Adagio Custom Blends

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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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75

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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89

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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75

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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100

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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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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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
485 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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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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1

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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1

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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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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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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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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Coldbrew sipdown! (320/302)

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

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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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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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