239 Tasting Notes

drank Christmas by Adagio Teas
239 tasting notes

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I have a weird “moon” thing – got into moon artwork, jewerly, and names in my twenties. I naturally gravitate toward any “cool moon” names with teas. Strangely most are disappointments – I need to find some staple moon teas that I adore!

This one is good, drinkable, and floral. Not a top favorite but will definitely be able to finish it off. Blueberries come through as Violet and there’s almost that small undertone I associate with Chai that is made without milk and as a straight tea - almost a colored pencil underlayering.

I do like it. Don’t get a pepper, unless that’s what is causing the other tastes.

I need to also find a Full moon, Wolf Moon, and New Moon Blend I adore -- sadly this is harder to do than my strange, dorky heart requires.

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

You could use the Adagio create-your-own-blend feature and make them yourself! That might be fun!

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Second cup of this. Glad I wrote a sticky note on it to stick to three minutes and needs a little sugar to balance. Perfect – I usually steep teas longer but three is the spot for this one. The blueberry is coming through strong this time and nice after my afternoon walk with cheesy horror music playlist on Spotify. Was craving something fruity and sweet.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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This one is unique and almost grassy – well, grassy isn’t the right word, can’t put my finger on it. Balanced and gets better the more I sipped it. Have plenty left to keep trying and seeing if I can find the other flavor profiles it mentioned. Not sure yet if it’s a keeper, though.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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A well done vanilla rich smokey black breakfast tea. August Uncommon does strong and unusual tea blends. I had this with 8 ounces and a tea bag of 1 tsp put together for five minute steep hot with one cube of sugar. I ate with some toast, and still slightly hungry.

Good if you like Vanilla. I will drink down. Do I like enough to reorder? No. The vanilla blends well with smoke and is not artificial, but I am not a major vanilla fan in my tea and it almost makes me think slightly of bananas for some reason.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Geez, I am so confused by this tea.

First, have to say I was so excited to try it based on it being Library themed, the back description, the lovely fruit smell that erupts from the bag, the company, the ratings.

But this is so ODD to me. The cocoa is very strong. I figured it would be a back layer but it’s strong and predominate. They did the cocoa well and not artificial at all, but I think mixed with something with rye or a liquor type makes it taste very strange to me. The description said toast - but I am not a rye fan. Caraway / Rye – didn’t make the connection lol.

It is drying and not sweet even with some sugar added. Suggests adding a touch of milk but I don’t see that making much difference. Will finish out the sample but couldn’t finish this cup at the current steep. Steeped 3, then 4.

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Definitely a strong and unique smokey blend. It is a bit cool due to my steep, but think it would be better hotter. Thankfully I have plenty left. It almost have a drying feel and is surprisingly light colored in the cup/.

1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Jams by BrutaliTeas
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Hm, didn’t notice was a “white” tea when brewed it as I would a black tea. Oops.

Didn’t hurt it though. Was very fruit punchy and a deep purple-red “bloody” color. And of course any tribute to Jaws gets bonus brownie points on its own merit.

May be good iced, not sure. Reminds me a little of Harney and Sons Ice Tea Indigo type. The hibiscus is not overwhelming so, while there is a touch of sour buried below these waters, its’ not overwhelming.

This isn’t a tea I’d drink daily or anything but it’s nice for those moments.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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I’m so happy I ordered a tin of this when it was on sale for the holidays. I have drank twice in a row. It’s funny but i used to despise florals in teas. They got the violet and the touches of this one completely right. I steep at five minutes and add a cube of sugar, it’s perfect.

Today is #selfcaresunday. About to listen to an audiobook while browsing on the computer and playing a game of Clue on steam. Have an ambience video on TV, sipping this tea as a follow up to morning lattes. About to eat with some crackers and almond cheese spreads picked up at store yesterday, with some blueberries. Bliss!


This sounds like an amazing self care day!


Thank you, Shae!! :)

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That cinnamon though…

I even added a little milk to try and tame the beast, but the monster is too strong.

If you want a cup of tea that is like drinking spicy cinnamon gum, I have the perfect tea for you.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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I have a drink obsession in general – daily lattes and coffees, and of course teas of many varieties. I mainly drink hot tea in Florida, but still enjoy the occasional southern sweet iced.

My preference is black tea, although I’m open to trial and error with others. I like the old fashioned English style tea cups, tea parties, food pair-ups, mini desserts and pies, cubes of sugar, small collection of Rose Red tea pets, you get the idea. I will always have an old fashioned tea kettle on the stove, but have recently purchased an electric tea kettle that I absolutely adore. I’m lazy by nature, so I have switched to stuffing tea bags for the loose teas to save on clean-up and disposal with other strainers.

I love smokey teas, non-bitter, not overly astringent, strong tea background mixed with flavored teas, no artificial sweetener tastes, balanced florals IF there must be a floral. I used to love spice, but it has to be done right. A former chai fan – now it reminds me of colored pencils. Cinnamon sounds good but so many teas have it artificial or odd tasting. Same goes for chocolate, some things have to be done just right to work.

Primary Tea Companies currently in 2022 – Harney and Sons, August Uncommon, Simpson & Vail, Fusion, Tea Spot, English Tea Store for odds and ends, The Tea Table

Most missed tea place and tea: Plum Brandy Cheesecake by Butiki

Very picky with anything Roobios, and Darjeeling/Oolong are hit or miss depending on the blend and my taste buds. Mint works in a mood but I’m not a big fan. Gravitate toward good name blends and fall themes when doing yet more sampler orders.

I like adding a cube of sugar to almost all teas, not usually milks. I don’t like stevia or any artificial sweetener taste. I adore honey, but to me it doesn’t suit tea unless I have a sore throat as both the tea and the honey change their flavor profile quite a bit if I mix them.


Lakeland, Florida, United States

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