Custom-Adagio Teas

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This blend smells just like a chocolate cake—it’s hard to describe, but there’s even that moist, freshly-baked quality to it. In terms of flavor, it’s very authentically chocolatey as well, with a touch of liqueur-like, cherry sweetness. Most chocolate-flavored teas I’ve encountered outside of Butiki are downright unpleasant, so this was a nice surprise. (“It wasn’t nasty” might not sound like high praise, but for teas of this category it is!)

The tea base, however, is not that great. There is not much to be said about it, and it has an acidic quality that makes the blend less enjoyable. So, in terms of authentic flavoring it’s a win, but could do with a better backdrop.

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Too much hibiscus in this one for my taste. As the tea cools, I pick up on other notes: I can taste the blood orange and the tangerine and lemon notes. I didn’t taste a lot of the white tea. This ends up tasting more like a citrus punch than a tea.

Not my favorite. It’s not bad, I finished my cup after it cooled and enjoyed it as a cool beverage and it was alright.

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drank BLEND by Custom-Adagio Teas
331 tasting notes

Going through my cupboard, I’m finding so any teas I never reviewed. Well, I can’t remember much about this tea other than I liked it. So a new cup is steeping as I type this.

So… this is good. It’s not really sweet, but instead dark and savory (hello, Chestnut!). A perfect tea for fall when the weather is turning cold and the leaves start falling. Yummy.

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I’ve seen others put in custom blends- so I hope I’m doing this correctly. I mixed Adagio’s Cream (black tea) with Tea Gschwendner’s Caramel. These were samples from The Cookie Lady and Marzipan- thanks ladies! I thought Caramel Cream sounded good. It’s already been a long hard day and it’s just the afternoon. So, I’m sitting down to rest some with my cup of tea! My sister was put into the hospital yesterday with chest pains and they are doing testing. We homeschool and have had a full day. I’ve done 4 loads of laundry and cleaned the kitchen. I have overdone it and I’m now hurting. A cup of tea to the rescue! (And essential oils for pain!). Enjoying the caramel and cream flavors. I am getting both flavors but the caramel is the strongest. I would have liked a creamy cup- had one from the tea spot that was really creamy. Kinda sits on the tongue with a bit of aftertaste that has a bitter bite to it. Perhaps I oversteeped it? Directions on one was 3minutes and other was 2 minutes. I should have gone for the less time but I did it in the middle at 2 1/2 minutes. I would try this blend again.

Flavors: Caramel, Cream

mrmopar

Prayers out for your sister. Hope all is well.

Kyla Covington Abercrombie

Thank you. She was released from the hospital tonight. They dud a heart Cath. Echo and lung test. I don’t thing they really found anything. Perhaps it was stress. She’s to follow up with a dr. Thanks again for the concern.

Hillel

Yikes! Sounds like you’re having a time of it. Hope all’s well with your sister. Remarkable how tea and sympathy (aka, comfort and community) never go out of style. Here’s hoping a warm cup can warm your heart.

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It smells so caramely sweet that I don’t drink it very often. I’m not sure if it is actually sweet or just seems that way because of the scent. When brewed it taste like strong burnt caramel in the good kind of way but still seems way to sweet for me most days. I’ve found the perfect way to help me finish the ounce I have left, 1/2tsp of this added to 1tsp of black tea. I love it this way perfect amount of creamy burnt caramel to my black tea of choice.

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I bought this because I thought the combination of mango and vanilla would be fantastic. The mint seemed a little weird to me, but, hey, maybe it would work?

Dry, this one has big chunks of what I assume to be dried mangoes and it smells fluffy. The closest I can get to the smell of the dry leaf is super cheap “fruit” flavored candy — maybe something involving marshmallow fluff? It probably sounds weird, but it’s a fairly pleasant smell.

I steeped this up as my work tea, and I kind of wish I’d gone with The Cheesecake Factory instead. I got what I thought might be fruit in the first part of the first sip, and then it transitioned to astringency. Not unpleasant and there’s a lingering aftertaste of mint which I really enjoyed.

Maybe the second steep isn’t as good as the first? I’m a little weird in that I usually take two tumblers of the same tea with me to work — the Timolino has the first steep and the Canteen has the second steep. The Canteen loses heat faster so its contents are always consumed first. I still have the Timolino left (and that steep was sweetened with a bit of rock sugar), so I’m hoping I like that one better. As it stands, I’m not in love with this one and not super happy that I have three ounces to go through.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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A disappointing send off for this delicious tea.

I made some in my Breville One Touch (review on that to come) for this morning and all I’m getting is smooth generic tea taste. I get the feeling that it’s because this one is always best in a 12oz mug, 1.5 tsp of tea, topped with caramel coffee creamer after it’s brewed. Every time I’ve had it prepared that way, I can taste the graham cracker crust and creamy tang of the cheesecake. Larger batches of this tea fall short.

I did get a chance to try this chilled, however, and found that the chocolate really pops that way … but there’s also some bitterness. Hot is still the way to go with this one.

On the bright side, I’ve shared a lot of this tea with friends and everyone whose tried it loves it. So when I place another Adagio order to get more of this (and I need more), I’ll have people to split it with. Yay!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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I made some of this last night because I had a raging, no-caffeine-in-hours headache. This tea is usually a miracle worker for these otherwise incurable headaches. Not so last night. It was also strangely harsh, even after the addition of creamer, which usually turns this one into decadent cheesecake, especially if I make it at home.

