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So full disclosure — Adagio lets you mix and match their teas a bit to make your own custom blend, and this is one I “blended” myself. I wanted to make a tropical tea to go with this tropical coral picture I’d just painted. I really didn’t have high hopes for my blending experiment (having never done this before) but it’s actually pretty good!

Dry, the tea smells amazing. Really really fruity. At first sip, the Ceylon base seemed stronger than any of the fruit flavors, but once I added a generous spoonful of sugar crystals, the fruit was a lot more obvious. I could recognize the mango but didn’t distinctly taste the passionfruit or the grapefruit — still, they work well together to make a tropical fruit flavor.

The base tea is decent. I like it much better than, say, Upton’s bases, but it’s not as mellow as Harney & Sons or David’s. I do wish it wasn’t quite so sharp, but it doesn’t ruin the tea.

All in all, pretty happy with my first experiment. Plus the tin is cute!


Sounds like you did a good job – I bet that would make a tasty iced tea too!
Is that the picture you painted? Very nice!!


Mmm, that’s a good idea, I will definitely try some iced! And thank you, it is my painting. This is a better look at it:


I like fruity back teas iced. :)
Ooh, you have some gorgeous paintings!! You’re really talented!


Ahhh, thank you, Caile, you are so nice :)

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I’m almost done my sample sized tin of this one. I brought it with me to the hospital when I had to stay overnight before they would discharge the munchkin, and now I’m thinking I should review it as I’m having it again.

This tea has a fair bit of strawberry flavour to it. And when you look at the dried leaf, there is quite a bit of dehydrated strawberries to it.

I think a three minute steep is a bit too long for this one though. I should have done for 2 or 2.5minutes instead, as I’m getting just a bit of bitterness to it.

But other than the strawberry taste, I’m not really getting much else to it. I wish that I could make out some cream or something smooth about it, but i’m not… Again it could be ’cause of my steeping…

The smell of this one is fantastic though. I love the smell.
And either way, I’m going to finish this one up and love every minute of it ‘cause it’s a pretty decent tea.

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This tea is pretty good. I wish the strawberry was a bit stronger, so I might rejig the mixture a bit. I am enjoying it though. It’s pretty good!

Green rooibos always makes a great tea. And who doesn’t love strawberries? I was attempting to make this one similar to Davidstea’s Swampwater. I think I’m on the right track. Just must make it a bit more strawberry flavour. I have added some now so hopefully next time it’ll be a bit closer.

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1) Pre-Sip: The scent of clove is strong, but that’s what you get when whole cloves are infused. I smell a faint cinnamon and cardamon scent as well, but they are overpowered by the intense clove.
2) First Taste: I think I’m tasting green chai, and that’s cool. Never had that before. But again, in such a small amount of tea there were probably 3 or 4 dried cloves. It’s impacting the flavor too much and I’m missing the coconut, the ginger, and the thai chai. Not an unpleasant aftertaste, though I can’t imagine this being a non-winter tea.
3) Second Taste: I got a little ginger that time! This feels like the spices should be spicier though. I wanted to taste this thai chai (I’m begin to love all things Thai so I was excited about that) because of the spice. It’s like a spiced chai, but all spice and very little chai.
4) Final Thought: There’s a lack of sweetness and a overwhelming amount of spice. I wouldn’t recommend this to someone unless they love clove and ginger. But it’s good to try new things.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Spices

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’ve been craving spearmint tea, but went for this one instead. haha
Only steeped up a small cup of this one as I’m really trying to watch the caffeine a bit more as apparently my baby is measuring small… Hopefully everything will be okay in the end…. the doctor is keeping an eye on me, so hopefully it’ll be okay.

I’m not too sure if I’m getting Irish Cream or not, but it’s close. I think this one would hold up to milk very well also. I think that would make it even more like Irish Cream. I’ll have to try that next time.
But all things considered it’s very, very good. I love the cream and the almond… and the coconut is a nice touch.

I’m not too sure if I’d get this one again, but I’m glad that I tried it.

