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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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59
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
62 tasting notes

Still not tasting as good as the one from Teavana. First time I tried this, there was no flavor, the second time tasted like plastic, and now this latest brew it tasted like cigarettes (no one in my house smokes or anything). I was really hoping this would be good, but it just isn’t. I’ll make my way through the sample and then continue buying from Teavana.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Nepal First Flush by Adagio Teas
92 tasting notes

Apparently today is a cleaning the house sort of day, which also lends well to drinking tea all day. This is a good cup of tea, perfect for sipping, cleaning, and then coming back to it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Nepal First Flush by Adagio Teas
92 tasting notes

Nice tasting light tea, this paired pretty well with some spicy nachos

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91
drank Nepal First Flush by Adagio Teas
92 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75

Very floral in smell, taste and aftertaste. Natural and lightly sweet, but I do pick up some bitterness as the cup cools. Not a bad cup at all.

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78
drank Darjeeling #22 by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

As my first Darjeeling, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. The color of the tea threw me off, since it wasn’t as dark as blacks usually are. The taste is nice, definitely different than a “normal” black.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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22
drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
84 tasting notes

ok well first the leaves smell like lemon and coconut…i dont like coconut. when its brewed it is a very pretty light amber color…but mine was a bit foggy…may have been my lighting in the kitchen though, it is a junky light i had on. the tea smells like the leaves…still dont like it. so i tasted it plain….still dont like it. i added sugar and it’s now drinkable when its in my mouth i cant taste the coconut so it isnt so bad i can first taste the lemony chai which isnt so bad, but the after flavor left in my mouth is coconut…i will be finishing this cup and hopefully sending this one out to another person who enjoys this.

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68
drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
61 tasting notes

So school has been using me as a punching bag as of late, but only about a month left to go. I honestly feel bad about not updating here whenever I’ve had a new tea, so I’m taking a quick break to fill in this one gap at least.

That being said, this tea was worth the loss of the nap I was planning on taking. When I first opened the tin (ages ago) I smelt sour and cinnamon, but with something else that adds a bit of sweetness. The smells blend oddy well together and kind of overlap in my mind,but I’m not a fan. The leaves look un-uniform, with some rolled and downy silver and other open and blackish-brown. I did really enjoy the light yellow it brewed to, and in my glass mug I could see the little hairs from the leaves floating around. I tried not to think about that too much when I maned up and took a dainty sip.

The first taste was more spice than I expected. The cucumber aspect was definitly overwhelmed, but when I did isolate it was like woah. I felt a the same sensation when I’m eating cucumbers, sans crunch, that wetter than water feeling. It also tastes pretty much what I’d expect from a cucumber tea, cucumbery goodness, when ignoring the cinnamon.
One the second steep, the cinnamon was cut back and I enjoyed this cup more than the first. One the third steep I lost interest and left it to sit for about 6 hrs.

Does any know why Adagio added the cinnamon aspect? It doesn’t really detract from the tea, or help it, but I can’t figure out why it would be there. I’ve never thought cucumbers and spices. Pickles and spice, yes. But cukes? Not really.

Auggy

Love that so many people can taste the cinnamon in this. Makes me feel not so crazy! :)

Jillian

Me too!

Oolonga

I have a sample of this tea too and am very curious to try it. So far I sniffed it out of the tin and got only pickles like many people here…

Cofftea

@Oolonga, as much as a love it hot I prefer it iced. Unsweetened of course. My favorite way to drink it is in a mojito in place of the lemon lime soda.

JustDuckyInNE

Wonderful detail! Thanks! I have to try this one.

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68
drank Toasted Sesame by Adagio Teas
1905 tasting notes

Not really much more to say about this tea right now – my opinion of it hasn’t really changed at all since I last tried it. Go read my older tasting notes on this tea if you’re curious. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Toasted Sesame by Adagio Teas
1905 tasting notes

I remember eating and really enjoying those honey-sesame snaps so I added a teapsoon of honey to see if I could get this tea to taste in any way similar. It sort of does but there’s a bitter bite that comes through the honey – maybe I just need to add more.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Toasted Sesame by Adagio Teas
1905 tasting notes

The amount of oil that comes off the leaves still garners a bit of a ‘yuck’ response from me – it’s like a mini crude-oil spill! XD

It’s tasting rather bitter this time around, but I’m not sure whether to take this tea with milk or maybe with honey. Honey is frequently used alongside sesame in many recipes, so maybe I’ll give that a shot next time. What say you lot?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Toasted Sesame by Adagio Teas
1905 tasting notes

I resteeped the leaves and it came out as a light-tasting black tea with a rather nutty/grainy flavour but nothing that tasted distinctly of sesame.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Toasted Sesame by Adagio Teas
1905 tasting notes

The first thing I noticed when I opened the tin is how oily the leaves look, like the whole container was dropped in a pot of sesame oil. The smell made me think of Chinese food, or maybe teriyaki. When I started steeping though, the smell reverted back to being just like a bag full of sesame seeds.

I goofed on the steeping time so I’m not sure how long it was, but it’s probably somewhere around four minutes. When I rescued it, the surface of the ‘tea juice’ (ha!) was covered in a distinct sheen of oil. The flavour is very much like what I’d expect toasted sesame to taste like; so Adagio gets points for authenticty. It seems to also work quite well with the tanins in the tea base.

This isn’t a flavour I’m used to tasting in my tea (obviously) so my tongue is sending my brain rather mixed signals and confuzzling the poor dear. I think I’m leaning towards liking it, but not loving it – further testing is required! ;)

Preparation
Boiling
Cofftea

I’m so glad it didn’t taste like BURNED sesame seeds! I got 3 good infusions from mine.

Jillian

No, no burnt flavour, thankfully. I might see if I can get another infusion out of this later.

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100
drank Anji Duet by Adagio Teas
87 tasting notes

I knew I would love this tea the moment I opened the tin. I am not a big fan of Chinese greens, most of them taste too sweet and bake-y to me to enjoy on the regular basis. This one is extremely different. The dry leaf has a very green, flowery and a tiny bit spicy aroma, it actually reminds me of freshly-cut-grass smell or fresh hay. I don’t really get any sweetness or creaminess from it which is exactly what I’ve been looking in green tea for quite a while.

The brew has a light yellow-greenish color, even somewhat similar to sencha and maintains the same aroma the dry leaf has. The flavor is absolutely amazing, it’s green with a very pleasant bitterness and leaves the back of my tongue tingling after each sip.

The flavor is also highly addictive -once I tried it I got hooked and can’t really stop. Three pots in a row talk for themselves…

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

I KNOW I had a sample of this. I ordered their new arrivals sampler… but I can’t find it ANYWHERE. So I’m jealous.:)

Oolonga

Please share your thoughts on this one if you manage to find it.

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74
drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
784 tasting notes

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74
drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
784 tasting notes

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74
drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
784 tasting notes

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