Ceylon Sonata

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 10 g 16 oz / 466 ml

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From Adagio Teas

Black tea from Sri Lanka. In colonial times, this island-nation was known as Ceylon. This name is still used to describe all teas grown here. Ceylon tea is bright and lively, with a wonderfully delicate flavor. The ‘Ceylon Sonata’ is the finest grade tea from the renowned Kenilworth estate, located in Sri Lanka’s Kandy region. The perfect afternoon tea.

Steep at 212° for 3-5 minutes.

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9 tasting notes

One of my favorite black teas. All the caffeine with a smooth taste. Not bitter, unless you steep for too long

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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11 tasting notes

This is one of my favorite black teas. It has a vivid and deep brown brew, a nice classic black tea flavor, very low bitterness, wholesome and satisfying mouth feel with a nice malty level, making this a terrific daily drinker for me.

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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139 tasting notes

From the EU TTB.

This one I actually really enjoyed! I was in the mood for a good old cuppa with milk and sugar, so this seemed like a good choice. I’m used to adagio’s blacks being pretty strong and turning astringent quickly, so the additions would probably help the tea rather than hurt it. My aunty came round with my cousins to drop off a book unexpectedly, so I ended up oversteeping it for a good 10 minutes. As it turns out, though, it wasn’t too bad. Only slightly astringent plain, and perfectly fine after I added the milk and sugar. It was a really nice cup of strong, malty black tea with just a slight hint of a citrus note. Very pleasant as an afternoon drink, but I probably won’t keep it as I already have some similar teas in my collection.

Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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4 tasting notes

The ideal tea for people who just want a plain cup of tea. I received a cold brew pouch of this tea from Adagio, let it sit in a quart of water overnight as directed, and added a little sugar in the morning. Pleasant, refreshing.

Flavors: Tea

Iced 8 min or more

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27 tasting notes

Dry, the leaves smell citrus and grapefruit-y with a little sweet malty. I try to not oversteep black teas, since I’m sensitive to the bitterness that develops. This had none of it. I’m not too sure how to recommend it, since it doesn’t have a lot of complexity to ponder. A little bit of citrus, malt and fruit in the taste and aroma. I’m a simple girl. I have a fondness for simple, drama-free things. And that’s what I’m getting from it. I can see mixing this with other flavors (which I suppose is what Adagio does).

This initial order (#teanewbie) from Adagio was to help me weed thru some of the WIDE variety of tea styles, so I can find the families I enjoy. So I’m glad I tried this, since now I want to try more Ceylons.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 480 ML

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36 tasting notes

Smooth, delicious and not bitter at all. Just enough citrus to notice but not overwhelming. Great both hot and cool. Read the full review here: http://www.abbisiler.com/tea/ceylon-sonata-adagio-teas

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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16 tasting notes

this is my go to “Plain” tea, not too harsh, not too dry. and almost impervious to an over steep. once my liter nalgene full got cold, throughout a day of drinking it on and off, i squeezed a wedge of lemon in, tossed it in the freezer for 30 minutes, and it was then iced tea.

Boiling 7 min, 15 sec 15 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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3 tasting notes

Love this simple, delicious, no-frills black tea.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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12 tasting notes

Kettle: Breville Tea Maker
Temp: 212
Steep Time: 3:00 min
Type: Black Tea, Loose

After opening the sample, the first thing I smelt was chocolate. Lots of chocolate. Brewed scent is dry. Mellow flavor, slightly earthy. Needs to steep longer on next attemp

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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2 tasting notes

One of my mild after noon “go to” teas. Enjoy the mild taste.

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