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Member since May. 16th, 2015. Reviewed 16 teas.

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Earl Grey Lavender from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 30th, 2016

The lavender isn't overpowering at all, but it gives the tea a soothing and soft aroma. It's hearty and not bitter.

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Assam Melody from Adagio Teas

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

57 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 18th, 2015

The aroma is grassy and fruity, but it doesn't stand out much. I found that steeping it for 3 minutes made it too watery for my taste. 5 minutes is better, but then the flavor is to some extent dominated by bitterness. I guess the tea just doesn't have much flavor, which is fine -- it's still smooth and comfortable ove...

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Ceylon Sonata from Adagio Teas

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 5th, 2015

Very fruity. Fairly bitter. Pretty generic overall, a lot like many black teas I've tried.

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Irish Breakfast from Adagio Teas

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 5th, 2015

Rather mild. Fruity smell. Tastes woody, earthy, maybe a bit salty. Moderately astringent. I found it energizing.

I've tried the two Adagio teas that this is apparently a blend of, but this tastes totally different from either.

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Genmai Cha from Adagio Teas

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 5th, 2015

Nice roasted taste. Before looking up what that popcorn is made of, I thought that it might be some sort of bean because it tastes a bit like some hearty bean. Not bitter at all. Maybe a bit salty. The heartiness and bean flavor almost makes it taste like soup.

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Peach from Adagio Teas

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 5th, 2015

I've only had this as iced tea with sugar, not hot.

It took me a while to figure out how to prepare this to my taste. It was far too bitter when steeped cold overnight, and also when steeped in boiling water for 5 minutes (and then cooled). I found that steeping it in boiling water for around 4 minutes is best. To t...

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Peachberry Jasmine Sutra from Teavana

Style: Miscellaneous Blend – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 7th, 2015

The peach is pretty strong, and it goes well with the jasmine (which is not overpowering as I thought it might be). I can also taste some strawberry if I search for it. It tastes generally fruity overall, an armoa which is complemented by the tea's mild sourness. It's only very slightly sweet, but also not at all bitte...

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Earl Grey Bravo from Adagio Teas

Style: Blue Flower Earl Grey – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 9th, 2015

This has been my go-to tea for the last couple of weeks. When it runs out, I'll probably try other types of Earl Grey, though maybe I'll buy this again someday. It's good, though basic.

It's a fairly mild tea with a very mild bergamot flavor. Only a little bitterness. Pretty astringent. You can only smell and taste ...

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China Breakfast from Rishi Tea

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 8th, 2015

With many Chinese teas I find the bitterness to be somewhat overwhelming, but while this tea has some definite bitterness, it is pretty smooth and not at all unpleasant. It's a strong tea with a mild grassy aroma. Very astringent. A bit of a sour aftertaste. On the second steeping when the bitterness was significantly ...

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Assam Harmony from Adagio Teas

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 14th, 2015

It reminds me of Adagio's english breakfast, but a little more bitter and with more flavor in general. At first I thought it was overwhelmingly bitter, but I got used to it. It's hearty, with some sweetness. Very astringent. Earthy. Fruity, maybe including a bit of lemon.

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Masala Chai from Adagio Teas

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 10th, 2015

It smells good, but the taste of cloves is really overpowering. When the tea is in my mouth I feel like I'm drinking hot water with a bunch of ground cloves mixed in, and it almost tastes burnt. Only after swallowing it do I detect any of the other spices: some ginger and a surprisingly small amount of cinnamon. I can'...

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Earl Grey White Tea from Teavana

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 1/5
May. 19th, 2015

There's an extremely strong citrus flavor that I feel might not come entirely from the bergamot, since it tastes somewhat different from other earl grey I've tried. (Though I've only tried earl grey tea bags.) This flavor is OK, but the very strong astringency of the tea makes this overwhelming flavor stick in your mou...

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Pu Erh Hazelberry from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 18th, 2015

The dry tea has a strong smell that made me worry that it would taste artificial, but it doesn't. (And apparently the ingredients are in fact all-natural.) It's sweet, flavorful, and savory; like drinking a pie. Not too sweet, though, and it does have some detectable bitterness. As you'd expect, it has strong strawberr...

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Kukicha from Adagio Teas

Style: Kukicha – Region: Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 17th, 2015

It tastes a lot like their sencha overture, but a little worse. While I would describe sencha overture as tasting like fresh spinach, this tastes more like canned spinach. It's more fishy, and the taste is a bit strange. The taste is also weaker and "softer". I don't dislike it, though! It's sweet, savory, and enjoyabl...

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Hojicha from Adagio Teas

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 17th, 2015

I really liked the roasted, woody taste of this. Not overwhelming, though. It's not very sweet, but has absolutely no bitterness. A little bit savory. Very satisfying in general.

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Sencha Overture from Adagio Teas

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 17th, 2015

This was the first green tea I ever tried, and I liked it quite a bit.

It tastes like spinach, but in a fresh, pleasant sort of way. Also some grassy and fishy tastes. It's rich and savory. Pretty sweet. Pretty astringent. Very slightly bitter. I found it very relaxing.

I've only ever tried Adagio's green teas so...

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