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This was a subtle cup with mild flavors. It didn’t capture my attention too much. Was it good? I guess.

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drank Jade Oolong by Adagio Teas
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From Meowster a while ago! Thank you! Despite its age, this is a flavorful oolong. Neither too delicate and light or too roasted and harsh. I actually steeped it four times (rather than my usual three with most oolongs) as I was getting along with it so well. The flavor notes are hard to find, but it’s agreeable and tasty. It’s GOOD OOLONG.
Steep #1 // 23 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 2 min
Steep #4 // just boiled // 3 min

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drank Aries by Adagio Teas
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I taste a lot of cardamom, though the base itself is a bit thin. I also may taste a bit of ginger and hints of other spices. I got this sample in a TTB, and only about 1.5 teaspoons remained, so maybe I should have put in even less water than I did. Average, though enjoyable.

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I’m not really a fan of anise but I like everything else in the flavor.

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drank Honeybush Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
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Evening cuppa enjoyed outside with Ashman. This was in the free Communitea sampler included in my Adagio order.

There were two caffeine free samples left but the other had red rooibos so I opted for this.
The aroma is quite strong. The blend is mixed chopped browns and reds.

I have never had plain honeybush on its own but I have enjoyed a number of blends made with it. This has thin body but lots of hazelnut flavor. I enjoyed it. I think it could be quite decadent made as a latte.

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drank 40 Winks by Adagio Teas
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I think it was last night that we split this sample from the Communitea sample that came with my Adagio order, but it may have been the night before that. Yesterday was so busy that I have lost track.

I made a valerian tea for Ashman years ago when he was having issues with insomnia, but it had lots of licorice root and other herbs that somewhat masked the smell and taste. When I handed him this tea, he paused and then said, “This tea has a…..smell. A really strong….smell.”

“No, sir,” I told him. “This tea has a stank. There is nothing else to call it but a stank.”

In spite of the stank, it went down okay. It did have a kit of chamomile flavor that made it through the stank. As to whether it helped me sleep, I am not sure. I feel that my sleep was pretty much normal, although I have had some vivid dreams lately as it creeps toward time to get up.

I would not buy this for the taste or aroma, but if it really helped me sleep when I needed to, I would drink it.

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drank Samurai Mate by Adagio Teas
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This tea was a sample with my Brigadoon Breakfast order.

The aroma of the dry blend was heavenly. I prepared myself for a super fruity treat on this warm and sunny spring day of outside yard work.

The steeped tea is quite different, though! Now it smells like cinnamon candy, the kind that is so strong that it tastes like clove. Because of the drastic change, I sweetened it and put it in the fridge to chill and drank it with lunch instead.

It wasn’t bad, but I am not a cinnamon candy fan, and I was so looking forward to the tropical fruit flavors I smelled in the dry blend. I am glad I got to try it, but I wouldn’t buy it for myself.

Courtney

That sounds like quite the change in scent!

ashmanra

It was a disappointing change for me, for sure! But it was an okay tea, just not a fave for me.

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drank Rooibos Peach by Adagio Teas
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When I ordered Brigadoon Breakfast, Adagio sent me a one week sample box from their Communi-tea subscription. You also get a one week membership in their Communitea group that drinks the same tea each day. Subscription boxes have thirty teas each. I was pretty excited to get this one week sample!

I was less excited with the first tea because of the type. I just don’t like red rooibos but I decided to give it a go anyway.

My sample had a couple of pieces of dried apple in it. The peach aroma was pretty subdued by the rooibos aroma. I have more success with flavored rooibos as a sweet iced tea so that is how I prepared this.

It resteeped well for a combination of the two steeps giving me a quart jar to which I added sugar and put in the fridge to chill.

Aroma and taste of the tea is heavy on the rooibos but the peach flavor is nice. Anyone who likes red rooibos would probably love this tea. I can get past the rooibos enough this way to drink it over the next couple of days.

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drank Brigadoon Breakfast by Adagio Teas
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Fine. I am marking my calendar for February 29, 2028 NOW. This is a marketing gimmick and a half (only available on leap days), but it’s also a really smooth and sophisticated breakfast tea. Assam is my love language, and the addition of cornflower/silver needle lightened it up a little—I kept getting hints of Lucky Charms marshmallows in the cup this morning.

Thanks, ashmanra … I laid your little sample packet out last night because I knew I was going to need something special to get me up and moving on Daylight Savings Sunday!

ashmanra

I am so glad you liked it!

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drank Brigadoon Breakfast by Adagio Teas
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March Sipdown Challenge Prompt – a breakfast tea

I have been eagerly awaiting this tea. I broke my buying ban because I fell for the gimmick of releasing this tea only on Leap Day AND for the really good reviews I have seen, beginning with Nicole’s review on Sororitea Sisters blog.

It is everything the most favorable reviews said. It is Assam, Keemun, silver tips, and blue cornflower, but the main aroma of dry leaf and steeped tea is Assam. Since Assam can give me a stomach ache if it is too harsh, I gave this a three minute steep. It has all the strength of Assam but none of the stomach irritation. Think of it as a top notch Scottish or Irish Breakfast blend.

