Custom--Adagio Teas, Christa Y

Recent Tasting Notes

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Another Adagio tea to try…another lukewarm reaction from me.

I didn’t pay too close attention to this while I drank it, admittedly. But I’m finding a lot of these Adagio blends are starting to taste the same to me, probably because of the base, which I’m not a huge fan of.

I’ve been holding out on trying the Tardis one, really hoping to like it based on the reviews, but not wanting to hold my breath. I will try it next though!

Thanks again, Cavocorax!

Cavocorax

Oh no! You might find it very similar to the Tardis one. Try steeping it at 95 instead of boiling? Sometimes that helps with the Adagio teas? But they do sorta blend together a bit… I was so happy about the Thor/Loki ones I grabbed today just because they were pretty unique! Apricot mate, and smoky minty green!

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Fandom Tea Day – Tea #1

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” (One of my favorite Jane Austen Quotes)

This tea is lovely! I am so thankful that cavocorax sent this as part of our swap! I think I might have to think about keeping a stock of this from time to time.

Blackberry hits my taste buds first, followed by a lovely vanilla finish. The black tea base is mild, and never overpowers. YUM.

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Some more backloggin. I decided to try this since cavocorax and I (possibly along with variaTea) will be placing a group order with adagio, and I figured I’d better start trying some of the samples that steepsterites have so thoughtfully shared with me. This one comes to me via shadowfall, so thank you!

I was really intrigued by this blend. Not necessarily because I’m an Austin fan (I’ve only read one of her books), but because the combination of flavours seemed to be fail-safe. Blackberries, cream, black tea? Sadly, I didn’t pick up on much in the way of berries either in the scent or the brew, even after I added my requisite milk and sugar. Keep in mind though that I tried this tea while my taste buds were a mess and my throat was living in the pits of hell, so that might have affected my ability to pick up on much. Mr. Keychange had a sip though and also couldn’t pick up on much in the way of berries. I’m going to try it again though, hopefully under better conditions. It really did taste just fine as a black tea; I just didn’t get much more out of it than that.

Cavocorax

Have you had many Adagio teas? They can be a bit weaker than other teas…

keychange

I haven’t, actually. I think this was my second, the other being the valentine’s tea which I found to be more flavourful but still not to my liking (more so because I don’t like chocolate-covered strawberry flavoured things)

Cavocorax

Hmmm… I should probably send you some samples before we do an order so you have an idea what you’re getting into!

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A sample from Shmiracles. I think this is actually the first Adagio custom tea I’ve tried, although I have a few in my stash. This is one I wouldn’t have got to try if it wasn’t for Shmiralces, so many thanks to her for sharing this with me!

It’s an interesting one. Dry, I can smell mostly chocolate, and while brewing I mainly pick up Adagio’s black base. To taste, though, it’s a different story. Blackberry cream, with just a hint of chocolate, and a pleasantly robust, slightly malty, base. I could happily drink this for a good long time — it’s one of those teas that’s easy to sip on and easy to like. A very tasty treat! Hopefully Adagio expand their custom range in the UK soon. If they did, this is one I’d definitely look to restock.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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I get apple, I get something berry-ish (kind of?), I get a hint of caramel more in the aftertaste and how it blends all together, and I get a decent black tea base. A truly unusual blend, one that’s got me cocking my head to the side and going, "Hmmmm?

Having said all that… like many of the teas I’ve brewed today, I oversteeped this as well. Which blows because I had just enough for a large Timolino-full, and it was a gift from the lovely Cavocorax. Sigh. Well, I am very, VERY grateful I got a chance to try it, so thank you muchly for that!

Flavors: Berries, Caramel

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

mais non! ca fais du mal lorsqu’on a des problemes en faire un tas de the sans le laissez pour trop long.

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Sipdown!! (156)

Thank you Josie Jade for the chance to try this tea. As I said last night, it is definitely one of the better Adagio teas I have tried. Alas, I got distracted and let this steep for an additional 15 seconds and the astringency is already creeping in :(

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Cavocorax

Boo! I have more (I think?) in my adagio order so if you want to give it another shot later on, let me know!

