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Sep 23rd 2022 | Public Msg
age said:
Thank you, I had an absolutely lovely day!!! The October box is pretty awesome!! I hope you do join us!! Bridgette did say there's something extra special about the November box, so I'm super stoked to see what that is💜🥰
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Sep 27th 2022 | Public Msg
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You're so welcome, tea frond. Enjoy!
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Oct 17th 2022 | Public Msg
steffi said:
Thank you for the tea and happy bday!
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Thank you for the tea and happy bday!

Latest Reviews

Apr 28th '22
I'm not much of a chai person, but this was light and quite enjoyable. I do like cinnamon, and ginger, and cloves, but for whatever reason most Chai teas are too much for me. If you're like me and tend to avoid chais this one might be worth an investigation to give it a chance. I am quite fond of white teas, so maybe that's the ticket. I would describe this tea as mildly fruity with pleasant and warm, but subtle, spices. 195F for almost 5 minutes. Aprx 1.7 grams of tea, 7 ounces of water.
Apr 24th '22
Adagio's Matcha Genmaicha is the second version of this tea I've tried and theirs is, far and away, the winner. I love matcha. I love genmaicha. Together they're just outright heavenly. And the fresher the better. Bought a sample bag and had to come back fast for a bigger one because the sample outright evaporated and became one with my being. Nutty more than anything (me, too), and just grassy enough to satisfy, this tea gets a double thumbs up from me. More, please.
Nov 8th '21
Robust. Bold. A bit malty. Forgiving, however, so I brewed at 212 for 3 minutes and was rewarded with a cup not bitter in the slightest. If you're in the mood for a relaxing black tea this is your stop. This may sound silly, but I feel like this is the lumberjack of black teas. And I'm gonna leave it at that. Ssssiiiiiiiiiip.
Sep 17th '21
You know when there’s a nice summer rain and afterwards you go outside and nature smells refreshed? That’s what this tea smells like. Renewal. Tastes like it, too. I feel if I drank this tea every day for the rest of my life it would add a decade to my time on this plane. Buttery and mildly sweet. So smooth it’s addicting. I brewed at 165F for 2.5 minutes. I don’t measure my water or weigh my tea because I’m a heathen, but I likely used 10 ounces of water for the entire CommuniTea packet. I have a book called The Tea Drinker’s Handbook (Delmas, Minet, Barbaste), and it notes Gyokuro’s time and temp as 2.5 minutes (first infusion) at 140F. It suggested 10g (a third of an ounce), in 3.5 ounces of water. Recommendation is 3 services, but to reduce the time by a third each time. So I suppose I could always experiment in the future to see how I best like Gyokuro prepared.
Sep 14th '21
Perhaps the most important aspect of this tea is this: you could brew this every day for the rest of your life and at the end of your days you’d take your final sip and go, “Yup. Another solid cup right there.” I could go on about the taste, appearance, and mouthfeel, but I can’t really say anything that hasn’t been said before and isn’t already in the description to begin with. Today I brewed at 212F for 3-3.5 minutes, but I’ve done the full 5 minutes before and it rendered a bolder result. Depending on the day and your mood, you might find adjusting the time can make all the difference to appeal to whatever vibe you happen to be feeling. Stay gold.
Sep 11th '21
Lifted from my review of the Cold and Flu Sampler and edited a bit: The taste of this Throat Therapy tea is sadness and torture because of the licorice and aniseed. If you like those flavors then you'll probably be fine with it. However, despite the horrendous taste the real question is... does it make my throat feel better? The answer is yes. The weather was warming up (hit 80 one day in early spring WOW pls stop) aaaannnd then it chilled WAY off. As a result I ended up with a little dryness and discomfort in my throat (not unusual when the weather does a roller-coaster impression). I reached for my sample of Throat Therapy and drank it between bites of a homemade chocolate chip cookie (ok... two cookies), which let me finish the tea with less suffering. So kudos because it does what it’s intended to do.
Aug 30th '21
Ok, hear me out, as someone who is very touchy with anything regarding lavender, something magical is happening with this tea. It’s not all out lemony. But it also seems to avoid the distinct lavender notes that usually scare me away. Take a lemon drop, dial the punch back by 50%, and give it subtle undertones of floral that, at first, are easy to miss. I think that’s how I can best describe this tea.
