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W is for… White Tangerine!

Not as fresh/bright of an orange or tangerine flavour as I remembered but it was still very tasty – actually had some moments where it verged a little on a more cooked/jammy “marmalade” type flavour, especially with the gentle pithiness and astringency of the white tea. Perhaps a result of longer brewing times? Not sure, but I dig it.

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drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
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Swap sipdown! Rose isn’t my favorite, but I do love lychee and the two do go well together. So I’m cautiously optimistic about this one, hah!

It’s pleasant enough. The rose is definitely present, but it doesn’t taste overly perfumey – it’s more of a lush, fresh rose. The lychee adds a wonderful tropical fruitiness. Lychee is just so darn juicy! The base is mellow and grassy, probably a Chinese sencha.

It’s not bad, given I don’t like rose much. Not something I would buy, but would recommend it for rose aficionados!

Flavors: Dry Grass, Floral, Grass, Lychee, Nectar, Rose, Sweet, Tropical

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Kentucky Bourbon by Adagio Teas
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Swap sample! I’m hoping to power through most of these samples over the next few days, as there are over 30 of them, and adding them all to my cupboard stressed me out a little.

Picked this one at random. I’m not really a whiskey fan, but my husband is, so I’m quite familiar with it. He generally drinks scotch, but also enjoys old fashioneds (which use bourbon). Anyway, this does taste like bourbon to me. It’s woody, boozy, slightly smoky, and has a dark caramel presence. I do get a hint of the apple I think, which is pleasant.

I would say this is a good choice for someone looking for a whiskey tea. But I am not that someone, so while I can appreciate that it seems well-done, it’s not for me. :)

Flavors: Alcohol, Apple, Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Oak, Smoke, Sweet, Whiskey, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Michelle

You kinda have to be in a certain mood for this tea, just like drinking actual whiskey. It’s forgiving if you over steep a bit too. Not as authentic as tea stored in a whiskey barrel, but it’s not bad.

gmathis

Will have to investigate this one!

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drank Oolong Goddess by Adagio Teas
1301 tasting notes

O is for… Oolong Goddess.

Sipdown! Unfortunately this tastes only like a very watered down, very unextraordinary oolong. I can’t say for sure how old it is though, since I only have the one single sachet.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #144 overall / Tea #15 for April
An Ode to Tea, V is for rooibos Vanilla Chai by Adagio Teas (gifted by Danielle aka @teaandmeblog)

Monday 04/12 — plain and hot latte using this tea. I actually really enjoyed it because the milk and the chai spices are very nice mix for this cloudy Monday. Not getting vanilla or rooibos which is fine.

Instagram photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CNlj9haAw8C/

#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge

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Beautiful tea as long as I don’t over steep. The mint and chocolate balances better than I’ve ever tasted in a tea. Definitely didn’t order enough of this and now I’m out in April with no similar tea.

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Irish Stout by Adagio Teas
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“An Ode to Tea” Alphabet Challenge – I

Another swap tea. Not one I would generally choose for myself, as it’s both an Adagio tea AND a chocolate tea, ha ha…

It’s fine. The Assam-Ceylon base is actually fairly tasty – malty and flavorful but only slightly astringent. The chocolate is very boozy and artificial, it reminds me of these carob-flavored chewable vitamins I used to have as a child.

Overall, it is rather stout-esque, as both the tea and the chocolate are dark, deep flavors. Not something I would ever order, but not bad!

ETA: It just occurred to me, this tastes just like Tootsie Rolls!

Flavors: Alcohol, Artificial, Candy, Chocolate, Malt, Metallic, Smooth, Tannic, Thick

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

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drank Minty Comfort by Adagio Teas
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This is one of my all-time favorite tissanes. It is minty and fresh, with notes of peppermint and eucalytus combined with a hint of orange and lemon. It is super comforting, particularly for sinus headaches. I add a bit of lavender, which makes it even more comforting.

Flavors: Eucalyptus, Herbaceous, Lemon, Menthol, Mint, Orange, Orange Zest, Peppermint, Smooth

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Ceylon Sonata by Adagio Teas
11 tasting notes

I liked this! Typical brightness/metallic of pure ceylon, with herbal under-notes. Would be a good every day tea. Eager to try iced.

Flavors: Astringent, Herbs, Metallic

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drank Assam Melody by Adagio Teas
11 tasting notes

Not a fan. Didn’t have the rich malty notes typical of assam tea. Lacked interest. I far prefer Harrod’s assam or Positively Tea’s assam.

Flavors: Tea

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drank Kentucky Bourbon by Adagio Teas
1301 tasting notes

Part of an epic tea mail box from Michelle.

