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69
drank Decaf Ceylon by Adagio Teas
187 tasting notes

Just a late-night cup before going off to sleep. This loose leaf thing is kind of ritualistic and soothing in a way. It’s pretty late, so I figured I should try and steep up some decaf.

I’ve had Harney & Sons Decaf Ceylon bagged, so I sort of knew what this one was going to taste like. Ceylon has a very default “tea” flavor. It’s pretty mild, light, and soothing.

Adagio’s Decaf Ceylon was no different. It brew up a nice orange color, and didn’t have any strong smell (neither in the wet leaves nor in the actual cup). The taste was pretty full-flavored, even though it was decaf. My palate isn’t good enough to detect the difference between decaf and regular tea. Or maybe it’s the CO2 process that makes it taste pretty much the same.

The boyfriend tasted this one and he like it enough to have a couple of sips, commenting that it was smooth. I have to agree. I’m still surprised at how not bitter loose leaf is in any way. How pure and clean everything tastes. It’s like the essence of the tea leaf (which it essentially is).

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Jillian

I think the CO2 process is supposed to take away less flavour and antioxidents than the methyl-whatever process. Or is it the other way around?

Carolyn

You’re correct. the CO2 process is supposed to be the one that is kindest to the non-caffeinated flavor elements. It’s especially impressive when compared to water decaf methods. The difference between it and the methylene chloride method (which is also very effective) is that there are no solvent remnants with CO2 decaffeination. CO2 is the more expensive process, though.

I can taste a slight difference between decaf and full-caf teas, but it is not a difference that bothers me in most teas.

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84
drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
257 tasting notes

Excellent morning tea. It’s strong and robust and fully flavored. Rich without milk or sugar but could tolerate both, I think. There’s a hint of peat bog, moss, and smoke which makes me think of Ireland.

I would call this a great everyday breakfast tea, especially for those who want a good infusion of caffeine.

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec

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71
drank Rooibos Vanilla by Adagio Teas
359 tasting notes

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

Don’t feel bad. I still don’t know how to pronounce most tea names.:)

fcmonroe

Are we sure that the Starbucks employee knows how to pronouce this correctly?

Cofftea

Yes. Ricky’s phonetic spelling is correct.

fcmonroe

Wikipedia says roy-bos. I can’t find a phonetic spelling anywhere online on any of the readily available online dictionaries.

Frustrating!

Ricky

Not all Starbucks employees know how to say it. It’s roy-bus, though a lot of people say roy-boss. Roy-boss is acceptable too.

Cofftea

the “bus” and “boss” difference could also be due to variations in speed of speech.

Cofftea

My best friend just calls it African Red Bush:)

fcmonroe

@cofftea—Your best friend is my hero!!!

Cofftea

Yeah she’s pretty amazing in every way.

vicki arnold

it takes a while, but you can hear the pronunciation here – http://www.cooldictionary.com/words/pronounce.mpl?phrase=rooibos

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19
drank Kukicha by Adagio Teas
17 tasting notes

I didn’t care for this at all. It gets bitter far too easily and is very grassy. I prefer green teas a little less “earthy”.

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81
drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
17 tasting notes

I don’t normally drink black teas but tried this with breakfast this morning. I had it plain and love the full mouth flavor of it. I usually lightly steep teas but followed the directions using boiling water for 5 minutes and was granted a full flavor tea that was not bitter or overly strong.
I didn’t find the need for sugar or milk though I rarely drink my teas “English style” and I didn’t think this one needed it at all.
Good stuff.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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79
drank Huang Jin Bolero by Adagio Teas
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Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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28
drank Earl Grey Bravo by Adagio Teas
187 tasting notes

No. Just… no.

Thanks Auggy for giving me different steeping instructions for this guy. It actually tasted a bit better this time around – the bergamot flavor was almost manageable, but it’s still So. Bitter. I did get to taste the Ceylon this time around, which is just smooth default Adagio Ceylon. But the bergamot here just kills me. It’s noxious and overwhelming and just not fun.

