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32 Tasting Notes

79
drank Kai Hua Crescendo by Adagio Teas
32 tasting notes

To me, this tea tastes somewhere between a green tea and a white tea. Flavor is less mellow than a white, but not as vegetal as a green. It brews up a yellowish color, like watered-down apple juice. Tastes sweet, and slightly floral. I probably steeped it a little too long, but what else is new…?

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

Wow, yeah that’s quite a bit more than the 3 min they recommend. But if you like it, go for it:)

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100
drank Lapsang Souchong by Adagio Teas
32 tasting notes

This is such a love it or hate it tea. Me? I love it. Tastes like a campfire. I’m a camping sort of person, so that works out well for me. Perfect on a gloomy, rainy, cold night.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Mambo by Adagio Teas
32 tasting notes

This is my first time trying Mambo, but I generally like Chinese black teas (but not others- typically). I was expecting a more complex flavor. Nonetheless, it is a nice tea. It is a little smoky, fairly robust, and somewhat earthy. Not smoky like lapsang souchong, or earthy like a puerh. The flavors are much less overt than that. I will enjoy my sample tin, but will probably skip this and re-order a keemun instead.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Foxtrot by Adagio Teas
32 tasting notes

I love foxtrot. It is one of my common evening time teas. I don’t know how rooibos + chamomile + mint = creamy flavor, but somehow that is how it turns out. It is wonderful. Just got a new big bag, too!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

It keeps nicely, too. I kept a pound in a tin for better than two years and it was just as minty smooth when I got to the bottom.

LENA

i hate chamomile, but i’m a fan of foxtrot. i think it’s the mint that cuts the chamomile taste.

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84
drank Toasted Sesame by Adagio Teas
32 tasting notes

I’m kind of disappointed. This is my second time having this tea, and the sesame flavor is still a little bit weaker than I was imagining. I envisioned a tea with a robust, toasted sesame flavor that doesn’t overwhelm the tea, but is still very present. I can smell it in the brewed tea and in the loose leaf (and still the smell of soy sauce?). But the sesame flavor is hard to find when I sip. But take this all with a grain of salt, because I’ve never been the worlds biggest fan of black tea. And, my palate is not the most refined. It is not bad, just not as flavorful as I was hoping. I’ll be interested in what others have to say.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Cofftea

Maybe because you aren’t steeping it the normal 5 min?

Sarah M

@cofftea: That may be, but usually a few minutes is enough for my taste…? i’m not done with this tea yet! still too intrigued to give up on it!

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100
drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
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100
drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
32 tasting notes

Wow! I thought this was going to be scary, but it was quite good. Like the Sesame tea, this came from Adagio’s Savory Sampler, which I received in the mail yesterday. I actually drank this last night. I was very apprehensive, but when I smelled the tea I began to feel less so. The tea actually smells kind of sweet (my husband said fruity, but i don’t know about that) but still like artichokes. In my mind, artichoke flavor = tangy / salty. That is not what this tea tastes like at all. This is more “essence of artichoke”. Now, I did not use enough leaf when I brewed this last night, so I will have to re-try with a more correct proportion. But the flavor itself is very smooth, savory, soothing. Definitely worth trying. I will have to try a few more times before I can adequately rate it, but it surely falls into the “thumbs up” category.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Auggy

So looking forward to trying these. Mine will get here Wednesday. Whee!

Cofftea

My only experince has been w/ pickled artichokes… ew…

Suzi

Nooo! I so wanted to be the first one to post about this, but my tea isn’t here yet :-p I’m glad to hear that it’s a good tea…my personal reaction when I read about it was “Man, that’s gonna be some funky-tastin’ TEA!”

Jillian

I’m relieved to hear that too, especially since out of the sampler set this was the tea I was the most afraid of.

I’m jealous that you’ve got your order already though, I ordered on the first day and I still have maybe a week or more left to wait. Damn you Canadian Customs! XD

Cofftea

I ordered mine on the 11th so it’ll be here anytime between today and next Fri. I’m betting on closer to Fri though since WI is pretty far from NJ.:( I have an 8oz tin of cucumber already so I just orded the other 3 and gave the full sampler to a friend for Christmas along w/ the things that made up the $19 purchase.

teafiend

I have my order all set up, but I’m being so finicky about the other teas I want. Hopefully I’ll get these by the end of the week.

teaplz

Savory sample? Sounds delicious! I’ll have to check this out. I LOVE the taste of artichokes, so I’m really curious as to how this tea tastes!

