Custom-Adagio Teas, Aun-Juli Riddle

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I’m not getting any of the sweetness that others are tasting in this tea. It is oddly savory and I’m not sure I like it. Where is the caramel? The blueberry? The dried leaves smelled so good! I don’t taste any of those tasty delicious things in here. One of the reported flavors for this is “chicken soup” – how apt. It is very soup-like. Meh.

Also, I hadn’t realized there was ginger in this when I placed the order, and I’m not sure if I can attribute my ambivalence to my hatred of ginger, or if this tea is just doesn’t work.

Maybe I’ll try a shorter steep.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Huh.

I don’t like this. I think it’s a combination of flavor loss due to age and what flavor is there is kind of like very old spices. Too bad too, because spiced Apple tea should be tasty.

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Sipdown.

I don’t think this aged well. I got a generic fruity flavor and … nothing else. Oh well. It was decent.

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83

This was a creamy strawberry chai, which doesn’t sound like it would work, but for some reason it tasted great to me! The chai was light, which helped, and the creaminess of the strawberry was in the forefront. A truly unique blend I feel. I would consider picking up more, perhaps.

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Flavors: Cream, Spices, Strawberry

rosebudmelissa

That sounds like a really interesting combination of flavors.

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This is a classic, warming chai. Really enjoyed the spices. I did not, however, enjoy the way the apple contributes a bitter/sharp flavor.

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80

Adagio blends have been pretty hit and miss for me in the past, but I do like their caramel flavoring. So when I saw this was supposed to be a caramel blueberry tea, I got excited! The scent was delicious caramel-sweet fruity goodness. The flavor was heavy on the caramel with little hints of fruitiness that didn’t really taste like blueberries to me, but it was still a very pleasant combination. I enjoyed this one!

Flavors: Blueberry, Caramel, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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so i got this tea in today along with a lot of different teas from adagio teas, and i have to hope this will be the only time this happens. i opened up the little $4 tin and the first thing i saw was a meal worm. Does this happen often for them or is it just me? Im to afraid to even open it again honestly. and i was really exited to try this tea….. i sent in an email about my problem so hopefully they’ll replace this one with a bug free tin. Ill update this review if i ever get to try it!

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Hmm. Jury’s still out on this one, as I’m not really tasting anything. I’m only getting a hint of sweetness, which may or may not be from the bit of rock sugar that I added.

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85

This was actually quite yummy! Adagio blends can be hit or miss for me….but this one has warm hints of spice without being too spicy. I may steep it a tad bit longer next time just to see what happens. I can imagine Bilbo serving this for second breakfast at Bag End :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

As far as chocolate teas go, I like this one. It isn’t one that I will need more of or anything. Really can’t see myself reaching for it, but that is just because I am not a huge chocolate fan. I do highly recommend cold brewing this one. I read on someone’s review recently that they cold brew Adagio’s black teas to avoid that muddled flavor they often have when hot brewed. After trying this method I completely agree! I have a ton of signature blends that I’m excited to try now. Ones that I tried different methods of brewing, but the flavors were just blah. These flavors popped when cold brewed. The only flavor I didn’t pick up was the blackberry. But for what it is, not a bad cuppa.

http://www.cuppageek.com/index.php/2015/05/14/tea-of-the-day-wizards-grey-from-adagio-tea/

Flavors: Chocolate, Earl Grey

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80

Mint and chai, two flavours I love to have in my tea cupboard. Yum!!
Thank you to Cavorax for sharing!
The blend of spices and mint was perfect in this cup. I really enjoyed it. Though I can’t pinpoint what was in it exactly as the mint seemed to obscure things a tad. Not that I mind, delish is delish and I’ll take it :)

Kirkoneill1988

happily headless….. doesn’t sound right lol. nice review though :)

Indigobloom

I know right? I think it refers to a cartoon. thanks!!

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70

Thanks for sharing this, Cavocorax!

It’s definitely very minty, which would be expected given that it contains candy cane, plus I can taste the chai elements as well. Not bad, though definitely more appropriate for Christmas. Also, the only blend out of the four I brewed up tonight that wasn’t astringent! Woo!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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75

Sipdown (117)!

Thank you VariaTEA for sending a sample of this one my way! It’s my first tea of the morning; I had it set aside for yesterday but never quite made it to the sample.

