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80
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
1893 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
1893 tasting notes

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
1893 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
865 tasting notes

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
865 tasting notes

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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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66
drank Vanilla by Adagio Teas
34 tasting notes

Pretty good with sugar. A bit too bitter for me black.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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86

As usual, I love this tea. Subtle springy, grassy flavors, with a bit of natural sweetness.

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

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86

Pretty good. Flavors are just subtle enough.

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

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70
drank Foxtrot by Adagio Teas
427 tasting notes

This has has chamomile,peppermint,and roobios. You clearly see the ingredients. And mostly smell the mint. I steeped this up. And the taste I’s kind of roobios with mint and some chamomile. I thought this was good and suprizingly the roobios was tolerable to me in this.

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83

I just got this in a sample from adagio. Dry loose leaf smelled like apricots and it got my hopes up. I steeped it in boiling water for 5.5 mins. and the liquor was a medium amber to black. It tasted like a malty scotch with some dried apricots at the end. I got 3 steepings out of 1 teaspoon of leaf. Overall it was OK at best.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
MH_Bonham

Try less steep time and more water. You’ll be surprised how good it is. I usually go about 1 tsp per 22 oz of water and 4 minutes. You’ll pick up flavors you never knew existed in black teas that way.

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72
drank Chocolate Chip by Adagio Teas
2 tasting notes

I really expected to hate this tea. It smelled delicious in the tin, but I could not reconcile chocolate and black tea together in my head.

I’m learning that I like my tea a bit stronger than normal, so I cut the suggested heat down from 212 to 180 and brewed 8 minutes instead of 5. I also used a bit more tea.

Not really the best tea I have had when plain. Sipping it tastes like black tea, with a slight watery chocolate aftertaste. However a small amount of cream and sugar (which I really, really usually despise in any tea) made it delicious for me. For my tastebuds, the cream and sugar definitely perked up the chocolate taste for me.

Today was cold and rainy, and I didn’t get home til midnight – this was a great tea to warm up and relax with while surfing the net tonight!

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

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50
drank Sweet Potato Pie by Adagio Teas
1893 tasting notes

I took this tea with milk, but it didn’t do much to improve the flavour – it actual amplified the starchy taste a bit, maybe. This tea also still has a bit of a bitter edge to it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Sweet Potato Pie by Adagio Teas
1893 tasting notes

2nd steeping. Unfortunately this has basically morphed into starchy-tasting tea. Go fish, Adagio.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Mike

You’ve scared me away from this…so you definitely wouldn’t recommend it?

Jillian

Ergh, I’d like to try it with milk maybe, and mess around with the steeping time a little more. But at the momment, no it’s not something I’d recc. :(

teafiend

@Mike, I’ve forget if I’ve written about it yet, and not discredit you Jillian, but I would recommend it. Granted sweet potato pie is my fav. dish and my family doesn’t make it with marshmallows, so I didn’t expect it to be sweet.

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50
drank Sweet Potato Pie by Adagio Teas
1893 tasting notes

Well I steeped this cup for less time than before and I’m still getting an unpleasent bitterness initially when I take a sip. I am getting a more distinct yam/sweet potato flavour on the tail end of things, which actually isn’t too bad – although I was hoping for more toasted marshmallow, like the description on the Adagio website suggested. ;)

As the liquid cools, I can taste a bit more of the ‘sweet’; it’s not a very sugary sort of sweet, more like a muted, starchy sort of sweetness.

Meh, I’m still not terribly impressed with this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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50
drank Sweet Potato Pie by Adagio Teas
1893 tasting notes

I’m pretty sure I steeped this tea for too long so when I try it again I’ll likely adjust my rating.

The smell of the dry leaves is slightly sweet in a starchy way and while I was brewing the tea the odor of sweet potato unfolded quite clearly and pleasently. The taste wasn’t so pleasent unfortunately, as it was quite bitter with a starchiness I didn’t really care for.

Seeing other peoples’ reviews of this tea I noticed that most of them used less time in their steeping so the next time I try this tea I’ll adjust accordingly and then I’ll see if that makes a difference.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Genmai Cha by Adagio Teas
2 tasting notes

I followed the suggested directions on the tin and found the flavor too light. Steeping it a bit longer made all the difference in the world to me.

First steep was still good, but very light. The deeper steep was a vast improvement. The green tea was very very mellow which I liked in combination with the toasted rice and popcorn flavor. I was hoping that I’d like this one and I wasn’t disappointed. I can understand completely why others may not like it.

In the tin it smells delicious and popcorny. While it was steeping, my kitchen smelled like air popped popcorn.

In the cup it smells like stale wet popcorn which is about the only bad thing I can say about the tea.

And even though I like most of my tea without sugar or cream, I had to at least try a bit of sugar and it wasn’t very good, but someone may like it. It just made me grimace and go back to the pure tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
teafiend

I have this on my counter back home and I am so excited to try it!

