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Backlog/Sip Down

Last Sunday, we hosted a surprise retirement party for a friend that we met through my wife’s place of employment. She thought she was coming over for a bit of cake, but we had a whole bunch of teas and food prepared. We brewed her some of the Chestnut tea since she typically will request a cup of this or chamomile when she’s over playing cards. We had a lovely time and she seemed quite pleased with everything!

Tea notes: Chestnuts, caramel, and vanilla bean.

Flavors: Caramel, Chestnut, Vanilla

ashmanra

How nice! I have had this tea a couple of times and it is a pretty true chestnut flavor. What amnice thing ti do for your friend!

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drank Pomegranate Grove by Adagio Teas
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This was a sample packet in the box from Nicole – many thanks!

I was in the mood for a hot tea before bed a few days ago and this one sounded promising. It says pomegranate in the name but the first ingredients listed are apple pieces and rose hips.

I was hoping it wasn’t just going to smash me in the face with hibiscus because honestly SO MANY tisanes all taste alike to me because the hibiscus overpowers everything else.

This one was an exception, though. The cinnamon is really front and center here and it is more of a tart apple and tart fruit vibe, but without being super puckery.

I wouldn’t buy it, as I don’t purchase much along these lines, but it was a decent enough evening cuppa.

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This was an Adagio sample pack that I received from Nicole – many thanks!

I wanted a caffeine free cup of tea that would be a nice follow up to a bowl of ice cream. This sounded dessert-y and fulfilled the requirement of having no caffeine. Much to my surprise I really liked it – enough that I will probably order it for a friend who is having trouble with caffeine.

This is banana bread with chocolate chips, and spot on. I didn’t expect so much chocolate flavor, but it isn’t too much. Everything here was really just right for what this tea is supposed to be. I bet it will be great with milk and sugar for a cozy winter cup of tea, but it was super good plain.

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drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
3313 tasting notes

Sharedown

Forewarning – I generally don’t care for chai. I don’t like much ginger in tea, I am not a fan of much clove or really heavy cinnamon use, I don’t love black pepper in tea, I try not to add milk or sugar because I have plenty of sugar elsewhere in my diet. So take this tasting note with a grain of salt if you love chai.

I had it first for breakfast, served with an omelet and buttered English muffin. The omelet was made with a fresh olive egger egg with a lovely green shell, cherry tomatoes from our garden that I dried last summer, and chives and German thyme that I picked this morning.
With all that going on, the tea had to compete.

It wasn’t horrible. I didn’t hate it. The chocolate seemed almost chemical-y at first but I decided it might the ginger adulterating it. It was fine and I drank a small pot of it with no problem.

This afternoon I thought I would give it a fair shake and prepare it a little more how chai is intended to be served. I steeped it western style and then added milk and sugar. The chocolate aroma now seemed much more natural and more prominent. It smelled a bit like a chocolate eclair. But it was still a type of tea I don’t love and adding milk and sugar did not turn it into the cozy comforting cup I was hoping it would.

I am rehoming this to my neighbor who I think will like it very much indeed.

Cameron B.

Awwww sharedown is cute! I used to not love chai but it’s kind of grown on me, especially in the cozy fall and winter seasons.

ashmanra

Cameron B. – There are some chai or coffee substitute teas I enjoy with milk and sugar, especially on a day that feels cozy. This one was perhaps a bit thin overall for me, even with milk and sugar.

If it has to have peppercorns in it, I prefer the pink ones! And less ginger. If it is big enough, I can pick some of it out.

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drank Decaf Cream by Adagio Teas
2380 tasting notes

At first, I quite enjoyed this one. The cream really comes through, and the decaf black base isn’t bad at all. With sugar and milk, this becomes a desserty tea. The resteep was strong too. My mistake was buying 3 oz, and I unfortunately got pretty tired of it since it’s a simple flavor profile. The cream just started tasting thin and fake to me.

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drank April in Paris by Adagio Teas
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Yesterday I received two amazing boxes of tea in the mail from our Nichole. Thank you so much!

I am shocked that this tea wasn’t already in the database because I think it is the best tea from Adagio that I have ever had.

The aroma of the dry leaves is fruity and the bergamot and pomegranate are so balanced that you don’t get a snootful of bergamot sharpness but rather a bright and exciting fruity scent.

The steeped tea is rich and the caramel and vanilla come through more here than in the dry leaf aroma.

This isn’t an exact rehash of the popular Paris by Harney and Sons. Instead of blackcurrant we have pomegranate and the bergamot is lighter in this to me.

It is delightful and deserves a place on shelf for breakfasts as well as solitary sipping cups sans food. Would definitely purchase this.

Cameron B.

Pomegranate sounds interesting, I’ll have to remember to try a sample of this one next time. It’s interesting that they obviously copied Paris, down to the black and oolong base, but then swapped blackcurrant for pomegranate.

ashmanra

Indeed, I noted the tea base being the same. It is just different enough that I wouldn’t mind owning both! If I had more I would gladly send it to you to try, but this was a sample pack.

Cameron B.

