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drank Jade Oolong #18 by Adagio Teas
87 tasting notes

With the name Oolong #18 I didn’t hold high hopes for this tea. It feels like Adagio didn’t care enough for it to give it a decent, meaningful name. The truth is this oolong is great and totally deserves some recognition.

It has all the qualities I appreciate in green oolongs – buttery, almost oily notes, flowery aroma and flavor with slightly dry aftertaste. It brews very light and gives away two tasty infusions, I found the third to be lacking though so I didn’t go beyond that.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

I THINK, although, I would have to take a loooooooong trip back through past journal entries to some time about four years ago, I think, to check, but I THINK that this was the first oolong ever tried. A friend sent it to me and I remember thinking at the time that it was an odd name for a tea. Just a number. It was definitely one of the Adagio oolongs though.

Oolonga

Right now Adagio has six numbered oolongs (including three jasmine flavored). I’ve no idea why they name them like that but I find it rather confusing… it’s kinda difficult for me to associate teas with numbers.

Cofftea

Yeah well from a company that tells us Pu Erh is a black tea, I’m not surprised. At least they say in the discription it’s a Jade oolong.

LynnP

Adagio names a lot of their teas with a music theme (Keemun Concerto, Ceylon Sonata,etc) so I think the numbers are also following that theme. If you look at most classical composers, they name their works like “Symphony No. 21”

I do agree though if you don’t pick up on that, it makes it seem like these teas are an afterthought.

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89
drank Jasmine #12 by Adagio Teas
19 tasting notes

a favorite with or without sweetner. Not so good, for me, with honey.

Quiet time tea, not overpowering.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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

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85
drank Genmai Cha by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

I like this tea quite a bit- love the nuttiness/popcorn flavor-definitely unique and definitely a keeper! I did multiple steeps and am very satisfied. Kinda curbed my hunger too.

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Taken Plain and with Mild and Sugar.
Way too much spice… not enough pumpkin.
And no flavor development until milk and sugar are added. Is this a trend with flavored blacks from adagio?
Plain it just tastes like poorly spiced water.
And with milk and sugar it is totally drinkable… but not re-orderable.
sigh Of disappointment.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Chestnut by Adagio Teas
127 tasting notes

2009-11-25 noon
Preparation: Teavana Easy Tea Steeper, sweetened with a dash of splenda

The first taste is black tea, and the aftertaste is a bit of chestnuts – it lingers in my mouth. It also has a somewhat starchy, dry feel in my mouth. Not really pleased with this one.

ETA: After 2 hours I haven’t even finished it… off to make something else, then.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Citron Green by Adagio Teas
359 tasting notes
takgoti

Does this dry your mouth out like crazy? I’ve had this a few times, and every single time it gives me serious dry mouth.

Ricky

Ha! So it wasn’t just me :D

takgoti

Ditto. After finishing, I was all, “Dude, WTF?!”

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76
drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
359 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
1893 tasting notes

It’s been awhile since I drank this tea so I thought it could stand a revisit. It’s really the only one of the Savoury Teas set that I really like and might actually consider buying again. It’s a nice mix of fruity and tangy in a decent green tea base. Actually it tastes like it could be something that would make a neat tea cocktail – maybe I’ll try that one day.

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

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drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
1893 tasting notes

I’m drinking the second steep of the leaves from earlier. I’m noticing less of the sweet, fruity flavour and more of a tangy-pickled taste to the tea. It’s also a little bit on the thin-tasting side, so I’m thinking that this tea is only good for two steeps, max.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
1893 tasting notes

Definitely tastes like a fruity peach/mango tea rather than something traditionally savory. There is a hint of a cooked flavour to the tea aswell, almost like some of the oolongs I’ve tasted.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

If you’re interested in tinkering around w/ the steeping perameters, I’ve found that steeping it using premium sencha perameters produces a more savory cuppa. Good luck:)

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drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
1893 tasting notes

I got the savory teas sample collection with my Adagio order and tonight I decided to try the most intimidating-sounding one first. I’ve never really eaten much artichoke and it’s always been mixed in with other ingredients – such as in a calzone or an omelett – so I don’t really have a definitive taste pinned down in my mind except that it always tasted rather pickled and salty.