Chrisipedia

If the flavor is too light you could also try adding more tea. I usually steep it at almost double strength.

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75
drank Ceylon Sonata by Adagio Teas
359 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
denisend

Tea cookies? I don’t think I’ve seen tea cake.

Auggy

My dad used to always make tea cake when I was younger (not so much any more though). It was kind of like a combo of pancake (in texture and density) and sugar cookie (in taste). Good stuff. Not sure how traditional tea cake-y it was though.

Angrboda

I think I have a recipe for something called ‘tea cake’ in danish somewhere or other. I’ve never tried it myself and iirc it doesn’t actually involve tea at all. Maybe it goes really well with tea, I don’t know.

Auggy

My dad’s wasn’t made with tea either, but I guess went really well with tea? Though we always had it with coffee…

denisend

Hmmm, I’ve been doing some poking around… here’s a recipe for “Russian Tea Cakes” that looks quite good.

http://www.joyofbaking.com/Mexican%20Wedding%20Cakes.html

I have to make some bread tonight so perhaps I’ll make some of these too.

Cynthia Carter

All cake is tea cake. Cake and tea? Yes, please.

Ricky

Umm, I’ll have to try some tea with some tea cookies. Umm, matcha green tea cookies =D Sounds delicious :D

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71
drank Guanabana by Adagio Teas
123 tasting notes

So honestly? Guanabana tastes exactly like what it sounds like – the marriage of guava and banana. It’s a tropical, fruity black tea. It’s also rather sensitive. When I steeped the leaves for five minutes, the tea had a nice balance and pleasant flavor. When I steeped the leaves closer to ten minutes (webcomics can be so distracting) this cloying musky note that I associate with guavas overwhelmed the brew.

Trivia fact: “Guanabana” is also known by the name “soursop,” but there’s nothing sour in the flavor so I’m betting that’s why Adagio went the other route.

When steeped for the proper amount of time, I could taste the creamy banana-like notes blended with a bright pineapple – sweet and slightly tart – and a dab of that guava flavor. (Y’know what sucks? I’m trying to think of words to describe the flavor of guava but I’m coming up with nothing besides ‘sweet’ ‘tropical’ and ‘musky.’ Help?)

It’s quite lovely, but finicky, which is a problem for me. I am a very careless brewer.

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

I have a sample of this one too. I found it really hard to review it because I haven’t got the faintest idea of what guanabana is supposed to taste like. I found a picture of the fruit, but apparently it gets overripe so quickly that transporting it all the way over here to be sold is impossible. I’d never even heard of this fruit before.

Tiegster

I grew up in the Philippines with soursop growing in my backyard. Very strange fruit with a very strange consistency. Guavas are one of my favorite fruit. Now I’m interested in sampling this tea. Thanks for the review.

takgoti

I know of soursop from something, but I can’t remember what and now it’s going to drive me nuts. Something from childhood. Sesame Street, maybe?

Anyhow, webcomics FTW. Which ones do you read?

Suzi

Angrboda – I’d never heard of it before, either! Reviewing it was awkward because of that, so I just tried to think of other fruits that were similar to what I tasted. But I wonder how much of my opinion was influenced by the fact that I thought guanabana sounded like guava-banana, so I expected to taste it because of that.

takgoti – I actually don’t have too many I’m reading at the moment, but I don’t read every day so I tend to do a week’s worth of story in one sitting.
So let’s see…Something Positive, Questionable Content, No Pink Ponies, xkdc…I think that may be it. A lot of the ones I used to read regularly have stopped updating, and I was too lazy to seek out new ones. What do you read? :D

teafiend

@takgoti and Suzi DINOSAUR COMIC ARE WHERE IT IS AT.
I also over steep everything, even with a timer.

teafiend

THERE IS SUPPOSE TO BE AN “S” AT THE END OF “COMICBUT I FORGOT IT.
Also, Dr. McNinja is made win.

takgoti

I don’t check online comics too often either, but mainly whatever my friends link me to, Garfield-minus-Garfield [if that counts], and Penny Arcade. PA has always been a bit of a mainstay. Sometimes I’ll check CTRL-ALT-DEL, PvP Online, or VG Cats. [I’m very video-game-centric, if you can’t tell.]

@teafiend I have seen some VERY funny things come out of Dinosaur Comics! [That could be dirty.] Anyhow, I’m adding it to my comic bookmarks so I don’t forget. I’ll have to check out Dr. McNinja.

teaplz

Perry Bible Fellowship is hilarious, if not a bit un-PC. Actually, pretty un-PC. But really, really funny. Dinosaur Comics is awesomesauce to the MAX. Garfield Minus Garfield is really melancholic and sad. I read PA and VG Cats occasionally as well (I’m big on my video games too). xkcd is great.

teafiend

@teaplz ooo Perry Bible Fellowship! I haven’t looked at that one in forever.
Gah, I’m going to have to look over all my old webcomic bookmarks now

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