If I can’t finish a cup, I really can’t rate this very highly. Is it the worst tea ever? No, and I’m sure that someone that LOVES bergamot would like this. But to me it’s just an unbalanced mess. Too bad it smells so gorgeous. It tempts me into making it only to disappoint me into oblivion.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Bethany

I’m a big Earl Grey fan, but I HATED

Bethany

Whoops! HATED Adagio’s version. I love SpecialTeas’ versions far more.

Cofftea

I like how your teas have genders:) Maybe you could blend it w/ a female one?;)

teaplz

Well, the tea name IS “Earl Grey.” He seems like quite the gentleman. This is his bratty younger brother of a tea. :(

Bethany, I’m so happy someone else disliked this one. I feel so silly for disliking it… and I’ve been having lots of troubles with EGs in general. The closest thing I’ve come to liking an EG was Twinings’ Lady Grey. So maybe there’s hope for me yet!

Kitch3ntools

i dont like EGs but twinings lady Grey is delicious. maybe its the balance of flavors? who knows :) too bad its 130am or id brew up a cup of lady grey :)

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28
drank Earl Grey Bravo by Adagio Teas
187 tasting notes

I should just throw in the towel with Earl Grey, or perhaps I didn’t like Adagio’s blend. Or maybe I brewed it up incorrectly. :(

Whatever the case, this didn’t work for me this morning. This tea smells absolutely delicious – more like a Lady Grey than an actual Grey. I’ve had my nose permanently stuck in it since my Adagio order came in. It’s mouthwatering. And pretty, with the little blues and the dark black of the tea.

And it steeped up to a beautiful amber hue, with a very pleasant smell. Bergamot and citrus and floral.

But the taste left something to be desired for me. It was fairly smooth at the get-go, but then there was a really bitter kick at the end. Very bitter. As in, over-steeped tea, even though I followed the directions that Adagio gave for brewing this baby. Or maybe it was bergamot overload. The bergamot flavor here comes on stronger in the sipping than it does on the nose. Like really, really strong.

I think I need to lower the steeping time on this one significantly. I’m feeling fairly disappointed right now, though. I thought I was going to experience an Earl Grey revelation. As in, “Ahhh, now THIS is what Earl Grey is supposed to be.” I was able to finish the entire cup, but I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as I hoped I would have. Maybe it’s time for me and Grey to part company – even though I really do love Twining’s Lady Grey.

I’ll keep experimenting with steeping time, though, and see if I can mellow this beast.

(P.S. This is one of the funniest reviews that I’ve read about this tea: http://www.teaviews.com/2007/06/25/review-adagio-earl-grey/ I can’t say my experience was AS bad, but it was disappointing on so many levels.)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Try another brand or come back to it later. You’re just getting started:) You may find that over time your tastes change. I started adding mint to everything and now I don’t think it’s all that great unless it’s iced… Or Adagio’s cocomint green… YUMMY!

Jillian

I’d suggest either lowering the steeping time (3.5 or 4 minutes, maybe?) or adding milk. That usually works well for my in terms of reducing the pungency.

Cofftea

Personal tastes aside, a black tea should do fine w/ boiling water, especially if you like other blacks steeped in boiling water. Maybe play w/ the leaf to water ratio as well.

Auggy

I’m with Jillian – a lower steep time is a good place to start (I think Adagio does insanely long steep times on some of their teas). Milk will work, too, to smooth it out a little. I pretty much can’t drink EG straight – too strong. Cofftea also brings up a good point – try other brands. All EGs are not created equal!

Ohh, if you’ve got a tea place around there that sells Mariage Freres, they’ve got some great EG and EG-like teas. Rushka is one of my favs and their 1854 is good too but a more floral/jasmine-like EG. Pretty much everyone has their own spin to EG so don’t give up just yet!

teaplz

The whole milk thing has been a thorn in my side for a while, since I’m lactose intolerant. :( I’m always hesitant to add soy since it has its own strong, nutty flavor that I’m afraid will overwhelm the tea. :(

I’m definitely going to lower the steep time, and see if I like it. The black tea in here didn’t seem like the best, either. I would never steep an Earl Grey for five minutes in bagged form (I’ve actually done 1-3 because they can get overwhelming very fast), but since I’m new to the loose leaf steeping, I’m unsure of the time-to-flavor ratios yet.