VariaTEA

Aww thank you but I think I am okay. I had a cup yesterday that was good but I am okay without it.

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Thank you Josie Jade for sharing. This is truly a tasty cup. The blackberry is the most prominent flavor but the vanilla and cream are detectable as well. There is no astringency and the base is mellow and in the background, as it should be. This is certainly one of the better Adagio blends I have had.

Flavors: Berries, Cream, Vanilla

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

i like this one too

Terri HarpLady

oooh, that sounds delicious!

Sil

it’s decent terri…at least as far as adagio goes… i only wish it was a high quality base..then it could really rock..

Terri HarpLady

Wouldn’t it be great if you have an option of choosing a base with Adagio teas?

Sil

ooorrrr…..making the same blends through a different company? bwahahaha sorry. but i have been thinking about seeing is stacy could make some sort of fruity vanilla tea for me..

strawberry vanilla? blackberry vanilla? caramel pear?

VariaTEA

I love how everyone (and by that I mean at least 3 people) is talking about a Caramel Pear Butiki tea.

Sil

yeah stacy was making one…but it defeated her temporarily….

Terri HarpLady

I still want Stacy to make me a ‘bilbo brew’ type blend, we just haven’t really gotten on it yet.

Terri HarpLady

I’d go for Caramel pear…sigh…

Sil

omg testing finally done…. i can sleep now… soo tired…

Roswell Strange

Caramel Pear Pecan! Do want <3

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Thanks again for this one cavocorax! Sipdown (162)! While i’m not focusing on sipdowns today – just enjoying drinking what i want, i have managed tod ecupboard a few things today and most importantly, my oldest teas (ignoring puerh) is from March of last year! And there are only 5 in my cupboard from March – 1 from april so i might even be able to start January with my oldest teas being from may! maybe hehe…

i an enjoying this one today.

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thanks cavocorax! Admittedly, i am not an adagio fangirl. While i love the packaging, i find 90% of all the teas of theirs that i have tried, to be pretty much meh. I don’t like the base for their black teas and on the whole, for the time and effort involved in getting their teas to canada, i have sooooo many other options that are easier.

all that being said, (of course) this is a tasty blend. I wish the base was a little tastier but i can deal with that. blackberry, vanilla, cream this is! :)

Cavocorax

That’s a higher rating than I expected from you. Glad it wasn’t to bad. :p

Sil

haha it was tasty… it’s just that damn base…if it was a better base it’d be like an 85.

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this is an addendum to my review yesterday. ‘james, how many rules can you break with one blend?’ answer: ‘lots!’

1) doubled the leaf
2) doubled the steeping time
3) added some xylitol
4) added some cream

‘but why james? why can’t you just follow instructions?’
‘meh, instructions are overrated…..especially when i want my tea to taste the way it smells!!!’

GOT IT!!

vanilla/mallow blueberry/blackberry black tea. very nice. NOW it gets numbers =0)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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hello, who are you? certainly neither mr. darcy nor elizabeth bennet…. not that that matters, i will strive to evaluate sensibly and without prejudice (just too many opportunities, sorry, well kinda).

Cavocorax has sent me a mystery! dry scent: a blue hued black tea with notes of mallow. twisty mallow though…! very cool. jane austen would be horrified…. i have images of booberry cereal floating through my brain!

i like this! i want a longer steep, and i want to try it with cream…. then i will will add numbers.

i really do get blueberry marshmallow….. let’s see what happens when i break some rules….. =0)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

I’m glad you’re enjoying it so far!

Cavocorax

I think part of this tea’s charm is the description:
http://steepster.com/teas/adagio-teas/17591-the-jane-austen-mafia

JustJames

did you read my follow up? after all the rule breaking?

thanks again Cavo….

