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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
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:
Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Sweet Potatoes
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.
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.
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
I put off trying this in the LoTR pack, mostly because I’m burnt out on apple/cinnamon combinations. However, this is delightful and I’m glad I have the rest of the tin to sip on. Clove takes the front seat, and clove is one of my favorite spices. Easy to drink straight up, which is my preference in tea.
Flavors: Cardamon, Clove
Fourth from the set (technically 5th since I skipped White tea of Kings)
Dry smell wise I get not quite chai, not quite lemongrass/vegetal, but definitely sweet, creamy strawberry scent. The chai is there, but it’s a different sort of chai than is in the other blends. This is more, errr, mellow?
Totally nope on the flavor for me though. I took two sips and couldn’t do more. I’m not sure if it was chai part, or something about the strawberry but it just didn’t agree with my palate. I did get an impression of strawberry/berry sweetness. But it was kinda grassy too.
Maybe this might do better as a cold brew for me, though I don’t really feel like making an attempt after this first impression. Lol!
Third one from the sampler.
Light almondy/marzipan sort of smell with a smooth creamy background. Taste wise I get the same sort of impression. I think it was kinda redundant to have both vanilla and cream, especially since I feel the vanilla gets lost in the almond. It’s kinda there, but I have to focus on it to realize it is. Either that or it just melds so well with the almond that it makes one sweet tasty impression. Mostly this is mellow, easy tasting sort of tea. I did end up adding a bit of truvia and am on the fence whether or not it helped. On the one hand it make it even more candy/sweet, but on the other, it might’ve make it too sweet/candy like. Lol. Never happy it seems.
Ugh. I give up on my backlog. Time to just start from scratch. ^;
So I took a week off of work for just laziness and maybe some housework and ebay listing. Currently I’ve spent the last two days playing D3. Oops. I figured I should drink some tea while I’m at it, and I’ve had one of the older 10-tin sampler sets sitting lonely next to my kettle waiting. In my defense, I’d actually already tried a good number of the teas within and I mostly got it for the tins/art. ^; But I figured I should at least give them all a second try, just incase.
After a random mixing up, this was first.
Spicy chai smelling with some apple/fruit lurking in the background. I really wanted to like this one, but alas, the chai didn’t agree with me. It was good for the first half cup I drank and I thought ‘Hey, I can drink this’, Then after sitting for a handful of minutes I took another sip and was all ‘nah uh’. /sigh/
Most unfortunate was that I didn’t get much of any apple from this. The chai was too strong for me. I have a feeling that’s mostly because I tend to shy away from chai since they’re always so forceful and strong on my palate so my mind just tends to focus on the chai as something ‘do not like’ sort of mentality. Oh well. Onto the next one. XD
I’ve been doing it wrong.
I was pleasantly surprised when this fandom blend tasted decent on it’s own- I really wasn’t expecting much. The Mother had a sip from my cup and approved of it too, but requested her’s to be made with steamed milk. Much to my chagrin, this green based chai tastes even better with milk. The vanilla flavour oozes out like honey, blending seamlessly into the smoky spice of the cloves and cinnamon.
I’ve been doing it wrong and now she’s drinking the last of this sample. Darn.
Flavors: Cloves, Coriander, Fruit Tree Flowers, Honey, Vanilla
Funny that I’ve sent this to others and have yet to try it. For months! Smells amazing, like a creamy chocolate treat. Tastes more like cream than anything, which is lovely, but I want the chocolate, dammit!
Flavors: Berry, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cream
First time, I think the water was too hot. I let the pot sit for a minute after boiling for the second cup before pouring it over the leaves, and I noticed more flavor. It’s not very strong, but pleasant.
This came in a set with five other LoTR themed teas that my sister (Em) sent me for my birthday. She’s cool like that.
2nd TARDIS blend today! I really wanted to compare this one to the Cara Mcgee TARDIS while I had it fresh in mind.
Dry, I couldn’t figure out what this reminded me of. It’s a sort of odd smell, savory, yet comforting. For some reason I was reminded of tea+soap+lemongrass. Definitely have to shake the bag up, the white leaves will gravitate to the top, and the black towards the bottom, it’s kind of hard though, this is 4oz in a 3oz bag! (Because Tardis is bigger on the inside, lol.)
Brewed the leaves remind me of tea+soap initially. Have you tried that Lemongrass scented soap by Dove? THAT. The liquor was more cream flavored tea+lemongrass. (Mellow lemongrass, not sharp.)
I was hesitant about the brewing instructions, it is a white and black blend. But I followed the recommended directions, 200*F@3min. 2nd Steep 195*F at 4min.
A sweeter smell developed as it cooled to drinkable temperature. I really could start to pick out the notes: creme, blueberry, lemon. I think that it’s the cinnamon and ginger that translates the bergamot into lemongrass for me.
This is a much more savory type tea than Cara M’s TARDIS. The overall effect isn’t extremely savory, bit for me it makes it more of an ‘all the time’ tea than Cara’s, which is dessert sweet. It’s also easier to drink being a white+black blend, it’s much lighter on the senses. It’s a good tea that you don’t really have to worry about much if it’s going to pair well with your food, or with your mood.