Sarah M

I don’t know why everyone’s stuff takes forever to arrive. Whenever I order from adagio, I get it 2 days later.

TeaEqualsBliss

I’m looking to order very soon! Good to hear it was a nice surprise and a good tea!

LENA

I’m shocked! Looking forward to trying this one out. I’m going through all of my goodies from Adagio before moving on the the savory teas.

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84
drank Toasted Sesame by Adagio Teas
32 tasting notes

I was so excited to get my “savory sampler” from Adagio yesterday. Sesame was first on my list to try. The leaves smell and look a little like soy sauce. They are dark black and have kind of a dark sheen on them. There are also sesame seeds visible with the leaves. When brewed it smells somewhat like sesame, not soy sauce (thankfully), but the sesame flavor was kind of weak. I’m giving it a 100 rating for the moment, because I don’t really know what I think of it just yet. When I first tried it, I was at work and distracted, so I will make a better assessment when I’m fully focused. Try it! The “savory sampler” is free with a $19 purchase from Adagio. Not sure how long that promotion is running. This tea is definitely worth checking out.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I’m having stirfry next week and I can’t WAIT to try it w/ that… although to me it seems like it might be better w/ a green tea base. I’ll know more when I try it.

Cofftea

I’m glad to know the sesame seeds don’t burn.

teaplz

How did you find out about this promotion, Sarah? Did it just say you were getting a free sample when you checked out of Adagio’s website with $19 worth of merchandise? I’m thinking of making an order and I’d love to try this and the Artichoke!

Cofftea

I got an email about it (I’m a frequent customer) and I also saw it on their home page.

Sarah M

I also got an email about it, but I actually heard about the savory teas on here before I got the email. Coftea- I was thinking stir fry too!!

TeaEqualsBliss

Another one I am looking forward to ordering via the free sampler!

Auggy

@teaplz: They’ve got the promotion on their main page currently with a little link to “get your friend sampler set” which, when clicked, will put it in the basket and then included in your purchases when you check out, but the price is $0.00.

teaplz

Thanks guys. I’ll be checking this out. I’m probably not seeing this because I haven’t yet ordered from Adagio. I’ve been planning on putting my first order in. Unfortunately, I probably won’t be able to get the savory sampler as a result (of not being a member sooner!).

LENA

great idea on the stirfry! oh yes. i will pass this idea off as my own. hahaha!

Cofftea

In addition to steeping it a full 5 min, make sure you’re using enough leaf. Try 2.25 per 6oz or 3g per 8oz.

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93
drank Honeybush Vanilla by Adagio Teas
32 tasting notes

Today I’m drinking honeybush vanilla with a little bit of some fruit tisane- I don’t know the brand. The fruit tisane has hibiscus, currant, grapes, and other fruits. The honeybush vanilla gives it a hint of creaminess, and tones down the tart fruit flavor. I speak from experience when I say it is quite good iced as well.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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34
drank Bedtime by Yogi
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I have a few bagged teas that I drink periodically, and this is one of them. It has a strong licorice flavor (licorice root is the first ingredient, so no surprise there). It is also minty, and sweet- a little weird tasting, but it covers up the valerian root, which tastes and smells like stinky feet. I drink it because it helps me go to sleep at night. If it weren’t for that, I probably wouldn’t bother. It is palatable but not great.

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I started drinking loose tea in 2007. I gravitate towards Japanese greens and herbal concoctions. I like most greener oolongs, and the occasional Chinese black or pu of any kind. I have my preferences, but I’ll try anything.

I am a stay-at-home-homeschooling mom to 2 boys. I love the outdoors and am a recovering adrenaline junkie. (Having kids will do that for ya.) I hardly have time to brew a few cups of tea a day, and rarely get to enjoy my tea hot, but I am stoked to re-kindle my relationship with Steepster.

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