616 Tasting Notes

70

I’m finding the Earl Grey kind of overiding the other flavors that are supposed to be here. I’ve grown to like bergamot over the last couple months, so this is okay. I just wish I got the comforting notes of caramel and hazelnut. They kind of sneak up in the aftertaste, but I didn’t really find them prensent in the sip itself. I ended up adding sugar and milk trying to find the sweeter flavors, but that didn’t help much either. Of course, milk and sugar in EG is pretty swell regardless.

Thanks Shmiracles!

“You… you told me once that you weren’t a hero. Umm, there were times I didn’t even think you were human. But let me tell you this, you were the best man, the most human… human being that I’ve ever known, and no-one will ever convince me that you told me a lie, so there. I was so alone, and I owe you so much. But, please, there’s just one more thing, one more thing, one more miracle, Sherlock, for me. Don’t be… dead. Would you do that just for me? Just stop it. Stop this.”

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Nattie

This is one of the blends I most want to try in the world!! Also, you kinda made me tear up a little with the quote there. That speech will never fail to reduce me to tears. Poor John ):

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77
drank Brandied Apple by Culinary Teas
616 tasting notes

Mmm, melted butter spooned over baked apples. I think with the MIA brandy notes, this would be pretty nice paired with cinnamon and sugar.

Also, update on Tango: She’s looking better, but still won’t get up and move around much voluntarily. I think she’ll be fine, as she’s moving less stiffly each day, but I’m a worrier by nature, so yeah.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

This isn’t have the same blow-me-away quality that it had the first time I tried it, but I knew what I was expecting this time. It’s still really good and a bit like cake and cookies for breakfast or cinnamon sugar donut holes (and who could complain about that really?)

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Courtney

I love the quote!

Spencer

Just the name makes me want to try this!

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83

I’m one of those people who really enjoyed FFXIII. I found the story refreshing and the quick pacing totally appropriate for a group of people who are essentially enemies of the state. And I adore the character development. Like Sazh and Vanille. Unf.

Anyway, this one has notes of honey and apple in the front of the sip, neatly wrapped in a sweet blueberry finish. with a lingering floral blueberry aftertaste. The honey and blueberry merge as the cup cools. There’s nothing medicinal in the rooibos and it is really a calming cup.

I’m so incredibly happy with how my blends are turning out.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Courtney

Honey, apple, and blueberry sound delightful.

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73

So I haven’t really been present on here in the last couple days. Maybe a bit, but no notes or anything.

I’m at my parents’ house and dogsitting right now (as I might have pointed out before), and the oldest, Tango, stepped funny on the ice/snow mess in the backyard and hurt her hip Sunday night. She was moving pretty stiff and can’t make it upstairs to bed, so I’ve been sleeping on the couch with her. She’s doing a bit better now (more independant and such), and I’ve kept my mom updated, but I think I might be the worst dogsitter ever. Blah.

At least the tea is tasty.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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86

Ooops. I meant to leave this one at home with Fiance and somehow it wound up here with me at my parents’.

Oh well.

It’s still delicious, sweet, almond-y, and fruity.

quietly sips down

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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73

I’m starting to think I just like Adagio’s apple. It’s sweet and almost like a juicy baked apple, rather thn tart fresh apple. The coconut and vanilla make for a creamy up, and the Assam stays pretty muted, but offers something a little bit bolder than the standard Ceylon base.

I’m not really getting caramel like some other reviewers, but it’s good regardless.

Also if you haven’t seen this before, I feel like I should share:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4jxU7hQlc8

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
VariaTEA

This is one of the few fandom blends that seems to consistently get positive reviews. One day I will cave and place an adagio order and this might find its way into that :P

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72

Last cup of the sample, and by sole virtue of eating some lemon Starbursts (not my favorite flavor, but there really isn’t such a thing as a bad flavored Starburst), I realized this is incredible with a burst of citrus.

Lemon (or orange oil worked well too) pairs extremely well with the chickweed (presumably) and really lifts and brightens the flavor.

I’m not certain I’d seek this out again, but it was satisfying and unique.

Thanks again :D

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72

This is a strange blend, but I think I like it. I’ve never had chickweed, so this is a new experience. I also read up on it before making this. It’s a curious little plant that gets it’s name because of how much chickens love it!