Mariage Freres is sold at Dean & Deluca, which are all over NYC, so I’ll try and pick up some gourmet French tea!

Auggy

Most flavored teas aren’t as high quality as unflavored. I typically start with 3:30 for most flavored black and go from there. Mostly though it is personal taste and you’ll just have to play a little to find out what you like best. As a general rule, the larger the pieces of leaves, the more time it can take without getting bitter.

MF also has a Lady Grey that is good. Just tell them you are looking for an EG or Lady EG and they should give you lots of options to choose from.

Not sure what to tell you about the milk substitute. I’ve used non-dairy creamer before so maybe something like that? If you decide you want to go the additive route.

takgoti

s in stock. Much lighter than typical EG fare.]

takgoti

I have NO idea what happened there. I swear it wasn’t me. I had much more typed out.

Of course, now I can’t remember what I had typed out. Something about D&D having Harney and Sons tea as well and that you should take a look at their Winter White Earl Grey if they have it in stock.

Bethany

I LOVE Earl Grey, but I hated Adagio’s version. SpecialTeas’ Earl Grey de la Creme is a great one to start with if you’re just trying Earl Grey for the first time. They also have several other Earl Grey blends that I hear are great, including a new one that’s heavy on the citrus.

Auggy

@Bethany, that was my first EG and it holds a special place in my heart. So yum!

caustiq

I agree with your review, but I found this tea takes some tweaking to get a better taste.

Try this: 2.0g of it, 7oz 212F water, steeped for 2.5 min

TranquiliTeaHouse

I love Adagio’s Earl Grey Bravo, however, I too have found that following the brew instructions makes for a not-so-tasty cup of tea. I would definitely suggest the brew instructions that caustiq posted.

Brandice

This tea is definitely best with just a small teaspoon of tea per cup and boiling at 4 minutes, not 5. It packs a punch, so 5 minutes is much too long, IMO. Hope you’ve tried it again with other prep settings! :)

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60
drank Mango by Adagio Teas
359 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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37
drank Honeybush Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
260 tasting notes

The Final Sipdown: Day 4.2

Y’all, we are in the middle of a RAIN. STORM. I can hear it coming down in sheets on the other side of my window shade and, oh yes, right on cue – thunder. Rain like this makes me wish I had a screened in porch to enjoy it from, but as I don’t I’ll settle for making some more tea and finding a blanket.

The wet…leaves?…smell of a strange melange of butter and cedar sawdust and [unsurprisingly] hazelnut. The tea is OUCH. Too hot to drink.

Sniffing the hot liquid, I get a whiff of butter + hazelnut again with an added note of popcorn, and that makes me excited to retry this tea. I’m catching up on last week’s episode of Castle, so I’ll wait patiently for this to cool so I can try again it. I’ll just sit here and smell it while the rain pounds down. Waiting patiently. Waiting…patiently. Watching a commercial about Djibouti. Djibouti is fun to say. So is

Argh, impatient. Going to try this again.

Hmm. Bother. I’m remembering why I rated this so low. It tastes like cardboard. Specifically…tongue depressors. Like the taste of a popsicle stick once the popsicle was gone. That’s what this tea tastes like. Except it doesn’t even seize that completely as it’s watery.

Blast. That was a disappointment. I’m going to grab tea number three. In the meantime, however, I’m going to continue to smell this. Mmm…

Teas Downed: 11

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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37
drank Honeybush Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
260 tasting notes

All right, Steepster-verse. It’s late here on this slice of the planet and je suis fatigue. So fatigue, apparently, that I’m pulling out my high school French to express it to you. I’m not motivated to go to a Word document and copy out the accent aigu [not sure on spelling there] to properly spell the word fatigue, so just let’s just pretend.

I needed something to drink that wouldn’t keep me up for hours and so I decided to give this one that Auggy sent me a boiling hot bath. Upon typing that it sounds horribly painful.

Dry, this tea just looks like mini wood chips, but wet it takes on a nice, deep burgundy coloring. There’s also a couple of pieces of what I can only assume to be actual hazelnuts in the mix. Here, have a picture.
http://twitpic.com/ra5lx

See? Wet wood chips!

