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78
drank Raspberry Patch by Adagio Teas
114 tasting notes

Light and sweet. First you get the sweetness of the apple and a hint of the raspberry. Then as the pink liquor travels back on your tongue you get more of the sour/bitter flavors of the cranberry and the hibiscus. This seems like a tea I would really like, except I can’t quite seem to get the preparation down. My first cup was too light, not enough flavor, so maybe I needed to add more tea and steep for longer. The second cup (that I had left steeping) had a much more powerful flavor but a little on the bitter side. It would probably help if I had a proper kettle so I knew what temp my water is.

Jillian

You could try getting one of those dinky little cooking thermometers that you can find in the grocery stores.

Jason

I feel like one of those variable temperature kettles would be good because right now I use a super old and crappy one. What do you use/recommend?

takgoti

I know you’re not asking me, but I’m gonna be a buttinski anyway. I use the Utilitea from Adagio, and it’s pretty fantastic, though I sometimes find myself wishing for something more more precise.
http://is.gd/3OQDv

I’ve heard good things about Cuisinart’s.
http://is.gd/3OQL4

But if I were in the market I’d probably get this one.
http://is.gd/3OR1V

And continue to lust after this one.
http://is.gd/3ORbZ

Jason

@takgoti: yea that last one looks amazing, I’ve even tweeted about it before. The utilitea is more in my price range but I would like something that has fairly precise temp control. Hmm, so many decisions…

Jack

The Utilitea is good enough temp-wise, and you can’t beat the price!

Carolyn

I picked up one recently at Upton Tea Imports and I adore it. It has four temperature settings and it heats a full kettle of water to 212 degrees in three minutes flat (I timed it). Plus it is on sale, so I got it for $42.88. Here’s the link:

https://secure.uptontea.com/shopcart/item.asp?from=catalog.asp&itemID=AK16&begin=0&parent=Accessories%3ETeaware%3EElectric+Kettles&category=Upton+Tea+Imports&sortMethod=0&categoryID=0

Carolyn

Just wanted to say that I lust after the Bugatti as well. If only I could afford to spend that kind of money on a tea kettle.

Cofftea

Don’t bother w/ the UtiliTEA, it’s SO much more inferior than the Breville. Sure it’s cheap, but that’s because it doesn’t have all the features to make the perfect cup of tea. Why waste any amount of money on something that doesn’t work the way it should?

Cofftea

What’s so special about the Bugatti? the Breville is perfect for 1/2 the price.

Cofftea

try 2.25g of tea per 6oz of water @ the recommended temp.

Cofftea

I was wrong. Never mind w/ the Breville either. This has WAY more settings and is a heck of a lot cheaper. I’m getting this ASAP.

http://www.amazon.com/Component-Design-TT1-Digital-Thermometer/dp/B0021AEA8U/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1254430975&sr=1-4

Jason

Wow, so many great choices. I have some research to do.

Cofftea

What the heck is it w/ Adagio’s fruit teas? Why do they insist that fruit teas need to be flavored w/ other fruit?. If I order raspberry, I want raspberry. If I order sour apple, I want sour apple.

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85

I originally purchased this tea because it comes from the same region of Japan that I stayed in when I went there a few years back.

This tea has the perfect amount of grassiness for my preference, at least compared to other green teas I’ve tried so far. Once this tea cooled down, it was very good. None of the flavors were very sharp, which I like. It all seems to mesh together quite well.

I do see one problem however. I only made two cups worth, and I am starting to think that was not enough! This might qualify for a re-steep.

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

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90
drank Jasmine #12 by Adagio Teas
13 tasting notes

An enjoyable and refreshing tea. It has a wonderful aroma with an excellent light, floral flavor. My first jasmine tea and it’s a great change from herbals, black and green teas I’m more used to. Lots of flavor even on a third steeping.

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50
drank Xue Ya Ballad by Adagio Teas
53 tasting notes

180 degrees for 4 minutes. Too light for my tastes. Might try a longer steeping.

Megan

I liked it ok, but wasn’t my favorite. I didn’t think light was a bad thing. Esp when eating it with dinner.

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90
drank English Breakfast by Adagio Teas
19 tasting notes

Having a fresh 20 oz pot with a pinch of Lapsang Souchong added.

BillNV

This is the fourth steep of this pot. I added 6 or seven leaves of Lapsang Souchong and was was very pleasantly surprised. I think that Russian Caravan tea will be making it’s way into my EBT in the future.

BillNV

new resteep. Tried some honey last pot. Doesn’t
float my boat

BillNV

11/26 2nd steep

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81
drank Yunnan Gold by Adagio Teas
34 tasting notes

Really good tea. Taste’s really sweet for being a black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Yunnan Gold by Adagio Teas
34 tasting notes

Pretty good taste, no complaints. One of my favorite black teas so far.

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80

Oh, my, I like this tea.

The smell, as well as the taste, remind me of the scent of hay in the barn. A little like dried grasses, with an earthy dimension as well. Very little acidity, very smooth, soothing flavor and scent.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Ricky

Just had this yesterday and Assam today and it looks like our reviews are similar. We both think Assam taste better. =D

Cynthia Carter

Assam is great – I really enjoy the Indian teas best. But, when I said this tea reminded me of hay? I meant that in the best possible way. Sweet, fresh, and somehow home-y smelling. Definitely worth keeping around.

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80

Rich, smooth tea with less acidity. The leaves smell rather earthy, almost musty before brewing, but none of that mustiness comes through in the brewing. Really delicious.

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75

Drinking this right now cause I have a sore throat that is keeping me awake. I have always loved this tea as a night time tea though. Not as much actual tea in it but a few herbals to dim it out. There is not enough caffine in this to actually affect me so its nice at night. Flavor wise its nice. A very clean taste to it. I tend to brew it kinda long since its mostly herbal if I don’t brew it a while it tends to taste a little weaker than I like.

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71

Used a little more leaf than usual this time around.

Though I think I’ll always prefer the old style Silver Needle, the slightly fuller tasting Bai Mu Dan is definitely a good every day go-to white tea. The light floral hints are nice accents without being at all overwhelming.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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71

I don’t like the new style whites as much as the traditional silver needle, but it’s still mighty fine (how’s that for proper tea tasting language).

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71

After having been focusing on Japanese greens and various oolongs for a while, I decided to go back to an old favorite. I was going to have some Silver Needle, but was nearly out, so I opted for the new style white bai mu dan. Flavorful and smooth as expected and just what I was looking for on a Sunday night.

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75
drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
8 tasting notes

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75
drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
8 tasting notes

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75
drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
8 tasting notes

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75
drank Decaf Tropics by Adagio Teas
34 tasting notes

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75
drank Decaf Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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75
drank Decaf Peach by Adagio Teas
34 tasting notes

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