Aug 26th '21
2021 CommuniTea update: I reviewed this tea originally in 2015. It’s been a few years since then, and as I’ve gotten older all I’ve done is become more like my father in terms of the foods I enjoy. In 2015 I hated any food that even came into contact with pineapple. Today, while you still will not see me eating pineapple or drinking pineapple juice, I have certainly softened and grown to really, really like it in teas. Pineapple seems to lend a fruity, creamy taste to tea. I especially like it in white teas, where it is allowed to shine. It is a light cup, like many white teas, but I didn’t have any issues getting flavor from my packet today. I brewed for the recommended 3 minutes at 180F in a generous 16 ounces of double filtered water. I guess I’m a fan now. Only took 6 years. :) Old review from 5-13-2015: I adore the smell of this tea but I do not care for the taste - it's probably the pineapple. I can't stand pineapple. However! I brew this tea often for my boss lady and she loves it to bits. She also enjoys pineapple so if you take her word for it you'll probably like this tea.
Aug 20th '21
Okay. So. The tea is gorgeous. In the bag and brewed. It smells great but every single time I drink it I am reminded of Trix cereal, which I haven't eaten since I was a kid. It's been 18 years since I've had Trix cereal so you can imagine the sort of nostalgia I'm hit with every time I brew a cup of this. I primarily taste the lemon. I quite enjoy it. The tea is a radiant deep blue (brew it in a clear cup for awesomest viewing pleasure). Add lemon to turn it purple. Pretty cool, my dudes. There's also something to be said for a tea you can only purchase during a blue moon. Makes it all the more exciting. An update: This is a tea I like to drink when I feel I have a lot of inflammation. It seems to help.
Aug 11th '21
2021 CommuniTea update: 4 stars! The new, reformulated cherry tea by Adagio, Black Cherry, updates and improves the old - revamping with a cherry flavor that is less cough drop and more true, in flavor, to the experience of eating actual cherries. If you want something sweeter yet, try their Cherry Marzipan Oolong (a favorite of mine). But if sweeter is not your cup of tea, this Black Cherry is worth a try. The tea brews a gorgeous color, similar to hibiscus but not quite as deep. I brewed at 212F for 2.5 minutes. Old review from 2-26-14: (2 stars) I love cherries. I'm sad to say I do not like this tea. I was a bit uncertain because I do tend to shy away from cherry-flavored things. I was hoping this tea would be different. For some reason cherry doesn't seem to transfer well to flavoring. I've tried this tea plain, in blends - even cold. It smells and tastes... unpleasant. I recommend Dewy Cherry over this.
Jul 22nd '21
If you like green tea, like mango, and don't like overly powerful fruity teas, you really can't go wrong here. This one manages to be very clearly mango without being dramatic about it. A little creamy. Lighter on the palate. Not very grassy. If I were more appreciative of mangoes this one could easily be a favorite.
Jul 21st '21
I love rose tea so I am a fan of Summer Rose. That said, I wish it were a little more rosey and a little less tempermental with the bitterness. If you prefer a solid but not overpowering rose tea, this should hit the mark cleanly.
Jul 14th '21
Normally I just take a regular scoop for a standard cup with the CommuniTEA packets but today I just went for it and did the entire packet for one cup. And oh BOY was it fragrant. Brewed at 212 for the full 5 minutes, this was stronger on the honeybush than the mango but it was still a nice cup.
Jul 11th '21
I do not like eating coconut. Until recently, I tended to avoid coconut - but I have discovered I love coconut flavored things. This tea is a winner in my book. It may come off as strong to some, but that only makes me love it more. I see some people have noted it tastes artificial, but I haven't had this issue. I don't like the texture of actual coconut, and coconut-flavored foods and drinks save me from this. It smells and tastes like coconut to me, without the funny texture that puts me off. 2021 CommuniTEA update: 2014 me had no appreciation for actual coconut, but 2021 me now loves the stuff. This tea reminded me of eating an almond joy. Or my favorite coconut oat bars. I brewed for 2.5 minutes at 212F and had no bitterness. It tastes smooth and creamy. Love it by itself or in a blend, especially with vanilla or almond.
