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drank Purple Papayaberry by Adagio Teas
1813 tasting notes

I picked out all the butterfly pea flowers before steeping because they taste terrible. And the flowers made up over half the leaf, so this tea has definitely not been a good value for me. This still brews up very dark, and the flavor is quite sour. It tastes like tart berries, and I also taste something much too savory. This one just ends up not working on any level for me. I’ve tried it three times, one of which was cold brewed, and I’m sorry to say I’m not a fan. I wish I could taste the papaya!

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Received a sample from Devon and somehow… I am not a fan (again!). I like EG, I don’t mind rooibos.

It tasted pretty much citrusy, but it was not bergamot. Rather lemon-orange. Rooibos was very, very woody, almost overpowering the citruses. Also some other notes, some say medicinal, decayed wood… and I am not sure. But it was a bit off.

Also, it does not last long as a aftertaste. I know I am somehow biased drinking EG by Birchall (which has got black tea base); but the flavour there lasts much longer. This was like a sip, wait five seconds, and it’s gone.

Very, very forgettable tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Shae

Is this one a teabag or loose leaf? I’ve never tried Adagio’s teabags.

Martin Bednář

Loose leaf sample :)

Shae

Thanks, Martin!

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drank Grapefruit Oolong by Adagio Teas
1813 tasting notes

Free sample from Adagio. I was hoping for the grapefruit to be more vibrant and zingy, especially with how good this one smells. Really, this isn’t bad. It’s fresh and fruity, but not distinct in any way. I don’t really taste the tea base.

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77

Free sample from Adagio. The turmeric scent here is so strong that I wasn’t looking forward to it. I put it in the fridge, and actually it’s pretty good! It’s mildly spiced and a bit fruity. I wouldn’t buy this, but I’d totally drink it again. The turmeric isn’t too much at all. The lemon flavor is quite natural and refreshing, yet not at all sour. What a nice surprise!

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80

I got this as a freebie Communitea item with my last order and I LOVE it. It smells very strong but doesn’t taste as strong as it smells and for once, its a good thing. The spices in this are perfect giving me a very yummy tasting green yerba tea and honestly I have never enjoyed a mate before this. Definitely recommend this for a good morning cup. Also the name is just awesome

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81

I liked this one well enough – it was nice and sweet and pleasantly breakfasty. Put in one cube of sugar and brewed five minutes. The black tea comes through without being overshadowed with the non-artificial flavoring. This was a leftover with an advent calendar, Day 14, that I was inconsistent when going through.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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65

Free sample from Adagio. This has to be the mildest chai I’ve ever had. I can taste some light ginger, but really not much else. It’s not spicy or complex. It’s way too mild and boring. The name is also a bit much for me.

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drank Honeybush by Adagio Teas
1451 tasting notes

A caffeine-free tea today in Advent from Devon.
I have opened it when I came from work and somehow I feel fine it is a caffeine-free tea today! I have been working more physical today, moving several wooden crates (each approx. 70 kg/154 lbs) from pallet to another one. I wasn’t doing it myself, of course we were two for that… but I don’t actually feel tired as other days?

So, as I said, I feel fine it is a caffeine-free and honestly I probably never had pure honeybush. Yes, pure rooibos several times. But honeybush?

I found out it’ s nice. Quite woody, with some sweet and I dare to say, honey, aftertaste.
But that’s all folks! It has nothing else to deliver. Nothing I would have to try again on its own.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Kelmishka

I tend to feel more awake after physical activity than purely mental activity!

Martin Bednář

^^ definitely true today!

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75
drank School Books by Adagio Teas
1813 tasting notes

Free sample from Adagio. Well this one tastes like a very mild EG creme. It’s decent, but simple and a little bit fake. It’s a little fruity, though I don’t really taste the rose hips or hibiscus. I don’t know what’s up with this name. Adagio definitely has better EGs, but this one was fine!

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77

Comparable to the one from David’s Tea, this one is a bit lighter in taste. Got as a free sample, I think WRP FS from Adaigo later. Oatmilk

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80
drank Yunnan Noir by Adagio Teas
179 tasting notes

This is the 3rd black biluochun I have tried now. Its not the best, but its also not the worst.

