Adaigo Teas

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I’m not going to make a recommendation on this one, as it’s my own blend and that would be cheating. I merely want to set out a bit more detail in the creation process than Adagio’s fields have room for. My whole Chrono Trigger fandom came about in early 2014 when I tried Amy Zen’s Firefly fandom and found nearly all blends to be overpowering and almost undifferentiable chocolate-chai variants. I wanted to try a set of my own, based on characters I knew and loved, and embracing the range of leaves and subtler accents available to create blends which were truly differentiated without heavy flavorants.

Robo was very pointed in concept, but perhaps lacking in execution. Lapsang was a must- smoky, dusty robot abandoned in a warehouse for decades; what else would be the base? I can tolerate a straight lapsang, but there may be an argument for cutting it with another black for greater appeal. Not much can compete with lapsang alone, but Adagio’s ginger impressed me during my Magus formulation, and manages to cut through here too, albeit emerging somewhat exhausted for the effort.
Robo has come to strike me as a big, heavy, smokey brass teddy bear, so I wanted to drop in a hint of something sweeter and perhaps less expected. I settled on chocolate, but as I write this, I’m considering adding or substituting some good fresh vanilla. And peppercorns, but that’s neither here nor there. sigh I thought I had such a strong concept with Robo, but at the end of the day, he’s obviously the blend I’m least satisfied with overall. Not dissatisfied enough to forego a cup after a big meal or with the right sort of sweet dessert, mind you, I just may tinker on him a bit more. Which is somehow appropriate, I suppose.

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I’m not going to make a recommendation on this one, as it’s my own blend and that would be cheating. I merely want to set out a bit more detail in the creation process than Adagio’s fields have room for. My whole Chrono Trigger fandom came about in early 2014 when I tried Amy Zen’s Firefly fandom and found nearly all blends to be overpowering and almost undifferentiable chocolate-chai variants. I wanted to try a set of my own, based on characters I knew and loved, and embracing the range of leaves and subtler accents available to create blends which were truly differentiated without heavy flavorants.

Frog and green earl grey are such an obvious pairing that I was completely unsurprised to find Adagio’s other Chrono fandom (hi, TheFontBandit!) was using it as well. Still, this one took a few iterations before I was satisfied. I wanted to divert the bergamot in a decidedly earthier/grassier/naturier/swampier direction because, well, Frog. Sencha was originally just a placeholder- a green that could stand up to other strong flavors, and which I happened to have the dregs of a tin of from my days of Harney allegiance. Poking around the local Adagio outlet, I experimented with kukicha (enough of a failure to stick in my mind, and the first true apology I owed the staff for being Guinea pigs) and maybe one other green, as well as my own stashes of e.g. jasmine green or dragon pearl. Nothing quite fit like sencha, however, particularly after I added Soba. Ah, yes. Soba. 2 ingredients does not make a very satisfying blend, so my various other green experiments were in part searching for other compatible elements. I only found soba at the bottom of a bag of boxes, dating back from shortly after my semester in Japan, as a gift from my parents who insist I introduced them to it. It had been opened perhaps once in an early attempt to mix my own genmaicha, and then left to sit. Sprinkled into the going Frog blend, it immediately tied everything together. Nutty, toasty, unusual… I made multiple attempts to capture the flavor with other Adagio-source ingredients, but nothing came remotely close. So. Frog remains my least complicated blend, but I don’t think I’d change it. Definitely a go-to for my various and sundry (but mostly programming…) all-day weekend side-projects.

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This is the best-seller of all my blends on Adagio, perhaps due to moderate fame when the actor, Anson Mount, playing the character of Cullen Bohannon tweeted about it a while back. Still, its reputation is a good one and the tea is fitting and delicious. This tea is a good flavor for everyone’s favorite rugged antihero, Cullen Bohannon. Strong mate flavors from the mocha nut mate and spiced mate, coupled with the specific nuttiness of hazelnut. The warm blend is accented with cinnamon and cocoa, reminiscent of the earthy, dusty life of working on the railroad. Someone described its scent as pipe tobacco, and the rich, almost-floral of the dark chocolate mate lends itself to this description. The chicory tones mimic coffee, so convert your friend to tea with the help of this blend. I recommend drinking it hot, and trying it before you add any sweetener.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Dust, Earth, Hazelnut, Smoke, Tobacco

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I’m probably going to regret going low-caffeine today: while I’m meant to be manically cleaning the flat in anticipation of Gentleman’s return tomorrow night – the laundry’s on at the moment and good Gosh that washer takes bloody forever – I have to be up at about 6 tomorrow morning to get down to Oxford for an interview, so I can’t be over-caffeinating myself and risk not getting to sleep tonight. I’ll probably regret this soon, but in the meantime, it’s a lots-of-things-without-caffeine-in day. Though given that it’s day three or four of my spectacular TMJ-induced headache, we’ll see how long it lasts.

The first thing I note is an enticing aroma of warm honey and apples floating over the blend. The scent and flavour of blend is a mix of tart, bright apple, cutting through warm, fragrant chamomile, and balanced by a finish of sweet, smooth caramel. It has a wonderful brightness that’s lovely with or without sugar, and it’s certainly what I’d choose to drink if my evening at the opera were cut short by a strange man with too many hearts on my operating table.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
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Good luck for the interview :-)

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Backlog from yesterday, because I accidentally napped this afternoon.

Also, paid (I hope) my council tax bill last night, though I’ve a sinking feeling they’re trying to make me pay upfront for the next year, which I’m not comfortable doing because a) I AM TERRIFYINGLY BROKE; and b) I doubt I’ll still be living in this flat by summertime, either because I’m working in another city or because I’ve run out of money and have been forced to leave. So yeah, no. Salford City Council scares me more than anything else in my life, if I’m honest. It’s a Kafkaesque nightmare.

So, you know, a brave heart tea seemed kind of fitting, yes?

There’s certainly nothing quiet about Tegan Jovanka. Opening the bag, the scent is strong and bright, sharp grapefruit cutting through sweet orange. Indeed, orange is the dominant flavour, but made complex and aromatic by the other citrus, the grapefruit and background notes of bergamot. It’s tart and robust, refreshing and juicy, but not too bitter. It tastes like the recipe for a brave heart. But somebody hug me anyway.

ADDENDUM: This one time in Los Angeles I was asked to sign a sample of this tea for former Doctor Who BBC Books guru and current children’s author and now very dear friend Steve Cole. I’d never been asked to sign anything before. Steve made my day. I like Steve. :3

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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