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drank Almond Oolong by Adagio Teas
355 tasting notes

This tea isn’t terrible. It’s not bad. It’s just.. stunningly mediocre, like many of Adagio’s flavored teas. There’s so much flavor bursting from them that it seems fake. I like flavor to come directly from the tea leaf, not additives or flavorings. This smells good, but it’s so overpowering, just like their Vanilla Oolong that I recently swapped away. And the tea’s the same way. I love almonds, but it’s overwhelming, screamingly almonds. I can’t taste any oolong.

Ugh. I don’t think I’ll be trying any new Adagio samples for awhile.


I’ve been having the same experience with Adagio’s teas. Too much artificial flavoring + a mediocre base = I probably won’t order from them any more.

Rena Sherwood

“Stunningly Mediocre” — would make a great T-shirt.

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Last of my sample :( Finished up a few more sample sizes in the last week. I’m totally broke right now, but I could reward myself with a trip to TeaGschwedner with my $25 gift card from Christmas.. hmm..

Anyway, I did like this one, and would think about repurchasing. It’s weaker this time than last, since I only really had 2tsp left for a 4 cup pot. But that’s okay. I wanted something strong and black, and this is it. Missing the honey notes this time, though.

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drank Jade Cloud by Rishi Tea
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Grassier than I remembered, but just what I need.

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drank Ceylon Dimbulla OP by SpecialTeas
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My sample is now almost gone of this, and I just went to check SpecialTeas’ site for a steeping time and apparently they no longer sell it. Sad, because I really like this one. It’s smooth as silk with a very light cocoa taste. Not at all like most Ceylons.

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drank Almond Cookie by SpecialTeas
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I’m totally shocked at how much flavor this tea has with just a 3 minute steep. Awesome. I agree with pretty much every other assessment here – this is delicious. Tastes like almonds and cinnamon and baked goods.


I love this one! I thank Auggy in my mind every single time I drink it for giving it to me, since it’s so delicious! How can it taste so much like an almond cookie? I have absolutely no idea.

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This is a REALLY strong licorice tea from a local store. Like, clears up your sinuses strong. But I love the taste of real licorice, so I’m a fan.

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Mmmm. Not much of my sample left, as this is my second pot. May have to buy a tin. A great evening tea.

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Just another really lovely basic oolong.

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drank Wuyi Oolong by Rishi Tea
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I like this one more and more each time I drink it. It just defines oolong to me. Will probably order more once my sample’s through.

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drank Coconut Chai by Zhi Tea
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Hm. I’m kind of conflicted on this. On one hand, this is a very good, very delicate chai. The coconut flavor isn’t overwhelming, but it’s definitely there, and the blend of spices is very similar to what was in Zhi’s Kashmiri Chai that I tried yesterday. On the other hand, this is rather weak for a black chai. I guess that’s good for me, since it’s how I prefer them, but I really would prefer more flavor, just not more spice.

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