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91
drank Green Chai by Adagio Teas
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Infusion 6 of my apple chai sencha. 1st noticably stronger liquor since infusion 3. Strongest so far. Aroma is light and slightly spicy and the taste is mostly (although still lightly) spicy, but the sweetness from the apple (that doesn’t taste like apple anymore) makes it not harsh.

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

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91
drank Green Chai by Adagio Teas
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Infusion 5 of my apple chai sencha blend. 1 min 40 sec.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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91
drank Green Chai by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

Infusion 4 of my apple chai sencha blend. 1 min 20 sec.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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91
drank Green Chai by Adagio Teas
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Infusion 3 of my apple chai sencha blend. 50 sec.

Pretty much like infusion 2, a touch stronger.

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

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91
drank Green Chai by Adagio Teas
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Infusion 2 of my apple chai sencha blend. 40 sec.

The liquor reminds me of a white tea. Light and clear. The aroma is mostly of apple (a good thing as the steeping time increases) with just a touch of warmth from the spice. The taste is much like the 1st in proportion, but a bit stronger.

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

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91
drank Green Chai by Adagio Teas
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Decided to make my own green apple chai this morning. I blended 1.13g of apple sencha from Den’s tea w/ 1.13g bengal green chai. For some reason the sweetness of the apple came out more instead of the jolly rancher, although there was still a bit left. Maybe because I measured it by weight this time? The spice was stronger than I expected for only steeping it 30 sec., but still light. For a stronger flavor, use 2.25g apple sencha and 1.13g chai spice mix (sans tea). Steep 30 sec to 3min.

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

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51
drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

The thought of this one sweetened makes me shudder lol. I like it best cold (not iced), but it’s good hot.

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80
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
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Full-bodied, cocoa goodness. I think I like this one as much or maybe even more (le gaspeth!) than A&D’s Yunnan. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Ricky

What!?!??!?! More than TIGER! Don’t let Jacqueline hear you!

SoccerMom

This is a good tea. I don’t normally like Adagio’s teas very much but this one found a home in my cupboard. Now I am thinking I should try Tiger hmmmm.

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80
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
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I forgot to log the two cups of this tea I made this morning. It certainly has a good wake-up kick to it.

Preparation
Boiling

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80
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
1887 tasting notes

Mmm I love the smell of cocoa in the moring – especially on Valentines Day. This is a good tea if you need something strong to kick-start your day. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Gander

Ooh, sounds good. They look interesting too. Something I’d like to try sometime… so it does have a cocoa note?

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80
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
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Backlogging from last night.

I tried adding milk to this tea but it pretty much killed the rich, earthy, cocoa-y flavour of the tea, just leaving behind the tanin-y/smokey flavour (I think it’s what some people are calling cigarette flavour, and I think I might agree with them for all that I’ve never smoked).

Note to self: Yunnan teas and milk don’t mix. DX

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cynthia Carter

I agree – this tea is much more enjoyable without milk.

takgoti

Ew. Will remember this.

Cynthia Carter

It’s really not an “Ew” thing, it’s just that dairy seems to squelch the flavor of the tea.

Jillian

Got it in one, Cynthia. :)

takgoti

@Cynthia Carter Ah. I read “cigarette flavor” and my brain recoils. In any case, I won’t be trying this with milk.

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80
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
1887 tasting notes

Third steep. Its unique smokey-chocolate flavour is gone and what’s left tastes like a rather bland and boring Ceylon. Meh.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
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Resteeping the leaves from last night. The tea has pretty much unfurled completely and I noticed that the leaves are quite skinny and they almost look like bits of ribbon floating in my cup when I’m steeping.

No cocoa flavour this time, just the smokey-tannin taste that I’m beginning to associate with Yunnan tea. I’ll probably be able to get at least one more steeping out of the leaves.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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80
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
1887 tasting notes

It’s so neat watching the pearls unroll; they wiggle and wave little fronds about like they’re alive. I decided to cut back on the amount of tea a little and only use three balls this time. The tea has lost some of its cocoa flavour but the tanins also have less of a kick to them. It’s still a rich, robust, and satisfying brew.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
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I’m drinking a re-steep of last night’s tea and MAN are these balls long-lasting! ;D

The tea still has an impressive kick to it, although the "Yunnan Jig’ flavour is a bit more pronounced this time.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
1887 tasting notes

After hearing all the hype about these, how could I resist? Since people around here seem to think the more balls the better (hehe) I decided to start with four of them in my mug. The dry odor is incredibly cocoa-y but there’s also more than a trace of that tanin/smoke scent underneath that I get from my Yunnan Jig tea. I suppose it makes sense since both teas are from that region.

When I add the water the ‘Yunnan Jig’ smell becomes stronger, although if you sniff carefully you can still detect the cocoa. It was so fascinating watching the balls slowly unfurl in the water like a dark sea anemone.

The brew is very dark and rich-looking. Upon first sip it seems to taste quite like a milder version of Yunnan Jig aswell, but then the cocoa hits you in the back of the mouth. It’s not like drinking say Adagio’s Chocolate Chip tea; the flavour is much more subtle and it’s more like raw cocoa powder to me than actual chocolate.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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67
drank Toasted Sesame by Adagio Teas
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2 infusions (5 and 6 min respectively) @ Thanksgiving dinner.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Toasted Sesame by Adagio Teas
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87

yum yum. one of my favorite teas- unfortunately i am down to my last few cups of this :( will have to reorder really soon!

Gander

Most of the people I follow have written only good reviews about tea. I am tempted to try…

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87

really strong scent of cocoa. earthy flavor with cocoa afternotes. A really good smooth cup of tea for the price. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Jillian

Gotta love the balls. ;D

LissaMarie

hehehe :)

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87

wow, these never fail for a good cuppa. The initial scent of the pearls smell of cocoa and cinnamon, but after brewing, they smell a bit more earthy. The taste is earthy yet sweet and very satisfying. this is a definite staple in my collection.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Jillian

I got a sample of these in my most recent Adagio order and I’ve been eyeing them all day. I think I’ll give them a shot too. :)

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