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1) Pre-Taste: I remember trying this tea when I initially got the sampler pack and loving it (but not reviewing it here). My tastebuds are a little more in tune now so we’ll see what happens. I’m switching up my swetening profile to one packet of Stevia in the Raw. And I’ve begun infusing as opposed to bagging/sachets.
2) First Taste: Before I taste there’s a big bouquet of caramel, vanilla, and a hint of chocolate. The chai spice is faint but not fake-smelling. I can also tell there’s no sucralose (Splenda) in there, which is pleasing. When I taste, this dark chocolate actually comes through first, which is good since the base is a chocolate chai. A nice aftertaste and mouthfeel and again – I can’t stress this enough – so pleasant to taste more tea and not sucralose.
3) Second Taste: I can taste the cinnamon bark! This is amazing tea. And not too sweet to make it scream “after-dinner” or dessert tea (like most of the chocolate teas I’ve had). There’s a hint of the caramel too, almost like there’s a vanilla-caramel (like Tahitian caramels you might buy at a gourmet candy store). The only thing I don’t get coming though is the ginger. Maybe my sample is a bit ginger-light.
4) Final Thought: So far, this tea and The Heir are the two tins I would buy right now (since I’m reviewing from a sampler stash) and stay stocked on. I’m glad I finally tried them again with a less strong sweetener and a no nonsense brewing system. I’d really like to try all her Wizarding World and Whovian blends to see what I like. I’m excited to try my final sample of the Wizarding sampler soon and I’ll probably get a tin of The Saviour soon.

Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Dark Chocolate, Spices, Vanilla

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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1) Pre-taste: Good steep. 3 minutes and it ran clear. Lots of great scents coming from this. As for color, it’s dark but not too dark.
2) First taste: Good mouthfeel, not great. There’s a muddled cinnamon confused with the chocolatey flavor. And as with her other almond oolong blend, I’m missing the almond or it’s very quiet.
3) Second taste: It’s warming, without any added “mulling” type spice like clove, which is nice. I guess I expected a little more from the cinnamon and the cocoa nibs because right now I get Irish breakfast, I get a hint of the malty assam, but not much in the way of the food flavors.
4) Final thought: You know, this smelled great before I brewed it, as loose. And when I brewed it smelled great too. But scent isn’t everything. Maybe the proportions in my sample were off, but the leaf scent didn’t represent the taste adequately. I liked the warming taste of it, but I wish it had more of a punch of the food flavors.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Malt, Spices

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I just had to retype this whole thing so I’m going to make this brief cause I am p-o’ed.
1) First Taste: Definitely tasting caramel, apple, cinnamon. Like an apple pie scented candle, except not as artificial.
2) Second Taste: My friend says she tastes the almond, but I don’t. I get the cardamom and clove on the second go around though.
3) Final Thought: Yummy, but I wouldn’t recommend unless I knew someone who liked apple pie flavors. Very much a dessert tea, so I would drink again but not stock it.

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Caramel, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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1) I’ve had some of Kristina’s teas in the past but never reviewed them here. It’s exciting to have an infuser finally and have the opportunity to drink them properly. The color of this tea is GORGEOUS. Just beautiful the way the green and rooibos teas make this honey color. Smells amazing too.
2) First Taste: It’s such a mild flavor, despite all the ingredients. Great mouthfeel. The green is highly present and the rooibos is the aftertaste. The bergamot is more or less the scent but not the taste.
3) Second Taste: I am tasting a bit more of rooibos this time, but DEFINITELY the peppermint, which I didn’t get too much of the first time around. Also the peels, which are present in the mouthfeel and the aftertaste. This is a really great blend.
4) Final Thought: While I don’t love that there are still smal leaves left at the bottom, I can’t exactly blame that on the tea. I really love the blend: it’s mild, flavorful, and not at all over-pungent. I would definitely recommend (and maybe even stock).

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Orange, Peppermint, Rooibos

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Winter by Adagio Custom Blends
501 tasting notes

I know I still have one last Teavivre oolong to review, but I am in the mood for something strong, smoky, and spiced.

I blended this tea with good intentions. The idea of a lightly smoky caramel chai seemed like heaven when I was adjusting the ingredients. 70% decadent caramel, 20% gentle vanilla, and 10% lapsang souchong. Just 10%! Literally the least I could add. Then it’s topped with ginger and cardamom. If I could have added cinnamon, I would have, but I ran out of options.

When I opened the pouch, a familiar but unexpected scent hit me. Barbecue. Yep. Something about the sweet caramel aroma mixed with the lapsang’s smokiness smells like ribs. Ribs and cardamom. Oh. Oh no. What have I done?

However, the flavor is not as scary at all! I added a splash of milk and a little sweetener. It really is a nice caramel with a finish of vanilla, braced by ceylon and campfire. The cardamom and ginger don’t shine through too strongly, unfortunately. The lapsang definitely does add a sort of “meaty” taste to it. Like well-done bacon. If I could blend this again, I think instead of the lapsang, I might go with plain cinnamon tea. Hmm. It’s good, but it’s a little odd.

