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Custom-Adagio Teas, Cara McGee

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69

This is much better cold than hot, although it’s still.. weird. It’s grapefruit, kind of, with something weird in there that’s still fruity yet… I dunno. Tart in a way that seems weird to me. It’s… tea tart? Hard to explain this one.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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79

Really just a chai, with a hint of something chocolatey in the end. Oh wait, caramel lingers after. I do like it… kinda makes me feel like I’m making out with Watson after he’s had a long drag off a pipe. A chocolate pipe, of course.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
221tea

WHERE DO I SIGN UP? Make-out sessions with Dr. Hotson? COUNT ME IN.

MissB

Ha! I’m definitely sending you some of this. :)

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81

Made up for work! By the time I got to it, it had mostly cooled down in the timolino. I guess it was sort of “Lukewarm(ish)”.

Work went very smoothly today; no problems with anything during the shift or with cashing out/doing paperwork tonight. We even got out a little bit early. Morningstar, my coworker who is also a Keyholder, and I make a very good closing team (closers are always two keyholders); not that the other keyholders aren’t good at closing. It’s just that she and I have a rhythm and set of strengths/weaknesses that really compliment one another.

Anyway – this was super light on the bergamot, but that didn’t mean it was weak in flavour. The cream/fruit elements were very strong in this mug! Although, disappointingly, the fruit was mostly a generic “berry” kind of vibe – not expressly blackberry. Still, I very much enjoyed this mug and the switch up from the usual flavours I experience with it.

Flavors: Berries, Cream

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Bah. Strawberry flavor. Now, I only had a very mild reaction to this, so it’s obviously minute in detail. Still, it kinda sorta ruined the cup for me, which blows, as jump62359 so graciously sent this to me. And the name! The name!! I love it. In turn, I wanted to love this tea.

All I got from the two sips I had was an earthy sort of chai-like tea, with some weird background flavoring that I can’t quite place.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
jump62359

I AM SO SORRY.
Had I known you were allergic to strawberries, I wouldn’t have sent this!! I promise, I’m not out to kill you haha.
Hoping that the other teas are still good and no allergic reactions happen1!

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75

Hmm.. a nice tea.
I don’t know how I feel about the cherry though.
Definitely not in the Teen Wolf fandom so I have no idea how Stiles is supposed to taste like! I know nothing about his character. My knowledge on Teen Wolf though.. Every character that I know of, they’re just one character with different names so I honestly have no idea who is in Teen Wolf and what this show is about!

Hmm.. a nice tea.
I don’t know how I feel about the cherry though.
Definitely not in the Teen Wolf fandom so I have no idea how Stiles is supposed to taste like! I know nothing about his character. My knowledge on Teen Wolf though.. Every character that I know of, they’re just one character with different names so I honestly have no idea who is in Teen Wolf and what this show is about!So I’m just rating this on the tea itself.
It’s a nice balance.
The cherry does take over the chocolate though. I almost get no chocolate taste! But the cherry is very present, but not so much that it tastes like medicine. If I didn’t look at the ingredients, then I would not have known to look for almond notes. Yes, I do taste faint almond flavours, but only because I was looking for it. The cherry is very pronounced! But I like how the Assam tones it down a bit. Add more cherry and less assam then it probably would be more on the medicine side, rather than the nice tea side :)

Hmm.. a nice tea.
I don’t know how I feel about the cherry though.
Definitely not in the Teen Wolf fandom so I have no idea how Stiles is supposed to taste like! I know nothing about his character. My knowledge on Teen Wolf though.. Every character that I know of, they’re just one character with different names so I honestly have no idea who is in Teen Wolf and what this show is about!So I’m just rating this on the tea itself.
It’s a nice balance.
The cherry does take over the chocolate though. I almost get no chocolate taste! But the cherry is very present, but not so much that it tastes like medicine. If I didn’t look at the ingredients, then I would not have known to look for almond notes. Yes, I do taste faint almond flavours, but only because I was looking for it. The cherry is very pronounced! But I like how the Assam tones it down a bit. Add more cherry and less assam then it probably would be more on the medicine side, rather than the nice tea side :)A decent blend! Hoping I would have tasted more of the oolong though.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

I’m not going to lie. I chose this tea because I was thinking about Dean, and then realized I had a SPN tea for Dean! (Well for Destiel, but… but… what’s Dean without Cas? :O Let’s hope I never find out).

Anyway, I watched Catching Fire on Monday and it made me think that about how Dean and Katniss are both stubborn pigheaded dicks who are determined to die so that their siblings can live. Or others who work their way into that ‘honoroured’ position like Peeta did. (And probably Cas). Anyway, could you imagine if Dean and Katniss existed in an AU and were each others codependent weakness?

