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Signature Blends

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Score: 90
by Stephen C.
earl grey bravo, valentines, foxtrot
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Score: 90
by Stephen C.
earl grey moonlight, chocolate chip, gingerbread
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Score: 99
by Stephen C.
masala chai, white eternal spring, green pekoe


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Latest Reviews

Apr 21st '21
This tea might just become one of my new favorites. It s similar in its mineral taste to Adagio s Fujian Rain, albeit much smoother and less astringent. There is indeed an undertone of mild fruity taste as well, like currant or date, which works marvelously well along with this tea s additional quality of having a subtle aroma of freshly-baked bread. Edit: I may be imagining it, but the second infusion seems to have a mild note of a sort of cinnamon spice. How nice! (3 mins @ 195°F)
Apr 21st '21
I like this one quite a bit! The smell of the dry leaves in the pouch honestly reminded me of walking into a candy store. It s sort of indescribably sweet and fruity-ish, with just a tinge of nuts or pralines. The flavor when brewed, however, became much more green, reminiscent of a Japanese tea like sencha or even matcha. That seemed to layer well with the sweeter nuttiness and end up with a result that could probably best be described as simply a darn good dragonwell. (3 mins @ 180°F)
Apr 20th '21
As expected from the description, this tea tastes like ti kuan yin plus a bit of something extra. It seems a bit more mellow and earthy compared to ti kuan yin s sweeter floral/honey flavor. I think I still prefer the latter to this one, but it is quite good. (2 mins @ 180°F)
Apr 20th '21
To me, this tea smells and tastes just like my favorite keemun that I get from Adagio s regular site, which means that I like it...but it lacks any sufficiently unique quality that would lead me to like it any better. I ll just stick with the cheaper keemun instead of this one. (3 mins @ 212°F)
Apr 18th '21
The dry leaves smell very much like my favorite keemun black tea, but the taste is certainly different. Whereas the keemun has more of a smokey, toasty kind of flavor, this one has a smoother, more mellow chicory sort of quality to it. The flavor improves as it cools, and while it s quite enjoyable, I still prefer my tie kuan yin in its greener form. (2 mins @ 212°F)
Apr 18th '21
The size of the pressed leaves make it difficult to determine how much of it to put in the pot, but it certainly smells nice. The flavor was too mild and hard to pinpoint for my liking, though I admit that may have been because I might ve not used enough. (3 mins @ 180°F)