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drank Green Popcorn by Adagio Teas
1596 tasting notes

TTB

This is a daily underwhelming genmaicha. The toastiness of the rice is lacking and the green base is very meh and bitter.

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drank Blue Mango Iced Tea by Adagio Teas
1632 tasting notes

I was recently on vacation, and I kept a pitcher of this in the fridge in the Airbnb so I could quickly fill my tumbler before leaving each morning. The butterfly pea flower definitely makes this blend too savory, but this one only comes in pitcher packs, so I didn’t pick the flowers out at the time. Now that I’m back home, I cut open the packs and throw out the flowers before brewing. Even so, the flavor is quite savory, and I don’t taste any mango. I taste lemongrass and something rather plain.

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drank Arabica Mocha by Adagio Teas
2884 tasting notes

Strange VariaTEA TTB – Tea #20

I love maté, and I don’t think I’ve ever tried coffee leaf before, so this one piqued my interest. I do generally enjoy coffee-flavored teas, though it looks like there isn’t actually any coffee flavoring here. There was just one single serve packet of this tisane in the box.

It mostly tastes like a mix of green and roasted maté to me. I assume it’s the coffee leaf that’s adding that green, herbaceous flavor, since there is no green maté here. The chicory root adds a nice earthiness that goes well with the roasty maté. To be honest, I’m not really tasting any chocolate, either cacao or flavoring, but I don’t mind. I do pick up on the hazelnut, which is nicely rich and buttery. It’s interesting because even though this has so many roasty notes going on, it actually tastes rather light because of the herbaceous coffee leaf.

Anyway, I like this one. I’m not sure I love it enough to order, but I’ll keep it in mind. I definitely need more maté in my cupboard, as I really do enjoy the flavor of it. But first, sipdowns! :P

Result: Finished Off

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Butter, Chicory, Earthy, Hazelnut, Herbaceous, Roasted, Roasted Nuts, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Chocolate by Adagio Teas
158 tasting notes

I couldn’t taste any chocolate in this tea and in fact it deeply reminds me of coffee when i drink it

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drank Rooibos Earl Grey by Adagio Teas
609 tasting notes

Not sure if it’s just me or whether this is what the combination of rooibos and Earl grey is supposed to taste like, but I just couldn’t get into this tea. The aromatics were certainly inviting. Potent aromas of cinnamon bark, lemon peel, and orange from the leaf. I steeped this in a tea bag as Rooibos isn’t easy to strain well. The brewed tea was far from enjoyable. It tasted medicinal with a strong star anise like flavor accompanied by notes of clove, root beer, and menthol. All flavors which I otherwise enjoy but here it just tasted weird. I may need to try this with a little milk and sweetener as it’s just not doing it for me on it’s own.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Clove, Medicinal, Menthol, Root Beer, Star Anise

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TeaEarleGreyHot

Do you normally like straight rooibos?

Mastress Alita

I have tried several rooibos EGs and have just come to the understanding that while I like rooibos and bergamot on their own, I do not like them together. Milk did help me finish off a bag in my stash, though.

LuckyMe

@TeaEartleGreyHot, it’s been a while since I’ve had straight rooibos. I’ll admit the smell is a little off putting but it takes the right flavoring to make it work. Like Mastress Alita, I can stomach it more easily with milk and sugar. One of the best drinks I ever had was a rooibos chai latte from a small cafe in Anaheim.

Cameron B.

Interesting that there are so many spiced notes when the ingredients don’t list any spices?

LuckyMe

@Cameron, rooibos is pretty spiced on it’s own. I reckon the combination of it and bergamot amped up some of the spice

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Sipdown 56

An okay blend. A bit of a fruity/citrus thing going on. A bit of cinnamon. I can’t taste any of the turmeric. Meh.

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drank White Peach by Adagio Teas
1596 tasting notes

Sipdown 55

This is weak, even for white tea standards. The flavor isn’t terrible, it’s just a bit too muted for my taste.

