Custom-Adagio Teas, Aun-Juli Riddle

Recent Tasting Notes


black tea, cocoa nibs, natural chocolate flavor, natural blackberry flavor, orange peels, blue cornflowers, blackberry leaves, natural vanilla flavor, natural bergamot flavor, natural creme flavor
I tried this hot with a bit of agave.
I do not have the most refined palate, however this tea tastes like straight black tea, I don’t get any blackberry or chocolate flavor in my cup. It smells deliciously chocolatey, but I just do not get this or earl grey, maybe with a bit of milk.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Couldn’t decide what to have last night and settled on this one that I keep meaning to try but never seem to get around to. For the most part, “cake” teas falls short for me — I don’t get that lovely baked goods taste from them that everyone else seems to pick out. This tea, though not labeled as such, totally reminds me of cinnamon coffee cake. YUM! I get a lot of bready notes laced with sweet cinnamon. This one gets bitter as it cools, but mellows out again so that each sip leaves a strong vanilla aftertaste. This one was worth the wait to try!

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Thank you Shmiracles for sending this my way!
And thank you to my roommate, Angie, for choosing my three teas of the night hehe :) I don’t have anything to do till 5pm tomorrow so I’ll just DRINK ALL THE TEA!!

I don’t remember drinking this so I’ll probably just write this note as a first time tasting of this tea :)
Lovely cinnamon-y chai scent right out of the package (and can we all agree that Karen packs her teas in the absolute cutest way?) I do smell the oolong bits coming out (and I’m just going by what steepster says okay) BUT THE CHAI. IT’S LOVELY.
I do need milk soo… I’ll see if my roommate has some?
But this is a lovely tea! Because it is a chai tea, I had to add sugar and milk to it. But it’s definitely a nice cuppa :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Spices

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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this is another tea that i’ve had a few times and not felt like logging. Both missB and cavocorax sent me some to play with – which is fantastic because me and the doctor, we’re tight lol However, this blend? it’s rather “meh” it’s just kind of one of those generic black creamy sort of adagio teas that doesn’t excite me NEARLY as much as the doctor does. heh thanks for sharing ladies!

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thanks cavocorax for this one. it’s not a bad little chai tea. Still never going to be a favourite but the blending on this was at least something interesting. i like the addition of the candycane which smooths things out a little…though let’s be honest, once you’ve tried a few adagio blends, you feel like you’re tried most of them heh

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sorry cavo…. fairly unremarkable adagio non descript blend. :( at least it was drinkable! hahah


You’re not going to hurt my feelings by not liking a random Adagio fandom blend. :P At least Happily Headless was a 74!


yep adagio blends over 70 for me usually mean i’m pretty happy with them…i just can’t in good conscious rate them higher compared to my other teas lol

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another from cavocorax this one isnt’ terribad but it’s not a favourite. I’m pretty picky with my chai like teas and this one doesn’t really do it for me..but at least it doesn’t taste like “random adagio tea” :)


Terribad as in bad or terribad as in "I hate it, but Terri would probably like it?


Hahaha I like that! But now I meant as in more than bad but not quite terrible. Aka terribad

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cavocorax let me have some of this and i greatly appreciate it. I am fairly certain that through this adagio journey i am even more convinced that i will never love their teas. I have certainly gone a ways up the hill from hating them to being “ok” with them..but who wants to drink "OK’ teas when they can have AWESOME TEAS!?!?!? not me.

I think An-juli has more blends that i’m ok with than other blenders. this one falls into that ok category. it’s a nice blending of flavours and the cup was decent enough to drink. so yay for that! thanks cavo!

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My fiance and I have been working on our apartment recently. Specifically, we’ve been unpacking and finding homes for everything. We actually moved in together last October and had originally planned to make the move in a month-long get organized extravaganza.

Yeah … so that didn’t happen at all. The closest we came to settled was putting our clothes into the dressers and unpacking the kitchen stuff. And – fun bonus – our apartment is seriously lacking in storage space which means there really isn’t a place for everything to go.

To resolve this problem, we bought a hutch for our dining room and, since it finally came in, I’ve been on a bit of an organizational bender. Also a tea buying bender seeing as hutch = more places to store tea = I can stock up.

(My fiance, feeling guilt over his third!!! fishtank, is surprisingly supportive of this. Hmm.)