Oh no worries ha ha! I plan to order some teas from them for fall so I’ll hopefully remember to pick up a sample then. :)

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Picked up a sample of this one the last time I ordered from Adagio. I’ve been enjoying cold-brewed fruit tisanes lately, and since this is a limited Spring flavor I figured I would try it while it’s available.

It’s a nice enough mixed berries & hibiscus sort of blend. I did add a bit of sugar to the pitcher, as I usually do with hibiscus-heavy tisanes. I taste blueberry and blackberry in fairly equal measure. Strawberry gets a bit hidden by the stronger, darker berries, but is subtly present in the background. I don’t really get cream though – there is a bit of a smoothing of the edges, but I wouldn’t specifically call it creamy.

Good but nothing special to my tastebuds, and I already have some other berry and hibiscus blends that are similar, so not a reorder for me.

Flavors: Artificial, Berry, Blackberry, Blueberry, Fruity, Hibiscus, Juicy, Smooth, Strawberry, Sweet, Syrupy, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 20 g 25 OZ / 750 ML

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drank Virgo by Adagio Teas
4081 tasting notes

Another single serve portion that I got from cards.

This was pleasant enough. I could’ve sworn I was tasting cream flavor, but I guess that creaminess must’ve just been coming from the white tea. It was giving me a peaches ‘n’ cream vibe, but with apricot. The apricot was a bit too subtle for my tastes though, I would’ve liked a more juicy and concentrated flavor. Otherwise, a light and pleasant tea with the soft hay notes of the white tea and a touch of honeyed chamomile. I didn’t seem to notice the lemongrass, but the sample was so small that it’s possible the ratio of ingredients was off.

Not something I would order, but has me thinking about finding myself a tea with apricot and cream…

Flavors: Airy, Apricot, Chamomile, Cream, Creamy, Floral, Fruity, Hay, Honey, Light, Pollen, Smooth, Soft, Stonefruit, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Aries by Adagio Teas
4081 tasting notes

Not counting this as a sipdown since it was just a single serving. Adagio doesn’t offer samples in their zodiac teas for some weird reason, so I’m always happy when I have an opportunity to get one of the single portions, usually through cards. I don’t even like Adagio much, generally speaking, and yet I feel compelled to try all of their zodiac teas. (shrugs)

This one is fine, if a bit generic. It’s a very mild chai, and the base tastes a bit thin as well, even though I only used 8 ounces of water. But it’s smooth and likeable enough, even if the black tea is a bit bland. Cinnamon is the strongest to my palate, followed by the clove and ginger. Not picking up on cardamom at all. Fine and pleasant but not something I would order, and I feel like a spiced tea is a bit cliché for a fire theme/sign. :P

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Smooth, Spices, Sweet, Thin, Watery

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown & Backlog April 28, 2024

Maybe I’m built differently because this blend works due to the lemongrass, coconut, and pineapple. Back in the days of working at Teavana, I’d have plenty of cups of their version of the White Ayurvedic Chai or the Samurai Chai. Thankfully, Adagio Teas has seemed to get the recipe spot on. I’ll probably get a larger amount of this one during the Fall/Winter on the account of that being the peak season for chai in the home. The aromatics alone make me long for wearing a sweater again! However, we are now sitting in the 80s, which is grand. Anything hotter than this, I’ll be staying inside (unless I’m in the woods hiking and carrying an insane amount of water in my pack).

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drank Lemon Meringue Green by Adagio Teas
2938 tasting notes

I still miss CuppaGeek, and the green and lemon tea was my favorite. This comes really, really close. There’s a little orange and some apple bits tossed in there, which make the lemon a little less lemony, but the vanilla and marigold give it that pillowy, marshmallowy flavor that is really making me miss my mom’s pies.

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Sipdown

This was a subtle cup with mild flavors. It didn’t capture my attention too much. Was it good? I guess.

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drank Jade Oolong by Adagio Teas
4208 tasting notes

Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – June 2024 Tea #7 – Your oldest oolong

This is not the oldest oolong I have, but it might be the oldest I have with me at the moment.  Plus, it’s an actual sipdown, so I’m fine with that!  This was quite a decent oolong that I enjoyed.  I wouldn’t mind it finding its way into the cupboard again… eventually, maybe.  I had all intentions of doing the cream tea prompt yesterday, but the cream in the fridge was frozen! I steeped up a great tea to have with cream and everything… ah well.  Right now I’m reading an awesome book:  Barkskins by Annie Proulx.
2024 sipdowns:  47

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drank Jade Oolong by Adagio Teas
4208 tasting notes

From Meowster a while ago! Thank you! Despite its age, this is a flavorful oolong. Neither too delicate and light or too roasted and harsh. I actually steeped it four times (rather than my usual three with most oolongs) as I was getting along with it so well. The flavor notes are hard to find, but it’s agreeable and tasty. It’s GOOD OOLONG.
Steep #1 // 23 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 2 min
Steep #4 // just boiled // 3 min

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drank Aries by Adagio Teas
2380 tasting notes

I taste a lot of cardamom, though the base itself is a bit thin. I also may taste a bit of ginger and hints of other spices. I got this sample in a TTB, and only about 1.5 teaspoons remained, so maybe I should have put in even less water than I did. Average, though enjoyable.