I have to say, I’m quite happy I watched enough GoT to understand the character reference here! I think the ingredients picked out by this blender are pretty well thought out too; though I do think there might just be a bit more “Fire” than “Ice” – although to be fair there certainly are a lot of very visable candy cane pieces in the dry leaf.

This is essentially a Chai, though an unconventional one, so I wasn’t the most excited about this blend but it came out pretty tasty! The clove is easily the strongest flavour here, and since that’s the one ‘conventional’ Chai spice that I personally feel you can never have too much of that works very well in my favor.

The rest of the flavour is pretty nice too; there’s an even dispersal of ginger, cardamom and cinnamon with just the faintest little touch of smoke from the Lapsang. The candy cane isn’t as strong as I expected given how much I could see in the leaf and the fact that this is inspired by Ned Stark which obviously ties into the whole “Winter Is Coming”/Ice thing. It is present, but subtly so and it’s more acting as a sweetener than really contributing any strong mint flavour. The finish is a little bit peppery, with maybe a touch too much cardamom.

Overall I think this is better than most Adagio fan blends though; they tend to get pretty muddled because blenders pick out ingredients that are either too similar so there’s no contrast or playing off one another or they pick ingredients that fit the ‘character’ but clash with one another/don’t compliment each flavour. This kind of avoids that for the most part, while still being fairly thoughtful.

I definitely wanted more “ice” – but maybe it’s poetic irony that the “fire” was the most dominant thing…

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Smoke, Sweet

Nichole/CuppaGeek

I love the artwork!

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75

For a non chai fan like myself, this was great! It wasn’t overly spicy or overly ginger-y. It was very subtle and reminded me of a sweet potato with butter and cinnamon. I can see this as being an everyday kind of tea. Plus its a fandom tea so you gotta enjoy that!

Here is the full review:
http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/04/22/dragons-dream-tea-signature-blend-by-adagio-teas/

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Sweet Potatoes

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It’s like apple pie in a breakfast tea. Hmmm. Yum.

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Completely forgot I had this tea as it got a little lost at the back of my tea cupboard… It tastes of almond, marzipan and cream and its decent but not a favorite… not too upset that its a sip down this afternoon.

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72

Eggnog latte for the morning and though I’m not getting much in the way of mint, I am getting the chai spices which combined with the eggnog is making for a spice cake sort of flavor. Really kinda lovely and cozy this morning :)

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72

I made this as a latte and I am not sure what happened but the mint has subsided and is only present in the aftertaste. What do I get when I am actually drinking this then?! Spice cake! Moist, rich spice cake! It is really good! It’s weird since the flavors in this are ones I would usually pass on trying but they are really working for me. I am passing the rest of the samples on to my tea twin so she can try it out but I am incredibly grateful to Cavocorax for the share! I would actually consider buying this if I were placing an Adagio order.

Dustin

The name of this tea is awesome!

VariaTEA

The whole line of these teas are inspired by Sean Bean deaths which is hilarious

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72

Thank you Cavocorax for sharing. I actually quite liked this. The clove and chai spices provide a nice warmth to the cup (the fire) while the mint smooths everything out and leaves you feeling refreshed at the end of the sip (the ice). However, in this cup the peppermint is definitely the strongest element which maybe doesn’t 100% suit the inspiration of this tea seeing as Ned (the representative of the north/winter/ice) certainly did not win in this scenario.

Cavocorax

It’s fun, right? It’s one of my fav Adagio teas so I’m happy someone else likes it! (No one seems to like the Adagio blends that I do… :P)
Poor Ned. I love that this series of tea are all based on Sean Bean dying all the time. :P

VariaTEA

I was worried cuz it’s technically a chai but I really liked it. And yes, I am quite entertained by the Sean Bean death teas. One of these days I think I want to try All the Arrows. If only they came in a sampler pack. Thank you again btw.

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87

Picked this one up from Shadowfall

Yummy!! This one is for sure a great blend. Adagio’s Custom Blend are hit or miss for me. I think they can have a real “muddy” flavor where none of the flavors really stand out. But this one is not one of those blends. I might just have to get a whole 3 oz of this one. I’m not a fan of chai or spiced teas. I’m trying to expand my horizons in that regard which is why I was happy to see this one. I recommend this one to anybody who isn’t a huge fan of chai like me. It has green chai in it which makes my soul happy. Love my green tea. The spice is light and combined with the buttery flavor the green tea provides and the apple and cinnamon flavors, all I can say is delish! More Please!

Flavors: Apple, Butter, Cinnamon, Creamy, Green, Spices

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