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70
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
262 tasting notes

Sample from Hoálatha

I found this cup to be very bold with layers of spices. This tea has a very thick mouthfeel. I’m getting a slight astringency in the aftertaste, but overall a very tasty brew. I added a bit of milk halfway through to counteract the astringency—which actually helped the profile of the tea to smooth out a little bit.

Flavors: Spicy

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22
drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
77 tasting notes

3 people tried this one, two of us gave it a low but drinkable rating, one liked it but didn’t love it. It’s that usual Adagio astringent black tea base, with a definite tingly peppermint in there. Peppermint teas don’t usually give me that tingle and this one does. I can see what people mean about a creaminess to it – it doesn’t have a pure peppermint/black tea flavor, but that vanilla or cream is still very slight and it is still a pretty one-dimensional tea. It might be better with a bit of milk to bring out the creaminess. I’ll probably drink the rest as I have just a sample tin, but I’m not interested in more.

Flavors: Astringent, Creamy, Peppermint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 28 OZ / 828 ML

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10
drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
77 tasting notes

Out of 4 people with widely ranging tastes, not one of us could drink this! It smelled OK, though just kind of general spices, nothing that made me think of pumpkin. But it tasted like really bitter tea (not the overbrewed type of bitter, just bad tea bitter) with a ton of cloves. It was truly awful. I brewed it the way it was recommended with just a touch more tea. The addition of sugar didn’t help at all. I might try it again with less time (the recommended time did seem too long) but the flavor was so unbalanced I don’t think it will help very much.

Flavors: Bitter, Cloves

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 28 OZ / 828 ML

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97
drank Pu Erh Dante by Adagio Teas
23 tasting notes

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97
drank Pu Erh Dante by Adagio Teas
23 tasting notes

On to my third batch of this. Thought I’d give Dante another try to see if I could get the same tea high as the first batch. Success ! Maybe not as relaxing, definitely more energy though. Perhaps a little psychoactive. Basically, cha qi that trumps everything I’ve had except for first Dante. Which says a lot since I’ve had a lot of puer since my first Dante. Ordered a ton more…won’t be running out of this for years :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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97
drank Pu Erh Dante by Adagio Teas
23 tasting notes

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97
drank Pu Erh Dante by Adagio Teas
23 tasting notes

Being a big fan of this, I ordered another bag. Adagio assured me that it would be very similar to my 6mo old bag. It’s a pity they don’t let you order by year like places such as YS and W2T do. On opening and comparing to my first bag it was pretty obviously different. Smaller, finer leaves, didn’t smell as rich.

Flavor: One dimensional shou. Earthy but lacks any depth. Doesn’t get anywhere near as dark. Tastes like lightly colored water. There’s a slightly weird aftertaste that wasn’t there on the first bag.

Qi: there isn’t any. I can’t even tell I’ve had tea. No energy let alone all the other great things from the first bag.

Oh why didn’t I buy pounds of the first bag grr. Lesson learned. Isn’t that one of Two Dog’s tenets?

Flavors: Earth

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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97
drank Pu Erh Dante by Adagio Teas
23 tasting notes

This was my first puer…it really opened my eyes and sent me off on a wonderful journey through shou and sheng. I don’t really care for the taste, it isn’t bad but I certainly don’t crave shou like I do a young sheng with stone fruit aftertaste. On taste I’d say it’s a 65.

I feel a little ridiculous talking about qi on an Adagio tea but this tea has the best energy !!! Unlike other puers (mostly sheng) where I get different qi on different days, Dante has a repeatable and reliable amazing tea energy. It’s perfect for morning hikes; energizing, uplifting (mood), relaxing all at the same time and it makes me ridiculously chatty and outgoing. I am very sensitive to qi (2g dosage) but this one is strong. Since Dante, I’ve tried approx 20 other sheng and shou with some having interesting qi but none matching up to this one. I must just be odd since no-one else has commented on this. More for me :)

I’ve served it to a couple of other people with all but one agreeing it made them feel ways that their regular black tea habit did not. I did bump one of them up to 3.5g at which point they said that they were glad I was doing the driving :)

I just bought a pound of this little bag of happiness.

Flavors: Earth

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Babble

Hey man, drink what you like. You don’t have to defend yourself! I may add this one to the list, too to check out. I probably would have overlooked an Adagio Puerh had you not said anything :)

pkts

Thanks Babble :) I’d suggest you hold off on the Dante, I had a couple of sessions with the new bag and it doesn’t have the same effects unfortunately :( I’ll let you know if I come across something else with great Qi

Babble

Aww that’s a bummer. Well thanks for the heads up. Yes definitely keep me posted. I’m forever searching for that “tea high” haha..

