Custom-Adagio Teas, Meg Daunting

Recent Tasting Notes

78

This tea was too weak this morning. I used only one teaspoon in 8 oz. I did love the flavor, and I’m planning to try more later…

So my next cup was delicious and chocolatey. I used 2 teaspoons in 8 oz water for about 5 minutes.
I love it…. It’s double chocolate extra chai layers of goodness!

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Clove, Coconut

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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i am confused.

this is supposed to be a teen wolf, tiger’s eye, with cacao nibs added for extra punch tea? adagio…. are you sure?

i smell a non alcoholic poire william. caramelized pear…. the homemade gooey kind of caramel that you have to scrape off, and even when you don’t see it anymore you still leave sticky fingerprints all over, that kind of caramel. and i find the pear to be highly specific as opposed to ‘strange i don’t get that’… a beautifully golden ripe anjou. really not random. also really not teen wolf.

taste: as always no caramel, but it smells lovely! the smell is strong enough that it contributes to the taste, and true enough that it doesn’t smell fake. always nice to have veracity over excessiveness!!

nice and smooth, tasty with xylitol and a bit of cream….. i get no cacao and no dog though….?

thanks MissB!

TheTeaFairy

Yum, to poire william… You remind me that I have received a bottle as a gift and it’s begging for attention!
Hard and rare to find true pear taste in tea. Kind of relieved that you found no dog.

MissB

I think I got this in a swap, mistakenly (on my part) because I didn’t check the ingredients properly… oolong. JennyFur is who is coming to mind. Regardless, I’m glad you enjoyed it. As for Adagio, these are custom blends, so anyone (and really, I mean anyone) can make these, label them, and sell/buy them.

JustJames

this was nice going down, but has bothered me since this note…. something in it wasn’t good for me. =0( no idea what. sigh.

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68

Mixed this 75/25 with the Adagio Cream tea because alone its flavor is a little overwhelming. This was one of the first teas I ever bought and boy am I glad I gave myself time to retry it before giving up on it. Now that I’ve had more varieties of tea I think I can truly say that I like this. The pumpkin is lovely and very light when the cream is completely mellowing things out.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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71

I wasn’t really sold on this tea the first time I had it – it was good but not great, and nothing really stood out. The next time I made it I sweetened it and all of a sudden it was delicious! :) Very nice and fruity, and the pomegranate balances out the apricot flavour. Delicious!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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83

I really love this Earl Grey. The hint of vanilla and citrus just makes it fantastic, and it can be a nice change from the usual cup of Twinnings. Really nice with vanilla agave and milk!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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84

Pretty good full-bodied green tea. The ginger was strong but not over-powering.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

My favourite from the Tea Wolf sampler set so far :D First steep was amazingly delicious – hits of sweet caramel supported by the light vanilla oolong. Re-steeps kept the caramel flavour, while letting the oolong through (second and third steeps of oolong taste the best!)

Overall, delicious. A++, will buy again.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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57

Smelled delicious in the cup, and tasted like a pretty decent chai tea. Second steeping was not as good – the black tea can stand up to re-steeping, however most of the flavouring was lost other than clove.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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84

Very delicious! First steeping, I slightly over-steeped and used a little bit of sugar to counter-act the tannins, but it was still delicious! The bergamot was enhanced by the sweet honeybush, but I didn’t taste much of the blood orange. 2 re-steeps were similarly tasty. Overall, a delicious Earl Grey blend!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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87

This tea was one of the first I tried of Daunt’s teas, and is still one of my favourites! This one is sweet and delicious. I add cream and sugar and it tastes divine! It’s an excellent dessert tea, and very satisfying.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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This afternoon I played an xmas concert at a retirement home. I steeped this to drink on my way to my gig. I’ve concluded that I don’t really care for it.

