Custom-Adagio Teas, Cara McGee

Recent Tasting Notes


I’m enjoying my DW teas today As i eagerly await the new Who. This tea is mostly Earl Grey which is fine but I’m not sensing much of the lovely River Song’s personality. I taste some creaminess but mostly an EG. This is lacking her spicy flare and naughtiness. Dare I put some peppercorns in the basket next time?

Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Rooibos

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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New Doctor Who tonight!!! Celebrating by drinking DW teas today. I feel guilty not drinking tea from my TTB but, come on…. Doctor Who!

I think I am over leafing this tea a little bit. In looking at the directions on this page I see that they list 11 oz. which is pretty odd. It’s still good and chestnut-y but somewhat astringent. No one else mentioned astringency, so I think it’s me.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Yah! New DW! I kept forgetting. But excited!


Only four more hours! Is there a Twelve blend yet?

carol who

I know what you mean, Twelve. What will it be like?

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LOL i tried this tea just for the name – lol the art is funny too! From the Teeny Tiny TTB 2

Taste? Well, a whole lotta stuff going on. Chai, chocolate and pretty gingery. Kind of bitter from all the spice. There’s strawberry and rose apparently too. Either way, this is a heavy spiced chai with an assortment of other stuff in it. Not bad.


LOL funny


you and me baby aren’t nothing but mammals…


Next it will probably be Diaper Doo Doo Ding Dong.

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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.


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 :)


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

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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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So good

Flavors: Blackberry, Earl Grey, Vanilla

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

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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

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

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 :)


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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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

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!


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


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

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

I hope you drank it in one of these!

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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Cavocorax shared this one with me, and since it’s a new month i’m doing my best to start focusing back on all the samples i have in my cupboard. I pulled this one out because it’s got ginger, and i love me some ginger :)

on the whole, this one wasn’t bad. it’s still got that familiar adagio smell and taste but at least the ginger comes creeping through. i added a bit of actual ginger to this and that made it pop even more.


Yeah. There is a specific taste and smell to Adagio teas. That’s what I don’t love.


yep – there are a few exceptions to that but mostly yes. which is why i’m not fussed about not being able to get them easily heh i can pick up the ones i like when i’m in chicago and pass on the rest or swap

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With a name like Smaug this tea was far too tempting…I decided I had to have a cup as a companion for my first set of physics problems. The ingredients were a bit strange, to say the least, but I had high hopes.

And this is a very odd tea. It’s richly smoky – like standing near a campfire – and there’s an underlying spice and sweetness…it tastes rather like kissing a dragon would, if one were into such things.

It also tastes remarkably like my tin of Huber’s Shoe Grease smells – a little of smoke and an almost maple syrup note – and lingers on my tongue in a very strange manner.

I think I’m enjoying it enough to finish the cup, but not enough to make another one. Into the swap bin it goes, I’m afraid.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Method: 1.5 tsp, 8 oz, 205 degrees, 5 minutes, Forlife brew in mug steeper, Dr. Who mug (duh)

Dry Leaf Aroma: Smells like earl grey

Brewing Aroma: Bergamot and cream

Flavor: Maybe I just don’t like bergamot in tea anymore. The bergamot is certainly present, but very mild. I expected to like this MORE than regular earl greys, but I just found the bergamot to be off-putting.

I also made this as a cold brew, and liked it much better.

As a tea, a person who likes earl greys should appreciate this one. I didn’t find it to be very River Song-ish. A fandom blend for the notorious River Song should be spicy, IMO!

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
carol who

It absolutely should be spicy! I mean River Song!! That girl is hot and spicy!


Totally. A River Song Blend should be a black tea with ginger and peppercorns, or maybe chocolate and cayenne. Definitely NOT something for the faint of heart!

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IDK, I think a restaurant with that name would do well.

Fruity toasted mate. Not bad, but mate isn’t my favourite. I think I like Son of Coul better, because the caramel overpowers the mate-ness of the toasted mate.

Thanks so much for sharing, Shmiracles!

Cameron B.

They would have to serve only giant cuts of meat cooking with lightning! And tenderized with giant hammers, of course.


And mead. Can’t forget the mead.

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Another fandom blend from Sil, sent to her by Shmiracles.
This was fairly tasty also, but although I enjoy gunpowder, I don’t care for it as much is flavored blends. I prefer it plain. So to me, that took away from the cup a bit.
On the other hand, I love the Tiger Eye blend, so that was a plus.

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Thank you Sil & Shmiracles
This is a tasty Chai, plus apple, & is especially nice with a drizzle of Maple.

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I really like this one :) It’s tart, sweet, and has a kick of spice to it. The cranberry is kind of what makes it different from other spice teas. Good blend of flavors.


Sounds like Amy, to me :)

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