I can see why this reminds people of coffee. Hazelnut syrup or hazelnut flavored creamer are often used in coffee drinks, and the scent of it on its own is reminiscent of coffee beans.

Does it taste like coffee?

No.

Does it taste like hazelnuts?

Mmm…kinda?

This reminds me of the Almond Cookie I tried [that Auggy also sent me], in that the taste mainly blooms once it is downed. There’s a faint, and when I say faint, I mean really, really faint, sweetness floating in the liquid, but I’m not getting much else. Sometimes that sweetness takes on a nutty profile, and sometimes it tastes like when you dump a packet of sweetener into a cup of bad coffee.

I also don’t consistently get a lot of flavor in the aftertaste, which is a shame, because when I do it’s good. [This might sound weird, but I get that taste more consistently if I keep my mouth shut and breathe out my nose. Don’t know why.]

It reminds me a lot of wafers. That kind of dry, flavorless flavor. Also, biscotti. I had hazelnut biscotti once that tasted very bland and this reminds me of that. Actually, I’ve never had biscotti that really tasted any good. I don’t know why I keep trying it. If anyone knows where you can find good biscotti in the DC/MD/VA area let me know, because I want to know what all the fuss is about.

I know a lot of people don’t like rooibos, but I’ve found myself planted on this little island of people who do like it. That may be why I was expecting more. To me, rooibos has a fuller flavor to it, so I don’t know if it’s just because this is honeybush, of which this is the first I’ve tried, or because this tea is just made of weaksauce.

So…yeah. This unfortunately isn’t nearly robust enough to fill any coffee needs I may have still lurking about. It also isn’t flavorful enough to be something I would consider buying. But the smell is absolutely delicious and it isn’t so completely devoid of taste that it’s a pain to drink or anything.

Siskel and Ebert give it two thumbs sideways. WAY sideways!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Auggy

I admit, I have to be in a very specific type of mood to enjoy this one. But then I’m that way about most non-teas it seems!

Jillian

Maybe try it with a small dab of honey?

takgoti

@Auggy Same here. Today I find myself craving the smell, though.

@Jillian I’ve thought about that. Seem to be short on honey at the moment, though. Maybe some vanilla…

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62
drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
1887 tasting notes

I added a bit of dried mint from my garden to this cup as it was steeping. It makes an already refreshing tea a bit more refreshing – which is muchly appreciated in this hot, dry weather. It would probably make a good iced concoction as well.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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62
drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
1887 tasting notes

I accidently forgot my mug on the counter so by the time I remember it had gone stone cold. Not daunted, I took a sip and found that it actually isn’t that bad in that state – cool, green (if that can be used as a decription of taste), and refreshing are words I’d use to describe it.

I’m still picking up the faintest trace of cinnamon in the aftertaste, however. I’m curious now to see if Adagio actually uses cinnamon oil or something similar in this blend. Maybe I’ll email and see.

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I actually prefer it cold:)

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62
drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
1887 tasting notes

Now that I think abpout it, this tea tea tastes quite a lot like Adagio’s Green Needle tea – only with a bit more ‘greeness’ add to it. And yeah, soooo not keeping to the tin’s steeping instructions.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Ricky

That means I have to stay away from Green Needle ;)

Jillian

Keep in mind that I’m comparing Green Needle to this with a much reduced steeping time and temp so that I no longer get that weird cinnamon/dill pickle taste.

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62
drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
1887 tasting notes

My second try at this tea and I reduced the steeping time in hopes that would tone down the flavour a bit.

When I opened the tin I noticed that there’s some sort of sticky residue on the inside of the tin – presumably from the leaves. I’m almost afraid to ask what it might be from. o_0 The smell of the dry leaves is still a veritable kick upside the nostrils. My brain seems to be interpreting it as a cross between Old Dutch Dill Pickle potato chips and those candy cinnamon hearts that always show up in the stores for Valentine’s Day.

When I tasted the tea I braced myself, but it actually wasn’t that aweful. Ignoring Adagio’s steeping recs definitely paid off, I think. It has a watery, green flavour that does in fact remind me off freshly-cut, raw cucumber.