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I’m still not sure how I feel about this blend…The smell of the dry tea is unpleasant to me, kind of chemical, but my son Drew really likes the smell of it. I don’t taste any pumpkin, & at first sip, my mouth & all its part say, “yum”, but then after a few sips, it tastes kind of phony. I’ve tried it plain (mehhh), I’ve tried it with stevia, which is better. I also tried it with coconut milk, which wasn’t as good as I’d hoped. I’ll probably let Drew drink up the rest of the blend, as he really likes it (along with Farewell Ponds)

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I saw this tea on Adagio’s site, & who could resist? It’s a blend of Almond oolong, pumpkin spice, & tiger eye, with some cacao nibs thrown in for an extra treat. For my own education, I also ordered sample sizes of all three tea components, which I’ll review individually at some later time. This was my first order from Adagio.

The dry tea smells terrible, in my opinion. Very chemical smelling.
I steeped: 1.5 tsp for 3 minutes
The brewed tea smells: well, truthfully, I’m not really smelling much…black tea…a hint of caramel..
I left it sit on my counter for a few minutes while I stepped out into my garden to pick a few things: A mix of lettuces, a daikon radish, some cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, looks like I’m having a little salad with dinner!
So the tea: plain, it’s meh, but a bit of stevia changed that. There is a caramel note, a little almond, where are the spices? Maybe my taste buds just aren’t picking things up like they should. I admit, I’m not usually a huge fan of flavored teas, because in most cases you have to add some kind of sweetener to experience the flavors. I’m also not really getting a mouth-feel of much…no thick chocolate sensation, no bright butteryness. On the good side, it’s not excessively drying either.

It’s not bad, & again, some of that may be my tastebuds. Many of us have noticed that our taste for a tea changes from time to time. Obviously, when we’re sick we’re affected, but who knows what else might effect our ability to perceive flavors, sensations, aromas, etc. So, although this may not be my favorite cup of the day (that was the Zhu Rong Yunnan), it’s not a bad tasting tea either. I don’t dislike it, & I’ll drink some more on another day & report my findings! :D

Azzrian

I am not a fan of Adagio – I was in the beginning but not anymore. Sorry Adagio and those who love them.

fleurdelily

I was all set to place an order, about a week ago, and when I got to the shipping – they added a “rural delivery fee” which annoyed me so much I did not place my order. If they had just charged higher shipping and not told me precisely why, they may have gotten my order, but that just ticked me off so much! oh well for them. Hey, if I WASN’T so darn rural, they wouldn’t be getting my order, they would have more competetition for my business, not less

fleurdelily

(I still like Terry’s review though) and I think it’s good to order things just for the education of it, that definitly gets my vote :)

Terri HarpLady

Thanks! I thought it would be interesting to try the different things that went into the blend, ya know? I did that with the Aquarius blend too. I didn’t do it with the ‘Farewell Ponds’ blend, which I still can’t believe I even ordered, LOL. It smells terrible! I’m still going to drink it when I watch the Farewell Ponds episode though, even if I don’t like it (& who knows, maybe I will like it, right?)

Mercuryhime

oooo, love daikon! Never thought to grow it myself. Gotta look into this. :) Make pickles!

Terri HarpLady

@Mercury – I love home grown radishes! Last year I grew a variety of radishes: daikon, regular red & other colored little round ones, but my favorite of all was the Watermelon radish! Those are awesome. I didn’t grow any of them this year, but they are tasty! The Daikon I picked today is very sweet, & I think next week I will need to start my annual batch of Kim Chi, with homegrown radishes, carrots, greens, chiles, etc. I’ll probably also start a batch of sauer kraut (I like to combine a head of green & a head of purple cabbage together, which makes hot pink kraut). Also in the plan – cultured daikon pickles & some cultured ginger carrots! They are all so good, & really good for your digestion!

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sorry guise. but the only way i’m gonna get any notes in about these teas is if my notes have nothing to do with the teas. so welcome to gab central!

(me and a usual chat co-worker haven’t been in contact for a week or so!)
HER: i’m just trying to process about five billion contracts. it’s nonsense.
ME: when i don’t hear from you i do always think ‘contracts’
HER: they are NONSENSE and I hate them.
ME: if contracts could be personified i would call Captain America and have him knee contracts in the balls.
ME: (umm i may currently be obsessed with the Avenger btw)

then my co-worker across the hallway just came and asked me if i wanted his oatmeal raisin cookies.
i said fuck yeah i want your oatmeal raisin cookies.

