Custom-Adagio Teas, Cara McGee

Recent Tasting Notes

Sipdown. Thanks for the sample, Shmiracles!

I figure that since I’ve been hulking out lately (anxiety sucks!) and my emotions are all over the place, something calming might be nice.

It’s a decent tea. Yep, mostly chamomile, a little orange, good with honey.

I still like my homebrew chamomile mix better, but this is a pretty tasty option. Especially if you like green tea.

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So my Butiki order arrived today (yay!) and I was debating between brewing Red Queen Cupcake or Butterscotch & Hazelnut Mocha Candies but since I had to make it in a travel mug I decided against them. Instead, I decided to try icing this tea. Alas, all I am getting is Adagio’s black base with some coconut creaminess. It’s drinkable but certainly nothing to write home about. Still, I am happy for the opportunity to try it so thank you NayLynn for the share :)

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A rich chai. The puerh makes a bit of a difference, I think.

Would possibly buy again. :) Thanks so much for the sample, Shmiracles!

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

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Such a fantastic tea that I love so much!
Love the gunpowder and vanilla rooibos and spearmint :)
Thank you tons to shmiracles for splitting the bag with me!

This was a sipdown of the last 5g that I had. So sad to see it go, but I’ll definitely reorder when I get my tea stash down to a reasonable amount! I keep saying that. I already know my next Adagio/DAVIDs/Nina’s/Butiki/every other tea store order out there soooooo yeah. It’s going to take a while haha

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A lovely tea, but I’m just very happy to rid this from my shelf.
Thank you tons to shmiracles for sending this my way!

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I was looking through my cupboard trying to find something I could finish, found this and thought it would be perfect. My husband loves chai’s and thought it could be an amusing tea moment before he goes out of town for a few days. I told him the name and that it was a chai. With a smirk he asked “What’s in it.” Grinning I said “Just a fun blend of tea.” As we sipped it, we knew it would not become a favorite but it was ok. Each sip was half funny chai half some kind of black tea. Then he noticed something fuzzy on his tongue and was trying to figure out what it was, I was busted. I had to tell him what I was trying to avoid telling him, it had Adagio’s chocolate chai which we had tried a few months ago and had a similar experience. He was done after that butt we had a few laughs.
Thank you jump62359 for giving me a chance to try this fun tea! I also checked out the reviews on Agagio. There was only one not so great review out of ten- A brother gifted it to his sister and she was not impressed but it made me laugh because it’s something I could see my brothers doing.

jump62359

This is definitely a fun tea, but not necessarily good tasting haha.
My roommate bought it because it was shipped with Captain Jack Harkness. She didn’t fall in love with it so it was my job to spread the butt love and hope it’ll find a new home :)

NayLynn

Haha, that is very fitting pairing this with Captain Jack :)

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Hmmm. Carlos may be perfect in the eyes of Cecil, but sadly, not for me. Cecil can have him. :)

Although my heart is very sad about what’s happening in the show with canon-Carlos. At least he has good cell receiption? And a battery that doesn’t die? And plenty of opportunities for Science!™. (Not Biology. Not Chemistry. Science! He’s a Scientist dammit!)

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Goodbye Cecil! (180) I would be sad if I never heard your sultry voice again, but not broken up if I never had this tea again. It’s good but doesn’t scream out to me. So, sorry and goodbye. I’ll have my way with Carlos next.

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missb sent this one my way and i think i’m just all tired of adagio these days after my whirlwind tour of a number of their blends. Not that i’ve ever been a SUPER FAN! of adagio – middle of the road tea for a pain in the ass to canada, but there have been a few that i’ve enjoyed. this one falls on the side of enjoyed, rather than being a blechy blend. could i do with a little less cloves? certainly, but outside of that, it’s a decent enough blend that was fun to drink!

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Woo. I still have a few cups of this left! Not bad considering I’ve shared my NightVale teas with others.

Anyway, I’ve disovered that I like the thai chai blend because it’s nice and creamy, and because of that, I enjoy this blend. Would I want 3 oz of this? IDK. I think there was another Thai Chai blend I liked more…

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90

So good

Flavors: Blackberry, Earl Grey, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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farewell martha! You were great while you were around and now you’re gone. This is probably one of the few Adagio teas that i quite enjoyed, enough to hold out on finishing the tin even though it’s an “older” tea that was supposed to be trying to get our of my cupboard heh.

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I can handle cinnamon and Irish breakfast together, but adding a green earl grey to the mixture is pushing things for me. In practice, it isn’t the terrible tea I imagined, however. The cinnamon is what I notice first, followed by the malt with the bergamot thing, and then by the cinnamon again.

A grassy note that mixes into the citrus becomes more prevalent as the cup cools. The cinnamon/citrus has become sweeter with the passing time as well.. I wonder if this would work iced.

The tangy citrus spice duet is simultaneously both the lethargic old leather couch and the cozy robustness of a midwinter celebration with old friends. Green/black blends are not my favourite but I love this vibe. Definitely a Watson tea.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cinnamon, Citrus, Grass, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This was a sample sent to me by Shmiracles. I usually try to stay away from lapsang blends but this one had a different aroma to it. It pulled me in. The flavor is so much more than smoky lapsang. It’s tingly and slightly spicy. The peppermint and ginger/cinnamon make the lapsang a little less overwhelming. It’s a delicious blend and would make a nice winter time tea!

