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40

Very heavily flavored. Spicy, almost like a chai. A bit overpowering for me – I think if I were in the mood for something very strongly flavored, this might have hit me better. As it is, it’s a little too strong for me to want to enjoy frequently. But I can see the attraction of it. It’s a good tea, just not my cuppa.

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43
drank A Little Bit of Love by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

Really just taste the Valentines. Not so much the vanilla and coconut. Though when I have had Valentines in the past, it is too tart so I mixed it with Vanilla anyway. I can’t taste the coconut sadly. Not bad, not anything I need to have around all the time though.

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80

Rich flavors, big body, big aroma. Definitely recommend this one.

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

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68

The dry leaves of this are fragrant with the smell of coconut; that smell translates well into the aroma of the liquor but not into the taste. The leaves of this oolong unfurl during the steeping, but despite their size remain on the milder side of teas.

The color is a light, transparent green,and the aroma is full of the scent of coconut. The coconut flavor never really comes out even after an extended brewing; though coconut is a rather mild taste, and may not be strong enough to make itself present against the tea. This may be the reason the blender chose such a mild tea.

Nevertheless, the smell of coconut is strong and present. If you don’t mind the lack of flavor, you will find the coconut filling your nose with each sip (drink it while its hot to get the full scent). This will not satisfy coconut lovers, but it makes a good effort.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Ceylon Sonata by Adagio Teas
17 tasting notes

Loved it – and that took some of us by surprise. Although we like Ceylon teas, I didn’t expect to like this one, this much! It’s light, but certainly makes an impact on the taste buds. Very refreshing, very thirst quenching – but what a wonderful way to quench it. It is a subtle tea, but very persuasive about being so.

We brewed this one a little longer than we usually brew our teas – we tend to go for shorter rather than longer. Our usual, preferred black tea brewing time is usually under 3 minutes. We also tested this at our standard 2 minutes 30 seconds for black tea and found all the flavors there. The 3 minutes plus only served to enhance them.

Dry, the leaves were long, tightly curled and thin. They had the dark, bright color that is expected from fresher teas. This Ceylon is a standard “regional” tea and is one of the basic examples of black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Cofftea

I agree. I always like to taste the base that companies use for flavored teas alone.

LENA

Mmmm…this is one of my staples from Adagio.

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100

Took it up to 2 tsps @ 180º for 8 minutes and got a much spicier, tastier tea. Previously the tea had been much weaker than I like and this combination really worked well for me this morning

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

Yeah, it tastes like spiced water to me.

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100

1.5 tsp @ 180º for 8 minutes. Perfect spices and flavors.

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

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100

2 tsp, 180º for 7 minutes. Rich spices made even richer with the addition of vanilla. The Rooibos leaf really shines in this tea.

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

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80
drank Mango by Adagio Teas
46 tasting notes

Stepped down to 1 tsp @ 205º for exactly 5 minutes. I’ve been oversteeping this one lately and using too much tea. This time around the tea is really showing its flavors well and the bitterness I’ve been experiencing is nearly absent.

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

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80
drank Mango by Adagio Teas
46 tasting notes

1.5 tsps. @ 208º for 5 minutes. Seems I have oversteeped this time around. Getting a lot of bitterness from the leaves that’s hiding the sweetness of the mango. Perhaps, though, this tea is just a bit stronger than I expected.

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

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80
drank Mango by Adagio Teas
46 tasting notes

Steeped 2 tsp @ 208º for 5 minutes. Wonderful flavors with a mango aroma. Very well balanced black.

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

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100
drank Hibiscus by Adagio Teas
4 tasting notes

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85
drank Genmai Cha by Adagio Teas
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Ginger Peach by Adagio Teas
181 tasting notes

First a disclaimer: I generally hate ginger. Okay, maybe ‘hate’ is too strong a word. It’s more of an intense dislike for anything more than a hint of ginger. In Japanese restaurants I don’t touch the pickled ginger that comes with the sushi. A weird couple exceptions I’ll make are for ginger candies and ginger tea (especially homemade ginger tisane, in which I boil the crap out of the fresh ginger, until it gets super-spicy). I hate cilantro too, but that’s a different story.

