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Maple Chai from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

86 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 31st, 2020

Prep: 200F, 5min

Aroma: Maple, brown sugar, chai spice. This is a nice smelling tea! 8/10

Flavor: This is a very good one. The maple is pronounced but not aggressive, the sweet and spicy plays fantastically. Even more so, the aftertaste is really inviting for another sip. 9/10

Body: Full. One of the fullest...

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Red Velvet Cake from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 30th, 2020

Prep: 200F, 5min

Aroma: You really almost smell butter cream icing. It’s a nice note but it’s not what I typically associate with red velvet cake. 7/10

Flavor: This also has a cake batter / icing type note. It’s pretty nice. 7/10

Body: Fairly full. It’s a nice compliment to the cake type drink. 8/10...

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Espresso Yourself from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

84 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 30th, 2020

Prep: 200F, 5 min

Aroma: This really does give you the sense of a very nicely roasted coffee; however, there is a malty black tea note behind it 8/10

Flavor: This may be the best flavor on a black tea that I’ve had. Very darn close to a coffee with some sweet notes that balance out the beans. 9/10

Body: This...

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Chocolate Earl Grey from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

64 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 29th, 2020

Prep: 200F, 5min

Aroma: Clearly earl grey. Bergamot is very strong. Not unpleasant but a little disjointed. 6/10

Flavor: I tried this plain and then added a splash of almond milk. The milk blended out some rough edges and left a nice citrus flavor with the lightest kiss of cocoa. 7/10

Body: Medium to medium ...

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Chocolate Covered Almond from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

76 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 29th, 2020

Prep: 200F, 5min

Aroma: This tea reminds me of a chocolate covered biscotti. Really inviting, very dessertlike. 8/10

Flavor: Very cocoa forward with a minor note of almond. 8/10

Body: This guy is a touch thin. More heft would make this decadent. 6/10

Value: Price seems fair at around 5 dollars per ounc...

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Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Hibiscus Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 29th, 2020

Prep: 200F, 5min

Aroma: I really don’t know how they do it but they are a master of creating blends. This smells like a strawberry rhubarb pie in the best way. The souring notes of the rhubarb pop so well. 9/1

Flavor: There is a really nice fruit balance to this and the hibiscus body Balances out very well. ...

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Honeybush Blueberry Pancake from Adagio Teas

Style: Honeybush – Region: South Africa

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 28th, 2020

Prep: 212F, 5min, 2tsp, 8oz

Aroma: I think they nailed the blueberry pancake notes. This is very dessert focused. 8/10

Flavor: Not as bold on the blueberry as expected but a very enjoyable treat. 8/10

Body: Medium to medium plus 8/10

Value: Another adagio cost effective option. 8/10

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Magic Potion from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????

68 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 27th, 2020

Pre: 200F, 5min, 2.5tsp, 16oz

Aroma: I can’t tell if this is the purple color of the liquid or if I’m really getting this much blueberry and blue raspberry. Either way, it’s fruity. 8/10

Flavor: This tastes like blue raspberry as well. I’m not sure if I’m as big of a fan of that for a dominant flavor b...

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Valerian Nights from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Rooibos / Tea Blend – Region: ?????

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 26th, 2020

Prep: 200F, 1 sachet, 12oz, 5min

Aroma: There is a lot going on here. I’ll just say the coconut is most prevalent but many other notes are in the background. 7/10

Flavor: There is a good bit of coconut and apple here. I’m not well versed in some of the other items included but I’m generally impressed. 7/1...

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Buddha’s Blend from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Green and White Blend – Region: China

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 26th, 2020

Prep: 175F, sachet, 8oz, 2mins

Aroma: Very peachy and fruity. Seems more on the white tea aroma wise. 8/10

Taste: Very peach forward. Incredibly light and airy but delicious. 8/10

Body: This is a lighter tea but it’s perfect for the flavor. 8/10

Value: 6.50/oz - This is not a low cost tea but I think th...

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Honeybush Pumpkin Chai from Adagio Teas

Style: Honeybush – Region: South Africa

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 26th, 2020

Prep: 212F, 10min, 2tsp, 12oz

Aroma: This smells quite similar to the pumpkin spice black tea that I had yesterday. Very spicy notes of cinnamon. 8/10

Flavor: This is not quite as bold as the nose but there is plenty of spices jumping around the palate. Chai spices tend to be too much for Rooibos but this honeyb...

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Irish Breakfast from Adagio Teas

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend

78 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 26th, 2020

Prep: 8oz, sample packet, 212F, 5min

This is my first Irish breakfast tea (at least by the specific tea). This was a free sample in my most recent adagio box.

Aroma: I’ve had a few black teas from Adagio that were quite aggressive in their aromas. This is much more subtle; however, it’s very inviting. Remi...

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Chocolate Honeybush from Adagio Teas

Style: Honeybush – Region: South Africa

76 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 26th, 2020

Prep: 212F, 5min, 1.5tsp, 12oz

Aroma: Nice cocoa nib and milk chocolate notes. This is really inviting. 8/10

Flavor: This is almost a light hot chocolate. Delicious but not weighty. 8/10

Body: A touch thin (I’ll brew again with more tea and see if that makes a difference) 6/10

Value: Another of the 30 ...

