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I kept the steep time short to finish this one off and that definitely helped with the flavour. This is less ginger and bitterness, and surprisingly more cream so that’s a win for sure! Overall, definitely a more pleasant way to finish this one off. Seriously; I can hardly believe this is the same tea that I had yesterday.
Now to have some teas that I didn’t have yesterday.
On the Ninth Day of Christmas Steepster gave to me Nine Ladies Dancing…
This was (obviously) part of the Christmas swap, which was a long time ago – but I put off trying this one because of the green tea and the ginger. Neither sounded good to me, even though I was really excited by getting a LoT blend – but I realized yesterday that I could probably sip this down quickly, and I was right – after yesterday’s cup I now only have one more cup of this.
Really, it wasn’t so bad; pretty bitter but I actually think that was probably a plus because then it was harder to taste the green tea and ginger. Heh…
What I actually ended up doing was frothing up the matcha latte I was having a lot and the scooping out the froth and adding it to this one – and that helped a little bit because it tamed the bitterness/astringency and made this just a touch creamier. I don’t know – I may take that quick sipdown today or get Tre to drink it for me; it shouldn’t be too hard to get him to try a LoT tea.
He might not even fight me on it ;)
Anyway, thanks Khaleesical. Even if I don’t love the tea itself, I liked getting another adagio fandom blend! And trying things outside my comfort zone isn’t necessarily a bad thing either.
TTB Tea 2: I was hesitant to try this one, despite how amazing it sounds. I’ve found that I tend to not like nutmeg in teas, and pumpkin teas often have it. I’ve also had bad experiences with adagio teas before. I’m really glad I tried this one though! It has a very Fall scent and feel to it. I definitely get the pumpkin taste and the black tea, and the vanilla smooths them out and makes it creamy. I really like hazelnut, so I could stand to have more of that. But even without that, I really enjoyed this!
I have came across so many ‘pumpkin pie’ etc. teas that have no pumpkin in them whatsoever and are actually just a blend of spices. I am soo happy that this one has real pumpkin flavour in it! Dry, the tea smells good. Spicy, but not particularly pumpkin-y. After steeping for three minutes as per recommendations, this tea actually smells exactly like warm pumpkin punch! Absolutely no bitterness, just a smooth, buttery spices pumpkin taste which is just beautiful. Seriously. I didn’t think I would like this as much as I do, but I am definitely a fan! This is a bit of a late note, and I can’t quite remember exactly what it tasted like with different additives, but that just means I have an excuse to sit and drink it all day tomorrow in the name of a better review.
I am so out of it right now… Literally, I just looked up at the clock and realized I’ve been staring at my dashboard doing literally nothing for a solid twenty minutes. And then, my next thought was “what am I sitting on?”. Umm… the couch. I’ve been sitting on the couch for the last four hours.
Anyway, I got Tre to sip this one down this morning while I made my morning tea. It was not hard to persuade him to have a mug of Doctor Who themed tea; he’ll buy into anything Doctor Who, which is what I was counting on. Anyway – I stole a few sips post preparation and still found it gross, though a little less “brothy”. He liked it, and kept asking why I didn’t. I didn’t want to tell him it was because it reminded me of savory meat/vegetable soups…
But yeah, not sad it’s gone.
Thanks MissB for the sample, I broke it out today because it’s a size I should be able to sipdown relatively quickly. I wasn’t sure whether I should stick to the steeping directions you wrote out because the temp. was rather high for a blend containing white tea – but I figured you knew what you were doing and I went for it.
My thoughts based on my first few sips are kinda “eighyhh” (which is totally a thing starting now, just because I say it is). The problem I’m encountering here is that the caramel tastes really weird paired with the base teas, which are terribly reminding me of vegetable stock. Vegetable stock/broth and caramel? Ewww…
And berries? There’s supposed to be berries in this? Sorry, but nope.
Actually, I just looked up the ingredients list… And what the fuck!? I’m starting to wonder if I’m drinking the wrong tea – except, I totally double checked to make sure I’d grabbed the correct TARDIS tea (I’ve got the Cara McGee one too) – because I don’t taste any of this shit?
Ginger? Nope (thank God…)
Cinnamon? Maybe, if I push really hard?
Bergamot? Even this one – which is typically a hard flavour to miss – is hiding on me.
The only thing I get is vegetable stock and caramel. Yeah, this is a miss for me…
A really, really weird miss; but hey, at least I have one TARDIS tea I enjoy, right?
Flavors: Caramel, Chicken Soup
I definitely have better luck with the white teas from Adagio than I do black teas. I can handle the black tea blends better than I can the flavored black teas … I don’t know why that is, exactly, but there is something that just is way too harsh about those ‘straight’ / non-blended black teas from adagio.
Anyway … this tea doesn’t fit into that category because it’s a white tea blend. I like it. It was created by my SororiTea Sister, TeaEqualsBliss.
A nice tropical flavor: coconut and pineapple. The orange-y/tangerine-ish notes come across nicely. The coconut tastes smooth and creamy, the pineapple is sweet, and the citrus adds a nice pop of bright flavor.
The spearmint here is refreshing and not overpowering. Mint can sometimes go overboard but it doesn’t here.
A really nice blend.
