Adagio Custom Blends

Recent Tasting Notes

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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

Preparation
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

Preparation
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

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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.

Preparation
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

Preparation
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

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

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Backlog 10/67

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

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

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From my Great Blueberry Taste-off this morning:

SO delicious! It’s got so much going on in it, but it is just absolutely divine! I’m getting the raspberry and apple with the blueberry and it’s making it an almost sweet treat! I didn’t realize there was black tea in this one at all. The pairing of everything is just SO out-of-this-world amazing, and nothing is overpower. it’s just all seems to work together in harmony so well.

Definitely would reorder.

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I received this in a swap from KallieBoo! Thank you!

This was pretty good. It was a strong cup with hints of choclate and cream. The name was a very good description. I drank all 3 cups that were in the sample in one day it was so tasty.

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

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AMAZING!!!

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!!

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

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

TheKesser

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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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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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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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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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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drank Ramona Flowers by Adagio Custom Blends
500 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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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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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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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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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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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.

aisling of tea

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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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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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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So I accidentally let this cool all the way down to cold and it was the best mistake ever! It’s a tasty blend, but I can’t quite figure out how to describe it. It’s cinnamony, but not really, nutty, but not really, orangey, but not really.

I give up. It’s good, alright? XD

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