So in short, not a fantastic tea but I honestly don’t think that it’s as horrible as everyone’s saying it is. ;)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Eh, everyone doesn’t think so- I have 8oz of this stuff lol;)

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62
drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
1887 tasting notes

Pulling off the lid of the sample tin (this one was on tight) I caught a wiff of the dry tea. The only thing I can describe it as is a cross between cinnamon and light dill pickles. Yeah, I don’t get it either. It’s not that I don’t like it – I LOVE dill pickles – it’s just such a non sequitur for me and my nose.

I’m glad to see the large number of buds in this tea instead of the crumbled up bits you sometimes get. Taste-wise this tea is actually very close to the taste of raw cucumber, though I’m also still picking up a very minute trace of cinnamon or some other spice.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I laugh every time someone mentions the cinnamon. I’ve had this countless times and never smelled or tasted cinnamon.

Auggy

@Jillian, I got the same cinnamon/spice taste (though it made me think Red Hots since there was a sweetness to it). I’m glad I’m not the only one that got that!

Cofftea

@Auggy, I’m starting to think I’m the only one that DOESN’T. lol:)

Auggy

@Cofftea, Me too! ;)

Cofftea

Sure glad I don’t taste cinnamon when I make my mojito spin off w/ this!

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51
drank Rooibos Berry by Adagio Teas
359 tasting notes

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60
drank Jasmine #12 by Adagio Teas
34 tasting notes

Pretty good. Not as flowery as it smells (which is a good thing). Needs some sugar, though.

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

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85
drank Peppermint by Adagio Teas
187 tasting notes

I drink a lot of peppermint tea. It’s true. I really enjoy the way it tastes, I like the menthol feeling on my tongue and in the back of my throat, and I really enjoy the benefits of it (and the lack of caffeine as well). I know bagged peppermint pretty well.

How awesome is real peppermint? I mean, yeah, in the bag, it’s peppermint. But it’s not like peppermint dust. This is awesome. Amazing. So refreshing and yummy and minty! I used two level teaspoons and followed Adagio’s directions for steeping time and water temperature. The result was a green-yellow liquor that didn’t smell that strongly of peppermint.

But the taste! I still feel the coolness in the back of my throat. I’ve always felt that peppermint has a slightly bitter taste to it. Not this! No bitterness, and after the cooling effect, there’s a faint hint of sweetness. It’s really refreshing. I could drink this all day.

Loose leaf is proving to be super-awesome indeed. Color me impressed!

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

Glad you liked it! Peppermint got me thru my “Ugh I hate tea but it’s supposed to make you lose weight so I’ll drink it” phase. I was all about mint added to any true tea and dessert teas. It’s interesting now to go back and drink a tea w/ mint in it because I don’t like it as well. Although I do have a faux mojito recipe that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE using Adagio’s white cucumber.

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73
drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
19 tasting notes

Benefits from longer steep times 7 min +

Honey ok
Sweetner good
Sugar na

Brewed in IngenuitiTEA teapot I think a gaigon would be better, needs the control.

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

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60

It’s good, although not as good as I was expecting. I steep it for 8 or 9 minutes and add just a pinch of sugar. Cinnamon is definitely the strongest flavor. Apple is there, although it tastes a bit artificial.

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79
drank English Breakfast by Adagio Teas
187 tasting notes

I’ve noticed that this one is actually a Keemum tea, and that I probably could have resteeped this sucker, but the leaves are already in the garbage.

I have company coming over, and it’s been pretty hectic, so I just wanted a no nonsense tea to jumpstart me in the morning.

I don’t know what happened to my water, since I started at around 8 oz, but it looks like it disappeared to around 6 oz. Bizarre. That’s never happened before.

I think I’m actually enjoying this the second time around more than the first. My first whiff of this tea, and I immediately though, cocoa! I have no idea where this comes from but even after several inhales I was still smelling a dark chocolate-y, spicy aroma. It almost reminded me of Yogi’s Stress Relief Kava blend, which has an immensely delicious smell if you’ve never had it.

Drinking this, I’m getting a faint hint of cocoa, mixed with a slightly tart taste that’s altogether delicious. This is all layered under a very delicious, robust taste of tea-ness. It’s a bit astringent, but not in a bad way at all.

