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Adagio Custom Blends

Recent Tasting Notes

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The second day in a row having this tea and I’m willing to confirm that it is literally making me ill. Blegh. The only other thing I’ve had today was rice and I don’t think it is the cause of my nausea.

Sadness. But it’s a sipdown (319/301), so YAY

Cavocorax

Nooooo! That’s not right! Scott’s supposed to be annoying yet endearing. :|
Sorry it was a total fail for you.

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At least I got a cool tin out of it!!

Cavocorax

Yeah, that’s pretty sweet! Have you figured out what you’re going to do with all your tins? I have no idea with mine… (I can’t remember if I’ve asked you already – sorry)

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Coldbrew Sipdown (320/302)

Wallace is better than Scott, but we knew that. I still really, really don’t understand the combination of passionfruit and chocolate chip. It’s kinda stomach-turning, but it’s still way better than Scott’s bitterness.

CHAroma

Ewww, yeah that sounds like a bad combo.

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Yeah, no, this is just as bitter coldbrewed as it was hot. This will be a sipdown tomorrow and I’m happy to see it go. I get some caramel and some peach, but overall it’s just a bitter mess.

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65

Coldbrew sipdown (319/301)

My migraine is finally starting ease so I’ve moved on to my next coldbrewed tea. This tastes vaguely familiar. Like I’ve had it a million times before. Because it is. There’s really nothing special about this.

I’m falling out of love with rooibos teas, because they’re all muddling together for me. Sad.

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32

Coldbrew sipdown! (320/302)

Ugh. Liquid floral soap. I am not sorry to see this go.

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80

Soon I shall be departing from HRH Emperor Oliver’s final resting place, so I felt the need to brew up a glass of one of his commemorative teas this afternoon. Today I made #1, which is a simple blend of white tea with blueberry and peach flavor, and decorated with cornflowers. It tastes quite good!

May HRH Emperor Oliver rest in peace! His spirit will surely follow me wherever I may go.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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100

Love this tea. Love, love, love this tea. Damn you, Adagio, for your insane shipping prices. Ah well, there are other teas for me to love.

I ran out of cold brewed teas and didn’t quite know what to do with myself. So I sorted the Adagio samplers into “drink hot” and “drink cold” and had to have another cup of this. I have enough for two more cups and then I will be crying forever.

It’s still delicious blackberry pie in a cup and I love it.

Roswell Strange

I watched the movie tonight with a friend! It was her first time seeing it, and she loved it :)

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That’s because it’s the best movie ever. I’m so sad about Honest Ed’s closing and this movie/graphic novel series is part of the reason why.

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83

I have been neglecting white tea and my HRH Emperor Oliver custom blends from Adagio, so I just brewed up a cup of #2. It’s really quite good! It has a succulent quality and is not sweet but less vegetal than most green blends. I am happy about this tea and will be returning to it again soon.

The liquor is a light peachy green. The stronger wafts of cucumber off the dried tea are present but faint in the brewed up. Very thirst quenching, smooth and satisfying.

May the furry pristine white body of HRH Emperor Oliver rest in peace, while his angelic soul soars above!


second infusion: just as good as the first.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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58

The chai/spiced element of this is the strongest, with cinnamon and ginger at the forefront of that.

I don’t really get much in the way of chocolate, and the berry flavor is kind of a subtle and more in the tail of the sip. I’m really finding the spiced-element overwhelming and I wanted more berry!

I need to try this again made with milk and sugar, I think.

Thanks Shadowfall!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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94

Coldbrew! It’s soooooo good and smoky and delicious. I’m kind of really in love. My wife, not so much. She took a drink without knowing what it was and immediately her face scrunched up in disgust. “Why did I just drink a campfire?”

Soooooo, I guess it’s not for everyone. But it is lovely, smoky with a hint of sweetness. It really fills your whole mouth with a smoky flavor and I see her point. If I close my eyes, I’m at summer camp, sitting at a campfire.

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73

This smells delightful. A bit like strawberries or another sweet berry with cream or covered in sweet yogurt.

