevia stevia sweetener and I do not recommend it. Made the tea’s great earthy flavors really dull and it ended up tasting like I was drinking sweetened milk….not so great. Definitely going to avoid adding sweetener to this tea in the future.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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75

I’m not usually a peach tea fan unless it is iced but this tea surprised me. The flavors of the oolong go well with the white peony while the peach stays on the down low, offering its own subtle hints. This tea was included with my last purchase from Adagio since they were running a special. It probably isn’t something I’ll buy again, but it was fun to try something I may not have otherwise. 1.5 tsps in 12oz cup @ 180º for 6 minutes.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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80
drank White Symphony by Adagio Teas
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This is my first white tea and I really liked the flavors. The smoothness of the tea and the flavors reminded me mostly of green tea without the grassy flavors. Definitely a good anytime tea. 1.5 tsps in 12oz cup, 180º for 7 minutes.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

You don’t use much leaf. I average about a TB per 6oz of water. Have you considered backing off substantially on the steeping time instead of using less leaf? After a lot of people commented on Adagio’s excessively long suggested steepage times, I’ve tried a few at 3min and found that oddly enough the flavor pops even more. If you decide to try a short steeping time, let me know what you think of it:)

Kyle Stern

While I agree that I probably don’t use as much tea as I “should” I kind of wonder if using more tea in less time is just the same as less tea with more time. I’ll have to explore that. For the time being I’ll enjoy using less leaf so I don’t go through it as fast and get my money’s worth. Thanks for the input though.

Cofftea

No problem Kyle. The delete buttons came back so I used them:) The one thing I’ve found is using more time vs. more leaf produces a bitter, boring taste even though it isn’t strong while using more leaf makes the flavors more vibrant… to me at least, and my taste buds can be quite odd sometimes lol. I always joke that they’re ADHD:)

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90
drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
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As a big fan of Chai teas and the flavors of coconut and lemongrass, I’m very much enjoying this tea. This will be one that I buy again and again and this tea lives up to the hype from its reviewers on Adagio’s website. I’m drinking this one plain and the flavors all make a great stance for themselves. I used 1.5 tsps in a 12oz cup @ 208º for 5 minutes. I think I’ll stick with this amount for now and go up to 2 tsps if I’m feeling particularly “daring.” I highly recommend this tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
LENA

this is still one of my favorite chais. it’s a staple at my house.

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I have been very excited to try this tea after a good recommendation from a friend and I’m glad he pointed this one out. Ever since my first cup of Earl Grey I’ve been trying to find one that I really enjoy and I think this one might be it. The cup I’m drinking now has a great bergamot aroma and the taste matches the aroma quite well. The next time I brew this tea I will use less leaf as this time around it is a little on the bitter side because I used too much tea. I used 1.5 tsps in a 12oz. cup @ 208º for 5 minutes. Next time I’ll drop this down to just 1 tsp and see how that does for me. I’ve been finding that 1 tsp for Adagio’s black teas is enough even in a 12oz cup. Perhaps that is the secret to me finding a good balance with these teas.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Foxtrot by Adagio Teas
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First impression of the tea is that I am very happy with it and this will be something that I buy again. I really like how the flavors blend to create both a taste and aroma of cream. I’ve used chamomile tea to help calm me down before bed in the past, but this tea has a nice jolt to it with the rooibos and peppermint included here. Looking forward to experimenting with this tea. Initial steep was 1.5 tsp, 180º for 7 minutes.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Jasmine #12 by Adagio Teas
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Delicious floral flavor of the Jasmine comes through with this tea. It truly does appeal to the senses watching as the leaves unfurl from their balled state as the tea steeps and smelling the jasmine scent come out from the cup. I really enjoy this tea and look forward to purchasing more when I’m through with my sampler. I used 1.5tsps in a 12oz cup and plan to re-steep as many times as possible. Being that this tea isn’t the cheapest Jasmine I’ve had I want to get as much out of it as I can.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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