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I still have a small bit of this left after a former coworker gave me a bunch. She RAVED about it. Seriously. Raved. She wanted me to try it. I remember not being super wow’d by it, but now that I’m trying to drink down a lot of teas, I thought I’d give this one a go again. I probably still have enough for three cups after this, so I think I might take it back home (it’s at work right now) and try and make myself a nice big latte with it. I haven’t made one in probably a year’s time, so it’s time I try again.

This one really isn’t wow’ing me at all. It’s fine… but I love my Saigon so much that this one just leaves me going… “meh…” Saigon is the way to go. If they ever discontinue that one I will cry like a little girl over having her piggy tails pulled by mean boys. hahahaha

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drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
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I didn’t add anything to this one… It’s completely straight up. I’m not getting much chocolate from this one. It’s mostly cinnamon that I’m noticing.
It reminds me very, very subtly of Stormy Night from Davidstea, except that one has a bit more chocolate flavour. I bet if I were to add milk and sugar it would make the chocolate flavour pop.

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drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
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Buddha’s Blend… oh Buddha’s blend…

Funny story…
About a week or two ago, I came to work, filled the tea kettle, several minutes later I went back, filled my cup, let it sit for a few more minutes (didn’t want the water to be too hot for this tea), steeped for the appropriate amount of time, then took a sip. You know, you’re usual tea routine…. what’s unusual about it? I didn’t turn on the kettle!! hahahahahaha So I essentially cold steeped this for 3-4mins before taking a surprising sip. Wasn’t expecting that! IT was cooooooold.
I wasn’t thrilled, but I wasn’t… too disappointed either. It actually tastes pretty good cold steeped like that! Who would have guessed? haha I still got all the amazing flavours and didn’t even guess there was hibiscus. But the interesting thing is, it’s WHITE hibiscus. Is there a difference? I think their must be. ‘Cause I didn’t get the evil tart that I normally get with the hibiscus.

So today is the day to drink it hot! I’m steeping for 4mins and I used the last of my sample so SIPDOWN! I was worried I might do the same thing again, but as I’m writing this note, I am distracted by the steam rising and dancing in front of my eyes, calling to me to try it, only it’s not quite ready yet. It’s turning a lovely shade of pale yellow, unlike when I coldsteeped it. At that point it looked like slightly coloured water.

Smells like flowers, which usually turns me off, but this time it’s soothing the surges of frustration that are plaguing me from things not working and me not having much to do today. I want to be busier.

Is it… do I dare say it… should I admit it… It is a flower tea though… and it’s hot…
I’m going to say it!!! I like my accidental cold steep better!!! WHAT?! Say it ain’t so!!

It’s fine hot, but I think the 4 min steep was too long. It’s got a ting of bitterness to it and it’s not nearly as soft and smooth as it was before. I found it to be sweet and light and refreshing… Now I’m finding it to be deeper and a bit… too… much…? I guess. I liked the way the jasmine was just right before, where as now it feels heavy and not nearly as refreshing as before. How is that possible? And if you can get a great cold steep in minutes, why am I not trying it more?!

I am SO confused!! But this tea is delicious and I would probably keep small amounts in my cupboard for those days I’m want something refreshing. But until I drink down some teas, I shall bid this one a farewell… until we meet again…


Maybe today I steeped it in too hot of water…? That could explain the bitterness too.

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Today I’m going to try and sipdown a lot of the teas I have only small amounts of left.
But I’m also going to attempt to try some of the ones I’ve had for a while and never tried. This one falls under the latter.

I feel like this needs to be a two bagger. I’m a bit surprised that it isn’t stronger. I let it steep for 4 mins and I get just the smallest hint of bitterness to it. I didn’t add any milk and only a sprinkling sugar. The further down the cup I go, the more I’m getting the bitterness. I really should have done the 3min steep like I originally planned and we’ll try two tea bags next time.

I’ll probably also add some milk to my next cup and see what happens.
The only flavours I’m really getting right now is a tiny bit of pineapple… not much… I’m very unimpressed with this one… it makes me sad.

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I’ve had this tea for probably three years now… That’s my closest estimate. I’ve had it far too long and I should have had it in its prime. I didn’t want to drink it up too fast ‘cause I wanted to enjoy it and make it last thinking I would never order from Adagio myself, but now that I am ordering from them and it’s really not that much of a hassle, I feel I need to use this one up and look at getting some new stuff if I want to have it again.

I had one teabag of this left. It’s not bad, but I feel like it didn’t stand the test of time the way I had hoped it would. It’s lost a lot of the apple goodness to it and it’s more just a cinnamon flavoured chai. Again, no fault of the tea itself, just the person who held onto it for far too long having stored it only in the Ziploc bag they sent it in.

I know I will get this one again as I did at one time absolutely love it and was head over heels for it. So, I shall give it a good rating. Maybe now this will convince me to drink teas faster! And if I don’t like something either throw it out or give it away! I gave away two teas over the weekend before they sat in my cupboard for years, and it felt very liberating!

Anyways… SIPDOWN.

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I swear I’ve had this one before.

A friend from years ago got an Adagio tea order and I swear she gave me a sample of this one. I wasn’t too sure which one of the green rooibos it was, but now I know it was this one. It’s very nice. I love green rooibos. There is nothing like it. I swear. It’s light and fresh tasting.

So, when I saw a green rooibos sampler I knew I had to get it. And so far, I’m not disappointed, and this is the first one I’ve had. haha Anyway, yes yes yes I would get again. Without a doubt. My life needs more green rooibos in it.