It brews up tasting sweet and smooth from the vanilla, and the hazelnut flavor adds a warming nutty element. The hibiscus in the Wild Strawberry offers a sharp counterpoint to the richness of the initial flavors.

I wasn’t initially sure about this blend, but I really think this captures the dynamic of the character’s relationship as it comes out in the course of the FFXIII games and tastes pretty good to boot!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

Hello Steepster! It’s been a while…
This is one of my new favorites! It smells absolutely wonderful. Nutty, juicy, and fruity. The flavor is nice. It’s a lot more mellower than expected. The berry and almond flavors are there and blend nicely :3

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83

I’m one of those people who really enjoyed FFXIII. I found the story refreshing and the quick pacing totally appropriate for a group of people who are essentially enemies of the state. And I adore the character development. Like Sazh and Vanille. Unf.

Anyway, this one has notes of honey and apple in the front of the sip, neatly wrapped in a sweet blueberry finish. with a lingering floral blueberry aftertaste. The honey and blueberry merge as the cup cools. There’s nothing medicinal in the rooibos and it is really a calming cup.

I’m so incredibly happy with how my blends are turning out.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Courtney

Honey, apple, and blueberry sound delightful.

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54
drank Ramona Flowers by Adagio Custom Blends
477 tasting notes

Oh Ramona. I’m just going to go away and leave you alone forever now.

If you like cinnamon candy, you will love this tea. I, however, do not. Brewed up, that’s all you can smell – but strangely, the taste of cinnamon is very muted when you actually drink, it’s disarming. The taste overall is a vaguely spiced vaguely fruity blend that didn’t improve much with either sugar or cooling. Oh well, my wife loves it so she can finish the rest.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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87

I’m feeling really weird reviewing one of my own blends, because I feel like there’s really not a good way to be unbiased. But I’ll try. Gah!

It’s rich and creamy, with subtle sweet elements of chocolate. Caramel adds a depth to the cup, and cinnamon and nutmeg add a spice interest. Then, just when you think you’re done, the hazelnut pops up at the end and lingers until the next sip.

It all works really well together and feels far worse for you than it is. A bit bready and desserty, really. It holds up to milk and sugar really well, but absolutely doesn’t need either.

In any case, I was really pleased with how this turned out and it’s pretty nom.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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34

Hey, Wallace, do you rock or suck?

Wallace is the last stop in my Scott Pilgrim sampler journey. It’s been a good journey with some high points and some really low points. But I’m glad for it, if only for the awesome tins ;).

Wallace is hands-down my favorite character of the series. He’s great and reminds me of a friend back home. He’s a gossipy bitch and I adore him for it. I also love that he’d gay without it having to be overly stated or addressed. He’s simply Scott’s gay roommate. Every time I get drunk, I have to say “GUESS WHO’S DRUNK?”, find some keys, and throw them at my wife.

She puts up with a lot, folks.

As for this tea, I’m apprehensive. Chocolate and passionfruit? And I find Adagio teas too bitter and astringent, so I’m a little scared of their irish breakfast.

Dry, it smells like dark chocolate or bittersweet chocolate chips. Steeped, it smells…dark. I dunno. Rich and heavy and an undertone of chocolate.

Okay. Wow. It’s a complex sip. At the front of the sip is strong black tea, overwhelming everything, but then the passionfruit begins to peeks though. The flavor left on the tongue is chocolate with a hint of fruit.

It’s…interesting. But it doesn’t really blend well. I can see the chocolate mixing with the irish breakfast, or the irish breakfast and the passionfruit, but the mixture of passionfruit and chocolate chip is a little stomach-turning.

That was a test, Wallace and you failed. Boo.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
De

I GUESS WALLACE.

De

I may be a dork, but you’re totally my bitch forever.

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45

Stephen, I dearly hope you taste better than you smell.

Stephen is great. Always panicking, a nervous wreck, he can’t even decide if he wants to be with Julie. Which, please. Aubrey Plaza? You want to be with her, trust me.

The scent of this tea dry is spicy pumpkin spice, heavy on the spice. Steeped…well. It smells like sweet potato that’s been left out for a day or two. So I really hope the taste is much better.