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88

A wonderful light oolong— pleasantly nutty without being overpowering. Oolongs can sometimes taste metallic, but this one was wonderfully full-bodied without being metal-ish. Thank you to AdagioTea in Old Orchard Mall for the great brew.

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80
drank Ceylon Sonata by Adagio Teas
100 tasting notes

Nothing that stands out but makes a pleasant cup.

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Pu Erh Pearls by Adagio Teas
337 tasting notes

Can I just say the UX on this site leaves a lot to be desired? There is no reason for me to have lost as many notes as I have…

That being said…this was my first puerh and this was the last of it. I was looking for something to mindlessly drink and warm up with until lunch yesterday, so figured it was a good chance to finish this stuff off. Threw a ball into the gaiwan, did a fairly long rinse and then steeped. The liquor was still pretty light and fishy, so it probably needed more rinsing. Second steep was darky, with a more deep, sweet aroma, and it tasted better, as well. Earth and mushroom notes got pulled out during the few steeps I did, but this didn’t deliver on flavor very long.

All-in-all, I appreciate this tea for introducing me to puerh, which I have already gone much farther (and better) with, and still have much farther to go.

Flavors: Earth, Fishy, Mushrooms

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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77
drank Golden Monkey by Adagio Teas
334 tasting notes

We have another sipdown here. I had been working on a sample pouch of this tea for a couple of days and finished the last of it this morning. I used to really enjoy teas like this when I was younger, but had not had one in several years. I was delighted to find that I still enjoy this type of black tea, though I remembered this specific tea as being a little better than I found it to be.

I prepared this tea two ways. The first was a one step Western infusion. I followed Adagio’s guidelines here. I steeped 1 heaped teaspoon of loose tea leaves in 8 ounces of 212 F water for 5 minutes. The second preparation was gongfu. I started off by steeping 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 208 F water for 5 seconds. I then followed this infusion up with 11 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 8 seconds, 11 seconds, 14 seconds, 20 seconds, 30 seconds, 45 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, and 5 minutes.

The Western infusion yielded a smooth and subtle brew. I noted mild aromas of cocoa, oak, and toast on the nose. In the mouth, I noted integrated notes of cocoa, oak, cream, toast, malt, and cinnamon in the mouth. The gongfu session yielded a more complex brew. Prior to infusion, I noted a soft, subtle aroma of cocoa coming from the dry leaves. After infusion, I noted slightly more pronounced aromas of toast, malt, cream, oak, cocoa, and spice. In the mouth, I picked up on a strong flavor of cocoa underscored by cinnamon, oak, pine, toast, malt, and cream. Subsequent infusions introduced aromas and flavors of juniper berry, honey, leather, and black peppercorns. Later infusions were very mild with a slight mineral tinge, though honey, wood, malt, and cocoa notes remained. I noticed that this tea started off strong in the gongfu session, but faded quickly. The first 5 infusions yielded a strong, flavorful liquor, the next 3 infusions were decent, and the final 4 infusions were mostly a wash with very subtle aroma and flavor sensations.

This was not a bad golden monkey, but I have had better. Gongfuing this produced more interesting results, but the Western brews were smoother and more consistent overall. In the end, I could see this being a solid all-purpose Chinese black tea or a good introductory Chinese black tea.

Flavors: Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Cream, Honey, Leather, Malt, Oak wood, Pine, Toast

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75
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
334 tasting notes

I received a sample pouch of this chai with my most recent Adagio order. I was not exactly thrilled. I have hated all forms of chai since I was a teenager. I don’t remember why I developed such a hatred for the stuff. I love tea and I normally like spicy things, so one would expect chai to be right up my alley. Sadly, one would be wrong, or at least one would be wrong most of the time. I did not find this chai to be all that bad.

I followed Adagio’s brewing guidelines for this one. I steeped 1 teaspoon of loose material in 8 ounces of 212 F water for 10 minutes. At one point, I tried a shorter steep time of around 8 minutes, but I could not detect much of a difference from the longer infusion, so I will be limiting myself to a discussion of that specific preparation. I also tried a 10 minute infusion with an addition of milk. I will comment on that one briefly.

