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I must say, I love silver needle tea, but adagio’s silver needle was somewhat of a disappointment. First it was almost old looking (the leaves), the color was ok in the tea the taste was very bland, your artichoke notes, toasted grain. there was not very much after steeping once. One steeping was all I got. score 85

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Cofftea

Maybe it needs the suggested 7 min.

GREEN TEA TV

I did that later and it was strong, but there was some sort of muted flavour to it.

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67
drank Coconut by Adagio Teas
243 tasting notes

From the aroma of the leaves I did not think I would like this much, but I decided to try it anyway. (Hot, no milk, no sugar). The smell of the tea is strange, it smells very strongly of coconuts, but the flavor is mild. It tastes like coconuts, but it is not overpowering flavor like you think it would be based on the smell.

There is an aftertaste, it is sweet. I cannot identify what it is, but I like it. I’ll update more after I finish the pot.

Update:

So this tea, like all teas, got cold after a little while, and the taste of coconut became stronger and the aftertaste was more prevalent. I did not like this, but I did enjoy it hot. Worth a try.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Golden Monkey by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

Mmmmmm…niiiiice. This tea is hitting the spot! Its very visually appealing when u first put it in cup- it is like lil friggin monkey claws! Too cute! The taste is very smooth, with a nice malty touch and a hint of chocolate notes for sure. Its very satisfying and filling while I snuggle here in my sweats on a cold day . Yes I did actually get to the gym earlier but that was hours ago and now I’m satisfying my craving for warmth. When I was working out I was trying to distract myself from the pain by thinking of the blueberry white tea I would have iced when we got home..well, that never happened and I’m now chilled enough that iced anything makes me shiver. I suppose I could turn the heat up but I kinda like the briskness in the house- keeps me going. That and keeps me wanting more and more tea and thats never a bad thing!!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
takgoti

Tea: reducing heating bills since before heating bills existed.

kat

u said it girl! :)

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79
drank Sour Apple by Adagio Teas
19 tasting notes

This one my daughter and I loved. It is like having a granny apple on a warm summers day. When opening the container to pouring in the cup. The aroma filled the kitchen of apples. I was blown away on the size of apple pieces that was in the tea. Yes, my first time having loose tea.

The liquors sent and color was pleasing to me. I tossed it around a little as if to taste wine. Seeing its hue clasp within its self and relieving more of its bountiful notes. It taste like a warm cup of apple juice, but with out the sweetness. It held the a bit bitterness that green apple hold within its savoring juices.

It makes me picture the orchards of yesterday. Making homemade applesauce with Mom. Just slipping away into memories of before.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

You actually taste the apple?

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70
drank Formosa Oolong #8 by Adagio Teas
248 tasting notes
I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I’m seconding the oolong love.

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70
drank Formosa Oolong #8 by Adagio Teas
248 tasting notes

A nice cup of hot tea to end the day.

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65
drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
5 tasting notes

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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Citron Green by Adagio Teas
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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Song Yang by Adagio Teas
4 tasting notes

One of the best white teas I’ve ever tried!

This is a wonderful white tea and very underrated. Discovering it was a pleasant surprise for me. In my book it ranks second only to a nice Silver Needle and not by much.

Tea brews to a dark yellow, will turn brown if brewed longer than 3-4 min.

Flavor is rich and delicious with a strong grassy undertone, leaving a slightly sweet aftertaste in your mouth. Leaves are unbroken and not fermented at all, tea will not turn bitter if over-steeped.

One of the best things about this tea is the aroma – for a white tea it has an unusually strong, grassy, and earthy bouquet. Excellent!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Do they NOT sell this anymore!? I can’t find it and want to try it!

Leon

This tea was always tough to find in US. First of all, harvests are very limited (leaves gathered and rolled by hand, can only make so much). Secondly, it’s seasonal, best Song Yang is gathered in early spring and appears in stores world wide about a month later… check around April-May in US, that’s when they usually have it…

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83

Talk about a healthy drink!

I order these from Adagio by case and they end up being around $1.50 per bottle. To me, it doesn’t get any better than this when it comes to grabbing a bottle on my way out the door.

Sugar-free, antioxidant-rich, mild-flavored beverage! Don’t expect it to taste sweet, it doesn’t. Just a simple white-tea flavor. Certainly beats a bottle of spring water (at least I know what I’m paying for!) for taste. And beats the pants off sodas or “vitamin water” (loaded with sugar and sodium) for health benefits!

And I love this ingredient list: “White tea. Water”. That’s all I need, thank you!

