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100
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
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11th infusion, darker than the past 3.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

10th infusion, very light.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Linda

Just wondering but why are you steeping your tea over and over and over again. I will do 2 steeps but never this many. How come?

Cofftea

Why not? The leaves still produce a good cuppa! Not resteeping when the leaves are still good is just a waste of tea and money.

Linda

but so many times and it’s still good? Do you only steep within a 24 hr period? or do you keep it longer and refrig. it.

Cofftea

Yes it’s still good. That’s why I said “Not resteeping when the leaves are still good is just a waste of tea and money”. No it takes me 2 days to get thru a portion of high infusion leaves. I NEVER put them in the frige… gross…

Linda

Well if you leave it out and of course it’s wet you are asking for mold to rear it’s ugly head. This bothers me greatly as I am allergic to mold. Why would refrigerating the wet tea be grosser then mold? Come on Cofftea convince me, please

Cofftea

@Linda, I check my leaves extensively for mold. If there is mold I dump them immediately and wash my steeping vessel EXTREMELY well. Refrigerating the leaves itself wouldn’t be gross, but I think it’d produce a gross cuppa. Leaves are very sensitive to water temperature as they require a very narrow range of temp so chilling them seems to be a HORRIBLE idea. If scalding the leaves w/ too hot of water, what will happen when I expose them to fridged air and the aromas of whatever food you have in there? Not to mention trying to bring the leaves back to room temp. It just seems like an all around inconvenient, bad idea.

Linda

I might just give it a try. Problem is, though, if I am too frugal with the tea, then I won’t use it up fast enough and have an excuse to buy more. lol

Cofftea

@Linda, since you are much more sensitive to mold I’d start w/ 6. Why spend money on more tea when the tea you have will last you? I’d rather use the money I’d be saving for higher quality/more expensive tea. This financially allow that treat.

Linda

you know, you is one smart cookie, or should I say, cup of tea

Cofftea

@Linda, no- just economical when it comes to tea:) And greedy, I have LOTS of teas and teaware on my wish list. lol

Linda

I hope you get everyone you want (I hope I do too)

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100
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

9th infusion for my mom.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

8th infusion

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

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100
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
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7th infusion 2 min 40 sec. The liquor really fell off the wagon, but I have a feeling it’ll be back. It’s a light peachy-ish yellow. But the flavor is still very much there. More sweet now that it’s lighter.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
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6th infusion. The liquor is a tarnished yellow w/ kind of a peachy tint. Nice and clean taste.

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

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100
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

5th infusion, 1 min 20 sec.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
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4th infusion. Fairly dark liquor. No longer very sweet, but not bitter either. Nice and clean.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
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Back logging a 3rd infusion from last nite. Steeped for 50 sec.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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100
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

2nd infusion. I expected the liquor to be darker than the 1st infusion (which it definitely is), but WOW… as soon as I opened the top of my ingenuiTEA (which you should ALWAYS do so your leaves don’t mold) I was smacked in the face w/ the aroma which I don’t remember ever happening, especially when flash steeping. It definitely smelled grassy. It tasted almost exactly like it smelled except there was a sweetness that my tongue detected that my nose didn’t.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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100
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
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1st infusion flash steeping. Light aroma and liquor. Taste is also light, yet not weak. Grassy yet clean w/ a sweet finish.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

Infusion 10, 20 min. Liquor and taste are barely, if any, lighter than the 9th infusion. I’m dumping these leaves now. Not because they’re dead, not because I’m sick of the flavor, but because I’d have to steep them at least 25 min and I’m not that patient.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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100
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
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Infusion 9, 15 min. A bit lighter than infusion 8, but still a lot darker than I expected it would be. The taste is light but flavorful.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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100
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
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Infusion 8, 12 min. WHOA! What the heck? The liquor (and the flavor, but especially the liquor) are a LOT darker than infusion 7 was. Now it’s a medium tarnished yellow… kinda like brown mustard. I didn’t even flash steep this one, does this usually happen this late in the game?