Jul 7th '21
This is one of those teas you have a nice whiff of and your eyes roll back in your head because it smells incredible. Just like dark chocolate. Aw yeah, that's the good stuff. That said, it is a black tea and sometimes they're finicky. Overbrew and it will go melodramatic with the bitterness. Brew it just right though and it's an incredible chocolate tea. Add some milk and bam. Dessert in a cup.
Jul 3rd '21
Fruit Medley is a bit much for me. For those that don’t like hibiscus or floral notes, this one might be a miss. But if you like your fruit jazzed up with punchy tang and a background melody of flower power this is for you. I prefer this one iced. When hot it’s quite fierce.
Jul 1st '21
Well, this was an experience. I had been putting off trying a sample of Samurai Mate and now it has come to me unexpectedly as the July 1st Communitea packet. I steeped for 5 minutes at 212F. First sips were all cinnamon all the time. This trend continued through the cup. I had some hope seeing there was almond flavor (because I love me some ahhhmonds), but I’m afraid the spicy cinnamon flavor has given me the smokescreen effect because my nose has been blinded and I can’t really taste or smell anything BUT the spicy cinnamon. It’s not bad, mind you, but it’s not my, er, cup of tea. Since it is a blend of many things, the spicy cinnamon here is less intense than it is in Adagio’s Fiery Cinnamon Spice, which is a black tea (and is, as expected, fired up with flavor). All in all, this was fun to try but not something I’d drink on the regular. If you are like me and have a sensitive sniffer that is easily overwhelmed you, too, may find this blend to just be a leashed version of spicy cinnamon.
May 15th '21
I was beyond thrilled to see Adagio finally add Cherry Marzipan Oolong to the lineup. I originally had a sample of it and fell in love. Oolong teas are some of my favorites, and I love cherries and marzipan (I have a big black cat named Mario and one of his nicknames is Marzipan!). Sometimes cherry flavored things can go a little sideways so I try to never get my hopes up over them, but this tea really hits it out of the park. It has such a warm, inviting aroma as well as a sweetness with no additives. I brew for 2 to 2 and half minutes and it comes out perfect. I have not tried it with honey or milk yet so there is room for experimentation in the future.
May 15th '21
This sampler was my introduction to arabica teas. They did have a noticeable, but not obnoxious, herb-y taste. This might not be for everyone so a sampler is really the way to go before diving in with both feet. I was surprised to find my favorite of the 4 was the Lemon Turmeric. Followed by the Earl Grey. The Mocha was just ok. I didn't really catch much mocha taste in my sample, so perhaps it couldn't complete strongly with the herb-y taste (Update: I've grown to really enjoy the Arabica Mocha since posting this review and have since ordered a 1.5 oz. bag to enjoy in the evenings.). The chai was surprisingly light, which I was appreciative of as I'm not a fan of bold chais.
May 15th '21
I originally bought the sampler pack to try the Arabica teas and while I initially rated the Mocha as 'ok', I have since grown to really like it. I bought a regular bag of it more recently and enjoy it in the evenings. It isn't an overpowering mocha flavor, but the subtle, background herb-y taste makes it unique and quite good. I can't drink much coffee (heart palpitations, etc.) so mocha or nutty teas are often my go-tos. I love drinking this in the evenings, sometimes right before bed. The aroma is pleasant, reflecting both the mocha and herbaceous leaves themselves. It brews a beautiful medium dark cup reminiscent of brown eyes.
Apr 16th '21
I like to drink Turmeric Bliss and Double Ginger before bed. Especially if I had a carb heavy day. Both these teas seem to help fight the inflammation I can get from too many carbs so I don't wake up with a puffy face and fuzzy head. The smell and taste of Turmeric Bliss is alright. It's not something I'd drink because of the flavor, but don't let that scare you off. It is by no means unpleasant. It is simply not one of my go-to flavors. I know it's the orange flavor. I'm not big on orange flavored teas and never have been, but I will drink them with neutrality. Oh, I will note I also have a cup of Turmeric Bliss if I'm feeling a bit meh and it seems to help perk me up a bit.