Oddly enough, once it had gone cold, it was back to it’s usual creamy self.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This smells spot on for cheesecake, maybe one with a little chocolate. I bought this against the advice of my fiance, who thought this would go the way of other chocolate teas that I’ve found lacking in, well, chocolate.

I wasn’t in the mood for Coffee Pu’erh today, so I made this as my work tea with a bit of dolce de leche creamer added in. The first steep reminds me of cocoa powderl; it’s not bad but also not a favorite. Maybe I should have let it cool more? The second steep is my favorite – it’s very creamy (just like a real cheesecake!) and I get a lot of graham cracker crust taste. Fantastic!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Amortentia by Custom-Adagio Teas
793 tasting notes

This is just too weird for me – way too much going on and the honeybush is just spoiling the party.
Blueberry, vanilla, coconut, black, and honeybush do not belong in my cup all at the same time…..

mj

I’ve heard these Harry Potter fandom blends are not great, but I left the sampler on my amazon wishlist anyway because I really want the tins lol

Dexter

LOL yep – the tins are fun. It’s a novelty rather than GREAT tea

Cameron B.

I agree, the tins are super cute! I’ve been using my empty Star Wars ones to keep opened TeaVivre samples in. :D

mj

Dang it, Cameron, now I want Star Wars tins too!

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Hmmmm not getting too much of anything identifiable in this, maybe a little nutty, maybe a little fruity – but not really anything that was promised.
I don’t think this one is doing anything for me tonight…

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I’m thinking that most of the custom Adagio tea I have are just OK – and that’s true of this one too. Not bad, not great just ok.
I’m not getting much strawberry – more stone fruit (apricot), vanilla, cream.
I’m happy to have bought the set, and is fun to try the custom blends, the tins are so cute, but the tea is more of a novelty than great tea.

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It was fine. Cinnamon was a little strong.

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drank Garrus by Custom-Adagio Teas
1709 tasting notes

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Goodbye Garrus! I feel like I should miss you more, but it’s the chai, baby, the chai. More chocolate would have held my interest, but I have no regrets.

Now I have slightly more room on my shelf for my next Adagio purchase… (I’m looking at you, Burgler Brew!!!)

ashmanra

One of youngest’s favorite characters…

Cavocorax

He was my fav char in the series, although it’s a hard decision. There were so many GOOD characters: interesting in different ways.

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drank Polyjuice by Custom-Adagio Teas
702 tasting notes

I didn’t even realize this one had rooibos until I went to record my note. Yes!

This one is pretty tasty, nothing I need to keep around, but my one cup is enjoyable. The chai like spices aren’t under- or overwhelming. There is a subtle hint of vanilla here too. Not at all what I was expecting from looking at the dry blend.

Thanks Dexter!

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drank Autumn Chai by Custom-Adagio Teas
4801 tasting notes

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This one has a prominent apple scent. Amid all the other spices in this blend, I was happily surprised to notice such a strong apple presence.

I’m not really all that crazy about Adagio when it comes to their flavored black teas. It’s just a very harsh and funky black tea … I think that Adagio should rethink this base … but I’ve thought that for a long time. I have mentioned though, at least once or twice, that when the flavored black teas are used in the custom blends like this one, the harshness seems to be less prevalent. I’m not sure why that is.

The spices here are warm and inviting. The cinnamon is the strongest flavor but it doesn’t overpower the ginger, clove and cardamom. There is a lovely caramel note to the cup, and then I taste apple and a hint of orange. It’s a really nice interpretation of an “Autumn Chai.”

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This is my “dashboard inspired” tea. Roswell was drinking this yesterday and it reminded me that I’m not drinking my custom Adagio teas.

This one is pretty good. It’s caramel, and vanilla as stated – I’m also getting some chestnut that’s not really listed, so I’m not sure why I’m getting that.
I’m not sure I will ever order these again, but they are fun, the tins are cute, and this tea isn’t bad…

Cameron B.

Definitely. I didn’t love most of my Star Wars teas, but the tins are worth it. :P

Dexter

That’s kind of what I’m thinking too – tins are cute – tea is just ok…. :))

Cameron B.

I’m kind of tempted by the Hobbit-themed one just because the art is so cute and bright! :P

Dexter

LOL I have so much tea in my house that I can’t start buying more because the tins are cute – and Adagio shipping is still pretty expensive to Canada. Basically what I’m saying is that I’m trying hard not to be tempted.

Cameron B.

Yeah, I’m definitely not going to buy any now! The only purchases I foresee are Butiki and TeaVivre (both sales). And then I really need to go on hiatus! :P

Cameron B.

Oh, and maybe Verdant, if I end up liking the Minnesota Blend that Sarsonator is so generously letting me sample!

Dexter

My problem is that I end up buying “unforeseen” orders. I end up buying stuff right before a sale or right after a sale. I’m really bad at “I NEED It NOW” – and don’t touch it for 3 months… I really need to get better at this. I’ve been saying that I’m on hiatus for 6 months now. LOL look how well that’s working out for me.
Wishing you all the best in trying to curb your order, only buying onsale – if this works out for you, I’ll hit you up for lessons. :))

TheTeaFairy

I’m more like you dex…I want it now…and then there’s a sale, and I get more…sigh.

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