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So with spring slowly approaching, I’ve been thinking about cleaning out my tea drawer. I purchased a lot of new to me teas last year and I’m finding I just never reach for. This happens to be one of them.

I think it suffers somewhat by comparison. Its not the flavor profile I want/expect from a black biluochun. If I try to look at it by itself, its ok I guess. It does have some astringency, mostly noticeable as it cools. It also just seems to be lacking something of the flavor I want/look for.

I still haven’t decided if I want to declutter , but its a possibility. Sadly 2oz is the smallest amount you can get from TeaRunners unless its a subscription, so its a lot of tea to throw out if I choose to do so.


aw, I’m drinking this one right now, just from Yunnan Sourcing instead of Tea Runners. Was craving it today!

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Haven’t touched this in ages. I’ve been getting so many new teas that its kind of just falling by the wayside. But as I was digging through my tea drawer this morning, I saw its tin and thought, yeah this is the one. And, I had forgotten how smooth this one is with a pleasant mouth feel and a lightly sweet aftertaste.

Oh and now I have a little glass teapot. It is fun to watch it steep. :)

The tin is getting low. I suspect I’ll be doing a restock sometime this spring.

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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 Caramel by Adagio Teas
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Part of my retry of flavored Adagio teas.

Again, I am underwhelmed here. There is flavor, there is scent, but if I wasn’t told this was supposed to be caramel I would never guess it. Disappointing since the toffee flavor from August Uncommon’s Golden Arrow just screams toffee without added sweeteners, milk, etc. So I know its possible, but its not happening here.

The first time I tried this (wow, a whole 5 rating) it seemed horribly bitter to me. I don’t see that now, but I have developed a blindside for bitter. I hardly even notice it anymore.

Does not resteep well.

Not bad, but not good either. just eh. I’d drink it, but I would go to other teas first if they are available.

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drank Royal Yunnan Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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So this is another tea that slipped through the cracks during the insane couple of months before the office move. I drank it, liked it, never had time to review it, and then it got lost in the shuffle.

This has this flavor I can only call bready, which I know isn’t quite right, but its the best I can come up with. Its warm, rich, and soothing. Like all its corners have been rounded and softened.

Keeps this flavor even as it cools. I do very much like.

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drank Cream by Adagio Teas
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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.


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 Tiger Eye by Adagio Teas
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I have wanted to like this since all those years ago when I tried it first. Back then, this was massively bitter and harsh. Now I find it a lot smoother. This is a plus, likely due to my change in tastes. My issue is the flavorings.

Mostly I just don’t detect much. There are cacao husks on the ingredients list, but I don’t see any in the tea. I frequently make a tisane out of nothing but cacao husks so I know what it should taste like and its just not here. I can smell/taste a little bit of chocolate but honestly it makes me think more of artificial flavoring and not actual cacao.

There’s also supposed to be caramel in here as well and it also seems rather light/bland as well as tasting like artificial flavoring.

I’ve had issues with another Adagio tea that I thought tasted bland so I will likely try this again another time with a longer than I usually do steeping time.
I used about 1 Tbsp of leaves for ~8oz of water steeped ~2m.
Next time will increase that steep time to 3-4m and see if it has any positive affect.

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drank Kentucky Bourbon by Adagio Teas
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I don’t know why I keep doing this. I am not a fan of smoky teas, or smoky anything really. But I keep trying out flavored teas with it because the idea sounds so appealing.

The dry leaf smells kinda like . . . unsweetened powered Kool-aid mix (the kind where you had to add your own sugar) that had spent a number of days beside a fire. That made me a bit nervous.

The steeped tea smells like smoke. It tastes of whiskey so much that I had to double check there was no alcohol in the ingredients list. It even has that similar bite I would get from alcohol, though in a much more mild fashion. Oh, and it tastes like smoke.

I think there is some astringency though its difficult for me to tell if this is the whiskey flavoring or the tea base. This makes it seem harsher of a drink than I would normally desire.

On second steep its pretty much just the same, maybe a tad weaker.

Overall, I’m not a fan. The smoke is too much as is the whiskey. But honestly I just didn’t have high expectations given my preferences.

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drank Gingerbread by Adagio Teas
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a number of years ago I had tried Adagio teas and found every single one I tried harsh and bitter. but as time went by, my tastes changed and I like bitter now. So I decided to give them another try to see what I think.

So for this. I’m not seeing any bitter here. It seems rather smooth to me actually. It has a slight spice like taste to it but I don’t know if I would exactly say its ginger, cinnamon, or orange that is shown in the ingredients. Its more like a bland general spice flavor. In fact its so bland that 30 minutes after drinking I honestly can’t remember what it tastes like and have to take another sip to remind myself.

It also does not resteep well. This might be a tea that works better with a single long steep time, which I don’t tend to do. I’ll try that next time I give it a go.

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drank Stan by Adagio Custom Blends
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Its near the end of the ingredient list, but all I can taste or smell is clove! All the other ingredients looked so appealing.

Ugh, just ugh. At least the orange is imperceptible, so it doesn’t make me think of decomposing oranges.

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Rating Details:

100 – Amazing!
91-99 – Love it
76-90 – Staple
61-75 – If I’m in the right mood
46-60 – If it’s what is available
31-45 – Will finish out of guilt
0-30 – Gave or threw away

All reviews are purely subjective based upon my personal preferences alone.


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