And it is! Thank goodness. You can really taste the spices and the toasted mate, and the aftertaste is all sweet potato. It’s not great, but it’s better than it smells. It would probably be good as a latte, but I don’t like to keep teas that are only good as lattes, as I don’t usually have milk in the house.

Stephen Stills, I know you suck.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I was so excited about Ramona that when I got up to make this tea, I also put a mason jar of her in the fridge to cold steep.

And that came out sounding way creepier than intended >.<

My favorite Scott Pilgrim quote (and by that I mean the one I quote incessantly to my poor wife) is a tie between “Bread makes you FAT?!?” and “You know what sucks? Everything.”

Scott, Scott, Scott. You’re a loser and a bit of a jerk, but I love you. Your life is a long story filled with sighs and I wish I could live in it. I did live in it for a while! For three months I lived on the couch of the best gay roomie ever (who actually reminds me of Wallace), who helped support me when I didn’t have a job or a direction in life.

The scent of this is juicy and fruity dry, but brewed you get the undertone of caramel. On a purely visual note, the osmanthus in the leaf brewed up so pretty, a million little flowers.

Taste-wise….meh. It’s caramel and peachy, but Adagio’s black tea base brews up so, so bitter, even at a lower temperature. This might be one I save for cold brewing. It uses more leaf and it keeps the tea from getting too bitter.

Boo, Scott. I had higher hopes for you. If this tea had a face, I would punch it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

I heard Ramona sing…

Ramona is a girl after my own heart. Like me, she’s an American living in Toronto. At one point in the movie she has pink hair, like me. And, you know, she has, like, eleven evil exes…like me XD.

And, the girl has a butt-ton of tea.

“We have blueberry, raspberry, ginseng, sleepy time, green tea, green tea with lemon, green tea with lemon and honey, liver disaster, ginger with honey, ginger without honey, vanilla almond, white truffle, blueberry chamomile, vanilla walnut, constant comment and… earl grey.” (Though girl lives in Toronto and needs to up her looseleaf game)

So when I looked at the ingredients and spotted berry and cinnamon, I fell in love. Two of my favorite flavors, I just hope they play well together. The scent of the dry leaf is all cinnamon, but the steeped tea smells like blackberry. Hrmm.

Oh my glory. It’s blackberry pie in a cup. I always add a pinch of cinnamon to my blueberry pies and this reminds me of that. But it’s not a generic berry, it is very firmly a blackberry flavor. The flavor seems to take over and fill your entire mouth and oh my god I am in lesbians with it. (I know it’s an obvious joke, but it needed to be said). If you are on the fence about trying the Scott Pilgrim sampler set, get it for this tea alone.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

oh wow…

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I can’t decide if this is for the glory that is this tea, or for my obnoxious note. XD

Sil

haha no obnoxious note here :) must be the tea!

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Phew! ;) But seriously, this tea is so good.

Sil

sounds like it… added it to my list of things to try haha

Dustin

Man, I only have 2 evil exes. 2 evil, 2 who self sabotage thinking it is the world that is against them, 1 narcissist and 1 who weaves parts of books he has read into his own life story. The rest are all normal and that isn’t nearly enough to make an interesting story line!

Do you have to buy the whole set to get this tea or is it sold separately?

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Evil exes are the freakin’ worst, man.

You can get it by itself, which is very, very tempting. I will definitely be getting more when I can. https://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/blend.html?blend=33326

Dustin

They are the worst, but afterwards they make for some great WTF stories and lessons learned!

Hmmmm… I might try this one. I still haven’t ordered from Adiago before. Their selection is a bit overwhelming!

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That is very true, but they tend to anger my wife as well lol.

That’s why I like the sampler sets, you get to try a ton of teas and you get adorable tins as well! (even if the tins are better than the teas, IMHO)

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70

This is impossible.

How can this be?

No, seriously. How is this not a cinnamon chai? His attack is fireballs. Maybe I’m too obvious, but that’s the tea I think of when it comes to Matthew Patel, and I think of Matthew Patel a lot. He’s my favorite evil ex (Roxy is a close second), and for the longest time “Slick” was my ringtone. It’s the first part of the movie that makes you stop and go “what….the….fuck is happening?”

