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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.”
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…
This is officially the last of the Magic Potion teas that Dexter so kindly and thoughtfully sent to me. And although I didn’t delibretly put this one off for last, I guess it kinda makes sense why I subconsciously chose the others over this one: it’s so freaking spice heavy! Damn Chai.
Yeah, I steeped it up and really as soon as the water hit the leaves I knew so much that I wouldn’t like this one, and damn was I right. It’s a mess. Really, it truly is.
It’s composed of three chai blends and between the three there’s just so much spice and then so much “extra stuff” that should be making each chai special that all that extra crap is too thinly stretched to even compare with the abundance of nasty spice. It was like a cup of hot, concentrated ginger/cinnamon vomit with a pinch of lemon grass. Everything else was really lost/muddled. Vanilla? Nope. Chocolate? Hell nah.
But I’ll give it some props: Polyjuice is supposed to be extremely complicated and disgusting tasting, and this blend met those qualities. So ten points to Gryffindor for the accuracy in that regard. It goes without saying this wasn’t for me though.
Happy it’s gone.
Thank you Dexter for the sample! I think I just have one more magic potion left at this point. Maybe I’ll finish it off tonight?
Anyway, made this in my timolino. It was good but nothing exceptional; basically just a nice straight forward caramel/vanilla black tea with the tiniest little bit of bitterness/dryness on the end sip. I guess I’d drink it again, but there’s really no need to go out of my way to do so.
I suppose it fit the namesake well enough.
Also, this was/is my second Butterbeer Tea (the other was the 52Teas take on it)! A year ago the concept of even one Butterbeer themed tea probably would have really blown my mind, and now I’m sorta just like “Oh, that’s cool I suppose” about it. Huh.
Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Vanilla
This has unexpectantly become one of my morning work go to’s. I don’t specifically get the taste of blueberries while drinking this but I definitely taste something fruity, for some reason I want to say that I get more of a peachy, stone fruity flavor than blueberries but maybe my taste buds are just off. I’ve drunk through a 3 oz bag pretty quick and although I won’t be in a rush to restock (I have WAY to much tea right now) it will remain on my list of potential future purchases.
Thank you Dexter for the sample! This one is definitely interesting. I wonder how the blender decided on the flavours for this one given that Veritaserum is supposed to have no flavour or smell?
I actually taste the raspberry in this very clearly which says a lot to me because with Adagio blends I find that a fair amount of the time the flavours are muddled because of lots going on with the blends. As for the other flavours in this, I think the black base is very heavy, bold, and brisk and as for the chocolate it’s definitely more of a dark chocolate with a bit of bitterness to it. I really don’t mind the bitterness though because it’s definitely more something I’m associating with the chocolate than oversteeping the tea or anything like that.
On the whole, this wasn’t so bad and I really did like that rich raspberry flavour (with the bitter dark chocolate it was almost like a raspberry truffle). Would I order it? No – but I’d absolutely drink it again if I had the chance.
Yeah, definitely not what I’d have expected for this particular magic potion but it was ok!
Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Raspberry
Cold brewed the whole sample from Dexter in the hopes that maybe just maybe I’d not be sick by the time it was ready. Twas not the case though, even after giving this one a very extended 24 hour steep in the fridge. Honestly, it wasn’t bad at all though.
It reminded me of cold brewed Oh Canada! from DT in that it was a really thick, rich maple flavour to it – but this one was better because on top of the maple was a nice gooey caramel flavour, some faint black tea taste, and almost a marzipan sweet nuttyness. I’d love to try this one again hot or as a latte – or better yet as a cold brew when I’m actually not sick.
I was really impressed on the whole, though!
Maybe because my expectiations were very low. And I feel like this one passes for what it’s named after pretty well too. Gotta give props for that because I haven’t found a lot of these potion blends to be too fitting in that regard.
Flavors: Caramel, Maple, Maple Syrup, Marzipan, Nutty, Toffee