Anyway. I got this as part of a fandom sampler from Adagio and made it yesterday to take to work. With a little added sugar, it’s not bad, but it’s definitely a bit biting — I’m not sure which of the ingredients is causing that. I tried again today with some milk and sugar and it’s quite tasty. The berries aren’t as prominent and I don’t get any chocolate, but it’s a nice tea to wake up to.

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

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Backlog from last week.

My tea drinking has gone down lately between work being busy and the weather getting hot and muggy. I had this with breakfask thinking blueberries and cream would make for a nice, light tea.

It’s not bad. I definitely get a creamy flavor. Seems like the blueberries got lost in the shuffle. Maybe it needs some sugar?

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Steeped up my last bit of this, and was having problems identifying the lingering toasted/charred flavour. Almost like roasted chestnuts, but without the sweet creamy nuttiness that makes the flavour delicious.

Oh. Oolong. But definitely not a green oolong at all.

If it weren’t for this aftertaste, I’d really like the tea. It tastes cake- or pastry- like, and was really good with a little milk.

Thank you for sharing, Shmiracles! :)

(1.5 tsp in 12 oz)

Flavors: Cake, Roasted, Vanilla

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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If there were dragons on every chai tin I’d probably drink more chai.

Based on the pungent aroma of the dry leaf, I was expecting this one to brew up stronger than it did. The cinnamon and cloves were definitely present, but there was equal weight given to this caramel-like flavour. The aroma of the liquor is swelling with caramel and vanilla notes, and I wish that was developed more in the flavour profile.

Still, this wasn’t a terrible dessert chai; I thought I would like it less than I did. Maybe I can draw out some of my favourite aspects more if I tweak the parameters .

Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Clove, Smoke, Vanilla

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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Woo! I was right! From my sniff, I decided it was apricots and peach. :)

Taste-wise, it’s not as good as others I’ve had. I tend to prefer apricot or peach mixed with ginger for a tea, so that might be why. I also don’t get any caramel, which is interesting, as I almost always get the caramel in these blends! The base is also quite prominent on this tea, and it has some flavours I don’t enjoy. Almost… cardboard. Under the fruit. Hmm. :/

It’s also not what I’d think Elven Nectar would taste like… it’s been so long since I read the books, I have no idea what the description was. But I’d think a melomel, but potentially not fermented long. Maybe just fermented for some fizz. IDK.

Thanks for the sample, Shmiracles! It’s so fun to try all these fandom blends. :)

Flavors: Apricot, Peach

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’ve drank several teas today, but didn’t really get around to posting about them.
This is my last tea of the day,
It’s another one from Sil, sent to her from Schmiracles.
This is a black tea with peach flavor, & it’s not bad if you add a bit of sweetening, though it does get bitter as it cools.
Another sipdown!

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Another sipdown from Sil, which came through her from Schmiracles.
The dry leaf smells like an amazing pipe tobacco. Not that I’m a fan of pipe tobaccos, but that’s what it immediately brought to mind for me.
Which was very unexpected.
With a name like ‘Forest Draught’, I was thinking this would have a base of Puerh, but that is not the case. This is blackberries, vanilla, & a tobacco-like taste. There is an underlying bitterness, & I want to sweeten it, but I realized a little while ago that I’m not really tasting sweet very well today, the entire center of my tongue is engulfed in a tart taste, that I can’t seem to shake. I brushed my teeth, scraped my tongue, sucked on an ice cube, ate some pears, rinsed with baking soda…everything tastes tart. Go figure…
So don’t take any of my reviews seriously today!

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cavocorax gave me this one and i’ve been saving it because it sounded terribly delicious to me. that being said, once i brewed it up, the citrus is a little too over powering. I am relaly loving the caramel smell and taste, but struggling to find the harmonious balance with the citrus in this tea. That being said, maybe that’s why it’s a good hannibal tea since that show is messed up lol. Still enjoying it, though i wish things were a little more gounded and balanced :)


Awww. Too bad it didn’t work for you. It was an odd one.