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Alright, this one is a little bit of a strange one, but hear me out. Oolong chai and candy corn. The spice notes that already make it feel like a Fall drink, and the sweetness counterbalances to make an absolutely delightful combination. I have to be picky with my chai after a particularly heinous work week fueled by the stuff soured my stomach to some of the spices, but this one I still turn back to every month or two.

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drank Reindeer Fuel by Adagio Teas
16 tasting notes

Ever since someone introduced me to DavidTEA’s Hot Chocolate Tea I’ve had a fascination with well-blended chocolate teas. Well made, they’re all the joy of hot chocolate with bonus caffeine, and YOU control the calorie count. Made a strong British style cup today, and it really helped get the ball rolling. I’m not even usually a mint guy, but the blend on this is MARVELOUS. TBH, the only truly compelling reason to reorder from Adagio anymore…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Fujian Rain by Adagio Teas
5 tasting notes

This is one of my favorite morning teas. Very smooth with sweet mineral/earthy notes. Very relaxing.

Flavors: Chocolate, Earthy, Mineral, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chestnut by Adagio Teas
46 tasting notes

Every year, my friends and I do a Secret Tea Swap – you can either send tea from your stash, or you can order something to be delivered. This year, a friend sent me Adagio’s Chestnut tea along with a bunch of others. (Golden Yunnan, which I already knew I adored, and several others.) Having had mixed luck with some of Adagio’s teas, I tried it carefully.

And I was absolutely delighted. I’ve reordered it twice at this point. There is a lovely nuttiness to this tea, not bitter like walnut or sweet like almond, but truly hazel-chestnut like. I love it with a splash of milk, and I brew it quite strong – 4 minutes at 180F. (Not hotter, it gets unhappy at a full boil.)

This is now one of my staple “OK, I need a tea that’s going to last me all morning,” teas, and I can rebrew the leaves twice, though usually I’ll only do it once. Definitely a keeper.

Flavors: Chestnut, Hazelnut

Aiko

Awww a secret tea swap sounds fun!

Keshwyn

We do it every year, around the winter solstice. It makes for happy tea drinkers.

Cameron B.

What a cute idea, I love tea swaps!

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Genmai = love. Perfect for anytime of day on any day. Today the high will be 32 C. Iced tea afternoon. This makes quite a pleasant tea when iced. Okay, I lie. It’s not iced. I just put cold tap water in the cup and off we went. The umami and grassiness perfectly complements the brown rice. The dusting of matcha on the rice and tea was the right amount and the coloring was an eye pleaser. Now I’m going to sit here on the grass and enjoy it while reading Infused by Henrietta Lovell. I’d love to drink tea with her someday. Also have tried it hot and it is as good as many I have tried but it is not the best.

gmathis

I never thought about chilled genmaicha! We’ve got another hot stretch ahead…just may have to try it.

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drank Thai Tea by Adagio Teas
90 tasting notes

Very Nice light Thai Tea; notes of cinnamon and cardamom.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Dragon Fruit Dream by Adagio Teas
1836 tasting notes

I’ve worked through all the caffeinated teas in my swap with Emilie, so I’m taking a caffeine break for a couple weeks per doctor’s orders (blech). Thankfully, I have lot of teas to get me through thanks to some very generous tea mail from vallhallow. I’ve been saving these and am excited to finally dig in.

James’ favorite tea ever is Magic Dragon from DAVIDsTEA. Since it’s been discontinued, I would love to find another blend that’s similar. I was hoping this would be it, or close, but it’s not close enough. We tried them side-by-side and he said that the Dragon Fruit Dream doesn’t have enough hibiscus. It’s noticeably lighter in color, more of a soft pink than the deep red of hibiscus. I tried it both hot and cold and I can’t say that I’m a fan honestly. Of course, hibiscus teas aren’t a favorite hot and can be hit or miss for me when cold. This had that dusty background note that so many herbals seem to share. James liked it cold, so he’s planning to finish it off. This is one I might have purchased to try at some point, seeing that it has dragon fruit, so I’m glad to be able to try it before buying a larger amount.

