828 Tasting Notes

drank Cranberry by Adagio Teas
828 tasting notes

A final note on this tea. (I still have some tea bags of it, though, so I might come back to it.) In the loose form, apparently the raspberry leaves settled or something, because the second to last cup of this tasted a bit sage-ish to me and wasn’t as good as I had come to expect. In fact, I threw out the last cup’s worth of leaves because I couldn’t bear to think about drinking it. Note to self: if I get this in loose form in the future, make sure the leaves don’t settle!

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A friend gave me a cup of this and, oh my, it smells amazing! This is one of the most aromatic teas I’ve had. That alone would make it a good cup, but it also tasted great. You’d have to like almond, but if you do (and if you like almond cookies) you’ll love this cup!

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And after about 9 cups in the past two days, I’ve finished off this sample too. I forgot that I like Darjeeling as well as Assam, just when I’m in a different mood. Will this hold true for Ceylon… stay tuned! ;)

Was surprised that the leaves were smaller than I remembered them being, but otherwise, what I expect.

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And with two cups of this early this morning, I’ve finished off this sample! I really do love assams. They’re what I look for when I’m drinking black tea. That being said, I’ve have a lot of very good assams (since I’m always on the lookout), so I’d say this is solid, but there are better ones out there if you’re looking for something outstanding. If you’re just looking for a good assam to get you through the day, give this one a go.

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drank Cranberry by Adagio Teas
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I gave a friend some of this the other day and they compared it to Captain Crunch. I’ve just made a cup, and I can’t shake that impression. It is almost exactly like it! I think if I added milk and sugar, it’d be exactly the same!

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Trying to finish off this tin… and it’s a great time of year to do it… very seasonably appropriate cuppa!

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finally gave up on this one. put it in the staff lounge in case someone else might like it.

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Finished this one off, too! Glad to have a decaf for the 7:45 cup of tea. Added some sweetener since I was skeptical of decaf and it turned out about as you’d expect. Probably won’t order again since I don’t normally particularly like either decaf or vanilla, but was glad to have this option when I was pregnant and nursing!


Good to see you back—-are you able to climb back on the caffeine wagon yet?


Good to “see” you, too! I am indeed… though it’s slower than I would have guessed to build tea drinking back in a habitual all-day thing. I tend to get in a cup or two a day and that’s ti. I thought re-engaging with Steepster might help. :)

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drank Almond by Adagio Teas
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I’m not drinking tea as much lately as I used to. My Steepster use has shifted from documenting every drink to documenting unusual ones. And documenting when the tea has left my cupboard. And that’s what happened with this one.

I really love the Adagio Hazelnut tea, and enjoyed the Almond as well. It’s not quite as good to me as the Hazelnut one, but that’s probably because I prefer hazelnut to almond in general. It’s a good cup and one I’d like to replace one day… once I’ve gotten my tea stash to a reasonable level.

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I am excited about the Insider Tea Club, and I am excited about this tea! I am using a small, 4oz, teapot for this, to allow for multiple resteeps and forces attention to each sip. I am doing this note from memory, so I look forward to documenting the next one a bit more clearly. What I remember most about this first pass was the smooth mouthfeel and the pale color. It was also slightly sweet. In fact, I wondered if the instructions were spot on due to the pale color, but really, the instructions were perfect. Here are the photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lauren_pressley/6772671397/


Great pic of the tea leaves!


Wow. I agree with Scott. Great photos!

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I’ve been into tea, at some level, since college with a first tin of loose tea brought back by my parents from Oxford. My love of tea increased with a visit to Boston and a chance cup at Tealuxe. Since then I’ve only gotten more interested in tea and have developed more of an appreciation for it.

tea rating guide
(updated 12/2010)

100: a perfect cuppa. these are the teas I’ll keep in my cupboard and tend to be one per type of tea.

90-99: will definitely get more of this tea

80-89: likely to get more and perhaps it will become a favorite with time

70-79: very good, depending on my mood or the season

60-69: wouldn’t actively try to get this tea, but also wouldn’t avoid it in a tea shop or restaurant

50-59: run-of-the-mill tea for me

40-49: decent, would hit the spot in some moods, but probably wouldn’t purchase it for my cupboard

30-39: okay, will try again, maybe

20-29: meh. I’d try this tea again if no other were available

10-19: drinkable, but a forced cup

0-9: didn’t even finish the cup


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