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27
drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
260 tasting notes

Trust Auggy to send me a conundrum in a tin. [Hahaha, just kidding. Love you, Augs.] But seriously y’all, this tea belongs in a carnival somewhere between the bearded lady and the contortionist. It is bizarre.

The leaves will punch you in the sarcophagus if you aren’t ready for the stench when you open up the tin. And yes, I am going to call it a stench, because I don’t think it’s an extremely appealing smell. It smells like brine, with maybe a hint of cucumber [but just a hint]. There’s a spicy nudge that almost smells like cinnamon, but it has that sweet edge Auggy was talking about so it really reminds me a lot of Red Hots, which I was never a fan of. Sometimes it has this sharpness to it that reminds me of when I got pine sap on my hand one time and it was really hard to get off and smelled kind of nasty. It’s one of those smells that is impossible to ignore and makes your nostrils feel not unlike they’re being poked with a skewer.

With a smell this pungent, you’d think the tea would be inarguably disgusting, but surprisingly, or not surprisingly as I am discovering with Adagio’s smell to taste ratio, I didn’t find this to be true. This was one of the rare cases where I was so glad the taste did not live up to the smell that I let out a huge sigh of relief after the first sip.

It kind of tasted like cucumber, but even more of that cinnamon/Red Hots note came out in the taste. Surprisingly enough, I didn’t hate it. The scent of the liquid is still a liiiittle bit overwhelming, but the taste was surprisingly mellow. Cucumbers, a cross between dill and sweet pickles, and Red Hots. There is nothing in my head that say those flavors should meld together, but for whatever reason worked okay.

As it moved to luke warm, it began to get a little bit sweeter, which I liked. But when it cooled, the any taste I could pick out was pretty much gone. It sort of tasted like cucumber water, which I can make a little more easily by just sticking cucumbers in water. EDIT TO ADD: Somewhere around here, in the lukewarm range, I also was getting the flavor of plain, unbuttered popcorn. That kind of weirded me out. Not sure where it was coming from, but it wasn’t completely unwelcome.

So, for the novelty, I’ll probably finish off this sample tin. I’ll just have to hold my nose a bit because the stink of the leaves is strong enough to actually make my eyes water. [I wish I were kidding.] But this definitely isn’t something I’m going to buy.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Ricky

Cofftea recommends it iced xD

teaplz

I hate cucumbers and I hate pickles, so this sounds like nightmare-in-a-tin for me. Throw in the Red Hot taste that everyone seems to be picking up on (which I, too, never liked), and I doubt I’d be able to even take a sip of this, even if the flavor wasn’t as bad as you thought. I don’t think I’d ever be able to get past the stench alone.

Auggy

Thank you, thank you. I will continue to do my best to throw you difficult and confusing teas!

Ricky

Want the rest of my tin? That’s what I’ve been smelling cinnamon! Didn’t think of it before.

takgoti

@Ricky Yeah…thanks for the suggestion, but I don’t think I like this tea enough to give it a lot of effort. Plus, I didn’t like it cool, so I really don’t think I’ll dig it iced. I can chill cucumber water for much less trouble.

@teaplz It is certainly not a tea for everyone, but it’s one of those things that I’m glad I’ve experienced if that makes sense. Maybe if someone just gave you a shot glass of it hot so you could hold your nose and get a feel for the taste? The smell I would not inflict upon anyone who wasn’t willing to sniff it. It is knock your head back, kick you in the gut strong.

takgoti

@Auggy Yeah, thanks for that left hook. APPRECIATED.

@Ricky HAHAHAHAHA one tin’s enough for me, but thank you very much for your offer.

Angrboda

Ricky, if you seriously want to get rid of it and don’t mind sending across water, I’ll happily take it. I’m dead curious as to whether or not it’s as dreadful as it sounds.

teaplz

Angrboda is much, much braver than I am. Cucumber is already extremely offensive to me, so I can’t even imagine putting this anywhere near my mouth.

If I have to hold my nose to drink something I’m not drinking it! :P

Angrboda

Teaplz, yes, but if I like it it’ll be a huge let-down now. :p If I can’t get my hands on a sample, I’m definitely going to include one the next time I feel I can afford an adagio order.