Anyhoo, this tea smells good, all nutty and orangey and, well, christmassy. The taste follows through, it tastes like a good tea to have around the holidays, all warm and inviting and comforting. But it’s not Matthew Patel to me and I have more than enough Christmas teas.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Tabby

Augh, I didn’t know there were Scott Pilgrim blends!

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Oh yes. 12 of them, actually. The sampler set doesn’t include Roxy Ritcher or the Katayanagi Twins.

Cavocorax

That’s awesome that you’re a Scott Pilgrim fan! We were just driving around Toronto a few weeks ago and I was just amazed when we drove by a few of the key locations in the books. :O I wanted to go on a SP tour. :P

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Are you kidding? Anyone who goes downtown with me gets a Scott Pilgrim tour whether they want to or not. There’s Sneaky Dee’s and Lee’s Palace and Honest Ed’s (of course). I freaking love Scott Pilgrim, even if he is the salt…I mean scum of the earth XD.

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Full disclosure: I’ve never had a lapsang. I cook with it all the time, but I’ve never sat down and had a cup. Also full disclosure: The only thing separating me from this tea is the two minutes it’s gonna take to kick your ass.

I’ll stop with the Scott Pilgrim quotes eventually, I promise.

It smells smoky and sweet…I’m kind of excited!

Holy cow. I just…yum. So yum. Orange and smoke and so yummy. I’m a believer! I need to try some of my Davids Lapsang. I want to cook with this, but I’m not sure what. Regardless, I might fight my wife for the rest of this blend.

Lucas Lee, you are one of my least favorite evil exes, but so far you are my favorite tea from the sampler.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cavocorax

Nooooo, keep it up.
I agree – Lucas Lee was not one of my fav’s either.

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Matthew Patel was so awesome and then Lucas Lee was just…lame. I did like that his bits take place at Casa Loma. So much <3. Went on my first official date with my wife there.

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Poor, poor Knives. I’ve been that girl. I’ve been in looooooooooooooooooooooooove. My seventeen year old self strongly identifies with her…luckily I’m twenty-eight now and know better.

Cherry vanilla? I hope it’s good, because my wife will be very happy. Cherry is her thing.

It smells kinda good, but…mostly fake.

It tastes kinda good but…mostly fake XD.

I like the vanilla, but the cherry…ugh. So artificial.

Not the greatest.

Edit: I avoided this until it cooled, and cold you can taste the green a bit more, but it’s still not great.

Cavocorax

Oh no- so awful, because if anything Knives is not fake. :|
And I felt bad for her too.

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I know! She’s such a little sweetie, and she has her issues, but she is very much not fake. Boo.

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78

I have distressing news. (“Is the news that we suck, because I really don’t think I can take it.”) (Scott Pilgrim is my life, hush)

No, I had to take a tea break! It was upsetting my stomach. Damn you, Gideon! shakes fist

I am very excited to try Kim because her voice is my inner voice. It’s sarcastic and dry and makes me chuckle. I really hope her tea lives up to it.

And it does! It’s fiery but creamy and soothing. Like that sassy friend who is always on your side, except for when you are clearly in the wrong. Yeah, this tea absolutely says Kim Pine to me. Gingery and spicy with a sweet undercurrent.

Edited to add: As time moved on and the tea cooled, it grew incredibly bitter and the ginger took over in a bad way…kind of like Kim XD. But not something I care to drink. It might be good as a latte?

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I am excited for this lemon-blueberry tea, though I’m a little iffy about the almond. Hopefully it will come together to make a yummy blueberry muffin-ness.

I love Gideon because he is so unapologetically evil and utterly annoying. I liked him more in the novels than the movie, but movie Gideon holds a special place in my heart too.

If anything, I’ll enjoy these teas for the happy feelings they give due to loving this series so, so much.

So onto the tea, it’s…okay. More rooibos than anything, but I do get a hint of lemon and blueberry, but it’s more like a generic berry. But yeah this is rooibos with just a bit of other flavors. Maybe the cold steep will be better.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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