After re-drinking the Twinings blend the other day, the two are so different that it’s really hard to compare them. Loose leaf is just completely far superior. I can’t even describe it. I think as I drink more of it, I’m appreciating that bold =/= bitter, and that this just damned tastes better. I find that I’m enjoying the act of sipping more than actually drinking, my face warmed by the steam, the aromas drifting up my nose, the flavor hitting my tongue, and the delicious and content feeling I get after I’ve swallowed.

And this is why tea will always be better than coffee to me.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Auggy

I know I’ve said it before, but I adore rediscovering tea with you. Your tasting notes are fantastic.

kat

Amen.

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79
drank English Breakfast by Adagio Teas
187 tasting notes

And so the journey begins…

I just finished my first cup of loose leaf tea, and what a tactile experience it is! I brewed this up in my brand-new IngenuiTEA, using a teaspoon of Adagio’s blend, and steeping it for the recommended five minutes. I couldn’t help but sniff the little tin over and over again as I waited impatiently for the cup to finish brewing.

The tea steeped to a much more amber color than I was expecting, but I’ve read in several places that this is typical of Adagio’s blend. But the smell! It was so tea-like, so indescribable in a tea way, that my nose is too newb-ish to make out everything. It’s so awesome to watch those leaves unfurl and grow. It looks like an actual plant, and not dust from the factory floor!

The taste is amazing. Beyond the taste of the English Breakfast blend, and this tea in particular, I’m going to talk about the taste of the loose leaf itself. It tastes clean, and pure. It’s not bitter at all (the five minute steep time sort of freaked me out, because if you steep most bagged teas for that long, you have a fairly foul brew). It’s rich and smooth and nuanced. It’s almost like seeing in 3D for the first time. There’s no flatness of taste, or stale flavor. It’s just pure, unadulterated joy.

To talk about this English Breakfast – it’s a bit lighter than I think of when I think of English Breakfast, but it has a lot of the smokey elements that I can sometimes detect. It has an almost buttery quality underneath the main tea taste, with a pretty sweet aftertaste. It isn’t astringent at all, and rolls on my tongue in pure delicious awesomeness.

I am definitely craving another cup. How yummy! It’s like I wasn’t wearing glasses anymore, and now I can see! The only complaints I have right now is that I probably want this one a little stronger. I probably have to add a teeny bit more tea to my teaspoon.

Here comes a ridiculous question, regarding the teaspoon. How does everyone put their tea on the teaspoon? I tried digging my measuring spoon into the tin, but then freaked when I realized that I was probably breaking my precious leaves! So I washed my hands and dried them a million times before carefully picking up the leaves and placing them on the teaspoon. I wasn’t sure how to really “make” the teaspoon, though. The leaves are fairly wiry and long. It didn’t seem like a full “teaspoon,” even though the leaves were peeking out beyond the level point of the spoon.

I know I’m getting all technical. Perhaps I just have to add more tea to the teaspoon, or buy one of those teaspoons made especially for measuring out tea.

Either way, this was an awesome, awesome experience. I can’t wait to continue my journey with loose leaf! YAY!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I’m SO glad you enjoyed your 1st loose experience. Reading about it even made ME giddy!:) That is the very reason I weigh my leaves by the gram. Especially w/ a voluminous white tea, it never works… and think of how much empty space is left in the teaspoon!:( I’m anxious to see what you think of resteeped leaves.

Angrboda

YAY! I agree with Cofftea, it makes me giddy too. Now I want to hug you. hug :D

It’s because they stuff so much tea into those little tins, but it’s only really a problem the first couple of times taking something from the tin. I have a narrow wooden tea scoop that I just gently sort of twist into the tin. It works for me. Sometimes I spill a little but it’s minimal. I don’t have the patience to weigh the leaves, and my kitchen scales only have one decimal so it’s nowhere near accurate enough for it anyway.

Cofftea

@Angrboda. I bought a pretty cheap ($15 including shipping) scale that measures to .01g. I LOVE IT! It’s small enough to take on vacation w/ me. But put it in your carry on and put it a bin before going thru security if you fly. It can easily get smashed and I’m not sure the metal detector wouldn’t screw it up. It beats getting aggrivated trying to measure the leaf. That only works well for small leaf herbals like mints, small rolled teas like gunpowder, and finely chopped teas (and who wants those?).

