Ceylon Sonata

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 10 g 15 oz / 435 ml

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  • “I’m in a no-frills mood today. My husband had knee surgery on Monday, so I’m pretty much running dead on my feet. I need the warmth, the simplicity, the CAFFEINE to make it through the work day...” Read full tasting note
  • “Almost a sipdown on this one today — two cups worth left. This has been languishing in my desk drawer for a while, so I might take it home and finish it off this weekend. Then I can replace it with...” Read full tasting note
  • “I’d rather drink Adagio’s Irish Breakfast. I’m not sure what’s going on in this one but it seems like some thing is wrong. I find that “tea” taste with quite a bit of bitterness. I swear I’m...” Read full tasting note
  • “Another sample comes to an end. I’m digging this more than usual this morning, I usually prefer Ceylons cold, and like to drink maltier blacks hot.” Read full tasting note

From Adagio Teas

Black tea from Sri Lanka. In colonial times, this island-nation was known as Ceylon. This name is still used to describe all teas grown here. Ceylon tea is bright and lively, with a wonderfully delicate flavor. The ‘Ceylon Sonata’ is the finest grade tea from the renowned Kenilworth estate, located in Sri Lanka’s Kandy region. The perfect afternoon tea.

Steep at 212° for 3-5 minutes.

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559 tasting notes

Having a pot of this that is 2/3 Ceylon Sonata and 1/3 English Breakfast, both by Adagio. I’m not a very big fan of either, but they blend together well. I’ll definitely do this again. It’s malty and sweet, with a summery taste that’s hard to describe.

I probably should have brewed this for less time, as it is pretty potent and a little bitter. (But I like some bitterness to my black teas.) I think I’ll go with four minutes next round.

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141 tasting notes

I love this tea. It is like Twinings Ceylon, only better. The sweet citrusy notes come out even stronger and tastier in this tea. It was not bitter and the astringency was not really noticeable (I guess I am used to it now). The best Ceylon I have tasted so far. I added cream and sugar, and the tea stood up very well. Close to perfection in a teacup!

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Well I’m about to head over to a buddy’s house (got a handful of samples from Chicago Tea Garden, and I felt like sharing), and I also overnighted the Aladdin Infuser Mug. This thing is COOL. It looks sleek and I wanted to brew tea in it, but didn’t want to use my CTG tea yet. SOOOO I remembered I had this!

Do I smell a mild citrus tone? Or is this just a really bright tea? The tea infuser worked wonderfully, making a second infusion possible as soon as I finish this. Earlier I had the Apple Tea from Adagio, and I definitely taste the similarity. I think Ceylon is a better base for their flavored blacks more than Assam, due to the fact that it doesn’t pucker the back of your mouth as much. It does have a mild astringency, but oddly enough only right when I swallow. This makes me think of a morning tea, but nothing so particular as “Winter Morning” or “rainy morning”. It’s not powerful enough for such strong detail, but just light and good :)

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84 tasting notes

While watching the future hubz play deamon souls I wanted one of the teas my sister got me for Christmas. The scent of the dry leaves is a bit floral but toasty. It’s warm and inviting. The tea smells pretty much the same but sweeter. The flavor is the backnote to all of adagio’s flavored teas. I can see why they use this for all their flavors. It’s sweet and mellow with that expected tea taste. I gotta sat I’m glad my sister got me the 4oz tin this is a no frills kind of tea. This will be great for those slow start days. :)

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650 tasting notes

I don’t seem to have enough plain (unflavoured?) black teas, so I got this on a recent road trip. I originally like the scent, but it turned out to be a tea I wanted to try anyway. It has a mild citrus flavour. Good for a morning cup with almond milk. (Have it warm though.)

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107 tasting notes

I’m pleasantly surprised by this! It’s simple yet satisfying and the perfect thing to relax with after being stuck inside working on a beautiful day.

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511 tasting notes

Another tea from linnaete (^^)

Don’t have much to say about this one. It’s kind of a hum-dee-dum tea. Nothing the least bit unpleasant about it, but boring nonetheless.

This is the second (unflavored) ceylon that I have tried and I can appreciate that Ceylon teas aren’t going to be particularly bold, but the first one I tried had a lot more depth to the flavor.

Teas such as this one make a good base for peppermint leaves. I have a whole bag of pure peppermint from Arbor Teas that I add to my less exciting black teas. peppermint in black tea is one of my favorite cuppas and helps me to use up all of my bland black tea varieties.

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When I was at the Field Museum of Natural History, I saw a diorama of a tea plantation in Sri Lanka.


That sounds really intereating. Are you referring to the Field Museum in Chicago?

DId you happen to know of any good tea places there? We’re heading to Chicago in two weeks and I’m trying to figure out where the best places to go for tea are.

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A nice simple black. Perfect if you want it simple. No hints of sweet or floral or anything. Just straight up black tea. I’m not complaining-it was nice for a change. Great for a morning tea.

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184 tasting notes

Stashdown #5! I got a sample of this from Caligatia. She’s very generous with her tea. A very good trait in a friend, if I do say so myself. Anyway, back to the tea.

Other people used light and delicate to describe this tea, and yeah, I can see that. For all that I like blends, sometimes a girl just needs a straight up single note tea that is what it is. It isn’t as smooth as the Yunnan Gold I had earlier, but is charming in its own, simple way. A solid tea when all you want is tea. I’m glad I had the opportunity to try it!

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