32 Tasting Notes

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Maybe its because I’ve switched over almost entirely to loose leaf stuff, maybe I had a cold at the time. Whatever it is, I tried this again recently and I honestly have to wonder what I was thinking last time.

The chamomile. The freaking chamomile. Just…agh. Horrible.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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88

I love chocolate, like just about everyone else in the world, but for some reason hot chocolate (unless its the home made from scratch stuff) tends me make me queasy. This stuff might become my replacement for that, which pleases me greatly (Its always a little depressing when the boyfriend has a “Hey you want some hot choc-aw, crap” moment).

I can’t really describe the taste, its more cocoa than chocolate, totally lacks that frequent synthetic taste that fake hot chocolate has, and just…wow. I love this stuff, and I love the richness of it, and I especially love that said richness doesn’t leave me feeling like I’ve got a really bad flu or something.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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85

Very odd, but very, very good. Less of the ‘fruit loops’ taste, oddly reminiscent of Teavana’s rooibos chai but a heck of a lot better. Second steep was significantly milder than the initial one but still drinkable.

I actually liked it a great deal better than adagio’s regular decaf earl grey, and I definitely like that I don’t need to worry about oversteeping it and having it turn bitter.

Hit both with a good bit of sugar and some milk.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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90

One of the samples I snagged in my recent self-Christmas and good god, was I thoroughly impressed. This is probably the best chai I’ve ever had.

Heavy on the cinnamon and clove, but I absolutely love both flavors so I might be a bit biased. Sweetened with a bit of sugar and hit with a little milk, it was everything I’ve ever wanted in a chai. Second steep was milder but not as much as I’d expected, and still very, very good. Without a doubt, this is one I’ll be getting at least a 3 oz of next time I buy.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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77

Holy crap, these leaves are BIG! It looks like spinach in my strainer o_o

This was my first venture into real green tea (Can I say real if its not caffeinated?) and I was pleasantly surprised.

Definitely a light, subtle kind of flavor, milder than I usually like it, but its actually really nice. On an unseasonably warmer day like yesterday, (upper 50’s in freaking December, ugh) it was perfect.

The citrusy/spiciness might’ve been the primary thing that made it a “yes” for me though, I can’t imagine liking it too much without that little added zest to it, but hey I’ll eventually snag up their decaf sampler.

One of the few times I actually followed the steep time, too! I did mine with just a little bit of sugar and it was lovely. Second steep was drinkable, that spice-taste came through more than anything else, but incredibly bland. I definitely think I’ll be picking up a 3oz of this stuff next time I buy from Adagio.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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73

First loose leaf earl grey I’ve ever tried, and while I liked it (especially on the second steep), there’s one thing about it that’s just…really strange to me.
It smells like Fruit Loops.
Myself, my boyfriend and roommate all agreed that it seriously smells like Fruit Loops tea. Tastes wonderful but holy crap, that smell caught me off guard.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
debidoodle

It is so funny you said this … whenever I am drinking Earl Grey, that is the first thing my husband says “Drinkin’ some Fruit Loops tea huh?” Cracks me up every time :)

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87
drank Green Rooibos by Adagio Teas
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I really like this, and I have no idea why. Its…odd.

I’m a budding rooibos fanatic, I love the taste and being naturally decaf makes my life a heck of a lot easier. I’ve read several reviews on here about green rooibos and have been curious for a while, so when I recently bought a few random samplers from Adagio (thank you free shipping on Cyber Monday ll definitely be picking up a 3 oz of it next time I can.

I made mine with about 2 spoonfuls of sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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77

It shouldn’t work, but it does. I was browsing Adagio with a friend of mine who has a long-harbored love for hazelnut anything and since I was prowling for samples specifically she suggested that one. I figured its 2$, I love honeybush, and when it doesn’t taste like the godawful creamer, I very much like hazelnut.

Smells odd but good in the bag, smells fantastic (but still a little strange) brewing. The taste for me…its weird, its like I’m tasting the two flavors separately without it tasting horrible. I mixed about a spoonful of sugar into mine and found I didn’t need much more, so that’s good at least (I’m notorious for my overuse of sugar).

So…odd, but very good. I’ll definitely be finishing off my sampler, might buy a full size sometime but its not a top priority.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Sour Apple by Adagio Teas
32 tasting notes

I actually liked this quite a bit better than I expected to. One of the samplers I picked up when I bought my rooibos chocomint last week, figured I should finally give it a shot tonight.

Opening it up, it smells incredibly sour and almost acidic but brewing it cuts the sourness by quite a bit, had the kitchen smelling pretty damn nice. Out of curiosity I nabbed one of the dry apple chunks and ate it, just for funsies.

Steeped for about 10 minutes, turns a beautiful raspberry-ish red, and while the sour is still there its blended very nicely with the fruit tastes (and the bit of sugar I put in). I like it MUCH better cold, though. Hot, it almost feels to me like drinking warm juice. Cold, its fantastic. So this stuff will probably wait around till it gets too hot to drink warm tea again, but I most definitely like it and will probably pick up a full sized bag when I’ve got spare money.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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77

I like this quite a bit better than regular Sleepytime, the vanilla (for me) helps ease off that chamomile taste that I hate so much. I steep mine for an undecided amount of time that equals out to ‘whenever I get back to it’. I call it done when its a nice darkish honey color.

Not one of the ones I drink terribly often but there’s something really comforting about it to me.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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I am an absolute whore for rooibos and honeybush and if Adagio Tea was a person, I’d probably send them 20-page love letters written in scrawing lunatic handwriting. Okay, maybe not that bad but aaagh. Yes. I like them quite a bit.

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