Not going to rate it because it’s my own blend. But if you’re really, really curious, here’s the link:

Flavors: Campfire, Caramel, Smoke, Vanilla

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Now that I am back in Kansas City, there is a very strong chance that my weekly nerd ramblings shall commence on Saturdays. Well, probably next Saturday since I have not geeked much yet. Before I left PA I played a two on two game of Summoner Wars in which my mother and me lost terribly…but she did like the game enough that she now wants it, so that is an epic win. Since I have been back I visited Tabletop and was informed that the D&D campaign is starting next week (eep, I do not even have a character yet!) and have watched Ben and Rita (his sister) play Dragon Age Inquisition. I keep going back and forth on if I am going to play it, probably not since there is something with the TV or the PS3 that makes the texts utterly unreadable, and that is just not fun. Plus the Dragon Age series oddly never did it for me, I really like the world setting but the games themselves bored me immensely.

Today’s tea is totally on the geek spectrum, so it counts, Adagio Tea’s Custom Blend: Minecraft Slime Tea! So a little backstory, this is one of my blends (the whole Minecraft Mob fandom is my series) and really, the only thing I design from scratch like a real blender is the label, true I have tried A LOT of Adagio’s teas so I have a pretty good idea of what the tea will taste like before I try it, but I go into these custom blends totally blind, which is always fun. The Slime tea is particularly apropos because my current re-purposed house (it is the stronghold) is a Slime spawner, I keep being swarmed by Slimes! So, this is a blend of Citron Green (a green tea blended with lemon and orange) Green Pekoe (a fuzzy green tea) Ginseng Green (a green tea blend with ginseng and ginger) and some orange peel for accent. The aroma is a quirky blend of lime jello, growing green things, and wet stone, name aside, this smells exactly like I imagine a Slime bouncing around in a cave would smell…wet and citrus with hints of green! The smell makes me giggle, it makes my nose tingle like sniffing a fizzy soda, it is a little weird but fun.

The brewed tea leaves is very citrusy and sunny, very bright and refreshing. There are also notes of green slightly vegetal tea, earthy ginseng, and a touch of warm ginger. The green liquid (sadly not vibrantly Slime green…ok that is not sad, also not the same texture) is still quite heavy on the citrus, but with a strong earthy root-like aroma and a touch of honey sweetness.

The taste, in one word, refreshing! Something about light green tea and citrus together just makes me feel refreshed, the same feeling as taking a cold shower on a hot day, just less unpleasant (not a fan of cold showers, but I heard they are refreshing.) There are also notes of earthy roots from the ginseng and ginger, but this also gives it a bit of a zingy, almost effervescent quality. The finish is slightly vegetal and green with a hint of sweetness. This is an odd tea, one I could see being a required taste, but conveniently it is one that I really liked (as did my mom who had a cup with me) and found its oddness quite tasty. It is not my favorite of the mobs’s teas, but it is certainly up there!

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Omg! My boyfriend and I are trading off playing Dragon Age Inquisition as I type! It’s really fun. But then again, I don’t play many RPG’s like that anymore. I spent like 2 hours just making my character. :P

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Very awesome! It has been a while since I played an RPG, I think Kingdoms of Amalur was the last I played all the way through, ever since I got super attached to Mass Effect and had the ending knock the wind out of me I just haven’t enjoyed RPG video games as much. It is really silly that I am still sulking over ME3!

Bioware’s character generations are maybe one of my favorite things about their games, they are so awesome!


I LOVE customizing the crap out of any character that I play. That goes for any game :P

There was a game I played a looong time ago that I recently found out was a Bioware through a friend. It was called Jade Empire and it was like mortal combat but with a better story and the ability to explore endlessly. It was so lame but I loved it!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

I have heard good things about Jade Empire and really need to play it at some point…

Customizing characters is awesome, I love doing it!

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I am of the considered opinion that virtually nothing in reality cannot be improved by the addition of coconut. So of course I had to make one of my hrh emperor oliver Adagio Custom blends with some coconut presence. I decided to combine the Thai chai with some almond oolong and coconut-scented black tea. Then I threw in some marigold flowers—just because!

