Adagio Custom Blends

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THE RUNDOWN
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

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

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THE RUNDOWN
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

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

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THE RUNDOWN
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

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

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THE RUNDOWN
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

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

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drank Winter by Adagio Custom Blends
498 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: http://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/blend.html?blend=79023

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!

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2015/01/adagio-custom-blends-minecraft-slime.html

TheLastDodo

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!

TheLastDodo

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

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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