Prior to infusion, the loose tea and spice blend greeted me with overpowering aromas of cinnamon, cardamom, and clove. I failed to note the aroma of ginger. After infusion, I again noted pronounced aromas of cinnamon, cardamom, and clove. I again failed to pick up the presence of ginger. In the mouth, I detected strong notes of cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and ginger underscored by traces of cream, malt, caramel, and toast. The tea base seemed a little weak to me. I also noticed that as the liquor moved from the entry to the finish in the mouth, the notes of cinnamon and ginger became increasingly dominant. I think it may have been a good idea for Adagio to rein in the cinnamon a bit. It was a little distracting. Interestingly, this chai came across as richly and boldy spicy, as well as a bit bitter and biting. Trying this same preparation with an addition of milk yielded a slightly smoother, sweeter, silkier brew. The milk seemed to bring out the tea base a little more, but it unfortunately further muted the cardamom and clove aromas and flavors to a limited extent.

I don’t know. I fully expected to hate this stuff, but I didn’t. Actually, I thought it was pretty decent for a masala chai. Granted I have not exactly been consuming chai on a regular basis or anything, but I could still get through this without many complaints. I think the fact that it was more robustly spicy and a touch more bitter than I was expecting made me appreciate it more. If I had more of it, I would try it with both milk and a touch of either honey or sugar just to see if the cinnamon and ginger could be tamed a little more.

Flavors: Biting, Bitter, Caramel, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cream, Ginger, Malt, Spicy, Toast

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Had a baggie of this stashed in my desk drawer for a while. Figured now is as good a time as any to drink it!

The buds were originally nice and unbroken, but they got a bit broken up thanks to my careless transporting. Steeps out to a nice, very light gold with a spiced hay-like, somewhat grassy aroma. Super smooth texture, light herbal, grassy taste. A very faint hint of steamed veggies at the end that lingers as an aftertaste.

Second steep came out a deeper gold and much more spiced. It almost reminds me of some tisanes I used to drink. I also feel like I am almost getting some lemony notes out of this one.

Seems like I could get some more out of this one if I had time for another steep, but I’ve still got the rest of the tin to experiment with.

Flavors: Grass, Hay, Herbaceous, Smooth, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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64
drank Rooibos Mango by Adagio Teas
3429 tasting notes

Got to experiment with this tea and it turns out that this makes a pretty nice teapop.

http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/11/14/rooibos-mango-adagio-teas/

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27
drank Silver Needle by Adagio Teas
334 tasting notes

I received a free sample sachet of this tea as part of an Adagio order a couple months back and I just got around to trying it a couple hours ago. To be honest, silver needles never excite me. I tend to find them bland and boring. This one did nothing to change my overall impression of this type of tea.

I utilized a three step Western infusion process to prepare this tea. I started off with a 3 minute steep in 8 ounces of 180 F water and followed it up with 5 minute and 7 minute steeps. The water temperature was suggested by Adagio. I stole the brewing process from Whispering Pines.

The first infusion produced a light ecru liquor with a very mild nose. I was just barely able to detect fleeting impressions of hay, straw, eucalyptus, and something resembling mild cinnamon. In the mouth, I got very subtle notes of straw, hay, grain, butter, cream, eucalyptus, and cinnamon. The second infusion was a little stronger, but not by much. The nose was fruitier and slightly spicier. In the mouth, I was once again able to pick up grain, straw, hay, cinnamon, cream, butter, and eucalyptus, though I also detected traces of apricot, cantaloupe, honeysuckle, and oatmeal. There was also a little minerality on the finish. The third infusion was mostly a wash. I found the nose to be pretty much nonexistent. In the mouth, I got mostly mineral notes underscored by impressions of apricot, cantaloupe, oatmeal, butter, straw, and hay.

Well, this one was a downer. I kind of knew it was going to be though. As stated above, this type of tea does not really do much for me. I was willing to give it a chance, but I could tell that this was a low quality silver needle. You see, a high quality silver needle will be comprised of full, slender leaf buds and will actually appear to be silver or white in appearance due to the presence of numerous downy hairs on each bud. This tea did not look like that. It was comprised of mostly light greenish, hairless leaf material. I did not see many full leaves, as most were broken into small pieces. Some of the leaves even appeared to have small ruddy or brownish spots. This was obviously not a silver needle even remotely on par with, say, those offered by vendors like Whispering Pines or even Tealyra. Judging from the weak, lifeless aroma and flavor displayed by this tea, as well as its lack of staying power, I am not sure I can even recommend this as a budget introductory silver needle, so I won’t. Instead, I will offer the following advice: if anyone reading this absolutely has to try a silver needle tea this year, just pony up for Whispering Pines’ silver needle instead.

