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185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 9 oz / 266 ml

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From Adagio Teas

Want to make a great tea that is distinct yet unique? Surprise your friends by serving the refreshingly delicious Blackberry tea. This premium Ceylon black tea infused with sweetly tart blackberries is an adventure for your palate, sure to provide rich, tasteful rewards.

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8120 tasting notes

Oh adagio….how i hate your black base. This smells divine! It even tastes quite delicious, until that black bitterness hits. I’m going to try the last of this cold brewed so that I can see if that helps at all. Overall, this isn’t a bad tea, it just needs to be with another base…not adagio lol

Edit: as the tea cools off it loses that icky adagio black taste, so i’m hoping the cold brew will be delicious since the fruity aspect of this tea is pretty tasty!

Thank you Terri!

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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616 tasting notes

I totally didn’t realise I reviewed this tea once before. Like back when I was in my Steepster infancy. Huh.

I forgot this in the fridge. Though forgot is kind of generous. I knew it was there, I just couldn’t be bothered to drink it yesterday when there was Blackberry Merlot here instead (thanks music27note!). So this steeped for probably a pretty solid 24 hours.

That said, it’s surprisingly okay. The base wound up with tobacco notes and a little richer than usual, and the blackberry kind of disappered to all but the very front of the sip (and it got a little artificially off tasting), but it’s not offensive.

So, thanks for being super resilient to my carelessness, Blackberry tea.

Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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3253 tasting notes

Sipdown #3 (I think that puts me at 220)
Really just drinking this to lessen the load on my cupboard a bit, but it is kind of tasty, in a bright fruity pipe tobacco sort of way. It will be good to sip on for the next hour or so while I run errands!

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865 tasting notes

My sample was the perfect size to make a gallon iced. After I made my gallon, I heated up a 16oz mug. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE blackberries. They are the one fruit I will buy all year round if I can manage to find them and will even pay more for organic.

What a complete disappointment! For a person that doesn’t really like fruit flavored blacks; however, it’s a pretty good tea if you ignore the fact that it’s supposed to be blackberry. But I can’t. The base is smooth and medium bodied w/ just a hint of astringency that plays my tongue. Every once in a while I get a berry tartness, but as Suzi said, it’s not the focus here and I’m sure I couldn’t identify or even tell you it was there if I didn’t see the tin.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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53 tasting notes

Giving this another shot (although, I haven’t logged it before for some reason…bad Steepsterite!). It’s simply not tart, it’s just bitter. And for a flavored black, especially one named for a fruit, one has greater aspirations. I’ll drink this pot and update if the liquid nearer to the leaves brings some tartness (didn’t mix well post-infuse…which reminds me… new teapot! 34 ounce version of this: …love the spout).

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

that’s a cute pot! I assume the infuser bit can be taken out, but does the lid still fit properly if you do that?


Unfortunately no, lid doesn’t sit well if you take it out the infuser, so it lacks that flexibility. But! I just leave the infuser in and push down the plunger (it has a really tight seal at the bottom of the casket, which is what I was looking for…old one started to leak), works well enough for me. Well constructed, easy on the eyes ;)


Hmmm… Doesn’t sound like a good fit for me. I’ll keep looking then. I tend to prefer having my leaves loose in the pot, especially if it’s a larger leaf-size. (Also one’s boyfriend might also choose to comment on the fact that *cough*ten*cough* pots seem to be enough for most other people)


@Angrboda Bodum makes a very similar pot with a removable plastic filter that I use daily. The plastic has started to get a bit stained after several months’ use, but it works well for me.

@Mike I completely agree with you about this tea. It is one of the most bitter teas I’ve ever tasted, which is unfortunate because I love blackberries.


@Angrboda I found the pot I have – it’s the Bodum Assam.


Cool Bethany. I’ll add that to my birthday wishlist. :)

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123 tasting notes

I’m a little disappointed with Adagio’s Blackberry Tea.

For starters, the blackberry flavor is really light. I could hardly taste it when the tea was hot; as it cooled the flavor became more noticeable but it never became the focal point of the beverage. It remained a subtle hint of blackberry in the background of a standard black tea. On the plus side, it was definitely blackberry – not raspberry or strawberry.

The tea was also pretty sensitive. I over-steeped it by a minute, a minute and a half max but that was too long. It was quite bitter.

I am glad I bought the tea, because I think it’ll be good for experimenting. It may yet make a decent iced tea, since the flavor seems to come out more at a cooler temperature.

6 min, 0 sec

I find it interesting that you say a black tea that is over steeped by 1.5min and ends up being quite bitter is “pretty sensitive”… I do realize that there is a lot of variation in personal preference when it comes to tea, but a 1-1.5 min overage seems like it’s a lot and I’d expect the chances of bitterness to go up. Do you normally like your blacks in the 6-6.5 min range? Maybe what they used to flavor it got bitter on you?


Haha, I’m a careless chronic oversteeper so I’m used to steeping a 5-minute tea for 8+ minutes all the time. Usually they’re still OK; maybe a little bit more bitter but not to the point where it’s undrinkable or completely blocking the flavor. So yeah, something that stops working at the 6 minute mark seems pretty sensitive to me, but I suppose for most people that seems like a weird comment!


I’m very type A with my steeping times so yeah it was a little hard for me to understand. Thanks for explaining where you’re coming from:)

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911 tasting notes

I’m out of this now. And I’m okay with that.


Ahhh…finishing teas I don’t like. It feels good, doesn’t it?


And it’s so hard to do, too! Which probably adds to the feeling of accomplishment. Yay!

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355 tasting notes

Forgot to log this this morning. Agree with other reviewers that this is bitter and it doesn’t taste like blackberries at all to me. Adagio’s flavored blacks don’t impress me much these days.


I was just thinking this morning how I’ve yet to find an Adagio tea that I like, but the only ones I’ve tried are flavoured blacks. Maybe I should try some greens or whites.


The only flavored black I really love is Valentines; the rest are really hit or miss. If you like straight black tea, their Yunnan Noir and Fujian Black Pearls are both great. For whites, I love their Silver Needle.


Have you tried understeeping it!?

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52 tasting notes

I’m starting a new tea blog today & thought I would set up the mood by making some scones & brewing a pot of tea I hadn’t tried yet. Good thing I can make another pot later…

Okay, I love Adagio. I love their customer service & most of the teas I have tried. Till now…

This would be a great review if this was just a plain black tea, but sadly, it’s not. It’s supposed to have a blackberry flavor & there just isn’t enough of that flavor. Oddly enough the smell is there when you open the bag & inhale. If I hadn’t smelled it, I would never have known I was drinking blackberry tea.

I even tried adding more sugar, but it wasn’t enough to really make the blackberry flavor reach my senses.

I’m disappointed. Adagio never lets me down. I’m surprised by this one.


One criticism of Adagio for me is it’s “flavor factory”..they have a lot of “flavors”, but seem to just push it out with the same Ceylon base. Not much creativity. The Ceylon may be quality and the flavoring natural, but not put together well.

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31 tasting notes

This is a pretty good flavored black as long as you brew at 195-200F for 3 min or less. Any more than that, and it gets bitter.

It’s better as an iced tea than hot. When cool, I find the blackberry almost overwhelming, so I’ve made the last few batches of iced tea with the blackberry blended with vanilla or cream black.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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