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So I’m on a tea binge… Who are you to judge?
It’s a rainy day and my husband has gone fishing for the weekend.
Thus, I drink tea.
I ordered this one simply because I love earl grey, I love almond, and I love cinnamon.
This tea is strong, unlike my other tea trials of the day. I’m not really detecting the almond.
Like others have mentioned, this is a great tea for a rainy, cold afternoon by the fire.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Floral

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Thomas Edward(Toad)

I love a good tea binge :)

Terri HarpLady

No judging from where I’m sitting, I’ve been on a tea binge for years :)

Saradiann

This is why I love steepster ;-)

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Sipdown (138/145)!

Thank you VariaTEA and jump62359 by extension for the sample!

I find the idea behind this tea to be really, really interesting. Green tea seems like a good obvious choice for the The Hulk but given this is named after Bruce all the light, calming, soothing stuff in it is just even greater a touch because inner peace is truly was BB strives for to prevent Hulking out, is it not? Just saying; this was well thought out.

Flavour wise, it was actually pretty solid considering it’s basically comprised of stuff I don’t like or am really touchy about: green tea, chamomile…

It had a nice, thicker and rich mouthfeel and a steady, light vegetalness to it accented with soothing and calming notes of cream, anise, and bergamot. The flavour of the chamomille was very present, but not awful like I was a little worried it’d be. I drank this one late at night and enjoyed it greatly. I was a little sad when I reached the bottom of the cup.

I wouldn’t order this one: it’s comprised of things I’m not a huge fan of and don’t typically crave; and I do have DT’s Bravissimo in fair quantity and it’s kinda similar – but I would drink this again, and I think it’s well thought out and well blended.

Flavors: Anise, Bergamot, Cream, Vegetal

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this one was from missB by way of jump62359 from thelooks of the bag. I think i made a mistake in trying this one next to a tea that is way more OOMPH-Y than this one. while this one isn’t bad… let me tell you, the other tea i’m having kicks this one to the curb and then takes it’s lunch money. ;)

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Mrs. Hudson, you smell like delicious noms, but you’re actually kind of plain and sharp, aren’t you? The dry leaf has an amazing almond sugar dessert aroma, while the liquid steam is full of raisins, malt and almond. The actual flavour is something else.

This assam nut tea is easily flattened and drowned out by milk, but somewhat nippy without it. I think I prefer it without the milk- at least the talons to the tongue keep me occupied, and they come armed with almond cookies! There’s also a juicy note that seeps out for the finish. There’s no denying this tea has a lot of life.

As with other Indian Assam varieties I’ve come across, I think I’d rather drink this alongside some yogurt. I like my tea a little tamer than this!

EDIT: Steeping this at 200F for a couple minutes yields more hospitable cookies, and less attitude. I miss the lack of raisin prevalence however.

Flavors: Almond, Cookie, Floral, Malt, Raisins

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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So I have brewed this up a couple times now and for some reason or another, have never gotten around to actually drinking it. Well, today that changed. Trying it now, the first thing I notice is a very heavy mate flavor followed by a hint of juicy apricot. It is earthy and almost reminds me of a fruity tobacco. It is not bad but it is also not my favorite. I am grateful for the sample but I think once I get through it, I will be done with this tea for good. Nonetheless, thank you Cavocorax for sharing with me!

Cavocorax

You’re welcome! And I’ll stop offering to share it with you! :D

VariaTEA

Haha it is always nice to be asked :)

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Sipdown (150/157)!

Thank you VariaTEA (and I believe, by extension, jump62359) for the sample! I had a “moment of clarity” late last night after a shower where I didn’t feel sick anymore so I seized the opportunity and made a tea from VariaTEA’s latest care package.

This was ok. Nothing really exceptional about it, but it was good enough I’d have it again if it was served to me. It was a nice smooth vanilla mint tea, and I liked that there’s no chocolate component to it. It’s definitely not needed; sometimes vanilla mint just needs to stand on its own! I guess my biggest gripe was just that it was a little thin/watery overall.

Maybe I could have fixed that by pushing for a longer steep time, but I followed the recommendation on the little sample baggy – and I didn’t want to over do it either.

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Pass the Stash

All that I am hoping from this tea is that it evokes warm and fuzzy feelings. After all, I still call one of my uncle’s with a santa claus moustache and beard Uncle Fuzzy because I couldn’t pronounce his name right when I was a kid… :P

It is nice and spicy and oh so lovely light chai. It has a perfect amount of cinnamon, too. Talk about a warm, fuzzy, comforting, cuddle-in-a-blanket tea :]

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 2 OZ / 59 ML
Cameron B.

I hope you drank it in one of these!

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Sami Kelsh

LORD. Those are precious!

Sami Kelsh

LORD. Those are precious!

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I love Sherlock, but I did not love this tea, sadly. Though not unexpected, given my track record with Adagio.

Honestly I find all these chai/spicy/green/black blends these people come up with all manage to taste the same to me.

It was “Meh” times 100.

Thanks for passing it along for me to try, Cavocorax!
otherwise I’d wonder forever about Adagio and me.

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Farewell my other doctor :) A nice accompaniment to the breakfast i made myself…no it wasn’t pancakes but it was a delicious omelet!

I likely won’t reorder this one but it was one of my favourites from the 10 pack sampler that i picked up. :)

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