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Thank you Cavocorax for sharing this with me. It is a blend I would consider restocking in the colder months as it is a rich and decadent treat. Hazelnut and chocolate really stand out in the cup but a dark caramel floats in the mug as well. Ultimately it is good, and like so many Adagio blends, not the best but as I have now joined the leagues of people in the Hannibal fandom, it is a tea I might like to have around. Damn the power of a name/association :P


Yes…. a new Fannibal! :P

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Got this from the T&C TTB and I was so excited when I saw it. I love Hannibal, and I was very curious to see what this tea would be like. Reading others’ reviews, I can’t help but to feel like I’m not having the same tea as everybody else, because my cup had strong notes of caramel, with a nuttiness and cinnamon. It was slightly toasty as well. I was like “WOW :o:o” when I took my first sip. I think these are the strongest caramel notes I’ve gotten in a tea.


Ahh Hannibal is the best show!! :D So good!

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Sipdown (158)
Thank you shmiracles for the sample!

It’s good. Fruity black tea, smooth as it does down!
But it does have a bit of a mediciney taste. I’ll probably finish half the cup, plop a couple ice cubes and have the rest of this tea iced :)

((this is actually pretty good iced, ngl))

I just finished the first of four finals this week! Ahh so excited to be so close to being done! Two more tomorrow and one on wednesday. LET’S DO THIS.

Flavors: Berries, Cherry, Raspberry

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

Almost done! Yay!

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Another one from Sil, which I think she got from Schmiracle.
I used to have a pretty good collection of fandom teas from Adagio. My sons & I were really having a good time with their blends for awhile, especially the Dr. Who & Hobbit ones.
So, the first thing I noticed when I opened this was the aroma of almond, which was kind of pronounced. I’ve tried all three of the teas in this blend, but never together. It’s actually pretty tasty, especially with Maple added.
Sipdown 387

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I attempted to watch Hannibal when it first premiered and just didn’t get into it. However, Cavocorax’s excitement about the show in addition to the excitement of other steepsterites piqued my interest and so yesterday I started from the beginning. Now, I am almost done the first season because it is just that good. And this tea is the perfect compliment to the show. It is a very deep and rich tea that is just a little bit dark while simultaneously being sweet. It really is a great cup so thank you Cavocorax for both sharing the tea and inspiring me to give the show a second chance.


Oh MAN the season 2 finale is worth watching it all.


Yes! Another convert! Bwahahahah.
I really love the show, but man is it weird. Will weirds it up so much. I wonder whatll happen if/when they finally get to Clarice Starling and she’s just a regular detective without empathy visions?

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i first sampled this tea back in mid February, but never got around to writing about it.
then i had it again sunday night. it was a celebration tea! my roommates told us that they are pregnant again!
i say roommates but they are a married couple and Oddree calls them the Little Family cuz it is mom, dad, and their little girl who is less than 2yrs old. and come winter she will have a baby sibling. Overall it’s 5 adults and a baby in a big house and it’s pleasant living :) they are seriously great people and i am really happy for them.
i’m also really excited to keep playing with babies cuz they are totally fun.

this tea has many names due to bummer copyright violation bunk.
the world is changing so fast and the corporate influence is trying so hard. but didn’t anyone bother to tell them that this is tea? it’s just tea dudes. tea.
also, corporate hegemony helps their grand plan duh.
(i know this isn’t really the same as an attempt at corporate control, but it feels like the trickle down)
they wanna keep grips on the money/power but ultimately fandom will rule everything and it won’t be stopped. cuz homegirls are some passionate people. (i just hope homegirls also keep up on current affairs so they have enough time to sell their replica models and limited edition collectibles before the food shortage arrives.)

UGH omg shutup shmiracles! (this is what happens when you stay up too late organizing digital comics and then oversleep and have to rush so you take your adhd meds without eating food haha)

every time i have an adagio tea that is on the lighter side of taste and also has cinnamon in it i love it. they also all kinda end up tasting the sameish.
not a complaint! not a complaint!
it’s just that i think the cinnamon tends to overtake many of the subtler flavors that would be in a blend. so the vanilla and almond are there yes. but pretty mellow. which is fine with me :) i really do like the relaxed cinnamon teas. that’s what it is. relaxed cinnamon with bakey notes.
i used to avoid cinnamon teas. they were always too strong. yet the adagio blends do it right.

thanks to moraiwe for doing this fandom sampler swap with me. i’m still enjoying the fruits of our labor.

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