Anyway. I like this tea. The ginger’s not too strong, and I do get a little bit of the peach flavor coming through. I rinsed the leaves for about 15-20 seconds to wash out some of the caffeine. Looking forward to trying this iced.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Mike

Off topic- are you still on a sashimi-over-sushi binge or have you welcomed rolls back into your life?

Jack

Still get the sushi platter every time. No rolls, unless they come with the platter :)

takgoti

I’ve had those ginger candies before – they are STRONG! I also am not a huge fan of cilantro, but in these meatballs? Freaking phenomenal.

http://orangette.blogspot.com/2005/02/man-who-knows-meatballs.html

Jack

Whoa, those look amazing! Thanks

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76
drank Ginger Peach by Adagio Teas
181 tasting notes

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72
drank Jasmine #12 by Adagio Teas
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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I’ve been here almost a year too! 6 more weeks. My how steepster has changed in the last year… I think we’re due for more:)

Ricky

Well I got several months more before I hit that one year, but yes, it definitely has changed a lot. All this tea….. lol

Paul M Tracy

Thank you! I couldn’t quite put into words what I was getting with this tea. “Plastic” is just about right.

Ricky

Glad, I’m not alone on that. Adagio’s a great starter though. I don’t regret getting this tea a while back.

Angrboda

Ha! I read that as if you said it was almost a year since you had last been logged on and had a O.o moment. :p

LENA

September will be my 1 year anniversary on Steepster…lol. Adagio is a great starter company. I’ve moved forward so much in my tea life since a year ago.

__Morgana__

Happy anniversary!

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72
drank Jasmine #12 by Adagio Teas
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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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18
drank Lapsang Souchong by Adagio Teas
61 tasting notes

The first time I heard about this tea was well before I really became a fiend. It was in a book, I’ve long since forgotten the name, that my friends had read and would joke about. I later read the book, cover to cover as I was crushing on the girl who lent it to me, and the description the main character had given was that the tea “smelt like water that a ham bone that had been boiled for a week.” Or something very similar.

I agree, it smells like jerky. But their are other elements to it. I can definitely smell and taste the pine, along with the smokey-ness its known for. It kind of tastes a bit like ham, but I haven’t eaten meat, ham especially, in ages so I might have forgotten. As it cools it almost like the resin of the pine is in my mouth. Very piney for me, a little smoky, and kinda meaty. As I don’t like any of these things, I don’t like this tea. But its not that the tea itself is bad, just not what I like.
I’m gonna go brush me teeth.

Suzi

I tried a Lapsang Souchong for the first time a few days ago and ugh ugh ugh. I thought it was so gross :-p I didn’t even log it because I figured my 1/2 cup wasn’t a fair representative sample, but smoky meat just isn’t what I’m into for tea.

Angrboda

Awww…. that’s a shame. :( But no, it’s definitely not for everybody. I took my tin of Gunpowder Blend, which contains Lapsang Souchong, to work the other day to subject my colleague to it. I passed it around for smelling, and one person said it reminded her of smoked fish. I’m thinking more bacon myself. :)
But then again I LOVE bacon. :D

Jillian

Maybe try a Russian Caravan, they’re a blend that contains Lapsang but they’re much lighter and less smokey-BBQ.

teafiend

@Jillian, I’ll definitely keep that in mind!

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5
drank White Pear by Adagio Teas
87 tasting notes

I finished drinking this about 30 minutes ago and still have bad aftertaste in my mouth that won’t go away…
Awful, just awful.

takgoti

Eep. I think that this was already on my mental do not order list from a past review, but thanks for the remind.

Oolonga

Yeah, don’t waste your money on it… so far it is the worse tea I tried from Adagio, they need to give it a total make-over.