The brew is surprisingly good. I was worried from the scent that the cinnamon would be too strong, but it ended up becoming less dominant in the liquor. I’m going to try a second infusion of the leaves, as there seems to be a lot more tea power left to enjoy…

Flavors: Cinnamon, Coconut, Lemongrass

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 6 g 20 OZ / 591 ML

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This blend is the third in a series of commemorative teas for HRH Emperor Oliver, who took leave of the terrestrial realm on September 16, 2013. May He rest in peace.

A blend of almond and vanilla oolong with a touch of chestnut-flavored black tea and some cocoa nibs, hrh emperor oliver #3 is a hearty, dark-liquoring brew. It reminds me a bit of Tazo Pogo and one of Teavana’s Java Mate blends. Perhaps the chestnut flavoring is reminding me of chicory and mate? Or are the cocoa nibs contributing as well? Not sure. The oolong is definitely more oxidized than not—probably good old-fashioned formosa oolong.

I enjoyed this cup on a super-cold day in Boston, staying inside warm and snuggly. I only wish that The Emperor were still here in all of his furry wonderfulness!

Flavors: Almond, Chestnut, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Day 3
Amanda ‘SoggyEnderman’ Wilson Tea Advent Calendar
Oh my!This is a wonderful blend! Rich malt, with bright notes, blueberry,blackberry, oh yum! I added a bit of sugar to mine and boy did it bring the blueberry and blackberry notes out. Loving this tea!

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This was day 3 in my Tea Advent Calendar

Such great aroma. The tea I found a little lacking. I sweetened it a little bit and that helped some.

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Smells deliciously amaretto. By itself, it was just okay. But adding some samurai chai mate tea (teavanna) really brought out the amaretto flavoring. I add 1 tsp. of rock sugar.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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‘Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire,
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.’
Robert Frost

A taste of worlds burning, and the cold void of space. Two opposing forces balanced in perfect harmony. The burn of spice on the tongue, and then the cool and lingering chill of mint afterwards.

Flavors: Mint, Spicy

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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A sample from a friend, his own blend.

First thoughts: Black and white tea don’t usually go together very well because of their basic brewing requirements. Black tea is best brewed at 212 degrees for 2-3 minutes while White tea must be brewed at lower temperatures for less time. Typically white tea is brewed for 1-2 minutes at 180 degrees F.

So that said, I went ahead and brewed it according to the recommended time on the custom blend’s page at the recommended temperature.

The smell is sweet, slightly floral with a hint of bergamot.

The taste is interesting. I don’t get much of the bergamot from the Earl Grey. I do get the cream and a little floral note in there. I’m not sure I can really name the rest. It’s a sweet, round flavor and the bergamot kinda sneaks its way in on the tail. Not bad at all.

I tried it hot and then drank some more after it was cooled off. Both ways it’s pretty nice. It’s not a bad flavor at all.

I guess if anything it has too many flavors for me to be sure what to make of it.
The rose hip is mild but still I don’t like rose hips personally and would probably like it better without them.

I’m not sure it’s a tea I’d particularly go looking for, but it’s certainly a tea I wouldn’t turn down if offered a cup.

Thank you very much for the sample, Robert. ^^

Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Floral, Fruity

Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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After a long night of tasting teas that mostly weren’t my cuppa, this felt like a reward for all my bravery and perseverance. :) A sample from my friend Becky who isn’t on Steepster as of yet. Her custom blend from Adagio. All I can say is: Yes! This is a good tea. I would drink this again and again. I found it delightful with just a little sugar. It tasted just how I wanted it to from a smell of the leaves. It was strong enough in every department: Sweet, spices, minty.

It was so good last night I had to have it for my cuppa this morning. Today I decided to try it with some cream. All I have is vanilla and hazelnut at the moment, so it got vanilla. As it turns out, vanilla is right at home with this set of flavors. Like a mix of a candy cane and a chai, so it goes very well with creamy vanilla. I imagine it’d be delectable as a solid latte with foam and all. :)

So props to my dear Becky. It’s the best of the blends you sent in my opinion. Much love for this one. :)

Flavors: Candy, Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint, Spices, Sweet, Tea

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Oversteeped and too hot of water, but still is tasty. Not as nice as last time when I properly steeped it, but I’m still loving it. Either this tea is really forgiving or I’m just so happy to get to enjoy it again.

Baby is doing pretty well. He’s getting there. Still going to be in the hospital for a while, but he’s on the right pathway. :)


Oh god, I did not need to know about Breaking Bad-themed tea.


haha this is the only one I’ve tried that’s Breaking Bad themed, but it’s so good. It definitely makes me curious about the other ones though.

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