Apr 16th '21
I'm giving this pack 5 stars because the concept and convenience deserves it. I really liked the Lemongrass Ginger. And Minty Comfort was good too, taking into account I'm not really big on mint. The taste of the Throat Therapy to me is sadness and torture because of the licorice and aniseed. If you like those flavors then you'll probably be fine with it. However, despite the horrendous taste of the Throat Therapy the real question is... does it make my throat feel better? The answer is yes. The weather was warming up (hit 80 one day in early spring WOW pls stop) aaaannnd then it chilled WAY off. As a result I ended up with a little dryness and discomfort in my throat (not unusual when the weather does a roller-coaster impression). I reached for my sample of Throat Therapy and drank it between bites of a homemade chocolate chip cookie (ok... two cookies), which let me finish the tea with less suffering. Lastly, the Speedy Recovery. This was alright. Definitely better than the Throat Therapy. It is also a green tea, which is awesome.
Mar 21st '21
Let me see. How to describe Yunnan Jig. Hm. Bold but not overpowering. ROBUST! The perfect morning pick me up. A tea that is difficult to exhaust your love for, hard to overbrew, and is there for you rain or shine. If you like black tea but are sensitive to bitterness Yunnan Jig is your tea. The description Adagio has on this tea is really spot on. Yunnan Jig is many things, and it does all of them very well. Balanced.
Mar 21st '21
I buy a lot of samples for blending experimentation purposes. Even if I don't particularly like a certain tea I will often have a sample on hand because you never know - you may just find that tea the perfect partner or partners to team up with to make something amazing. So I ordered a sample of Pumpkin Spice because the blend was updated (awhile ago, I'm late to all the parties). I want everyone reading this to know: I dislike Pumpkin Spice with a passion. I am immune to Pumpkin Spice season because I simply pass on it. With that in mind, I have tried both the old Adagio Pumpkin Spice and this new one. For whatever it is worth, I like the new one better. Why? I'm not sure. Maybe it just isn't as intense with wanting to strangle you with overbearing spices. This new one seemed a bit tamer but still had plenty of flavor. I also blended it with some cream tea in preparation for a new custom blend and that really rounded it out nicely. Gave it a smoother, more aromatically pleasing appeal to the point I actually thought it was a decent cup (not a cup I'd have regularly, but maybe once a year is ok). I can't comment on if there was any actual pumpkin flavor in the old recipe - my senses were too overwhelmed with the spice aspect to detect anything else. As for this new recipe, all I've got for you is my love of how well the cloves come through. Maybe there's a little pumpkin flavor there? In the background, you know? Tempering the spice to make this superior to its predecessor. So while I don't like Pumpkin Spice, I feel this new version has better balance than the old. If you prefer your Pumpkin Spice to be bedazzled with extra punch you can always grab some inclusions of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves from Adagio's Spice Pantry and toss 'em in.
Mar 14th '21
I order a lot of samples for blending teas in my free time. I ordered a sample of White Pear and when I opened it the sample smelled so fresh it about knocked me over (this is good). I brewed a cup immediately because why would you waste an opportunity like that? It was incredible. I went through the sample and had to order another just recently for blending purposes. The cup once brewed is very pale but was highly aromatic. It was succulent and somehow both intense and mellow. Very pleasant mouthfeel - smoother than I expected for pear so it must be the tea leaves working that magic. I have not tried this tea iced but can imagine it would be crisp and quenching. Usually white teas are fairly tame, and the age of the tea does play a big role in what you'll get in your cup. Since I'm not crazy about pears (I prefer peaches or plums) I was surprised how much I enjoyed this tea.
Mar 14th '21
I have a sensitive nose so I tend to shy away from teas like Lapsang Souchong and most Chais. Some herbal fruit teas are like such a kick in the face to me they can be too much unless I'm in the mood for them. That said, I really appreciate this Melonberry Green. It isn't so in your face as to be obnoxious. I brewed it warm but I imagine it is very refreshing iced. It does seem like one of those perfect candidates for iced summer tea and I bet this would enhance the flavor. I bought a sample and the smell of watermelon was very prominent when I opened the bag. Once brewed it was a pleasant strawberry-watermelon taste but now the smell of strawberries was the dominant scent. Neither flavor overpowered the other and together they make a delicious cup. As I continue to sip I find this tea, even warm, is delightfully refreshing. I think I needed this today. Big sigh. I feel better.