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5
drank White Pear by Adagio Teas
87 tasting notes

Adagio really dropped the ball on this one…

To begin with, the tea doesn’t taste or smell of pears at all, not even close. The brew has an indescribable sweetish artificial flavor which is quite unpleasant. The worst thing about it however is that this God-awful flavoring totally ruins the lightness in White Peony that is used as a base here, making it bitter and heavy instead. As i drink it I can’t get rid of the feeling that this poor White Peony has gone bad a hundred years ago…

I’m not even sure if I will be able to finish my sample, it’s that bad. I’m fighting the urge to go and throw it in the trash right now.

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

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59
drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
110 tasting notes

I think I’m going to have to upgrade my rating of this somewhat. It still has a rather odd butter rum flavor, but after letting the tea sit in the cupboard a while, the mint flavor is coming more to the fore, and I am enjoying drinking this somewhat more. Did I mention that I am a sucker for mint?

The tea is very dark, and still does not assert itself much over the other flavors going on, and the butter rum flavor is not as strong as I remember it. It’s not my favorite flavored tea, but I can enjoy an occasional pot.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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59
drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
110 tasting notes

The smell and first sip of this tea remind me of butter rum candies. There are large chunks of peppermint candy in here, which I think is the source of the slightly minty flavor. If you can imagine using a peppermint stick as a swizzle stick in your hot buttered rum, that’s pretty close to the flavor. The butter rum flavor is rather odd and artificial.

I’m sure there’s some tea in there somewhere, buried under everything else that’s going on. It may even be good tea, but I can’t tell.

It seems there are several custom blends on Adagio called Candy Cane. The one I have is by Megan Pederson.

I give it a “meh.”

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
LENA

Except for a handful of teas, I think I might be outgrowing Adagio. gasps I’m finding too many of them, “meh”.

Cynthia Carter

Actually, what I am finding is that I don’t really care for flavored teas. Teas with spice – fine. Teas with flavorful herbs or other natural additives, like cacao or mint, great. Teas with artificial cream, fruit or other flavors – not so much.

I’ve found enough really good teas on Adagio to stick with them, and their customer service has been great anytime I dealt with them. But the custom blends are definitely buyer beware – some are fairly good, and some are just . . . not.

LENA

I 100% agree. I have a few that I will continue to buy, but they are “natural teas”…not blends or flavors. Their customer service is fantastic!

Auggy

Ditto for me, too. I like their regular teas. But after getting a chance to sample a fair number of blends? Some of that is scary stuff. Yuck.

kat

Totally there with you guys on that. I love their Spring monkey and silver needle but all the flavored samples I just got-bleh! If any of u find a company with good flavored blacks let me know pleeeze!

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59
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
62 tasting notes

I am so confused!
I brew this tea at home, and I can’t get the color or flavor I want, even though I’m using all my fancy tea items, like my pot, and my precise zojirushi, and my good cups. Thinking this tea is nothing but dust, I take it to work.
Work, where the water comes out of an Arrowhead machine, where the brewing apparatus that I have is a plastic and metal travel mug with brewing basket. So I drank this tea all yesterday, and didn’t clean out the brewing basket. I come back into work this morning, look at the leaves and rebrew them, thinking I’ll get a weak tea. But no! Still a pretty strong tea. The color and flavor is exactly what I want.
This tea, definitely for work, but not for home. It doesn’t want fancy. It wants bare bones.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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59
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
62 tasting notes

Since the day I’ve received this tea, it has never appeared as a quality dragon pearl. There’s no taste, no flavor…nothing. I’ve been storing it properly (away from light and heat in an opaque metal container), I’ve been brewing it properly (3 balls, 1 cup, 212* water temp, 5 mins). It has consistently turned out as nothing but overly black water. Thankfully I have another brand of dragon pearls so I know how this is supposed to taste and turn out, but I am definitely not buying this tea again. Everything a black dragon pearl is supposed to be is not in this cup or the batch of tea I received. Sadness.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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