It still has the flavor I am familiar with, almost bready like (I really need a better word) but this is still a little bit harsher than the Golden Snail I have loved for so many years. There is some astringency which isn’t bad hot, but becomes pronounced as it cools.

Its not bad, but not something I would be willing to switch to over my other option.

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drank Chocolate Truffle by Adagio Teas
1813 tasting notes

Sample from the last TTB. The black tea and chocolate flavors mix pretty evenly, though the quality of both is pretty low, so it’s not super great. With milk, it’s pleasant enough, but it’s more of a chocolate liqueur vibe than I prefer.

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drank Cream by Adagio Teas
179 tasting notes

As with most flavored Adagio teas I have tried recently, I am underwhelmed by this one. It smells of more than just tea but I would never in a million years have guessed it was supposed to be cream. It also has a flavor, and while not bad, is never something I would have described as actual real cream. Maybe, as someone else mentioned, a creamer. I never use the stuff, so I can’t say if this is what the tea tastes like. Though I do know most of the creamers I have seen have no actual dairy in any of them. So maybe this tastes like a creamer?

Anyway its not bad. My curiosity was mainly piqued because I do have some interest in making a few of my own blends. And its difficult to design one if you don’t actually know what the various components actually taste like.

Nattie

I want to make some of my own blends too! I’ve messed around with the creator on the website a few times but never bit the bullet. Maybe one day…

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drank Christmas by Adagio Teas
1 tasting notes

A little bitter. Smells amazing, but taste doesn’t compare

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This tea is one of the strangest experiences I’ve had from Adagio. I got the holiday sampler pack in the little tins and while the tin is adorable I did lose a teaspoon full of tea trying to open it (my fault, but the tin lid spat tea everywhere!)

Admittedly this left me slightly grumpy. My doubts about this tea increased when I opened it to see, not chunks of candy cane like the reviews led me to believe, but tiny puddles of melted sugar with bits of black tea stuck to them. Strange, but the parcel had been left in the post room for a while – it was probably too warm in there and melted the sugar.

Then, I brewed the tea according to the directions on the tin. The smell was unbelievable, and not in a good way. Not at all like candy cane or any discernable black tea, more like melted butterscotch mixed with something bitter.

Ignoring my nostrils, I took a sip and immediately regretted my choices. This tea tastes of a bitter, astringent, cheap black tea mixed with chemical. No peppermint, no sweetness, just cheap flavouring. I gave this one to my husband who also pronounced it ‘undrinkable’, despite loving flavoured teas I’ve not been able to get on with.

I love their chestnut tea and I buy my daily drinking genmaicha from Adagio, so I found this extremely disappointing.

Flavors: Bitter, Butterscotch, Chemical

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73
drank Green Popcorn by Adagio Teas
1813 tasting notes

Single teabag from the last TTB. This is a pretty classic genmaicha. I can taste the green tea plus the roastiness. It’s not as smooth and wonderful as one from 52teas, but it equals basically any non-specialty place you might get one.

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80

I LOVED this tea! I’m not normally a rooibos fan but this one is sooo good. The hint of chocolate with the peppermint in it was the perfect combination and definitely tasted like christmas

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65
drank Christmas by Adagio Teas
189 tasting notes

This was very flavorful. The right amount of spicing in this black tea

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Adventaggedon Day Twenty Four – 3/6

I don’t have a lot of Christmas traditions outside of Adventaggedon, but one of them it watching Olive The Other Reindeer every year, so I decided that since this was the most festive of my teas today that it would be the one I’d drink while watching.

I actually enjoyed this blend quite a lot. The peppermint was very crisp and cooling but also just a bit sweet and it worked very well with the rich, creamy white chocolate flavour. Most impressively, all of the flavours were bold enough to cut through the haze of the cold I’m experiencing. It was a really nice moment today and it felt like a really meaningful way to close out Adagio’s advent.