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A very nice sweet blueberry flavour! I had a cup with a bit of sugar and it’s very refreshing with a touch of vanilla.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Another winner from the Traveling Tea Box! I think I’ve been fond of every tea so far from this box with the exception of the Butter Truffle, and even that one wasn’t too terrible! I wasn’t sure what was in this Jane Austen Mafia blend, but I had read many favorable reviews of it, and decided to give it a go. I was happy to discover that it is blackberry, vanilla and cream. Adagio’s cream is one of my all-time favorites. The dry leaves smelled like maple syrup to me, but the tea itself is all heavy cream with a hint of berry sweetness. The flavor of this one is absolutely perfect – juicy blackberry with a sweet cream finish. The strong aftertaste is of blackberry and vanilla and it lingers nicely. There are also delicious malty undertones that keep me wanting to take just one more sip! This one is definitely going on the to-order list. Thank you, Traveling Tea Box, for making my wish list that much longer! :)

-Dry blend has medium black tea leaves and twigs with pieces of green blackberry leaves.
-Dry leaves smell of cream and maple syrup. Tea liquor aroma is of heavy cream with a hint of berry sweetness.
-Tea liquor is a clear dark reddish brown color.
-Juicy blackberry flavor with a sweet cream finish. Strong blackberry and vanilla aftertaste that lingers. Delicious malty undertones.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Excellent tea. Perfect blackberry and cream flavor with a note of maltiness.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Fuzzy_Peachkin

oooh! Sounds like a good blackberry blend. Must go on shopping list to try!

Cavocorax

Ooooh, I ordered some of this. I can’t wait for it to arrive!
#LiteraryTeaNerd

Tea Sipper

I’ll have to try Adagio’s Cream since Adagio & cream teas are some of my favorites on their own. :D

Josie Jade

I really liked this one, hope you do too. And Tea Sipper, Adagio’s cream is definitely worth a try! I like cream teas a lot too :)

Janefan

This is on my wish list for the name alone!

Cavocorax

Haha. It’s half the reason I bought it, truth be told. That and TARDIS – I got someone on Steepster in the US to order both of those for me and send them to me in Canada just so I could finally get my hands on it.

Josie Jade

I loved the name, too! Glad the tea was awesome also! :)

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Backlogging from yesterday.

Hubby stayed home yesterday, so I used the free babysitting to do my grocery shopping in peace. Coming home I knew I needed a cup of tea, and offered to make some for him as well. I’m determined to get him to a point of asking for tea, rather than me needing to ask him. He said he wanted “something fruity or sweet.” This fit the bill. I made three cups’ worth and we had the first two, but I made myself wait until I finished cleaning the kitchen before I let myself have the last cup. Now there’s some motivation!

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I’m sitting here in the hair salon partaking of a ritual I don’t get to do as often as it is probably needed. About four or five times a year, I make up a travel flask of a sweet tea, pick up a croissant or something else from the bakery, and get my hair done. It’s not the most genteel way to have a tea named in honor of Jane Austen, but the “mafia” part does lend a sense of “What you lookin’ at?” In any case, I don’t have to take care of anyone for a couple hours. I get to sit down and let someone take care of me.

I made this with 5.6g of tea to 500ml and steeped it for half a minute longer than I normally would. But since I “splurged” and used whole milk this time, it could have handled steeping for longer still. The blackberries aren’t as evident as they were last time because of the richer milk, but the tea isn’t masked as much as the other flavours, so it’s far from a loss. The addition of raw sugar has given it a little more of a treat feeling, when I would normally use Splenda. (Insert your gasp of horror here.) Now that I’m done writing this, I’m going to sit back with my tea and croissant and do a bit of reading—not Jane Austen as you may think, but Anne of Green Gables. Love returning to a childhood favourite!

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I’m suffering from a bad cold that’s left me with a very sore throat and virtually no voice. So while I’m sure there are teas in my cupboard better for “curing what ails” me, I just want something that feels like a treat. I do think I chose well. This is my second time with this tea since my mom sent my Adagio order from the US. At first you feel juicy blackberries bursting on your tongue, then a smooth wave of vanilla and cream rounds it out as the blackberries linger. On a day when I feel less the need to spoil myself, I may go without a little raw sugar and spot of milk, but not today. This hits the spot and I’m already starting to feel a little more like myself.