Skulleigh

LOL, I read the tea name as “Goat Steeper” and did a double-take. But I have been reading about goats recently for research. I have goats on the brain!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

It’s both good and weird that I’m not the only one who did that. lol

Shmiracles

you guys have goats on the brain! hahah

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this is a nice little tea. still teen wolf gimicky, but smelled yummy!

two weekends ago i went to a rave in the woods!
http://instagram.com/p/cC6Z5Roc7J/
we camped, brought in tents and chairs and coolers, and the sun was still up when we got there and the djs were already playing. and as the sun slowly set the party really came alive. the light show was so vibrant against the darkness of the woods. and i danced to a new song that i have played on repeat ever since!

Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat by Fatboy Slim, Riva Starr
http://grooveshark.com/s/Eat+Sleep+Rave+Repeat+Main+Vocal+Mix/5cymU2?src=5

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76

I have yet to try Adagio’s earl grey bravo straight, but so fair I’ve liked it in the blends I’ve had. Here, it’s mixed with blood orange and vanilla honeybush. It definitely had an orange flavor to it, and while I thought that the body of the tea was a bit weak sometimes, it made for a reliable morning cup with no extra sweetness necessary.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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hi, my name is shmiracles and i have a fanfic problem. i could say it’s a reading problem. but i also re-watch the movies and read comics.
seriously, it’s interfering with my work. and my life.
but mostly it is interfering with my tea logging! cuz i have been drinking tea so much tea, and i’m not making any notes! i have about 10 teas to make notes on. and i’m about to drink a few more!
it’s piling up.
but i enjoyed all the Teen Wolf teas my sister bought. they weren’t necessarily memorable. and most of them had too much rooibos or honeybush in them to gain my true enthusiasm. but they were tasty enough! i’d never turn a cup down.

Cavocorax

I think I’m getting more and more of a fanfic problem but I am also crazy anal about organizing things and so I spend a lot of time worrying about how to organize all my fic instead of reading it. :| Right now I’m reading it on my kindle, phone and computer, but am TRYING to add all the ones I like into pinboard so I can find them later, and the ones that I absolutely love have to go into Calibre so I can add covers and make proper books of them and put them in a special place on my kindle. It’s complicated.

Shmiracles

omg you are an organizing maniac! and it’s really obvious how important it is to you.
i also make sure every single fic i download is saved in calibre. i also ‘private bookmark’ every single thing i read on AO3 (whether i like it or not) so that i can avoid reading the same thing twice. ones i really like i add notes to also. but that’s basically the extent of my organizing hah

Cavocorax

A maniac indeed! It really slows my fic consumption, but I’m still working out a system. :P At the end of the day I really only need to track the fics I absolutely adore, but it’s still nice to track the ones that I enjoyed and keep them around too.

Your system sounds like it works better than mine. It’s simpler!

And Pinboard is pretty great for helping me track everything, but then I started following random people and now I’m finding all sorts of random fic just from there. Best problems. :) My to-read list is getting big.

OMGsrsly

Cavo, I was doing that when Stanza worked on the iPhone, but now that it’s not being updated all my fics are… messy. :/

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this was maybe the Teen Wolf (or as my sister says TeWo) tea that i liked the least. that pumpkin spice is just too much for me. almond oolong sounds nice to me though. basically just the balance of the blend is off in my tiny opinion.

Preparation
0 min, 15 sec

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it’s sounds like a nice combo. but maybe too much green imbalance to gain my true love.
mango green, pomegranate green, apricot (black)
really you could probably just give me apricot black and call it wild child and i’d be like ‘yes’ and ‘thank you’.

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69

This was one of the first loose leaf blends I tried, and for that reason alone, I am fond of it. It made a good morning cup of tea, though it’s a bit finicky and sometimes the bag needed shaking up. When steeped at less than boiling for about 3 minutes (or a smidge less), the almond oolong and caramel got along perfectly well. Go a little bit long and it was too bitter for my tastes. I won’t be ordering this again for a while, but it was fun while it lasted.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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oh noes. i have 8 teas that i logged and have to write reviews for. from this weekend.
got a bit behind.

i saw Iron Man 3 on sunday and as soon as it ended i felt like i could watch it again.
so i went home and watched the first hour of The Avengers. then tried to watch the first 2 Iron Mans.

went dancing saturday night. and drank a lot. and grabbed toooo many butts. i’m sure of it.