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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100
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
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Infusion 7, 10 min. EXTREMELY light liquor, but the taste stronger than you’d expect. Perfect pearing w/ the pear I had w/ it. lol lame and corny joke I know. Sorry.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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100
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

Infusion 6. Flavor is still really good, but the liquor is a bit disappointing.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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100
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

Infusion 5.

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

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100
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
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Infusion 4. Nice and sweet. The perfect compliment to the bitter dressing on my salad.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

Infusion 3. Bitterness is fading.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

2nd infusion.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

I’m eventually gonna flash steep this to see if I can get 16 infusions out of this like my last Dragonwell, but since this is my 1st time trying Adagio’s (THANKS LENA!) I thought I’d steep it as directed. 2.25g/6oz purified water.

Ok, I’m really starting to discover why dragonwell is so highly thought of. This is AMAZING! After flash steeping, I really thought the liquor would be stronger lol. It has a light vegetal yet sweet aroma. And the taste… light, sweet, yet bitter… It’s funny, the bitterness makes me make a weird face, but I love it!

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

you are most welcome. glad you like it!

Suzi

16 infusions? Holy cow! I don’t think I’ve ever infused more than 3-4 times max. I get bored of the flavor after that point :-p

gmathis

Believe that’s a record!

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85
drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
187 tasting notes

Grrrrr. I’m pretty mad right now, because when I opened my tin of this, even though I was fairly careful, I dropped about a teaspoon of the stuff all over my kitchen floor. So I just inadvertently lost a whole cup of tea. :( And this makes me sad! Although in the upcoming months I’m probably going to have so much tea that I won’t know what to do with it…

Anyway, it’s absolutely disgusting out, and a lot of the roads are closed, and I just wanted something nice and smokey. This hit the spot. I actually detected a lot more of the sweetness this time around – I think it’s because I was expecting it, and I have a little bit more experience with greens and whites now than I did when I first drank this. The interplay between the sweet and the smokey was simply amazing. And I still believe this one tastes just like Rome burning.

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

I feel your pain- even though I DO have much more than I know what to do w/, I cry every time I spill some lol.

Auggy

Aw, poor thing! Though I doubt you will get to the point that spilled tea won’t make you sad. I just had to rearrange my tea shelf in the pantry to fit all my teas (it’s now encroaching onto both the shelf beside it AND below it – and I still have my series 1 coming!) and when I was transferring stuff from bags into tins and spilled (twice!) I was still pouting.

takgoti

I spill stuff out of Adagio tins allllll the time. Spilling tea just so sad.

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85
drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
187 tasting notes

Steep three of this baby and I’m done! So, this time the leaves just sort of looked like… leaves. Yeah, because that’s what they are.

Well, that was intelligent.

Anyway, the cup that brewed up was still around the same color as the others, but this one had a bit more sediment in it. Which I found pretty odd, considering that this was the third steep and all. The leaves still smelled a bit spinach-like. The taste of this cup was closer to the second than the first by a long shot, but the spinach taste had mellowed out. When Gunpowder #3 was hot, it was actually bitter, which took me by surprise. As the tea cooled though, the bitterness disappeared. This one is still definitely veggie-like, but the sweetness is the main flavor component. It’s very, very sugary. I was really surprised by this.

But I was pretty much done with this by the bottom of the cup. I think I might have been able to get another steep out of this one, but I really don’t feel like it. While it was interesting to see the tea evolve over several steeps, the first steep was by far the best, and the reason why I rate this one so highly. I don’t know if I’ll be resteeping this one again, simply because spinach is not one of my favorite flavors, and I really enjoyed the smokiness that was so great the first time around.

My mom thought the entire resteeping thing was pretty odd. “So, you’re just going to leave those leaves there? In the pot? Can you do that? Why would you want to do that? That first cup tasted awful.” It was pretty amusing overall.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 30 sec
Jillian

Some people just don’t get it – like my boyfriend for instance, LOL

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85
drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
187 tasting notes

Yay! My first second steeping of a tea! If I decide to resteep other teas, I’ll probably tack the findings on to the end of the first steep results. But since my last review of Gunpowder was so massive, I think that’d be a bit unwieldy. Unless I decide to split it up all the time. We’ll see.