I was originally going to go for Harney & Sons Paris until I realized that I don’t have anymore!! D’: So I went for this TARDIS blend instead, which is perfect because it’s one of my favorites. Now since it is 2am here, it is officially Feb 22nd, which means I’m getting married today!!! Still waiting for the Doctor to take fiance and I both on adventures and crash the wedding later. There’s still time, right? Wibbly-wobbly….
Flavors: Berries, Caramel
I was hesitant to get this because there are three totally different types of tea (white, green, AND oolong!) but I was all “ooooh, slightly smokey vanilla? gimme!”
When I first opened the bag I was met with a very pleasant vanilla… but it was all lost :(
I don’t feel like I have the palette to describe what’s going on here in my cup, but it definitely has a more pronounced smokey flavor. Where’s the vanilla? soooooo, I added sugar, mwuahahaha. I like it better, but still, it’s no surprise this is at the back of my cupboard.
I think next time I will go for a shorter steep time, instead of the recommended 3minutes.
The sprinkles in this tea add just the right amount of sweetness to this tea. It is predominantly a minty green tea, but the added black cream tea balances out the flavor to make it a a less intense green. I love this by itself or with cream.
Flavors: Cream, Plants, Vanilla
I received 2 cups of this from BrewTEAllySwwet’s tea stash sale. Thank you.
I was not a fan. I didn’t get orange or cream out of this tea. The base seem to be the standard adagio black base, with a hint of flavor, but wasn’t able to pick out on the actual teaste. I am glad I got to try this, but it was not for me.
How have I only done one note on this tea? Seriously though, I drink this tea more than any other tea in my stash. Upping my rating on this. Speaking of which, I really need to sit down and decide on a rating system. Normally I look at the smileys and think “hmm, maybe a little more green for this one” idk. silly.
An interesting assam and gunpowder -based tea with interesting notes of tartness, ginger, cream and something else a bit darker back there in the mix. I wish there was more ginger in here.. right now it’s a bit mellow in the background, almost like a faint ginger creme. It’s still lovely, and I’m glad I steeped it for a short time to eradicate all possible bitterness.
Thanks to Khaleesical for sharing this in the 12 Days of Christmas tea swap!
With a name like this, I expected this to be a bit more tart than it was. I’m glad it wasn’t though, because I’m not particularly fond of tart. This … however, I like!
I definitely prefer the green teas to the black teas from Adagio. The green tea here is light, with notes of butter, vegetation and the sweetness accentuates the fruit notes quite nicely.
Delicious raspberry and cherry notes, while the pomegranate is very subtle. It’s a little more tart than sweet, but I expected that. I am glad though that it’s not a puckery kind of tartness.
A tasty blend.
Had to dump out my bag, mix it up better, and refill my bag before I made my tea. Got all settled n’stufff.
It was a pleasant tea. Nothing too amazing, though. I had hoped for more… punch. More kick. More apple pie.
The hazelnut is dreamy though. this is a blend for fans of Dean that want to imagine cuddling up to his leather jacket with him. That is to say; not the actual Dean who never gets to really ever eat his pie.
overall I just hoped for MORE. I got a lot of marigold flowers. That’s not very Dean-y.
First time I’m having this with the ‘new’ Adagio parameters (aka, not boiling water for black base teas).
This blend is getting old and I’m really going to have to give some of it away if I’m going to get through it in a timely fashion. Maybe as a bonus tea in my next couple of swaps or something. Same with my other Adagio custom blend.
This is still slightly bitter, but not much, not even enough to bother me and I am super bitter sensitive. I pick up the hazelnut mostly and perhaps a touch of caramel but not much and none of the other flavours that are supposed to be in here either. Perhaps my tongue’s not up to it today after I abused it with honeybush yesterday. I have one more mug of this left before I can move on to a different tea. I really need to bring in a Finium basket to work. I bought one for this purpose and I just haven’t gotten around to doing it.
Also note to self, I need to bring in a chocolate tea or two because one of my coworkers wants one.
i don’t own and haven’t drank this tea. YET.
but someone please go to this link on a computer and explain to me WHAT the heck is happening?!?!?!?!
Not bad. I wasn’t too sure how I’d like it since it is a decaffeinated black tea blend from Adagio, and I’m not too crazy about Adagio’s black teas … so I guess part of me figures that the decaffeinated black teas have got to be worse, right? But it’s not too bad. This blend is actually tasty.
The black tea isn’t a very strong flavor here, I taste more vanilla, hazelnut, and chocolate than I do black tea. And given my misgivings about Adagio’s black teas … that’s probably a good thing. I taste the nutty, honeyed notes of the honeybush too.
A clever blend.
So this is the last tea I’ve tried from the Dragon Age sampler set I got from Adagio. Good fun :D
This tea SMELLS wonderful in the tin. I had high hopes for it, so honestly put off trying it for last. Unfortunately, it didn’t really deliver the punch I was hoping for.
My sample was loooaded with Cloves. So perhaps this wasn’t blended as well as it should have been. So while this is supposed to be a chai blend, it was pretty much straight up clove tea. Which was interesting.
I didn’t make this with milk/cream, and drank it straight. Unfortunate again, because I think cream would have really made the spices sparkle.
Even so – I did enjoy this tea and easily sipped on it all day at work. Going to try this out again as a butter tea and then later as a proper chai, and see if it changes my rating at all.