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55
drank Mango Melange by Adagio Teas
3435 tasting notes

An Ode to Tea challenge #2– M

A sample from SkySamurai!  Thank you!  I had hopes for this one, but nah.  It’s mostly apple chunks and hibiscus.  The hibiscus isn’t too strong but it really just tastes like mildly tart hibiscus/apple water.  Not much here that says “mango”.  And to me, mango has nothing to do with hibiscus and would be ruined if it did.   Mango is sweet, syrupy, starchy and hibiscus would ruin all of that.  At least the hibiscus isn’t too strong, but this is boring.  Glad to have tried it, don’t need to have it again. 
Steep #1 // 25 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled //  4 min
2021 sipdowns: 98

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77
drank Foxtrot by Adagio Teas
1136 tasting notes

Grabbed a sachet of this from the last tea box. I like it! The flavor is mostly chamomile, but it has a pleasant something else going on. I enjoy the added complexity. Probably not special enough to order, but I definitely enjoyed it cold.

Ze_Teamaker

It’s good when your making custom blends for when you want to throw in that classic sleepy time tea flavor without wasting blending slots.

gmathis

This one’s always consistently good.

AJRimmer

Yeah, I’d consider grabbing a little bag of it to help reach the shipping minimum in the future!!

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72
drank Forest Berries by Adagio Teas
3435 tasting notes

Thanks very much, SkySamurai!  The dry leaves certainly had a very fragrant berry scent!  The flavor of the tea isn’t quite as delicious – leaving a berry vitamin sort of note, that is probably really from the raspberry leaves… though I didn’t notice many raspberry leaves in the blend.  I’m just glad it’s not mostly hibiscus.  The second steep I’m noticing the black tea base has that tomato soup note that black teas have been tasting like to me lately… so I’m not sure that tomato soup note fits with berries.  Most of Steepster seems to agree on this one: Nice to sample but nothing to keep around.
Steep #1 // 22 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 3 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
2021 sipdowns:  86

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Well, back again.

For the record, it isn’t that I haven’t been drinking tea. It’s that I haven’t been drinking any new tea, instead choosing to lean back on old favorites.

But I’m trying something new. Adagio sent me this as a free sample (since I hadn’t ordered in awhile) so here goes.

Smell in pouch is STRONGLY of fake peach. Troublesome, but I have never been one to shy away from a strong peach.

Now, the pouch says to brew at 212. I’m not going to argue with that, but normally oolongs are lower. However, this is Adagio, so the quality of the oolong is probably questionable at best. I doubt it is high grade or delicate.

So, Brewed 3 minutes at 212. Pouch is single serve so I don’t know how much exactly is in it.

Taste is… oof that’s bitter. Trying it first without sweetener, the tea is very tannic and bitter. I can barely taste the peach, it’s more of an “essence of peach” thing. Strange considering how strong is smelled but, no, the peach is not overpowering. Unfortunate because, as I said, I like a strong peach. We’re gonna try this one with a single splenda.

Ah, there’s the fake peach. Funny how just a touch of sweetener brings it out. It isn’t awful, mind you. But you can tell it is very low quality. I think I’ve been spoiled with the W2T I’ve been drinking. That said, it isn’t the worst thing ever. It has a flavor and you can taste the tea in it, which is more than I can say for some other Adagio blends that I’ve had. This blend does have the dried apple pieces in it that all adagio fruit blends seem to have, so there is a (rather heavy) note of apple in it, but the primary flavor is artificial peach.

Final note: As it is cooling, I have lost the flavor of the tea. Now it’s just the peach and apple. Very disappointing.

In conclusion, not the worst thing ever, but not good either.

Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Shae

Which tea has spoiled you? I haven’t made an order there yet, but I have a few on my list to try.

Shanie O Maniac

Censers is always one of my go-tos from there. Very good, if you’re the white tea type. Hot Brandy is another of my favorites. That one, I’ve found, works great if you need a midday pick me up.

I also have the waffles but that’s not the best tea, more of a guilty pleasure of mine. I still have the Moon Waffles and Brown Sugar to try from that order. White 2 Tea, while it can be pricy, has some great stuff and, I’ve found, with the 25 gram samples, you can figure out what you like over several sessions before committing to a full order.

(Of course, I can only afford the 25 gram samples of some of these!)

Shanie O Maniac

It should be noted that there are far better teas than those at W2T, but again, I am very poor, so I can’t afford the true high-end stuff.

Shae

I’ve had Waffles on my list to try for a while. It looks like Brown Sugar is another I’d really like. I do appreciate that they offer the smaller sample sizes or else I’d be too afraid to order.

If Waffles is your guilty pleasure, I say who cares if it’s the “best tea” or not! white2tea seems pretty nice to me, but I’m no pro.

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90

I love a floral green. It’s light, but so aromatic and light on the tongue. I’m in love.

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

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95

Strong jasmine flavor that blends gently with the green tea and also very little bitterness. My 2nd favorite jasmine green tea so far.

Flavors: Jasmine, Mineral

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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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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92
drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
55 tasting notes

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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
2428 tasting notes

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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
1386 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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100

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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68
drank Irish Stout by Adagio Teas
2428 tasting notes

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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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98
drank Minty Comfort by Adagio Teas
1 tasting notes

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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73
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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50
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
1386 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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75

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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84
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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50
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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83
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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