Flavors: Apricot, Butter, Cantaloupe, Cinnamon, Cream, Eucalyptus, Grain, Hay, Honeysuckle, Mineral, Oats, Straw

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
eastkyteaguy

Is this the bluntest, most tactless review I have ever written about anything in a public forum? Yeah, probably.

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33
drank Sencha Overture by Adagio Teas
337 tasting notes

This is another one that I portioned out ahead of time that’s been waiting to be consumed. Steeped with probably too much water, as it didn’t have as strong a flavor as I would have liked. The liquor was a light yellow green and did exude that sencha smell, but upon tasting the first steep, it is extremely light. Faint vegetal flavor, not much umami, actually getting a bit of nuttiness out of it, which isn’t bad, just unexepcted. But I don’t rule out the possibility that it absorbed that from another tea.

For the second steep I up the temperature to 80C, reduce the water by about half and do a quick infusion. I do get some more flavor out of it but not a ton. All in all, this is a fairly lackluster sencha in my opinion. I don’t see myself revisiting it again.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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37
drank Blood Orange by Adagio Teas
1557 tasting notes

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Flavors: Blood orange, Hibiscus, Orange, Rosehips, Sour, Tart

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37
drank Blood Orange by Adagio Teas
1557 tasting notes

While I do enjoy the orange and spices, the hibiscus could be lessened for sure. The sour/acidic notes could be reduced to make this a much more drinkable tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Fruity, Orange, Sour, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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85
drank Lemon Grass by Adagio Teas
58 tasting notes

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100
drank Bonfire by Adagio Teas
1 tasting notes

On this cold, windy, and wet autumn day, this burnt sienna colored tea provides a warmth that touches the lips and hits the soul. I’m a huge fan of Lapsang Souchong, and knew that when I purchased this blend, that I would not be disappointed. The smokey and spicy aroma of this tea is a delight to the senses. The peppercorn, cloves, and cinnamon really bring out the boldness in the Lapsang Souchong, while the Honeybush mixed with the fruitiness provided by the oranges and apples, really brings a nice balance to this festive tea. The last note that I picked up about this tea is the mild undertone of the hazelnut. It’s not overpowering or fake, and lingers for a bit in between sips. This is a tea I would buy over and over again.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Brown Sugar, Burnt Sugar, Campfire, Cloves, Earth, Fireplace, Orange Zest, Peppercorn, Red Apple, Roast nuts, Smoked, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 11 OZ / 325 ML

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drank Genmai Cha by Adagio Teas
337 tasting notes

Hmm…so I decided to not follow the brewing recommendations for this and I’m thinking that was a mistake. I did drink this one on previous occasion, but I don’t really recall how it tasted. It didn’t really stand out much in my mind, though. I brewed it with about 5 grams in around 90-100 ml of water and it mostly tastes like burnt rice. I can’t really taste the tea at all, but there is quite a lot of rice mixed into this, more than what I’m probably generally accustomed to with genmaicha. Tried another steep since the rice was not soggy, basically the same. I will make sure I steep according to their instructions the next time I try this.

Flavors: Burnt, Rice

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Adagio Teas
337 tasting notes

I was first introduced to lapsang souchong when a friend let me taste a Twining’s tea bag some years ago. I haven’t really had it much since then, but I always liked the smoky taste.

Now that I’ve been researching more about tea, I’ve learned about Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong, but have yet to have a chance to try it and in either case, I enjoy a strong smoky flavor.

I’ve had this particular tea from Adagio once or twice made western style, this is my first time having it gongfu style.

90C, 4.5 g, 100ml, first infusion about 10 seconds.

Well, it smells like smoke. Straight up. The first infusion of this is smoky and sweet. It’s like drinking sweet smoke. Or barbecue aftertaste.

In the second infusion, more of the taste of the actual tea shines through. Barely there bitterness, a bit of sourness. Not really getting much sweetness in this steep, but a bit of a sweet scent is clinging to the cup. I also let this steep go a bit longer than I intended.

Forgot about my third infusion as well. Today is not my day. Smoky smell and taste remain. I feel like pine is more pronounced in this steep. I can probably get some more out of it, but it’s about lunchtime so I’ll finish up!

Flavors: Ash, Char, Pine, Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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