The cinnamon and chickweed pair together to create a simultaneous sweet and savory flavor, where the cinnamon is a candy-like sweet cinnamon and the chickweed adds a savoryness, a little like earth and spinach, to the green tea (which I can barely taste).

Thanks AlexaK! This was neat to try.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
AlexaK.

No problem! I thought it was really different too. I’m still not quite decided on it, honestly.

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77
drank Candy Apple by Adagio Teas
616 tasting notes

Lessee. It’s 7:30 AM and I’ve been up for three hours already. I feel pretty much exactly how you’d expect one to feel in such circumstances.

But this worked for this morning. It hit the comforting, caffeinated spot it needed too. I don’t know if maybe this one doesn’t work in bagged form, but I’m definitely getting an adequately strong apple flavor. It tastes a bit like extra sweet baked apples (not quite applesauce level, though), though, with a toffee-like syrup in the aftertaste.

Weirdly, I think ths would be kind of ick with milk, and maybe even with sugar. I do like it well enough alone, though.

Thanks jeweledthumb!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
jeweledthumb

I strangely woke up super early this morning as well (well not as early as you, but I was expecting to sleep later than 7am). Glad you enjoy this one!

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Name: Lauren
Location: Wisconsin (previously a Chicago girl)
Occupation: Student by day and super hero by night
Super Hero? Yep!
Which One? I can’t tell you that! Secret identities and such. Just know I’m not the hero they want, but the hero they need.
Sidekicks: Fiance and two budgies, Skitter and Gandalf

Hobbies:

Reading, writing, cooking, video games, computers, drawing, crafting, papercraft. Oh and tea.

A brief history:

I grew up in a family where the only working coffee maker was in my dad’s office. So the name of the game for my mother and I quickly became (bagged) tea. In 2004/2005, I discovered Adagio Teas. I don’t remember how it happened, or why I decided to pursue a purchase but here we are. I haven’t looked back.

My tea tastes have changed over time and I’ve moved from liking solely flavored teas (mostly black and white) to enjoying Darjeelings primarily, though malty unflavored blacks, fresh tasting greens, and lightly oxidized oolongs come in pretty high on my list, too. Of course, I still enjoy a good cup of flavored tea. I prefer caffeinated teas, as I have a horrible caffeine addiction that I don’t plan on kicking any time soon.

Red rooibos and lapsang souchong (or other strongly smoky teas) are my arch nemeses and I will see them defeated and removed by force from my cupboard. Like all thing, there are exceptions, but I assume they’re guilty until proven innocent.

I really don’t like negatively rating things, because I feel like if you don’t have something nice to say, you probably shouldn’t say it. But in the interest of non-biased tea reviews I’m going to give it a shot. I view every tea as a potential adventure so I’ll try most things at least once.

I love trading and swaps are always welcome! Please note, though, what it in my cupboard includes amounts ranging from a couple cups to 4 ounces or more, so please PM me to find out if what you’re seeking is available in that trade amount.

According to my spreadsheet, I also have about 100 other 1-4 cup samples that are not in my cupboard.. Feel free to message if you’re interested in see the spreadsheet for possible swap options as well.

Tea Ratings:

100-95 Nectar of the teagods that has been bestowed upon my unworthy tongue. I will never let this tin run empty.

86-94 These are the teas I would like to keep regularly stocked, but sometimes life gets in the way. Lovely teas, but not quite god tier. I still get cravings for these.

74-85 Good teas, but not amazing. I enjoy these, but may or may not restock once they run out. I would still recommend these to others.

60-73 Not bad. I’ll gladly keep drinking my cup, and wouldn’t say no if someone offered me this tea. I probably won’t rebuy these as there is likely something else that is comparable and better.

47-59 Certainly drinkable and might even have some characteristics that I enjoy, but I won’t pick it up again

30-46 I’ll probably finish my cup, but this tea isn’t to my taste OR it’s just overwhemingly mediocre. Life’s too short for bad tea.

11-29 This cup is in the sink now and I will never willingly consume this again. If you see a tea rated this way, I probably followed it with mouthwash.

0-10 Please say a prayer for the cup I destroyed in the process of disposing of this tea in the quickest manner possible. I may need tea therapy before I drink a similar tea again.

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