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drank Gingerbread by Adagio Teas
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Based on reviews, I was expecting awful. So it was a pleasant surprise when I could easily drink the entire cup!

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drank Cranberry by Adagio Teas
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This was FAR better than I expected it to be! The cranberry wasn’t overpowering, but it was present. It smells great. I’m looking forward to more!

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drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
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This tea has a bit more of a “fresh” feel to it than I would expect. I guess it’s from the actual candy canes that are in the tea. (Really! I saw several, with tea stuck to them, in the tin.)I think the thing I like most about this tea is that it’s clearly tea with peppermint in it, rather than a minty tisane that has some tea to it.

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drank Chestnut by Adagio Teas
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I am such a sucker for samplers. I just ordered the adagio holiday stocking stuffer set that included this and five others. It’s good, though I think it could use some sweetener. It actually makes me think back to the hazelnut tea (it’s not quite the same, but reminds me of it) and makes me think I might need to order a larger quantity of that one.


I am also a sucker for samplers. I LOVE to try all the options!

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After yesterday’s day-long-pot-of-oolong extravaganza, I thought I’d try the same for this tea (I had a sample of it to finish up as well). And I have to say, it just makes me miss the Hawaiian Oolong. It’s good, and it’s clearly an oolong, but it just lacks a hint of the sweetness and butteriness that I came to expect after yesterday. I won’t be ordering more, though I am minutes away from caving and making another pot of the Hawaiian one.

(I could tell this tea wasn’t hitting the spot when I was tempted to make a cup of blueberry green Republic of Tea, which is perfectly fine, but not something that would normally compete with a Samovar tea for me.)

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It’s been a long while since I’ve had this tea. It’s one of those ones I love, so I leave it sitting there for when I have more time to enjoy it. Today I thought to myself that I don’t want it to age out of being amazing, so I should break it open again and make an entire pot (to resteep all day long). And I’m so glad I made that decision. I forgot how large the leaves are! And how nearly sweet the oolong is! It’s a great pot of tea!

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I am finishing off a tin of this at this very moment. It’s crazy to know, but I’ve had this tin for exactly 19 months and 1 week. My in-laws brought it to the hospital when we had little Leif. And I just didn’t have time to make tea for the first six months or so, and then when I did have time, I always made “real” tea. I have fond memories of this one, though, as my Dad kept teasing us about having the people’s republic tea. I believe we even have a photo of it in our album.

It’s a decent decaf green. I don’t know that I’d get more since I can have caffeine again, but it was a perfect one to have on hand for this last year and a half.

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drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
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I like this far more than I thought I would. I don’t know what my hang up was… it smells great, and I like hazelnuts. I think I assumed it would need sugar or something. However, it’s good just as it is! It just has a tiny edge that some sugar would knock off if you wanted to avoid it. In fact, for a flavored tea, it’s quite good!

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A friend gave me a cup of this, and I was a bit suspicious at first. I don’t normally like rooibos tea, but this particular type was a winner! It was a bit citrusy, a bit spicy, and a bit floral, but not too much of any of those. I don’t really know what else to say but if you (like me) generally avoid rooibos, this one is worth a try!


I think Mariage Freres makes great rooibos mixes – and rooibos is one of those things where IMO quality really really matters, bad rooibos is pretty bad! But Mariage Freres rooibos are all pretty wonderful.


Thanks for the tip! Now I’m thinking I’m going to have to investigate more of their rooibos mixes!


They make some great rooibos. And just a warning, their vanille borbon rooibos mix is IMO wonderful but the vanilla is very very subtle – I consider it plain rooibos mentally rather than flavoured rooibos. Do give that one a miss unless you like and want an almost plain rooibos. But it is very good quality rooibos


Thanks for the tip!!

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I’ve been into tea, at some level, since college with a first tin of loose tea brought back by my parents from Oxford. My love of tea increased with a visit to Boston and a chance cup at Tealuxe. Since then I’ve only gotten more interested in tea and have developed more of an appreciation for it.

tea rating guide
(updated 12/2010)

100: a perfect cuppa. these are the teas I’ll keep in my cupboard and tend to be one per type of tea.

90-99: will definitely get more of this tea

80-89: likely to get more and perhaps it will become a favorite with time

70-79: very good, depending on my mood or the season

60-69: wouldn’t actively try to get this tea, but also wouldn’t avoid it in a tea shop or restaurant

50-59: run-of-the-mill tea for me

40-49: decent, would hit the spot in some moods, but probably wouldn’t purchase it for my cupboard

30-39: okay, will try again, maybe

20-29: meh. I’d try this tea again if no other were available

10-19: drinkable, but a forced cup

0-9: didn’t even finish the cup


Seattle, WA



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