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I realize I might be in the minority here. This particular blend did not make it into my home because I love, like or even really know much of the work Jane Austen has produced. I’m not a literary buff, let alone much of a novel-reader. Sadly, I just don’t have the attention span. I do love a good blend and if it combines vanilla, cream and some kind of fruit, I’m in!

Second tea of the day and I’m hoping for better results.

The leaf smells promising – My nose is quite happy with the blackberry and creaminess of vanilla. Yum! I already have plans to dirty up this blend, latte style.

Brewed up the regular black tea route (boiling, 3 minute steep), using 4 tsp. for 8oz. I know I used quite a bit of leaf, but I do plan on putting half and half and simple syrup in it. I did taste it pre additives. It’s quite bitter, but not in a spine-tingling way. The blackberry is less noticeable, but the creaminess is still there. I imagine I’d like this without the additions, but with less leaf.

Post additives, it’s decent. I lost some of the blackberry. It’s still there, but more subtle. The creamer and sweetener added to the creaminess of the tea. This version is really comforting.

Next time I’ll try this a little less dirty…

EDIT: As my latte cools, the blackberry is peeking out more! :D

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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The dry leaf smells good. Once it is brewed, it seems to lose a much of its fruity aroma and smells much more like black tea. I think I may have steeped to long, it is a little bitter. Or this might just be strong black base I have heard of. Not going to rate until I have a chance to steep at a different temp and time and when I have regular milk instead of vanilla coffee creamer. See full review at http://akoalateablog.teatra.de/2012/03/01/10-the-jane-austen-mafia-by-adagio/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

I’m looking forward to what you think of this. Keep us posted!

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea to try.

Normally, I enjoy the Adagio custom blends because they somehow manage to divert the attention of the really harsh black base that Adagio uses. However, that isn’t working with this blend. I taste subtle hints of blackberry and creamy vanilla, but mostly what I’m tasting is that black tea – it is harsh. It tastes brassy and course.

I apologize sincerely to the creator of this blend. I won’t be rating it numerically, because I don’t want to hurt any feelings. But, I can’t even finish the cup.

seule771

I like the name of the tea and laugh at it, then read your review. Oh my!

ssajami

I agree, the name is brilliant :)

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Beware! This tea will give you an uncontrollable urge to read Little Women!

(Just kidding. Sorta. I’m itching to go blow dust off my copy right now.)

Thanks to SimplyJen, I have just been introduced to what could be one of my favorite fruit teas ever! I’m getting more of a blueberry scent and taste than blackberry, but the cream/vanilla punctuation makes this really outstanding.

Hoping I can muster up the self-control to ration enough of this to try a small batch chilled.

gmathis

Incidentally, I am aware that Jane Austen had nothing to do with Little Women. You read your favorites, I’ll read mine :)

teawing

I know what you mean! Downloaded a few
of her books to my Kindle after my first cup.

JacquelineM

He hee – I got that urge recently after finding a copy at my local used book store – can’t figure out where my childhood copy got to. I really enjoyed reading it, and found it much more…tumultuous than I remembered! :)

Uniquity

Oh good.. I was a little worried about the Little Women comment : )

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I needed silliness last night so I went for a cup of this instead of a ‘proper tea.’ It’s good; probably one of the best teas I’ve had from Adagio. It might even be better than Tardis bc this isn’t an EG!

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I’m looking at placing another fandom Adagio order so I thought I would enjoy another cup of this to remind me of the blends that I enjoy. I may need to restock this one. It’s smooth and fruity and relaxing.

Sil

warn me if you do!