Ricky

Stay tune for tomorrow’s holiday tea giveaway thread =D and I’ll send it to you. Now, it’s not that horrible as we all say it is. I mean I can finish the tin, but I’d prefer not to, given a choice :D

Jillian

It does sound like a good candidate for the Travelling Teabox. Sure someone out there along the route will love this tea. <

Cofftea

@Ricky, not iced- well unless you steep it 2x strength, but that just seems like a waste to me. Just stick it in the frige. It’s definitely a conundrum, but that’s what I like about it. I try weird teas even if I’m almost positive I won’t like it just to say I did. I LOVE savory teas. lol Not finish the tin? Heck I have an 8 oz tin at my house!:)

kat

haha thats a trip. I received a free sample of this from Adagio when it first came out and I could not BELIEVE the DISGUSTING smell!!!!!! I tossed it in the trash right then which after hearing fromu guys that the taste doesn’t match the smell maybe I should’ve tried it. Im a wimp. Ah,well.

teaplz

Cofftea, ahh, that’s a bit confusing, ‘cause I’ve seen you refer to it as “iced” on several posts. And then on your profile it says that you use teacubes. Do you make teacubes of this and that’s the “iced” part? Or do you just have it chilled?

Cofftea

@teaplz, yeah it is a bit confusing. I need to find a succinct way of saying “iced using ice cubes made of additonal tea instead of plain water”. Truth be told I’m normally too lazy to make them (or too impatient to wait for them to freeze) so I just chill it.

Cofftea

@kat even though I have MORE than enough, the thought of you throwing it (or any tea really) physically hurts me lol. But yeah it smellls gross. I’m used to it thought. I’m even getting used to the aroma of the raw sesame tea leaves which in my book are FAR worse.

Kitch3ntools

i asked for a sample of this for Christmas from my sister so hopefully she’ll get it for me :) even though you all seem to think it smells gross im kinda excited to see what it smells like :p and i LOVE pickles so just the thought that it may taste like a pickle is promising

sophistre

This review has me very curious. Brined cinnamon tea that turns, somehow, into buttered popcorn for a few moments, and then becomes cucumber? It’s one of those things that sounds so implausible and strange that I’m instantly wanting to try it just to see how it happens. I’d be content if it really did taste like cucumber, though…I really like that smell/taste, when it’s fresh and clean (I’ve even had cucumber oil for a perfume, though I will say that it didn’t smell like brine, pickles, or redhots…so strange…)

Cofftea

@sophistre, I drink this often and never get the red hot thing. In RE: the perfume, I have cucumber and aloe scented deoderant.:)

takgoti

@Kitch3ntools Hehehe, if you love pickles then you might really, really like this tea! After reading all the reviews I saw popping up on it before Auggy sent me the sample I was kind of morbidly curious to try it, too, so I understand.

@sophistre Well, not buttered popcorn, but that kernally popcorn taste. It was definitely out of left field, and only brief. I don’t even know how to explain the tea appropriately, this was the best I could do. It is just…something you need to try. I didn’t find it especially refreshing, though I also didn’t find [the taste anyway] bad. It’s just…it is. Maybe you can talk @Ricky into giving you the rest of his sample!

Cofftea

@takgoti, a sarcophagus is a stone coffin, esp. one bearing sculpture, inscriptions, etc., often displayed as a monument, do you mean an esophagus? LOL:)

takgoti

No, it’s from a poster I saw. Feel free to google it.

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83
drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
197 tasting notes

This is very well done. A little different for me, as chais go, but I really liked it

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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12
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
197 tasting notes

Too much lemon peel! Spoiled it. Milk and sugar did not help

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

There isn’t supposed to be lemon peel in it…

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79
drank Green Pekoe by Adagio Teas
359 tasting notes

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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93

I’m still a teanoobie, but this has become one of my “go-to” teas. I don’t know what kind of drugs they lace this stuff with, but it literally makes me feel good every time I drink it. I love the peachy fragrance. I sweeten it with clover honey. Love it, love it, love it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
248 tasting notes

I’m drinking my chai without milk for the second time ever. It a different taste — but still yummy. I should do this more often.

Cofftea

I drink chai clean often. Sometimes I just don’t want the milky texture. And when I do add it to a 1st infusions, I drink the additional ones neat. Too much milk texture or sweet things don’t set w/ my stomach so I drink just enough to get my 1c. serving of milk in:)

Jenny

When I make chai, I usually make a lot of it (since I always make it on the stove — it’s just easier to make it in bulk). And I’ve always just added the milk in then and then keep the rest of it in the fridge. It’s just nice to open the fridge and already have chai there =)

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80
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
248 tasting notes

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80
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
248 tasting notes

Having a nice cup of warm chai in the afternoon.

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80
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
248 tasting notes

Had it straight out of the fridge — so it’s was nice and cool — which went nicely with my really spicy, garlic noodles.

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80
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
248 tasting notes

Grabbed a quick cup from the fridge before heading out.

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80
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
248 tasting notes

We finally have milk again! Chai!

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80
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
248 tasting notes

<3 yummy! Leaving town in a few days so I made a fresh pitcher to use up all the milk.

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80
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
248 tasting notes

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80
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
248 tasting notes

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