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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
We ordered the Scott Pilgrim sampler set and the Town We Do Not Speak Of Or Acknowledge sampler set. I’m going to go through each of them alphabetically.
Oh Scott Pilgrim, I love you. I fell in love with the graphic novels and then when the movie came out, we saw it three times in theaters. I loved seeing places around Toronto that I know well. Hell, we were at Honest Ed’s just this weekend! It kills me to think of it being closed down soon.
Anyway, on to Envy, one of my favorite characters.
I like her! I love roasted mate and the sweet orange and cinnamon…yummy. I love a good mate blend and this is one I will definitely enjoy drinking down.
First review for this tea! Yay, I’ll try to live up to it :)
This tea is absolutely gorgeous. I drank Oerba Dia Vanille first and loved it only to love this one even more. The spices carried through making this a perfect follow up cup so just a truly wonderful afternoon for tea.
Let me officially begin by saying that spice is a fickle mistress. She has many sides to her that, when mastered, continually gift you and when underestimated, can bite you in the ass. This tea shows mastery in taming Lady Spice’s ways. The initial sip is a sweet, dark side of spice. Flavors play upon your tongue as you at once experience the bite that spice dictates as well as the sweetness it later soothes with. The chocolate chai, along with some sweetness from the coconut, is an absolute delight.
But wait, there’s more. As the flavor of the spice fades, hazelnut bursts in like a white knight. Having come to your rescue only to find you need no rescuing, the hazelnut marries with the earlier sweetness for gorgeous finishing taste.
Will definitely need to keep this tea on hand as the treat it so definitely is.
ETA: This is my 25th review on Steepster! Yay milestones :)
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nuts
((First of all, first review on this tea! I’m honored.))
Allow me to set the scene for you. The setting is either Victorian or neo Victorian. High tea. You are dressed in all finery. Silks and lace and ribbons adorn you. You sit in a high backed white chair at a white outdoor serving table. You and your closest companion exchange smiles and small talk over Jasmine tea and sugar cookies (or perhaps snickerdoodles). That is what this tea tastes like.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Flowers, Vanilla
What can I say? This stuff is delicious—and smells wonderful, too! A fitting tribute to the olfactorily gifted HRH Emperor Oliver…
The fruity peach and blueberry flavors sit perfectly atop delicate white tea. The blue cornflowers impart a bit of haute couture pizzazz to the dried leaves.
second infusion: I drank this after dinner. It was just as good as the first, but hopefully with less caffeine…
Another lovely pot of this white tea blend. The fruity flavors really came through today—especially the peach.
The second infusion was very good. The third was a bit weak. I’ll probably stick to two in the future… I’m using a cast iron testubin-type pot and allowing the leaves to fully blossom (not using the mesh basket). I might try the basket next time to see whether my belief (that tea is better infused in a larger volume) has any basis in reality.
This was my second custom blend white tea at Adagio, designed to honor my beloved HRH Emperor Oliver, who departed from this world on September 16, 2013. I combined snowbud, white cucumber and white monkey for a soft and tender blend—no fruits, no bells and no whistles. Because I used only a small proportion of the cucumber, the scent and flavor are quite light and the brew is very refreshing. I dislike the scent of the straight-up Adagio white cucumber dry—to me it smells like vinegar—but here it is nice in the blend.
hrh emperor oliver #2 can easily serve the same function for me as a cup of sencha after lunch, so I’ll probably alternate back and forth between the two. Since all of the teas here are white, I’ll reinfuse the blend later on for an early evening pot, since most of the caffeine will have come out in this infusion, given that it is water soluble.
I like this tea and will not be tweaking it at all. A thirst-quenching light and limpid halo-white blend!
This is my very first Adagio Custom Blend. I chose a simple combination of their white blueberry and white peach and added some cornflowers. It’s very pretty, and it tastes rather good: clean and lightly fruity.
The white tea apparently comes from Fujian province in China. I am satisfied with the result and will continue to design new teas in this series to commemorate HRH Emperor Oliver, who took leave of this world on September 16, 2013. Tea and cats are natural companions.
I’m interested in creating these teas in part because in perfumery there has been a huge onslaught of new “autodidact” perfumers who appear to be just mixing stuff together in their garage—or kitchen. Perfumery is a profession, but tons of people are christening themselves perfumers, probably in many cases because the mark-up is incredibly high. Only about 2% of the price of a mainstream perfume is for the actual juice. The rest goes to marketing, packaging and, of course, profit.
So why is this relevant? Because I want to say that just because I can choose to mix a bunch of ingredients together does not make me a master tea blender. I am a complete and utter dilettante, but what appears to matter above all in both perfumery and tea blending is that the ingredients being blended together be of high quality. Then most combinations are going to work. No magic, really, at all. Just a decision to combine this with that. Originality in perfume making is overrated, it seems to me, given my experience at Adagio.
My Pen Pal and book blogger extraordinaire Jenny Colvin (http://readingenvy.blogspot.com/) created this tea over at Adagio, and enclosed a pouch with her last letter. Earl Grey Creme. Coconut. Yes please! Once I inhaled the delightful fragrance of the dried blend, I wondered why I never thought to combine these flavors — they smell SO GOOD together.
The brewed tea is absolutely delicious. The creme together with the coconut is swoonworthy, and then the light citrus adds elegance and prevents the blend from being too over the top dessert-y. Perfect sans additions (although I could see adding a little milk and sugar for a decadent treat. I can see making a tea latte for a really, really decadent treat, too!).
Magic! Jenny, how did you think of Earl Grey and Coconut together? Brilliant!