They’d be pushing each other out of the way so they could jump directly into whatever possible danger there was. They’d probably do more damage to each other with all the pushing than the actual thread could have.

And that’s my tea note for today. :P (so far at least)

Anna

Oh, Dean. I Understand you, I really do. True Understand. So let’s be really thankful I have no siblings.

221tea

I would read it. LOL

Cavocorax

I wonder if it already exists?
/dashes off to AO3/

And note to self – do not mess with anything Anna holds dearly…

Cavocorax

This isn’t quite what I meant, but it does have Katniss AND Dean facing off in the Hunger Games: https://archiveofourown.org/works/1085422. Too bad it’s a WIP.

221tea

LOLOL. I try to avoid WIP’s…been burned too many times.

Cavocorax

Yeah, I hear you. I’ve slowly learned that lesson! But I’m happy that someone else took the Dean/Katniss comparison and ran with it, at least for a bit.

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82

I opened this up so I could send a bit on to 221Tea so I could introduce her to the dark/addictive side of adagio fandom teas, and realized I should have a cup too because I couldn’t remember it. I like it. It’s still good!

It’s a complicated mess of flavours that work out well, much like the complicated mess of feelings of Sherlock returning to John. Oh, but there’s something about Mary…

221tea

I have received so much tea generosity in the past two days it is almost overwhelming! Kinda like this tea apparently! I can’t wait to try it! You rock my socks off.

Roswell Strange

Steepster people are overwhelmingly generous! Maybe even too generous ;) For a while I was unemployed and had dollars to my name (like literally, I think three bucks at the lowest point) and all the awesome people here shared samples with me when there was no way I could possibly return the favour (Cavo included). Now that I’m working full time, I’m just now starting to swap again – and I’m trying to start with all the amazing people who were so generous with me!

221tea

Cavo has been so encouraging since the beginning and she is taking a chance on a noob with a tea swap, I am SO freakin’ excited!!! Roswell, your “likes” mean the world to me…it helps to know someone is checking out my reviews! I am interested in exploring Matcha…you make it seem fun…when I get home tonight I’ll send you a private message if that’s ok? I have some questions!

Roswell Strange

Sorry that I’m just now seeing this – I only got home from work a little while ago. But absolutely feel free to message me – I’ll try to answer things as best I can!

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75

Hm. Intriguing blend, although I’m unsure what exactly to make of it. Very ginger-y, earthy, and a touch chai-like sweet with some caramel in there. I like "dangerous"in the description, it seems fitting. There is something I’m finding a bit offputting in this though, some sort of smokey earth that is probably the puerh, or maybe the ginger, not sure — and usually I love both these ingredients, so I’m hesitant to blame either one. A shorter steep would likely help.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

This is what my daughter and I started out with when we grabbed the Sherlock tin bundle – and it was a great choice! Creamy with a chai kick, that’s the best way to describe this. Maybe a touch cake-y.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

From shmiracles!

Brewed this and threw it into my timolino. Definitely need the mate to stay awake throughout the day haha.
A really nice blend. Love the taste of toasted mate, and I think I’m starting to love the taste of chocolate-y teas, hence the tiget eye! The chestnut rounds the tea out nicely :)

This cuppa did end up a smidge over steeped though (I followed Adagio’s steeping perameters) so.. maybe cooler water/less time when I drink this next. I’ve got about 2g left of this tea, dang. It’s really good! Def need more mate because of all the huge blocks of classes I have now.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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65

Sipdown!
Thank you shmiracles for sending me a butt ton of fandom blends :)

I think I’ve figured it out. The smoky blends with the Lapsang, they’re actually really good! I feel like Adagio’s Lapsang is very strong, but if you let the tea sit and let the flavour settle to the bottom, it’s not that smoky. Like I love the smokiness, but sometimes this tea is just too much for me. So yeah. This is a pretty good tea! But it is a bit strong for my taste, but I’ve found ways to make it work for me :)

Shmiracles

ya, i agree, it’s sometimes too much. but blends tend to smooth things out. my favorite blend is the Sherlock. it’s lapsang and Oriental Spice i think. it just has a nice balance.

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73

SHMIRACLES I’M FINALLY DRINKING TONY STARK. I’VE BEEN PUTTING THIS TEA OFF FO SO LONG AND TODAY IS THE DAY.