Feb 26th '21
Feel free to laugh at me, but when I first made this tea I had just woken up and barely had my eyes open, which led to me just dropping an entire cookie in a cup and brewing it. First, you're supposed to break a piece off. Second, my leaves were free range in the cup I had not inserted any infuser. Third, when you don't break them up they do not brew very well due to lack of surface area. When I came back I gave myself a moment (ok, several) to reflect on my life. Then I tried again, properly and with a wee bit more faculties. The tea is great. And having it in 'cookie' form is super fun. It's white tea so it's a light cup, which I do love.
Nov 1st '20
I had never tried Tupelo honey before ordering this one from Adagio. I wasn't sure how 'buttery' textured honey was going to translate but I must say buttery is indeed the word to use for the mouthfeel. Very unique. I prefer honeys that resist crystalizing so when I read that in the description I figured I'd go for it (because I have about a dozen jars of different honey and it takes an age to go through one since I hop around for different teas and recipes). The taste of the Tupelo honey is a bit underwhelming for me. Texture is fun, the taste isn't anything special. I prefer light honeys and tend to shy away from darker ones like basswood or buckwheat so I was hoping this more golden orange honey would fit my tastes better but I'm afraid I just can't give it more than 3 stars. It just... kinda tastes off. If that makes sense.
Nov 1st '20
I expected not to like this but wanted to try it just in case so I ordered a sample. I am very sensitive to pineapple and the flavoring in general ( because I hate pineapple) but every once in a while I find something that incorporates pineapple that I don't mind. This tea is one of those exceptions. It's mellow and smooth and a bit addicting. The peach and pineapple flavors play well together, which I would not have predicted. What initially made me curious was the Gunpowder tea and the Jasmine Chun Hao because these are both wonderful teas that I adore. Gunpowder is one of my favorite green teas and I commonly use it in blends to round other teas out. Perhaps that is what is happening here with Buddas Dream. That said, this tea is a winner for me. I recently ordered more because the sample will soon be gone.
Nov 1st '20
I use these for cold brewing tea overnight in pitchers. They work as expected and provide room for the tea to expand. Not much else to say here. I have been known to buy these and gift them to others with an assortment of teas for birthdays or special occasions since not everyone is prepped for loose leaf.
Sep 3rd '20
Oolong Goddess, or Ti Kuan Yin, is one of my favorite teas from Adagio. The best way for me to describe this tea is smooth - or soft. The smell alone decompresses me. It does have a light floral aspect, but if you're not a fan of floral teas don't be put off by this. It's subtle and really does more to enhance this tea than anything. It is a mild cup with a light earthiness to it. I want to say a hint of nuttiness, too, but it is hard to say. I think this tea is just so terrifically balanced it makes it difficult for me to pick out any one distinct flavor. This tea goes well with milk chocolate almonds. It's alright with dark chocolate (which is my preferred) but for some reason it pairs exceptionally with milk chocolate. A cup of Oolong Goddess and a milk chocolate bar with almonds has become one of my top comfort foods. I can always turn to this tea when I need to ease a rough day. I mostly buy loose leaf, but Oolong Goddess, Jasmine Pearls, and Tumeric Bliss are three that are great to keep on hand at home in bagged form - because even though loose leaf steeping isn't much more work, sometimes you need something as simple as possible to make it through.
Aug 24th '20
I originally tried this tea when I was at my sister's place. She didn't have much left in the baggie and let me take the rest home. It didn't last long so I ordered a pouch because I really, really like it. I didn't buy this tea for any wellness benefit or weight loss promotion and purchased it solely because I enjoy the aroma and taste. I would describe this as a mellow cinnamon oolong with a hint of creaminess. It is not an in your face tea and I like that. I have not had great success with brewing the tea more than once. So for me this is a one and done tea - get a new scoop for each brew. I also tend to use double the amount when I brew this so if you try this tea and think it is too weak add more per cup. Don't be shy about experimenting (with amount and brew time) and don't worry about adding too much. Chances are you won't. Oolong teas are pretty forgiving in my experience.