The smell of the dry leaves and the brewing tea is surprisingly fruity – in fact it almost smells like peach or mango to me. The dry leaves are of a nice size and a bright, fresh-looking green shade and they brew up to make a clear, pale-green coloured tea.

The taste is almost as fruity as the scent and it’s sweet, though in a rather subdued manner. It’s only on the aftertaste that I get a faint hint of what I’m used to thinking of as artichoke – savory and pickled.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I got mango too! It may be the most intimidating sounding, but the sesame is the most intimidating smelling lol.:P

Rena Sherwood

Sounds Weird — with a capital W.

Cofftea

@Rena, it sounds weird but it’s actually pretty amazing.

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78
drank Chestnut by Adagio Teas
1893 tasting notes

I’ve seen various people talk about agave nectar so the last time I was at the grocery store I bought a squeeze-bottle of it to try out. This tea seemed as good an opportunity as any really. The agave nectar dissolves much more quickly than honey and it has a neutral sweetness that doesn’t seem to colour the flavour of the tea. It eases the bitterness of this particular black tea pretty effectively, though I still prefer this tea with milk.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Chestnut by Adagio Teas
1893 tasting notes

I tried this with milk this evening which complimented the tea quite well and gave it a sort of burnt-hazelnut cream flavour. Very yum.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Chestnut by Adagio Teas
1893 tasting notes

This tea doesn’t seem to re-steep well, unfortunately. It still smells lovely but it basically just tastes like plain tea with a hint of something. Pretty bland in other words.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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78
drank Chestnut by Adagio Teas
1893 tasting notes

After my disapointement last time I decided to give this tea another try. I kept the steeping time much shorter and the result were much, MUCH better. Like other people have said, the tastes does remind me quite a bit of hazelnut, although it really has a flavour all of its own; rich and nutty with an almost liqueur-like quality to it. And the smell! I just can’t stop sniffing this tea. :D

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
LENA

oooh, you know “smell” is a big factor with me.

Rena Sherwood

Be careful — that could be illegal in some states.

Jillian

Bah, I live in Canada, they can’t touch me here! ;)

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78
drank Chestnut by Adagio Teas
1893 tasting notes

OMG this smells incredible, I can’t stop sniffing it! It like hazelnut but richer almost. This is a scent I’m used to associating with coffee so my brain keeps thinking ‘cafe latte’ at me, even though I know better. ;)

Now the only exposure I’ve had to chestnuts has been the water-chestnuts in chinese cooking – which I LOATH with a passion. I do understand that those are from a completely different type of plant, so I’m trying not to let my dislike interfere with the tasting.

Given how sweet the scent is, it’s a bit of a shock how bitter the tea tastes in comparison. I’m already thinking that this would be a tea that’ll be improved with a touch of milk. The rich, nutty flavour is still present although it’s muted a little by the bitterness (I’m not sure if that’s the tea or the flavouring talking BTW). I have to say that given how lovely the smell was I’m a bit disappointed, although I’ll have to fiddle around with this one before I make my final verdict.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Taken with milk and sugar + plain.
Without milk and sugar the tea leaves are over powered by the strong spices. Drinking this tea plain is actually kind of unpleasant in the way that tasting cinnamon by itself is dry and bitter.
With only sugar the spices mellow out and become nice. My only complaint is that the spices still over power the tea and it has a very weak mouth. This tea really just tastes like spiced water. It’s nice but not awesome.
Adding milk with the sugar rounds out the body and flavor but they are still not at all robust. The spices become well mixed and the tea flavor pops out a little more.
This is a nice holiday change but if I could have it year round I really wouldn’t be excited because it could have been done much better.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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this has a very delicate flavor, its sweet and light. the color was much lighter than i expected. it has a somewhat earthy taste that i like. wated to try something un-flavored and found this tin in the back so decided to give it a go! im glad i did. its a great way to start my night of studying :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Cranberry by Adagio Teas
127 tasting notes

2009-11-24 4:30 pm
Preparation notes: Teavana’s Easy Tea Steeper with a dash of splenda

I figured out one reason that I dislike using the tea steeper – it’s much larger than my mug and when draining I can’t see how full my mug is to know if I need to pull the steeper off.