Nxtdoor

Oh my, I haven’t grabbed a butt in sooo long. Marriage means I get stuck with one butt forever! :D

Shmiracles

hahah just when i think the list is long enough for me … reason #156 to not get married.
hilarious.

TastyBrew

I don’t know, if you find the right butt… the perfect combination of muscle and bubble, you might want to grab it for years!

TheTeaFairy

This comment thread is so absurd and hilarious, I must jump in! TastyBrew is right, I found the perfect butt and I’ve been grabbing it for years, so being stuck with one butt(Nxtdoor, you should get paid for these words!) is proven to be fun!!

Shmiracles

to each his own butt!!!

TheTeaFairy

or in your case «buttS» Shmiracles, haha!

Sil

nothing wrong with grabbing random butts after your married as long as that’s all you do! grin

Shelley_Lorraine

ok everyone, way TMI! keep your weirdness to yourselves. LOL.

Cavocorax

This is the perfect tea for this thread!

Josie Jade

Haha, great thread! Hope your run went well, Shmiracles, if the weather cleared up. Well, and in between all of the butt grabbing! :)

Shmiracles

hey Josie! thanks for asking!! but i mega stubbed my toe friday night, so between that and the rain i just didn’t do the race at all. (which was good cuz it poured rain during the race time too)
(here’s a pic of my toe: warning for blood content – http://instagram.com/p/aSHXq1oc0b/ )
but i have a marathon next weekend, so i still have plenty of running to look forward to :)

Nxtdoor

5 years from now someone (new people) will read this and they’ll be like.. “What freaks!” Loosen up, yo. It’s just tea.

Shelley_Lorraine

haha. I’m already thinking as much about you guys. It’s all Shmiracles, she’s the source! It gets pretty boring around here when she isn’t logging teas (btw Shmiracles, I missed the part where you actually said something about the tea here. :p )

Starfevre

I did not like the last bits of IM3.

Shmiracles

Hahah Shelley! i don’t need to actually “review” a tea called TEAse now do i?
i mean, it’s created off of a show about teenage werewolves and lizard mutators and grossly-romanic romeo & juliet type scenarios. not to mention basically any reason to get the alpha werewolf to take his shirt off.
this tea wasn’t really created for is nuanced personality i don’t think.
so, ya, this tea is basically a shirtless hunk. and it’s getting it’s butt grabbed on my dance floor.

Shelley_Lorraine

Well gee, shouldn’t the tea at least get a cameo in its own note? :p

MissLena

Lolol this review / all the comments made me giggle haha. Thanks for making my day :)

OMGsrsly

OMG it’s a TEEN WOLF tea?! Why does shipping to Canada cost so much! I can think of so many people who I need to get this for…

Cavocorax

OMGsrsly – if you want to do an Adagio order some time, I AM ALL FOR IT. Even if you have to ship it to me in Toronto, I’ll take the $10 shipping over $35. (Cuz I want me some Tardis)

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i personally think this tea is fairly dull for such a bold and jittery character. but it’s a drinkable tea.

also,
there are may be something like 4 boxes of tea i should be putting together and mailing out but all i keep doing is reading in my room and ignoring all my responsibilities. and tea sample mailings is one of those responsibilities i’m ignoring evidently.
sigh.

Starfevre

fanfiction consumes all.

Shmiracles

Star, i have thought of this small statement you made at least 20 times since yesterday. le sigh.

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92

This is a really nice light blend, and it’s not killing you with flavors. There’s a nice touch of spice from the ginger, but it doesn’t hit you the same way cinnamon does.There’s definitely a peach taste, and an earthy feel from the white tea and oolong. Very good blend overall!

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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i have had a twitch in my right eye for almost 24 hrs now.

this vanilla caramel chocolate tea is super easy to drink. like it was gone within minutes of cooling.

Lala

My left eye twitches if I don’t get enough sleep.

Shmiracles

ya i probably am dehydrated and definitely don’t get enough sleep. sigh.

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