Since I had to wait for the post to bring it to try it, I was having it in the afternoon with Fortnum and Mason Florentine cookies and they were very nice together, but tomorrow morning it will definitely be my breakfast tea!

I am really glad I bought two bags, and almost wish I had bought three. And they sent an amazing sampler box of six or seven different loose leaf teas with it!

gmathis

Mmm! The “buy it now or never see it again” gimmick is just kind of brilliant.

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The cardamom is strong with this one. I don’t hate it but I find it to be a flavor that reallly need to be balanced well. Like cilantro. Of course, cilantro also tastes like soap to me so… Ew cilantro tea…. gag. Anyway, this one is… okay. the rooibos is a bit subdued and I’m not really sure I like the addition of the cocoa nibs. But ultimately it’s the cardamom that keeps winding all the flavors back to it.

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drank Chocolate Truffle by Adagio Teas
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Was hoping this would cut my afternoon candy craving. Not so much…like many chocolate teas (disclaimer: this is a year-old sample) it comes across as artificially boozy. Doctored with the contents of a honey straw, it’s drinkable and the mug is keeping my hands warm, which was my secondary MO for steeping this cup.

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Okay tasting tea, less sweet than expected. Drinking it as part of the CommuniTea box. It’s not terrible and not something I would go out and buy a bag of. Just okay. Has a sort of salty aftertaste, not really getting the alcohol flavor other people are getting, maybe it’s sort of bourbon like, but not out and out rubbing alcohol. It’s a tea that doesn’t commit to anything.

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I wanted to like this blend. Smelling the dry leaf made me hopeful, but it didn’t live up to my expectations.

Notes: It’s too much white chocolate and not enough peppermint. Sweet & creamy; I wish there was more balance with the blend. Perhaps if there was more peppermint, I’d rate this more highly.

PS. I don’t really care for white chocolate, so it’s likely that affects my rating.

Flavors: Creamy, Milky, White Chocolate

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Flavors: Caramel, Honey

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drank Genmai Cha by Adagio Teas
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Trying this category of green tea for the first time, and I’m kicking myself for not trying it sooner! It tastes like a rice bowl with seaweed furikake in the very best way. It’s almost curbing my appetite by some sort of magic? In a blind sniff test I wouldn’t be able to discern it from dinner (again, in the very best of ways) and it’s fascinating me. I don’t know if I’m just suggestable but it almost tastes somewhat like a beef broth to me. I’m going to try more of this in the future for sure!

Flavors: Broth, Rice, Toasted Rice, Umami, Vegetal

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drank Oolong Tea Candle by Adagio Teas
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I mean, this is definitely me taking liberties with the Steepster medium, but I wanted to write up a note about this and in my mind it’s categorized with all my other tea stuff (see also: tea-themed stationery and tea lip balms, but I generally don’t feel the need to write notes about those things).
I bought this a couple of years ago. From what I can tell, Adagio still sells tea-scented candles, but not the oolong one and the containers are now glass rather than cement. I lit this a few times when I first got it. Unfortunately, although it smells wonderful, it doesn’t have very good throw – you basically have to be right on top of it to actually smell the candle when it’s lit. So I kind of stuck it on a shelf and ignored it for a while. But I really like the cement container! I want to use it as a tiny desktop trash can. Today I finally decided to do something about it. Since the best way I know of to clean out the container is to burn the candle, I’ve had it burning all day. And hey, it turns out that after burning for hours it does eventually develop better throw. So now my living room smells of honey sweet, floral oolong. Another day of burning this and I should have my new mini trash can :-)

gmathis

Ooh, nice! We’ve got one from Bath and Body Works that is an almost accurate Earl Grey scent, but there’s still something a little chemically about it. Hard to find a good tea-scented candle.

Dustin

Theodor had some tea scented candles. I sort of wish I had bought the milky oolong once that smelled fantastic, but it was 30 euro which seemed like a lot for a smallish candle.

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drank Ali Shan by Adagio Teas
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Oolongs are categorically perhaps my favorite tea and this is no exception. I really enjoyed this green oolong and its buttery notes. It was a bit astringent on the aftertaste on the first steeping but subsequent steepings took care of any lingering bitterness. So excited to have had this sample and will soon be purchasing more!

Flavors: Butter

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Another sampler sip down. Loved it especially on a second steeping where any astringency was steeped out and only the malty goodness was left behind. I think of all breakfast teas this may be my favorite. It’s somewhat reminiscent of Yorkshire tea but much less prone to astringency. On further reflection it’s like lapsang souchong’s much milder cousin, and I love a tea that tastes like kindling.

Flavors: Malty

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drank Samurai Mate by Adagio Teas
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Wanted to try this sampler as it’s not really something I would buy on its own. I wouldn’t exactly call it Teavana (I’ve had some heinous experiences with their teas) but it’s still reminiscent of a car air freshener in similar ways. Not getting any of the fruit notes that I smelled in the sample pack. Weird. Other than plain mate I think I’ll stick to chocolate mates now. Incidentally, Teavana had a glorious chocolate mate and I miss it every day.

Flavors: Cinnamon

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