For this mug of tea I could have added more water (and probably should have, it’s pretty strong), but it’s guesswork. Perhaps I’ll just bring in a larger mug from home.

The leaves smell like cranberry, but the tea doesn’t. There’s a hint of fruit, but it’s not really identifable as cranberry to me. Maybe I just made the tea too strong so the tea flavor is overwhelming the cranberry flavor?

Not impressed. Teavana’s cranberry actually tastes like cranberry.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

I drink chai about once a month it seems but I’m always pleasantly surprised by the tasty treat! I’m still very sick with the friggin Swine Flu and thought I needed to put some spices in there to help get me over the hump of this damn flu. I’ve never felt so sick in my life! I am able to make teas all day long to try and get thru this mundane existence right now-thank God for tea! This chai is tasting very good, so for the moment I am happy, I’ll just savor the malty ,spicy,yumminess of all the wonderful herbs in this tea right now..its just about the only thing I can do to try to keep my mind of feeling like utter crap.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
kat

Well I just finished that warm delicious mug of chai but now the aftertaste for some reason is what makes me want to put it away for another month. Chai is not a tea that I can stomach a double infusion with. One 16 oz mug satiates me just enough.

Angrboda

I hope you beat it soon!

Cofftea

@Kat, that’s kinda funny… most black teas (although I’m slowly starting to outgrow it) make my stomach sick- except chai. I find it interesting how not only each person’s tastebuds, but stomach, react differently to different teas.

takgoti

Oh. Dude. I hope you’re better ASAP. Then you can get one of these:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkgeekmonkeys/4121049034/in/set-72157622720059779/

kat

Hahaha thats perfect takgoti..:)

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70

I’m having this with milk for my morning cuppa. It makes a descent breakfast tea but I still wish that it were a bit more robust – although it might be the cream flavour mellowing it out a bit.

I don’t really like this tea enough to use up the full canister I bought so I’ll be ‘donating’ some of it to the various people who requested some in the Take It Away thread.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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70

So I was looking for a black tea have following my cup of 52Teas’ Coconut Cream Pie tea and my gaze happened to fall on this tea. The two are quite similar, at least the descriptions would suggest they are, so I thought it might be neat to compare them both. This is just a quick and dirty evaluation, I don’t think I have the patience to do one of the long, detailed reviews Takgoti does. ;)

What I notice about the dry tea is, while 52Teas’ tea has lots of big coconut shavings, this tea only a has a few measly little shreds scattered through it. It doesn’t smell quite as strongly of coconut either.

The trend continues with the flavours; not as much coconut, but a bit more creaminess and also a touch sweeter, I think. One point in Capricorn’s favor is that it seems to take to milk better than the Coconut Cream Pie tea. The ‘bases’ of the tea taste different too, which I suppose only makes sense as Capricorn has an Irish Breakfast (Assam) base and 52Teas uses a Nilgiri base for their teas.

Which of these two teas do I like better? They’re both very much drinkable and pleasent, but I’m leaving toward prefering Coconut Cream Pie over this one because of its stronger, richer coconut flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Ricky

I’m so tempted to purchase Coconut Cream right now. If they only had Chocomate in stock I’d make my purchase immediately.

Cofftea

They still have mandarin matcha though Ricky=D

Jillian

Ricky, I stole the last bag they had in stock. ;P

Ricky

I see the matcha! That’s tempting as well.

Jillian, evil evil evil! Haha, it’s okay. That means I get to save my money =P

Cofftea

Get it Ricky. It’s so good cold!

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70

This tea doesn’t resteep well apparently, as it tastes quite watery and flavourless. :(

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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