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I’m not really a fan of anise but I like everything else in the flavor.

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drank Honeybush Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
3313 tasting notes

Evening cuppa enjoyed outside with Ashman. This was in the free Communitea sampler included in my Adagio order.

There were two caffeine free samples left but the other had red rooibos so I opted for this.
The aroma is quite strong. The blend is mixed chopped browns and reds.

I have never had plain honeybush on its own but I have enjoyed a number of blends made with it. This has thin body but lots of hazelnut flavor. I enjoyed it. I think it could be quite decadent made as a latte.

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drank 40 Winks by Adagio Teas
3313 tasting notes

I think it was last night that we split this sample from the Communitea sample that came with my Adagio order, but it may have been the night before that. Yesterday was so busy that I have lost track.

I made a valerian tea for Ashman years ago when he was having issues with insomnia, but it had lots of licorice root and other herbs that somewhat masked the smell and taste. When I handed him this tea, he paused and then said, “This tea has a…..smell. A really strong….smell.”

“No, sir,” I told him. “This tea has a stank. There is nothing else to call it but a stank.”

In spite of the stank, it went down okay. It did have a kit of chamomile flavor that made it through the stank. As to whether it helped me sleep, I am not sure. I feel that my sleep was pretty much normal, although I have had some vivid dreams lately as it creeps toward time to get up.

I would not buy this for the taste or aroma, but if it really helped me sleep when I needed to, I would drink it.

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drank Samurai Mate by Adagio Teas
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This tea was a sample with my Brigadoon Breakfast order.

The aroma of the dry blend was heavenly. I prepared myself for a super fruity treat on this warm and sunny spring day of outside yard work.

The steeped tea is quite different, though! Now it smells like cinnamon candy, the kind that is so strong that it tastes like clove. Because of the drastic change, I sweetened it and put it in the fridge to chill and drank it with lunch instead.

It wasn’t bad, but I am not a cinnamon candy fan, and I was so looking forward to the tropical fruit flavors I smelled in the dry blend. I am glad I got to try it, but I wouldn’t buy it for myself.

Courtney

That sounds like quite the change in scent!

ashmanra

It was a disappointing change for me, for sure! But it was an okay tea, just not a fave for me.

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drank Rooibos Peach by Adagio Teas
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When I ordered Brigadoon Breakfast, Adagio sent me a one week sample box from their Communi-tea subscription. You also get a one week membership in their Communitea group that drinks the same tea each day. Subscription boxes have thirty teas each. I was pretty excited to get this one week sample!

I was less excited with the first tea because of the type. I just don’t like red rooibos but I decided to give it a go anyway.

My sample had a couple of pieces of dried apple in it. The peach aroma was pretty subdued by the rooibos aroma. I have more success with flavored rooibos as a sweet iced tea so that is how I prepared this.

It resteeped well for a combination of the two steeps giving me a quart jar to which I added sugar and put in the fridge to chill.

Aroma and taste of the tea is heavy on the rooibos but the peach flavor is nice. Anyone who likes red rooibos would probably love this tea. I can get past the rooibos enough this way to drink it over the next couple of days.

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drank Brigadoon Breakfast by Adagio Teas
2938 tasting notes

Thanks to our encourager and enabler ashmanra, I have fallen toes-over-teacup in love with Brigadoon. I think it’s the cornflower that gives it the little extra starchy sweetness that distinguishes it from conventional breakfast tea.

I’m trying to enjoy it while it’s fresh and new. But since hoarding is hard-wired into my DNA, I was reluctant to shell out enough teaspoons to make iced tea with it. However, it is delicious cold! Smooth and inherently sweet.

ashmanra

Glad you like it! <3

gmathis

Next time, lure me toward something that’s available more like every other Wednesday ;)

ashmanra

I am hoping to find something nearly identical to this one. I will keep you posted.

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drank Brigadoon Breakfast by Adagio Teas
2938 tasting notes

There has been enough of a lull in May Missouri monsoon season to dry us out and make it possible to sit in the glider without the wet cushions soaking you clear to your skivvies. To celebrate, I broke out the good stuff! I’m still pondering which element in the blend is the one that makes me smile every time I sip it, but it may be the cornflower which adds a little sweet starch to the Assam base. Doesn’t have the caffeine kick I need on workday mornings, but for a leisurely Sunday among the tomato plants…perfect.

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drank Brigadoon Breakfast by Adagio Teas
2938 tasting notes

Fine. I am marking my calendar for February 29, 2028 NOW. This is a marketing gimmick and a half (only available on leap days), but it’s also a really smooth and sophisticated breakfast tea. Assam is my love language, and the addition of cornflower/silver needle lightened it up a little—I kept getting hints of Lucky Charms marshmallows in the cup this morning.

Thanks, ashmanra … I laid your little sample packet out last night because I knew I was going to need something special to get me up and moving on Daylight Savings Sunday!

ashmanra

I am so glad you liked it!

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