OMGsrsly

I really like the blueberry Tardis blend… hint, hint… :D

Cavocorax

Haha – OMGsrsly – I thought you had your own tea mule for the West Coast! :P

OMGsrsly

Yes, but she just did a HUGE Adiago order. I suppose I could see if I could tempt her into another. :)

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ILU Jane Austen Mafia.
I’m almost halfway done my bag because this tea is from Adagio, which means it’s rare to spot up here in the Great Wild North. It’s silly that the idea of ordering from Adagio is in the same category as ordering from Fauchon or Mariage Freres because of crazy shipping fees.

So I will enjoy this cup… I could maybe go for reading an Austen book right now too. I love P&P and S&S (and S&S&Sea Monsters) so much that I haven’t branched out enough to her other books.

Oh, I’m rambling. If I haven’t said it already, Happy Turkey Day to those of you in the South! :D

Tuscanteal

Sighhhh… Fauchon doesn’t even ship to Canada. And I just had shipping shock the other day doing a mock order for both MF, The O Dor and Fauchon and then figured with all these shipping charges… I could fly there for cheaper. le sigh

Roswell Strange

I agree about the crazy shipping from Adagio! It feels like it’s almost the equivalent of agreeing to give up your first born, which is frustrating because there’s ONE blend from Adagio I’ve been dying to try since getting into loose leaf. However, I’m not going to pay $30 shipping for one blend :(

Cavocorax

Tuscanteal – yeah. It’s frustrating. At least there are more places carrying it? Did you check your local Winners? They had some for a bit at least.

Roswel Strange – it’s absolutely ridiculous. I tweeted them to ask why they couldn’t send it USPS and they said it WAS USPS. I don’t understand why it’s so much. If they made an effort to lower their prices they would get SO MUCH BUSINESS.
Maybe you can find someone on Steepster to grab that one blend for you? That’s how I got this one and my beloved TARDIS tea. :P (I won’t give out my contact though in case that person doesn’t want to do it for everyone, but there are tons of nice people here who probably wouldn’t mind splitting and re-shipping an order for you)

MissB

I’m a tea mule for a few companies right now, including Adagio – actually making an order tonight with them! If anyone wants something added, send me a note. We’re getting it shipped to Blaine, WA to a company that specializes in this sort of stuff, and then I’ll pick it up and parse it out shortly after arrival. Lots of options.

OMGsrsly

Ooh, MissB. I will message you.

Cavocorax

I didn’t realize that MissB! That’s great! :D
(I sometimes have access to a mule up here but more options are better)

VariaTEA

Cavo, my dad lives in California so I ship orders to him. When I move back to Thornhill I can just add stuff to orders for you and then drop them off at your house.

Roswell Strange

MissB – definitely shot you a message!

Tuscanteal

MissB – a tea mule, that’s so funny! I could probably do the same for a lot of things, I have Nexus.

Cavocorax

Oh, VariaTEA – I nearly missed your response! Thanks for the offer. I will likely take you up on it. :P (And we can meet at the DAVIDsTEA at Promenade!)

MissB

Ooh, Nexus. I’ve debated getting one. I always get questioned at the border if they ask me what I do for a living (will you be writing – anything – while you’re in the US? is my favorite question).

Tuscanteal

Worth It hands down!!!!

OMGsrsly

MissB: “My signature. On the credit card receipts.” Although sometimes they don’t have a sense of humour.

VariaTEA

haha Hopefully one of us will get hired at that DAVIDs and then we can have discounts on their tea.

Josie Jade

I’m about to order this one and am SO excited!

Cavocorax

I hope you enjoy it!

MissB

OMGsrsly: Ha! Yes, I’ve learned to keep it serious at the border. Two hour cavity searches are someone else’s idea of a fun afternoon. ;)

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And now, time for a tea I’m not looking forward to sipping down at all! Good think I still have 2+ oz of it. :)

Sil

I should sneak some of this from you….

Cavocorax

Yes! I was supposed to give you some. I’ll make sure to grab some next time I know I’ll see you.

Or pay the .50 and mail it to you now. :P

Sil

Lol I can wait. ESP if kitenna is dropping tea off for you at my place haha

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