Aug 5th '20
Golden Flower is one of those teas that proves you can have it all. Or at least most of it. It's beautiful, smooth, aromatic, and lasts for multiple steepings. There is a uniqueness to Golden Flower that makes it instantly recognizable. I've had it before as a sample but upon receiving another sample and opening the bag the scent was like coming home and seeing an old friend you missed dearly. My love for this tea is on par with that of Ti Kuan Yin. They are both Oolongs but stand separately - they evoke similar mouthfeel but decidedly distinct flavors. I highly recommend this tea.
Aug 5th '20
I am giving this tea 4 out of 5 stars even though I won't be reordering it. Here's why: it's not terrible, but I don't really care for it. This is due to my extreme sensitivity to Lapsang Souchong, which is included in this blend. Normally any blend with even a little Lapsang Souchong is done and over with for me because it is so overpowering to my senses it is all I taste (and I don't exactly like it). However, I do taste some notes of the other ingredients. Not enough to save this one for me but enough I would feel bad rating this any lower as I acknowledge my sensitivity is not universal. So again, it's not the worst but it won't be taking home any medals. If you are also very sensitive to Lapsang Souchong be aware you might be taking a small risk (this is why samples are great). Thankfully my sister is a big fan of Lapsang Souchong and will likely be adopting it from me. I will note that despite the Lapsang Souchong dominating it IS rounded/smoothed out just a bit making it less obnoxious/biting as it usually tends to be.
Aug 5th '20
Another great flavored matcha. Peachy, matcha-y goodness. If you're on the fence about which flavor of matcha to try this one might very well be your best bet. After peach I recommend blueberry and arriving in third place is raspberry. Matcha is my daily ritual. I'll have anywhere from one to four cups a day. I've been told by others this is insane and if they did likewise it would - ahem - clean them out. But it's my normal and I have been a tea drinking machine every day for the last I'm not sure how many years. If you are new to matcha do take things slow. If you are not new then have no fear - blaze ahead and order yourself some peach, blueberry, and raspberry matcha.
Aug 5th '20
I appreciate how easy to clean this pitcher is. I'm the only one in my apartment using it so the size is perfect for me. I use this for cold brewing tea overnight and it can last me anywhere from a few hours to two days, depending. The infusing basket is nice and large to allow the tea room to party. It cleans up nice, too. The lid system is fantastic and I'm very pleased with this product.
Jul 16th '20
Oh. Oh, buddy. This tea is so, so smooth and if I had to equate it with a feeling I'd say the same emotion the clear waters of a river in Alaska evokes would be the winner. Heckin' rejuvenating. Deep breath, big slow sigh. I adore Oolong tea as well as floral teas so Fujian Orchid is a real winner. I ordered a sample but will be ordering more.
May 25th '20
One of my favorite black teas to use in blends. Cream by itself is decadent enough, but blend it with any flavor that is sweet and you've got yourself a treat.
May 25th '20
One of my favorite green teas. Solid and great if you're blending tea. Gunpowder seems to do well at rounding out other teas. Another perk is multiple steepings turn out very well. I love how the leaves are rolled and unfurl as they steep.
Mar 30th '20
Of the flavored Matchas I've tried from Adagio this one is probably my least favorite. It's still great, but the flavor isn't as strong. If I was in a blind taste test I would not guess this was chocolate. Big fan of the Blueberry, Peach, and Raspberry Matcha though.
Feb 21st '20
I am normally wary of Ginger anything as I am quite particular. Ginger in general can be easily overpowering or have too much heat - but this tea is perfect. It manages to retain all the ginger flavor (which I love) but without the heat or spiciness that I can't handle. However, if you brew it and let it sit and get cold some of the finer Magic Tea Dust settles at the bottom and if you drink that like a shot you will get a hit of some of the punch ginger is known for. All in all, I will be ordering more of this tea as it has become a favorite.