Flavors: Dust, Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Martin Bednář

Have you managed to get some of the fireweed? Just curious :)

Shae

Not yet, but I have some picked out for my next order. I appreciate the reminder, I think I’ll go ahead and purchase since I’ve started drinking caffeine-free for a bit.

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Trying to taste more of the teas that are unopened in my cabinet, to determine whether I should keep, toss or share. So I guess I am going through my cabinet alphabetically by company for the first tea of the day now. :)

Preparation: Western and then with a little barista Oatly (which is essentially whole fat oatly in a smaller container)
Tasting note: The dry leaf smelt of hershey’s chocolate syrup, so I definitely decided at that point this was going to be an unsweetened latte. Brewed up straight it was pretty brisk with some chocolate syrup notes and sweetness. I pretty much immediately after that sip added the oatly. After that, it tasted kind of like chocolate milk. I liked it less I think than Adagio’s Irish stout because it didn’t have that malty, richness to make it even more chocolatey. Also, Irish stout has sprinkles so yeah… it’s cute and gimmicky. I would say that this is a pretty decent chocolate black tea but not my favorite from Adagio.

This will go in the share pile as I know that I still quite a bit of Irish stout left from St. Patrick’s Day and they are in the same family as taste goes.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Matcha Mocha by Adagio Teas
158 tasting notes

This is the lowest i have ever given a tea on this site. It tasted like grass so badly it was undrinkable for me. There was no mocha flavoring at all and it left a back chalky aftertaste.

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drank White Peach by Adagio Teas
1632 tasting notes

I shared this tea with my dad, who loves peach teas, and he said it reminded him of peach rings and that it was his favorite tea that I shared with him on my trip. I’m glad to have his feedback because I would have personally rated this tea as more medium. The peach flavor is pretty authentic and fresh, but I don’t love the base tea. It tasted a little too much like twigs or something. I just don’t love white tea.

gmathis

It sounds like it might line up a little better with actual white peaches, which, when I can find them, make me do a little fruit happy dance. Firmer, less mushier, lighter than yellow ones.

AJRimmer

I bet you’re right!

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drank For Good by Adagio Teas
1632 tasting notes

The base is quite floral and a little astringent. The fruits are light, but not super clear. Maybe I taste some berry, but it’s not tart, more candy-like. I kept this in the fridge overnight, and now the tea has become much too floral. If you enjoy floral teas, this could be for you, but it’s not my preference.

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drank Cream by Adagio Teas
90 tasting notes

Strong Creamy Smell; and while it tastes somewhat like cream, it’s not overly creamy or sweet. A Little vanilla-y; not much tea flavor itself. Not one of my favorites.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Candy Apple by Adagio Teas
1632 tasting notes

I taste a strong apple, along with some cinnamon and maybe maple. Nothing about it really says candy apple, but it tastes good. I’m enjoying it sweetened with milk. The black tea is a good base for it. The apple is pretty authentic.

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drank Capricorn by Adagio Teas
158 tasting notes

Willing to try this again. Got this as a sample in my first Adagio order and loved the smell of it. The taste is very smooth and light and I can’t wait to get more to try it out.

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drank Irish Stout by Adagio Teas
444 tasting notes

Tea swap sample from vallhallow! I added some oat milk and it brought out the chocolate and cream very nicely! This seems like a good “first thing in the morning” tea for me. I think I may actually have some of this stashed somewhere that I haven’t broken into yet, so thanks for the inspiration to go find it!

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drank Hojicha by Adagio Teas
1632 tasting notes

This has a strong roasted flavor, though not too far in that direction so that it tastes almost burnt. I’ve discovered I’m not super into plain hojicha, and this one tastes like many others – not the worst, just somewhere in the middle. There’s just not enough going on in this tea for me. Thanks for sending the sample though, Adagio!

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