So, no crazy leaf explosions this time. The leaves did seem to get a bit bigger, though, and look more… leaf-like. Like plants. Which is what they are. I’m still amazed at how much leaf came out of the little rolled pellets. The leaves smelled like spinach this time.

Anyway, the liquid (I know I’m supposed to use “liquor” but that sounds pompous) was around the same color as before, but the taste was completely different. Ridiculously different. It wasn’t like I was drinking the same tea. This steep tasted strongly of Essence of Spinach. If that was even a flavor. It’s like spinach and water infused as one and became a beverage. I don’t really know what to say about that, since spinach is definitely not one of my favorite vegetables. It was interesting, and definitely sippable, but not as enjoyable and complex as the first steep.

I couldn’t detect any of the smoky flavor anymore at all. If anything, it was a faint wisp in the back of my throat. There was a little bit more bittnerness, but nothing out of the ordinary. But what was pretty amazing was the delicious sweetness that became a prominent note and aftertaste. I can still actually taste it now. It tastes like what I always want sugar in my tea to taste like, but it never does. It’s natural and delicious and wonderful. If anything, I kept drinking this second steep for that juicy sugary goodness.

I’m going to try a third steep of this stuff a bit later on. Now it’s more curiosity than wanting to drink it, just because the second steep was radically different than the first.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

So now you’re calling me pompous? hehe;) lol j/k.

teaplz

Nah, it’s just not a word I think I’d ever use! Haha, I’m 22, look around 17, am bouncy and peppy in real life. I couldn’t imagine using “liquor” unless I was wearing a monocle and smoking a pipe. :P

takgoti

@teaplz Yes, yes. Quite right, quite right. Do remember to drop by and pick up your tweed jacket – I’ve sewn your leather elbow patches on it for you.

Cofftea

@teaplz shush now- I’m just 2 yrs older than you lol. I like using proper vocab. I think the lack of proper verbage makes people look uneducated. (Not you personally, just as a society in general).

teafiend

@ teaplz Jolly good show! Perhaps I can interest you in a top hat and and a fine cane?
I really don’t see where age plays a role in verbosity, other than the narrow minded guide lines that education system uses.

teaplz

Harrharr. I didn’t mean it as an “age” thing really – that sort of came out wrong. I just meant that it’s such a stuffy word for me. I just could never imagine using “liquor” to describe my tea to my friends. And since I type these logs out in a conversational, intimate tone, I’d never use it on here either. It’s like choosing to call film “cinema.” It’s absolutely correct. But it makes you look unnecessarily pretentious.

And Cofftea, I think you mean verbiage. ;)

Auggy

@teaplz: Off topic but I think you will be happy to know I caved to your peer pressure. I got the sampler. :)

teaplz

notarevolution, I don’t think it’ll ever come naturally to me. I use a ton of “big kid” words in everyday conversation. I’m an English major and an avid reader (I read at least 100 books a year), so I love finding appropriate and quirky words to fit into conversations. But every time I try to type “liquor,” I just end up giggling.

Auggy! YES! YES! YES! You’ve just made me joygasm over here. Awesome! We should have an online tea party and all drink the same tea at the same time. :D

Ricky

I caved in as well. $20 for 31 teas was too good of a deal to pass up. I’m just going to skip out on a few cups of Starbuck’s lattes. Where do they ship from? Apparently my order has been shipped but I couldn’t find a tracking number.

teaplz

Ricky, I believe they ship out from Virginia. In the e-mail that they’ve shipped, there should be a tracking number listed with a UPS link. And YAY!

Cofftea

I’ve eyed the GM sampler forever- I WILL cave. Probably about March. I have a coupon for 130 bags (13 each of 10 types) from stash for $19.99 that expires 3/31. I SHOULD have room for them by now.

takgoti

Wait, what?

They’re in HERNDON? What?! That’s it. I’m organizing a raid.

teafiend

@ takgoti, Raid! Count me in!
I have not succumbed to peer pressure, but I wish I did. Maybe I’ll get the parentals to.

takgoti

@teafiend Word! Herndon’s not too far away from where I am. STORM THE HEADQUARTERS! TEA AND CAKE OR DEATH! TEA AND CAKE OR DEATH!

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