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Candy Apple Tea from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

56 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 26th, 2020

Prep: 212F, 5min, 2tsp, 16oz

Aroma: The aroma of the dry tea had a lot more going on that the liquid. In the mug, I’m really only getting pure black tea (which is fine but this is designed as a flavored tea). 6/10

Flavor: This isn’t what I’d call overly flavorful. That said, there is a nice black tea ba...

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Masala Chai from Adagio Teas

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

86 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 26th, 2020

Prep: 212F, 10min (per tea), sample bag, 8oz

Aroma: Very traditional cinnamon and spice aromas jump out of the mug here. I’m expecting this to be quite spicy. 9/10

Flavor: Fairly good pop of cinnamon and clove notes. This doesn’t overwhelm your palate with spice but it bring back memories of chai spiced la...

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Pumpkin Spice Tea from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 25th, 2020

Prep: 212F, 5min, 2tsp, 16oz

It’s Christmas and all of my gifts this year were tea. I’ve had quite a day of sampling some new blends. I’m probably well over the caffeine limit but let’s keep the train rolling.

One of my gifts was a holiday adagio set with six 1oz tins. Most of the blends sounded tasty ...

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Peppermint Cocoa from Tiesta Tea

Style: Rooibos / Tea Blend – Region: South Africa

76 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 25th, 2020

Prep: 3tsp, 16oz, 200F, 5min

Aroma: Peppermint bomb. Can’t really pick up anything but a ton of peppermint. For the season, that’s A-ok in my book. 8/10

Flavor: Still a ton of peppermint but the chocolate notes fill in nicely. I don’t usually find much flavor from Rooibos and this is no exception. 7/10

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Maple Creme Oolong from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 25th, 2020

Prep: 212F, 5min, 2tsp, 16oz
Note: Adagio is really generous. They give you points and free tea for eating their tea or sharing their company on social. This particular tea was a free sample which is always a joy to receive.

Aroma: The aroma on this one really comes into focus as it cool. Definitely shows a brow...

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Buddha’s Dream from Adagio Teas

Style: Green and White Blend – Region: China

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 25th, 2020

I’m a big fan of white tea and generally haven’t had a lot of success with green tea. I keep trying to evolve my palate and this tea is a step in that direction.

Prep: 175F, 16oz, 2 heaping tsp, 3 minutes
Aroma: Very delicate nose with mild peach. This has that relax in the couch with a movie tea type feel. 7...

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Cocoa Mocha from Tiesta Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

78 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 25th, 2020

Prep: 200F, 5min, 3tsp, 16oz

Aroma: Primarily malty black tea notes but not overly pungent. There is a touch of cocoa and coffee as well. 7/10

Flavor: This is a really nice blend for someone who loves coffee but would like to try tea. There is a very light coffee overtone, a touch of chocolate, not too sweet. ...

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Cardamom French Toast from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 25th, 2020

Prep: 200F, 2.5tsp, 16oz, 7min

Aroma: There is something to be said for a tea smelling like WGT it’s called. There is a sense of buttery, sugary, french toast. 8/10

Flavor: This is in the zone as well. It does lean on the sweeter side of French toast but this has that richness that you’d associate with break...

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White Ayurvedic Chai from Adagio Teas

Style: White Tea – Region: ?????

76 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 24th, 2020

Prep: 205F, 5min, 4tsp for 16oz (as per instructions but lowered 212 to 205).

When Teavana made this variety, it was one of the first teas that I truly loved. This is meant to be a replacement for their discontinued line, I think.

Aroma: The nose really shows off the spice of the tea with some pungent cinnamon....

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White Peach from Adagio Teas

Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: Fujian, China

78 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 24th, 2020

Prep: 175F, 5min, 2 heaping tsp, 16oz

Aroma: This took a little bit of time to come to the forefront. After the tea cook a few degrees, you get a nice blend of floral notes and light peach. Very pleasant. 7/10

Taste: Very nice. Mild peach on a delicate white backdrop. Really mellow and enjoyable. 8/10

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Citron Green from Adagio Teas

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: China

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 23rd, 2020

Prep: 8oz, 175F, 2.5 min
Aroma: The name is spot on. Really does have a Citronella note balanced by the earthiness of the green tea. 6/10

Flavor: This is pleasant. I mostly taste earth green tea but the aroma of the lemon and lime does add something. Probably not my go to blend but it’s solid. 6/10

Body: Pret...

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Gingerbread Tea from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

64 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 23rd, 2020

Prep: 212F,5min, 2tsp, 16oz water

Aroma: Really getting the black tea malty notes but not a ton of anything else. 6/10

Flavor: This comes across primarily as a creamy black tea. I’m not sure if maybe I just need to shake the tin a bit. It’s a good black tea though! 6/10

Body: Fairly full bodied tea. 7/1...

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