Angrboda

Eh, I don’t care that much about accurracy with my tea. I know how much to put in my different pots, and if it’s a larger leaf tea, I can guesstimate at the adjustment closely enough that I get consistent brews. It comes with practice.

Auggy

Yay! I’m so excited for you – how fun to read your first experience with loose leaf!

My method of getting leaves out is similar to Angrboda’s twist… I tent to tilt the tin to the side, insert the spoon at the top with the open side down and then rotate the tin so tea spills into the spoon. It’s a lot easier than it sounds.

I do weigh my tea but as long as you keep in mind the size of the leaves changes how much volume you need (1 tsp for black, up to 1 tbsp for fluffy whites) you should be okay. Measuring by weight gets a more consistent cup but can be a little too perfectionist for more laid back personalities (says the recovering perfectionist).

teaplz

Thanks guys for the tips with getting the leaves out of the tin! The sample tins are so tiny that it’s a bit difficult to attack it.

And YAY! I am super-excited as well. This is so awesome. I’m actually really happy that I have had a bunch of bagged tea before I started loose leaf, because the flavor comparisons are really awesome.

I was thinking of getting a scale, but I don’t think I’m that far deep in yet! There’s a Teavana not that far away from me; I might go in there to get some tea and a spoon soon!

1 tbsp for some whites? Wow. The only thing that’s really annoying about Adagio is that they don’t have amounts for their various teas.

Cofftea

@teaplz, check the discriptions on their website. I make it easy for me and do 2.25g across the board. So much easier than putzing around getting as much leaf into a teaspoon as you can w/o breaking them.

takgoti

EeeeEeEEEEEeeee!

I must echo everyone else’s excitement for you. I got one of those little Teavana tea spoons when I was first starting out and it’s been helpful to me ever since. The only exception has been, again like everyone else mentioned, with the fluffier teas. [I don’t have a scale yet, but as someone whose perfectionist tendencies haven’t been fully suppressed, I can’t imagine that the purchase of one is far off.]

In any case, it’s fantastic that your first go was this enjoyable. It’s incredibly exciting and refreshing to see tea drinkers try loose-leaf for the first time. Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

Cofftea

@takgoti and everyone else interested. Make sure you get one w/ the calibration scale included. It’s easier and cheaper that way.

How does the "tea"spoon differ from a teaspoon. I figure I have a measuring teaspoon and the teaspoon you eat w/ and that’s enough. "Tea"spoons just seem like a way for companies to get you to spend more money to me.

Angrboda

Can’t speak for others, but mine differs by not being a teaspoon at all but rather one of these http://www.teaspring.com/Dragon-Head-Tea-Scoop.asp

I could imagine though that if you have several teaspoons of varying sizes and shapes, using the same one each time would help getting a consistent amount of tea every time. You always know exactly how many spoonfuls are just right, regardless of whether you buy a fancy one that you like or use a regular teaspoon.

Maybe a fancy one isn’t really necessary, but I like my little wooden scoop because I like having nice tea things.

takgoti

@cofftea Eh, it doesn’t really differ. It was just a quick and dirty way to get a teaspoon separate from the set of measuring spoons I’ve got and they gave me a discount for getting it with the gravity strainer thing so I figured why not? I don’t usually brew my tea in the kitchen and this way I could keep it at my desk without having to take if off the ring/remember to put it back, etc. Works for me.

@Angrboda HAH, those are fantastically intricate! I can’t say that I’m not a little fuzzy on how tea scoops work, exactly. I like my spoon because I can fool myself into thinking I’m being precise, but should I get a scale I imagine I’d get a scoop, too. Seems like a gentler way to get at the tea.

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Cofftea

Maybe try more leaf?

Ricky

I think I used enough tea leaves, it just isn’t strong enough for me. I’ve tried making this tea several times before adding a note. I think this mixed with vanilla black tea would work well.

Cofftea

Except for the fact that greens and blacks need different steeping temps and times. So if you combine them I’d steep it at the time and temp for green leaves.

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