Oct 15th '18
This kettle might be the love of my life. It heats water quickly and quietly and has been working like a trooper for me pretty much daily for the past three months. Tea is my constant companion, so the VarieTEA kettle almost seems too good to be true. I have nothing bad to report at this point. It has been well worth the purchase. As a bonus, it is one fine lookin' kettle. 2018 UPDATE: So I am now on my second VarieTEA Kettle. My first one, which lasted nooooot quite five years, bit it. Heh. I'm actually surprised it survived me that long. Pretty sure in that 4-5 year lifespan I made it perform 10 or 15 years worth of work. What a beast. I also bought one for a good friend who is also a tea drinker. I don't know about you, but heating water in a coffee maker is not my style. Not so bad to deal with for a day or a weekend, but repeat visits call for an upgrade. So he now has a fancy kettle I use whenever I'm over. Even with my first VarieTEA biting the dust this kettle was still worth every penny. I donated the actual kettle part to family, since it was the base heating element that failed, and was told it would be used as a watering can. So it has a new life now. Cool.
Oct 15th '18
I'm gobsmacked I haven't written a review for Mocha Nut Mate before now. I order this tea by the pound as it has become my All Time Favorite thing Adagio offers. I used to drink coffee all the time but had to give it up due to the high caffeine causing heart palpitations and other issues, such as bad, bad caffeine crashes. So I switched to tea and quit coffee cold turkey (rough first six months, lemme tell ya). Mocha Nut Mate may not be as rich as coffee, but once your taste buds haven't had coffee for ages they settle down and grow to appreciate a wider spectrum of tastes. At least mine did. Switching to tea and swearing off coffee was one of the best health and feeling-better-in-general decisions I made, and Mocha Nut Mate was my hero during that transition. Get a bad coffee craving? Mocha Nut Mate. It's nutty and smells decadent. A great pick-me-up to start your day. It's also my secret weapon in fruit smoothies. If you haven't brewed a big mug of this, put it in the fridge to chill, and then added it to a blender of frozen bananas, frozen strawberries, dark chocolate peanut butter, and sometimes ice cream - you don't know what you're missing. Go do it. Go live your life. Bonus: make sure you bought the fruit fresh. Clean and cut those strawberries and freeze them. The pre frozen bought in a bag kind won't do your Mocha Nut Mate and smoothie the justice is deserves. Go all out. Or as the hip kids these days say - treat yourself.
Oct 15th '18
I ordered a sample. Opened it yesterday. It's almost gone. Returned to Adagio's site and ordered a pound because this tea smells and tastes exactly like a banana nut muffin. And I'm a big fan of banana nut muffins. The fact it is honeybush means I can drink it at any time of the day, which is awesome. If you like banana nut I honestly don't see how you can go wrong giving this tea a try. I almost never brew teas at 212F so if that's too much kick it down a notch. I prefer 195F. I put a mug of this in the fridge to finish later and it was just as good chilled. Refreshing, actually. Two thumbs up. Five stars. A++. One of my new favorites.
May 25th '18
This tea smells amazing in the bag. I thought it was so-so once brewed but I gave it to a friend who likes butterscotch in general and he loves this tea. He was more than happy to adopt it from me. :) I tend to brew my black teas at a lower temp otherwise I find they are too strong and bitter for my taste. There are a few exceptions. This was not one of them. But even brewed at my preferred 180 it just didn't do it for me. But I give it five stars for my friend since he's oh-so happy, as well as how great it smells and the concept of butterscotch tea is pretty awesome.
May 18th '18
Genmai Cha has become one of my favorite teas. Not only does it smell incredible but it tastes like no other tea I've had. A bit nutty (like me!), but also a little serious thanks to the fact it is indeed a green tea. It has become one of my staples.
May 18th '18
I drink matcha almost every day now and I like to keep the Blueberry and this Raspberry on hand at all times. Both are amazing. I use 165 degrees F water for all my matcha. The tins this comes in are also super cute and convenient.
Aug 24th '17
I'd say this is madness, Loki! But it's actually blueberries. Probably my favorite of the flavored Matchas. Some of the others were a bit too subtle for me, but this one hit it out of the park.
Aug 24th '17
The perfect tea for all you werewolves out there. Awoo.
Aug 24th '17
If you've never made Matcha with the appropriate tools of the trade you're denying yourself. Using the strainer, whisk, and Matcha bowl elevate your tea prep to the next level. Jump in if you haven't already. You won't regret it.

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