38 Tasting Notes


So this is the last tea I’ve tried from the Dragon Age sampler set I got from Adagio. Good fun :D

This tea SMELLS wonderful in the tin. I had high hopes for it, so honestly put off trying it for last. Unfortunately, it didn’t really deliver the punch I was hoping for.

My sample was loooaded with Cloves. So perhaps this wasn’t blended as well as it should have been. So while this is supposed to be a chai blend, it was pretty much straight up clove tea. Which was interesting.

I didn’t make this with milk/cream, and drank it straight. Unfortunate again, because I think cream would have really made the spices sparkle.

Even so – I did enjoy this tea and easily sipped on it all day at work. Going to try this out again as a butter tea and then later as a proper chai, and see if it changes my rating at all.

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drank Mahariel by Custom-Adagio Teas
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This tastes like nori.

That is absolutely amazing. I think it must be the hojicha? I’ve never had it, and I’m new to tea and all the flavors they offer. But this had a really woodsy, nutty, toasted flavor. But also a touch of green fresh grassy-ness. I didn’t necessarily taste any citrus, but I think it may just have lightened up what could have been an overly nutty blend.

Thus, seaweed! I really really crave sushi now.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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This is… fantastically appropriate for Andraste. In Dragon Age lore, Andraste was a slave that became a prophet, war leader, and ultimately a religious icon. She’s the wife of the Maker. She’s like a Joan of Arc / Buddha / Mary combo. But much more textured than expected.

The Chantry (“the church”) praises Andraste as a Saint, a beautiful psuedo-diety. Her Grace would be soft, gentle, and ultimately forgiving.

This blend just captures that so well. It feels like a clean tea. Baptized in fruits and gentle florals. The predominant taste for me was the raspberry (came across almost like a strawberry). It was smooth and delicious. I can imagine this sweetened and iced would be an incredibly delicious drink.

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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My last cup of (decaf) tea to wind down my stay-at-home-sick-as-a-dog day. Tastebuds are fortunately working top notch though, so I’m not deathly bored all day. One reason I was so excited to get these Dragon Age blends, are because I’m such an avid fan of the game. This particular set of fandom teas from Adagio includes both the flagship game, and the expansion. (Dragon Age III coming out this year! Wooot!)

This particular blend? Comes from a cute dialog the characters have as you’re wandering around the world. Alistair is a charming jock-looking virgin ex-templar. Wynne is an elderly kind white-magic mage.

“Alistair: Wynne?

Wynne: Yes, Alistair?

Alistair: My shirt has a hole in it.

Wynne: I see. And?

Alistair: Can you mend it? When we get back to camp?

Wynne: Can’t you mend your own clothes? Why do I have to do it?

Alistair: Sometimes I pick up too much fabric and it ends up all puckered and the entire garment hangs wrong afterward. And you’re… you know, grandmotherly. Grandmothers do that sort of thing, don’t they? Darning socks and whatnot. You don’t want me to have to fight darkspawn in a shirt with a hole, do you? It might get bigger. I might catch cold."

The two characters are the most… innocent, wholesome, and freakishly adorable characters in the first Dragon Age game. I think this scent is befitting of not just Wynne (her scent alone would be something in the white-tea range, imo) but how she treats all the characters. From mending socks, to lecturing you on the dangers of falling in love during such a critical time.

This is classic, bordering on old-fashioned. Decaffeinated to keep you calm and steady. There’s a touch of outdoorsy comforting warm sun on the fields vibe. Unfortunately my sample tin literally only had ONE orange peel and ONE apple piece, and this cup didn’t get those. I think the Apricot Tea is still infusing it with a slight fruity aftertaste – I just know having chunks of apple in this would round it out absolutely perfectly.

I really enjoy this. It’s a nice bed-time tea. I’m not sure if it will outlast other varieties I might come across, but for now I’ll be using it up.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I thought I already reviewed this! Drank over the weekend, AT my computer. How silly of me.

Leather is an accurate description for this. Think worn, aged, black leather. None of that soft english leather. I believe this was my first Pu-erh blend I’ve had, and I think that lead to the smoky quality in this tea. It was very strong to me, relatable to black coffee (can you tell I’m new to tea?). But not bitter or biting.

I enjoyed it, and will be making a butter tea out of this in the future.

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drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
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This is from last week, made notes in my notebook before I found steepster.

I don’t know why, but every time I try a chai tea I expect to be blown away by spices. I’m am very very frequently let down.

I prepared this plain (not a proper chai P:) and the flavors were a little flat compared to what I expected. You can also read that as the flavors were “smooth”. It was very pleasant, gentle, and flavors were there. But the “Thai” side of things definitely toned down the spices I was weirdly expecting.

I’ll happily finish off my samples, and maybe make a proper chai with it. :)

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From last week – via my notebook!

This was a grassy, slightly sweet, easy to drink tea. A good candidate for a “sick” tea, as I think it would go well with honey. I look forward to trying this again and seeing if the flavors change with a different kind of steeping.

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This is from last week. Importing from my notebook :) (Just found steepster!)

I was not impressed with this at all. I really really wanted to be. My notes say to try this iced- which isn’t something I would expect from a black tea. I was underwhelmed, but drank it all during work. :)

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Tried this last week, before I found steepster. Made notes in my notebook!

This was a really empty blend, to me. Maybe I need to amp up the amount of tea I added. But it was boring to drink, bland, barely flavored. KIND of fitting for it’s namesake though, if you’re a fan of Dragon Age. But I expected an “unexpected” spark of something special. Since Sandal is … very special.

Will finish off my sample, but that’s it.

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drank Wild Strawberry by Adagio Teas
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Freaking love this blend. It is, currently, my go-to dessert tea. Sweet and juicy, it’s a slap of strawberry. Drinking it by itself is almost like drinking syrup (in my head, it’s not that sweet!). It begs to be mixed with something. I’m going to have to find strawberry adagio blends. :)

A fav of mine.

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I discovered a love for tea when I started trying to eat healthier. I try to follow a Ketogenic diet (that a very low carb diet, more info here: http://www.reddit.com/r/keto). It has solved so many issues for me. Ranging from Weight to Acne to PSOCs to my mood. Keto has saved my soul.

Downside? No carbs! The pleasure foods of our society are so damaging and so abundant. I needed to find something I loved and adored in order to remain on keto. One place that lacked for me was drinks. I used to be a diligent Mountain Dew drinker so converting to water was a horribly boring task. Tea fills that void and so much more.

I began with Adagio and their Fandom teas. My dorky English-major, video game, anime-loving heart was stolen. Then the collection-bug was struck and here I am. Estatic there’s a website that’s the equivalent of Scent base. (Did I mention my BPAL addition?)

I either drink my tea plain, or make it into Butter Tea. I’m seeking teas that are wonderful plain (without sugar/cream/etc needed). Right now I’m still VERY new to the tea-world, so am not positive what teas I prefer. We’ll find out!

My rating system, roughly:

100 = I will Marry You.
90-99 = Adore. Stockpile time!
70-89 = Good. Wishlisting this stuff!
50-69 = Decent, will finish my stock but not likely to buy again.
40-49 = Not a fan. Will try to sell/trade/give away my stock
00-39 = Crap. Maybe I’ll give it away. Maybe I’ll use it as fertilizer.

I’m also interested into getting into the trading scene! So feel free to contact me if there’s anything in my cupboard you’d be interested in swapping. I have an endless wishlist!


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