Dude. I don’t know what it is, but all the fandom blends that use Lapsang always taste so weird. Like I actually really like lapsang! But I haven’t had Adagio’s lapsang alone, only in blends, but I’m convinced that Adagio’s lapsang is just… weird in its own way.
Oh Tony. You smell like… it’s the cockiness in you that deserves such a smoky, dark, spicy tea.
OH GOSH NO.
I AM SO SORRY
BUT ONE SIP
What is in this blend!? Tiger Eye, Lapsang Souchong and Ginger
Oh gosh. I’ll like force this down my throat and resteep to see if I can get a different taste, but at first sip, this is a no.

EDIT: This got a bit tame as it cooled and a lot of the flavour sank to the bottom. Not completely terrible and sour and gross from what I tasted right when it finished steeping, but at least it was a totally drinkable tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
carol who

Always sad when a tea you were really looking forward to end up being disappointing. Especially a fandom tea.

Shmiracles

listen, i love a good lapsang blend, i love an adventurous lapsang blend, i seriously think the Smaug tea is super great, but this Tony Stark tea? it might be a problem. i don’t think i’ve tried it since that first big cup i brewed.
what i DO like about this tea… it makes sense! because, TONY.
so in a way it’s like a hilarious joke. a bold prank.
ha ha very funny Tony, you got me.

Shmiracles

okay edit! i went back and read my review so apparently i AM into this tea? it’s cold today. i do think lapsang is for cold weather. so i’ll try to have it again and re-evaluate my opinion.
truth be told, i try to be a practical kind of gal, but if anything is gonna influence my opinion, it would probably be my current love of everything Marvel Avengers. so, consider the source :)

jump62359

I’ve bumped the rating up a bit because Tony is actually… okay?
I had the Natasha not too long ago, and I definitely like Tony a but more than Natasha. Dude. I just need to try like every blend there is haha :)

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80

I like Eleven, I LOVE Ten. Yes, that’s accurate for both teas and doctors. Sipdown! Thanks again Sarah!

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Tea, you taste sort of like roasting marshmallows on a campfire. When the smoke gets in your eyes, and the marshmallow is aflame, making the air smell so sweet and burnt.

Interesting, but not something I think I’d go for myself.

Thanks for letting me try this, Shmiracles! :D :D

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I still haven’t seen Winter Soldier yet (shame on me) but I figured I would have a cup or five of the Steve Rogers blend in honor of the movie anyway. I really want to love this blend, I do, but it’s just not winning me over. Maybe there’s too much/not enough of something? I think there’s a bit too much ginger… or not enough apple? Anyway, I brewed this double strength with a touch of sugar like someone here suggested and it was better than previous brews. I was just too lazy to get up and grab honey. Shame, because I really think a bit o honey would help this tea out a lot!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nattie

Oooh it’s so good watch it watch it watch it!

:D

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70

Today I’m drinking half ten, half eleven (thanks to Scheherazade and her generous swappage). I want to call it “sandshoes & grandad”, either that or 10.5 I guess?

I like Eleven—I like the flavours in it. A little touch of sweetener and milk makes Eleven just lovely. (I like him a little more with Ten, though. This is all reflecting my feelings on the actual doctors, which makes me grin.)

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80

A super-yum desserty tea that needs no sweetening. Repeat: no sweetening. I was still on my milk & sugar kick when I first tried my sample from Scheherazade yesterday and it was so sweet I almost died. No joke. I ALMOST DIED. (Ok I’m exaggerating.)

Today I’m drinking half ten, half eleven. I want to call it “sandshoes & grandad”, either that or 10.5 I guess? Did ten’s clone left with Rose even have an official name? I really gotta go back and watch that season again, and bawl my eyes out again. That’d be fun.

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80

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85

TTB&C #7

This was the tea from the 11th Day of Christmas this year. I really enjoyed this tea and I was glad to be able to enjoy one more cup. This is a nice vanilla assam, with hints of fruit. This is one of adagio’s blends I have been tempted to order. This one continues to be a hit for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

TTB&C #6

Adagio and I tend not to get along. I am not sure why. Most teas I have tried are either meh or teas I just really do not want to drink again. I have had more success with the fandom blends and this is one that I have read a lot about that I really wanted to try. This was decent. It was a decent earl grey. I am not sure what to say about it. The flavors baffled me a bit this morning. It was EGC -ish, but there was a hint of something else that I could never put my figure on. If someone gave me more of this tea I would definitely enjoy it. I am not sure I would hunt this out to purchase, but I definitely won’t pass up another cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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67

gooodbye rose! it was nice while you were here, but i’m not sorry to see you leave since you are not nearly as delicious as i want you to be. :)

DeliriumsFrogs

Oh, ROSE TYLER!!!!! (she’ll always be my favourite….)

JustJames

but what about martha and clara?

Sil

clara’s annoying.

JustJames

LMAO….

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