I’m not sure if I’d do this advent again – it was the most repetitive feeling out of all my advents, and there weren’t a lot of teas in it that were totally new to me. I’m glad I did it though, because it was nice having one or two new discoveries – especially that Cherry Marzipan Oolong! Maybe if Adagio ever did an advent with their fandom blends…

Today’s Advent Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CmkRKxwuisG/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahHysZavet8

Nattie

I would be all over a fandom-themed advent!

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drank Rooibos Noel by Adagio Teas
13950 tasting notes

Adventaggedon Day Twenty Three – 6/6

Felt a bit like screaming when I saw this tea today. It’s basically yesterday’s tea but on a rooibos base and with almond flavouring. What the fuck is up with Adagio’s use of almond flavouring!? I swear this is like the seventh tea in this advent to use it.

The cup itself was okay though. The clove was actually really nice feeling on my throat and because of all the spice inclusions it actually opened up my sinuses enough I felt like I was tasting it pretty properly. It’s a bit more orange forward than yesterday’s blend, and a little less clove. I do prefer the one from yesterday, but only because I like clove so much. And, thankfully, I didn’t taste the almond…

Today’s Advent Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CmhsXY6ut-w/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K2ZPQ7y4qQ

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drank Christmas by Adagio Teas
13950 tasting notes

Adventaggedon Day Twenty Two – 3/6

Well, I said I wanted more festive and Adagio’s advent went and said “You’ve got it!”. They’re really hitting hard with these last few teas. I mean, what’s more festive that Christmas itself!? How’re they gonna one up themselves tomorrow?

The tea itself was pretty nice though. A very clove forward blend of cinnamon, clove, and orange. Full bodied, brisk, and a bit tannic. It’s a flavour profile that I’ve tasted what feels like a million other places, but it’s one that I enjoy regardless of that fact – and it’s such a wintery combination. Plus, I love a good clove blend and not enough companies release them IMO. It was a solid cup!

Today’s Advent Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CmfHdouubWR/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW9isc31JOE

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drank Always Nuts by Adagio Teas
13950 tasting notes

Adventaggedon Day Twenty One – 4/6

This is so painfully, obviously meant to be a replication of DT’s Forever Nuts blend. I have a lot of feelings about that, but I’m going to mostly gloss over them. For a lot of reasons, but a key one being that I just don’t want to write that much tonight.

It’s hard to write a review and not touch on it a little though. What I will say is that this isn’t a bad tea when you view it in isolation. The apple note is pleasantly sweet and bright in a cider-like way and it’s got a nice cinnamon and almond flavour, along with another sweeter note that made me think of maple pastries – like danishes. I enjoyed the cup. But… is it Forever Nuts?

I feel like it’s closer to the kind of tea one might make based on a description of Forever Nuts. Forever Nuts adjacent, perhaps. A little too sweet but also, in different aspects, not sweet enough. Apple in the wrong kind of way. The wrong ingredients to get it to steep the wrong kind of pink. Maybe I’m being unfairly critical, but Forever Nuts is a blend that I know so intimately and I feel like if Adagio wants to play the game of trying to copy it then, well… You open yourself up to the criticism.

Today’s Advent Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CmciwMSufdM/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECC-X4pWMFg

Kaylee

Yeah, that’s… not ok. Intentionally ripping off someone else’s blend is unethical and gross. Particularly when it’s a blend that is still readily available in the same markets! I could see an argument for an homage blend for a tea that’s only available in some parts of the world or has been discontinued or the company doesn’t exist anymore. It’s still a little questionable but it happens and I can see the argument for it. But that isn’t what’s happening here. Booo.

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drank Arabica Mocha by Adagio Teas
219 tasting notes

Finally something different for the advent samples. Arabica Mocha is pretty good – it has a warm and cozy nutty chocolate flavor. It fits the holiday season, unlike some of the others. At least it’s not yet another green or roobios.

As it cools, this one stays good. Did not need or add any sugars or additives.

Preparation
1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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83

Continuing my backlogging, this was Day 17 of Adagio.

They packed so much Roobios in their advent calendar for 2021

I brewed 7 minutes. Not bad. Nutty and warming. Would be good for winter OR fall. The apple and cocoa are a nice background blend to the rooibos with cameral smudge. Definitely get the nuttiness through as it has chestnuts and hazelnuts.

Preparation
1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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