259 Tasting Notes

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Discovering Adagio teas, episode #5 (out of 12).

This one was a freebie sample. I don’t mind the English breakfast teas in gereral, because I usually find them perfectly casual, but I wouldn’t buy them of my own will. So I’m glad I got this one for free.

And I really like the smell. There’s wood, a bit of smoke, a bit of wet cardboard, some earthiness and even a bit of dark chocolate. Very rich and complex aroma.
And this woody smokiness dominates the flavour. It’s not very strong, just seems to be the main characteristic over an earthy background. There’s also some residual sweetness that complements the taste and very slight astringency.

All in all, it’s a very good tea. Maybe it’s time to review my approach to English breakfasts?

Flavors: Cardboard, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Smoke, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Discovering Adagio teas, episode #4 (out of 12).

I can’t believe that this tea wasn’t in Steepster database.
Anyway, the smell is not very strong, but dark, very earthy, with very slight smoky character.
And so is the taste, rich and complex, very deep, slightly sweet, almost not bitter.
I like it more than English breakfast teas, but I probably wouldn’t like to drink it on the everyday basis. And for me it’s more an afternoon tea, not a breakfast one.

Flavors: Cardboard, Earth, Smoke, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
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Discovering Adagio teas, episode #3 (out of 12).

I just love the smell of hazelnut in the afternoon!
it already smelled great right after opening the zip bag and I absolutely don’t mind that this smell comes from flavourings.
And after steeping it smells even better! Just like a delicious hazelnut cake or a pancake with hot nutella.
And the taste is also very full, complex, malty, not as sweet as could be expected. Delicious pastry tea really full of hazelnut flavour.

Flavors: Cake, Cookie, Hazelnut, Nuts, Pastries, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
Nattie

I really like this one, too

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drank Assam Melody by Adagio Teas
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Discovering Adagio teas, episode #2 (out of 12).
My second Adagio tea and first from a small sample bag. And I just love the idea of a zip bag. So practical.
As I expected, this one is rich and malty, with typical to Assam teas wet cardboard in the background. It tastes a bit bitter (steeped for 4 minutes), but I certainly don’t mind a little bitterness in a decent tea, and a bit astringent, with solid, malty base and threshold sweetness.

Flavors: Cardboard, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Discovering Adagio teas, episode #1 (out of 12).
Recently I made my first order at Adagio Teas (UK). I liked their tea selection and the fact that they sell 30 g samples. I definitely prefer small packages, because they allow me to taste more varieties. 50 g bags are fine, 30 g bags are even better. I’m planning to avoid the tea shops that sell only 100 g packages or bigger (hear it Denmark!).
So my first pick is the only large tin from my order, Irish Breakfast (blend of Ceylon and Assam black teas). Filled above the rim, so it’s not easy to scoop the tea without spilling, but I’m not going to complain.
Lovely dark brown-red colour.
Distinct wet cardboard flavour, typical to Assam teas. As a beer judge, I would find it a sign of oxidation and an off-flavour in beer, but here it’s different, of course, and expected. Apart from that, the aroma is rich, dark, malty, woody.
Very smooth taste, with only trace of astringency (I steeped it strong), slightly sweet and caramelly.
Very good tea, in my opinion much better as a blend than just a sum of its parts. Looking forward to my other Adagio teas.

Flavors: Caramel, Cardboard, Malt, Sweet, Wet Wood, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
Nattie

I have a lot of Adagio points to spend, so I’ll probably end up placing a similar order at some point. It’s been a while since I had any of their teas fresh.

dreamloomer

The three teas I’ve tasted so far are really fresh and good, so I’m definitely going to order again from Adagio in the future.

Nattie

They’re a good company for customer service, shipping, loyalty programme etc.

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Rich malty and earthy aroma.
The taste is rather mellow, round, malty, with only slight astringency and no bitterness.
Not bad for a private label, but nothing spectacular either.

Flavors: Earth, Malt, Round

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Received as a gratis sample from Carstensens Tehandel.
This tea looks totally kitschy with those pink hearts, but this is so in line with the name that I actually like it.
It smells very strongly and a bit sweetish with strawberry, partly natural, partly artificial.
And it is bit sweetish, but fortunately only slightly. Here in taste the strawberry seems much more natural, and the base black tea is of really good quality.
Not exactly my proverbial cup of tea, but I find it much better than I anticipated.

Flavors: Strawberry, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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My eighth and final teabag form Carstensens Tehandel.
I already know their black walnut tea and I like it, so I was very curious to check the green variety.
And it has wonderful, very strong nutty aroma, both from walnuts and from hazelnuts with just a bit of coconut and almonds added. I know it’s in part artificial, but I don’t care, s long as it smells brilliant.
And I really like the taste. It’s very rich and complex, with various shades of nuts (I can even sense the green peel of young walnuts). Great winter warmer indeed.

Flavors: Almond, Coconut, Hazelnut, Nuts, Sweet, Walnut

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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I drink tea almost all the time.

However, my tea drinking can be divided into two main categories.

1. I work a lot at my computer and when I work, I need to always have tea at hand. That’s when I drink bag varieties, mostly black blends, often corporate ones. They need to be at least drinkable, of course, but I don’t focus on the taste much, though I don’t go below a certain level…

2. When I read (and read a lot) or when I’m just relaxing, I savor tea. That’s when the better varieties come into play, that’s when I use leafs instead of bags, that’s when I really focus on what I’m drinking.

I’m Polish, temporarily living in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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