I think we may both have a fondness for smoky teas (and boozy ones). Not sure if this was an appropriate choice for breakfast, but here I am drinking it with a chocolate banana muffin (also probably not appropriate for breakfast). I don’t drink alcohol very often and when I do I don’t typically reach for bourbon so I can’t say how authentic the flavor is. It definitely smells boozy though. Also fruity, but not the candy apple flavor in the ingredient list. I should have checked Michelle’s directions first because I’m pretty sure I overleafed and oversteeped this one. I went with my normal two teaspoons to 8 ounces of water at 195° for five minutes. I see now that three minutes at boiling is recommended. I’ll withhold my rating for now and will try again when I learn to follow instructions.

Flavors: Alcohol, Fruity

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This was a swap tea from Instagram! It’s always so fun to swap with different people who have completely different cupboards from me.

I was surprised to quite like this tea, since Adagio and I don’t have the best track record. I think it’s the addition of the bergamot that wins me over. This is a strawberry, cream, and bergamot black tea, meant to represent scones with cream and strawberry jam alongside an Earl Grey tea.

Well I don’t get scones, but it does has a nice strawberry flavor to it, perhaps with a bit of creaminess. The bergamot is fairly light so it doesn’t overpower the other flavors. Overall it does taste a bit more like a strawberry hard candy than jam, but I’m still enjoying it.

Not something I would order, as it’s a bit too artificial, but not bad, Adagio!

Flavors: Artificial, Bergamot, Candy, Milk, Strawberry, Sweet

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

Sounds pretty good! I didn’t think I liked much from Adagio but I have found a few good teas. I have never tried their Master line.

Cameron B.

I think I’ve found one that I would reorder so far? And it’s their Banana Nut Honeybush, though I haven’t ordered it yet.

Michelle

Squirrely is the one that keeps me going back to Adagio. Their free shipping is super slow though and I tell myself not to order from them again!

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Chocolate on the nose. Smoky, campfire up front, finish with chocolate covered fruit. A delight for the senses!

Flavors: Campfire, Chocolate, Fruity, Smoke

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drank Wuyi Ensemble by Adagio Teas
11 tasting notes

Floral and mineral wrapped up together. Very large leaves. Fantastic everyday strong oolong.

Flavors: Apricot, Caramel, Floral, Mineral

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drank Foxtrot by Adagio Teas
11 tasting notes

A little too minty for my taste. I wish there was more roobios. A communiTEA sampling.

Flavors: Chamomile, Flowers, Mint

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drank Golden Monkey by Adagio Teas
11 tasting notes

Rich and malty, with a slight astringency. Lots of flavor expressions. Smell is slightly smoky.

Flavors: Apple, Chestnut, Malt, Smoked

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drank Green Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
2366 tasting notes

This one was fun to try, although I thought I’d done something wrong when the walnut-sized ball didn’t unfurl much, even after I carefully followed time and temp guidelines.
However, it yielded a lovely, satiny, buttery cup. The veggie taste was mild—edamame, maybe.

The cup was good company for me while I rocked in the outdoor glider and read a bit of Eragon. Dragon tea for a dragon book. Not my normal genre, but tackling it at the behest of a very sweet 16-year-old (one of my “grown-up” Sunday kids) who still comes back to see me. He’s a good kid.

Shae

My brother loved this series!

Mastress Alita

I was never a fan, but that is because I grew up on the (much older and I daresay OG) Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. I have all those books, and still re-read them fondly. (I pre-date the “Harry Potter” craze and those were the books that fed my wild bibliophile addictions!)

ashmanra

Mastress Alita: I loved Dragonriders of Pern! Did you ever read The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever?

Mastress Alita

I have not! I’m a librarian so I’ll try to remember to check if we have it when I get in to work tomorrow.

mrmopar

I am with you guys on Dragonriders of Pern too.

gmathis

I read Eragon once before, roughly for the same reasons, and at the time, disliked it, though I can’t remember why…maybe because the story does move a little slowly. This time around, other than some minor nicky-picky word choice things, I’m rather enjoying it.

gmathis

I am sure I read some Anne McCaffrey many, many years ago—enough so that I don’t remember much about the series.

Michelle

The books about Menolly the Harper are my favorite Anne McCaffery books.

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
11 tasting notes

Strong and smooth. Not a single bitter note.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Forest Floor, Malt

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drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
11 tasting notes

This tea doesn’t mess around. Strong and bold. I steeped for 5 minutes, will do a bit less next time. Although the longer steep didn’t create any bitter afternotes. Bright and tannic at the end. Nice offset to a sweet breakfast.

Flavors: Chocolate, Smoke, Toast, Toasted Rice

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drank Yunnan Noir by Adagio Teas
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Large leaf, hand-rolled. Slightly astringent, with flavors throughout the palate. For me, it starts with spice, moves into molasses, honey, and ends with stone fruit, particularly apricot. Lots of fun to drink! On first taste, tea is simple, and the complexity grows on the palate — I prefer complexity up front and throughout the palate.

Flavors: Honey, Molasses, Spices, Stonefruit

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Bright and moderately complex. Leaves are on the smaller side, although nowhere close to fannings. Smell is slightly smoky.

Flavors: Chocolate, Floral, Smoke, Spices, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Rooibos Earl Grey by Adagio Teas
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