And, do I dare say it…? This one has the slightest taste of Swampwater from Davidstea to me! The one way I could make it taste a touch more like it would be to add a bit more strawberry I think… Plus the candies ;)
I’m VERY happy this one has that hint of swampwater. Now maybe I won’t feel so guilty about drinking up my swampwater. haha

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drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
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Wow… I’m not too sure what to think of this one… It’s not bad, but I feel like there’s just something… different about it. It’s got quite the kick to it but in an almost weird way. I don’t know if I like it or not. I almost feel like I need to cut it with something.

A tiny splash of cream and sugar were added to this one and I’m still not sure if I love it or not. Comparing it to Bollywood Chai from Davidstea, this one isn’t quite as sweet and smooth, probably because Bollywood has the candies in it.

Between this and Saigon Chai, I feel like they are VERY similar, but I like the taste of the cinnamon in that one better.
Maybe that’s what’s going on with this one. Maybe it’s the cinnamon! It’s not quite what I was expecting and I think I figured it would have been different somehow…

ANyways, not bad, but I think if I had to chose between this one and Saigon, I’d prefer Saigon Chai.

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drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
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Another one of my new teas!!

Honestly… I was expecting more from this one. I thought it was going to be creamier or something… I added milk and sugar, but I didn’t get the awesomeness I was hoping for. I’m a bit disappointed… I’m going to have to try this one again and hope for it to be even better.

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My first ever Adagio tea order has come in and I’m absolutely mesmerized by how many teas I got. 19 I believe?! Most are sample sizes to try. So far from smell, I’m pretty happy with my purchases. The next few days will be fun reviewing it all!

This tea is a custom blend that someone made and I have to say, I’m impressed. This tea is absolutely amazing. It’s chocolate and hazelnut in perfect proportion to each other with a smoothness that must be coming from the cream aspect of the tea.

A splash of milk and just half a sugar in my 12oz cup makes this one absolutely perfect. I will without a doubt by this one again.

It would be great to curb those chocolate cravings I’ve been having lately. Delicious!!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

19 samples? Oh! How fun! Do you paw through the box muttering under your breath to yourself like I do? :)


lol I definitely did! My friend was over and she kept looking at me questioningly wondering if I was okay. lol

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It’s dreary out so to lift everyone’s spirits, Let’s name something you’re thankful for today. GO!

I posted that on facebook and so far I’ve had a few people answer it. It’s making my day a bit happier. What are you thankful for?

So, I’m feeling lousy and I’m trying to lift my spirits and distract myself from feeling so rough by drinking tea. I had a cup of Bollywood Chai from Davidstea this morning from a secret stash that I forgot I had!
Then I tried to drink one of those Keurig (sp?) Black chai teas. The first one I added sugar to before trying it and I couldn’t even drink it because it was so sweet, so I tried again without sugar and it was STILL too sweet so both of those got tossed. Now I’m onto this tea and it’s just right.

Although… I’m starting to realize that I’m kind of sick of this one. I don’t know why,… maybe I’ve had it too much… probably… but yeah, I think once I finish this one which will be soon, I’ll take a break from it.

Tonight I’m going over the border to the U.S. of A. and getting my tea order from Adagio!! I can’t wait to try their teas! I’ve had two before and they were pretty good, so I can’t wait to see what I think now after a few years without trying much from them. I bought… well… like 20teas… it’s kind of embarrassing how much I bought, but I did get sample sizes of all but two of them, so that’s pretty good… right…?

So today I’m thankful for the warm soothing comfort that tea is bringing me today and making me feel a bit better.


I’m thankful for good water to make my tea with!! :D


Thankful for the “Oh!I get it!” light bulb faces of my fifth-grade church kids. Good for a smile every Sunday.


Thanks for sharing!! I love it!


I’ll add another: Pie Day. A work tradition started by a gracious and generous coworker when we are departmentally stressed. Mine was lemon. Three inches tall.


That sounds like a great tradition! And delicious!

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Updated Sept. 22/15
I’m a 30-something-year-old aspiring writer. I’ve written several short stories that I’m looking to get published someday soon.

I’m also looking to finish a novel that I’ve been writing for the last several years.

I work as a paginator (I do page layout for our local weekly newspaper) and absolutely love it! I’m also an amateur photographer.
I’m a proud new mom of a sweet little baby boy born Feb. 3/15. He showed up 4.5 weeks early, but thankfully after a week in the hospital he’s great now. :)
I’m married to an absolute amazing man who “puts up” with my tea obsession.

It wasn’t until a few years after high school that I finally became interested in tea. I started with Orange Pekoe double double (milk not cream) and peppermint. Since that time, I’ve really opened up to other kinds of tea and I’ve well… I’ve kind of just went nuts since then.

I don’t drink much bagged tea anymore. It’s mostly loose leaf in my cupboard. The only except are a couple that were given to me and they sound too good!

I would have to say my favourite kinds are (in no particular order): black, herbal, white and rooibos (definitely prefer the green to red, but will drink the red too).

I don’t care for mate, green, matcha, or puerh (although the puerh cake tea I have may convert me to a puerhs). And greens are kind of growing on me too. I’m starting to realize just how important steeping times/temperatures/amounts of tea make all the difference in the world for them!

I drink tea every single day. I absolutely love it. I can’t image my life without it.

I don’t log every time I drink a tea as I don’t want to spam everyone with tons of duplicate loggings, but I will log when I have a new tea, which happens on a regular basis and when I do a SIPDOWN! :D


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