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Made this as an iced tea through the cold steep method at work yesterday (and then realized I’d forgotten to bring in anything to drink it in, iced tea in a mug doesn’t really work). So I’m trying it today. I didn’t sweeten the entire liter because I’m trying to get some of my co-workers a little more into tea but sweetening my travel mug was an interesting experience. The granulated sugar here doesn’t have a spoon so it was sort of a ‘pour a little and shake and taste and repeat until satisfied’ thing so I’ll probably end up with a different amount of sweetener in each cup of this unless I give in and sweeten the rest of it in the jug.
I’m not completely happy with this as an iced tea but I don’t know how much of that is that this tea is super old and I should really just throw it out or something but I created it and it’s got my poor deceased kitty Gizmo on the label and I can’t seem to do that. So I keep drinking it. The hazelnut makes this nutty and toasty but the sub-optimum old Adagio black tea makes this just meh.
Flavors: Caramel, Hazelnut
I’m thinking that most of the custom Adagio tea I have are just OK – and that’s true of this one too. Not bad, not great just ok.
I’m not getting much strawberry – more stone fruit (apricot), vanilla, cream.
I’m happy to have bought the set, and is fun to try the custom blends, the tins are so cute, but the tea is more of a novelty than great tea.
I didn’t even realize this one had rooibos until I went to record my note. Yes!
This one is pretty tasty, nothing I need to keep around, but my one cup is enjoyable. The chai like spices aren’t under- or overwhelming. There is a subtle hint of vanilla here too. Not at all what I was expecting from looking at the dry blend.
This one has a prominent apple scent. Amid all the other spices in this blend, I was happily surprised to notice such a strong apple presence.
I’m not really all that crazy about Adagio when it comes to their flavored black teas. It’s just a very harsh and funky black tea … I think that Adagio should rethink this base … but I’ve thought that for a long time. I have mentioned though, at least once or twice, that when the flavored black teas are used in the custom blends like this one, the harshness seems to be less prevalent. I’m not sure why that is.
The spices here are warm and inviting. The cinnamon is the strongest flavor but it doesn’t overpower the ginger, clove and cardamom. There is a lovely caramel note to the cup, and then I taste apple and a hint of orange. It’s a really nice interpretation of an “Autumn Chai.”
This has unexpectantly become one of my morning work go to’s. I don’t specifically get the taste of blueberries while drinking this but I definitely taste something fruity, for some reason I want to say that I get more of a peachy, stone fruity flavor than blueberries but maybe my taste buds are just off. I’ve drunk through a 3 oz bag pretty quick and although I won’t be in a rush to restock (I have WAY to much tea right now) it will remain on my list of potential future purchases.
This is my “dashboard inspired” tea. Roswell was drinking this yesterday and it reminded me that I’m not drinking my custom Adagio teas.
This one is pretty good. It’s caramel, and vanilla as stated – I’m also getting some chestnut that’s not really listed, so I’m not sure why I’m getting that.
I’m not sure I will ever order these again, but they are fun, the tins are cute, and this tea isn’t bad…
This is officially the last of the Magic Potion teas that Dexter so kindly and thoughtfully sent to me. And although I didn’t delibretly put this one off for last, I guess it kinda makes sense why I subconsciously chose the others over this one: it’s so freaking spice heavy! Damn Chai.
Yeah, I steeped it up and really as soon as the water hit the leaves I knew so much that I wouldn’t like this one, and damn was I right. It’s a mess. Really, it truly is.
It’s composed of three chai blends and between the three there’s just so much spice and then so much “extra stuff” that should be making each chai special that all that extra crap is too thinly stretched to even compare with the abundance of nasty spice. It was like a cup of hot, concentrated ginger/cinnamon vomit with a pinch of lemon grass. Everything else was really lost/muddled. Vanilla? Nope. Chocolate? Hell nah.
But I’ll give it some props: Polyjuice is supposed to be extremely complicated and disgusting tasting, and this blend met those qualities. So ten points to Gryffindor for the accuracy in that regard. It goes without saying this wasn’t for me though.
Happy it’s gone.
Thank you Dexter for the sample! I think I just have one more magic potion left at this point. Maybe I’ll finish it off tonight?
Anyway, made this in my timolino. It was good but nothing exceptional; basically just a nice straight forward caramel/vanilla black tea with the tiniest little bit of bitterness/dryness on the end sip. I guess I’d drink it again, but there’s really no need to go out of my way to do so.
I suppose it fit the namesake well enough.
Also, this was/is my second Butterbeer Tea (the other was the 52Teas take on it)! A year ago the concept of even one Butterbeer themed tea probably would have really blown my mind, and now I’m sorta just like “Oh, that’s cool I suppose” about it. Huh.
Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Vanilla
Thank you Dexter for the sample! This one is definitely interesting. I wonder how the blender decided on the flavours for this one given that Veritaserum is supposed to have no flavour or smell?
I actually taste the raspberry in this very clearly which says a lot to me because with Adagio blends I find that a fair amount of the time the flavours are muddled because of lots going on with the blends. As for the other flavours in this, I think the black base is very heavy, bold, and brisk and as for the chocolate it’s definitely more of a dark chocolate with a bit of bitterness to it. I really don’t mind the bitterness though because it’s definitely more something I’m associating with the chocolate than oversteeping the tea or anything like that.
On the whole, this wasn’t so bad and I really did like that rich raspberry flavour (with the bitter dark chocolate it was almost like a raspberry truffle). Would I order it? No – but I’d absolutely drink it again if I had the chance.
Yeah, definitely not what I’d have expected for this particular magic potion but it was ok!
Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Raspberry
Cold brewed the whole sample from Dexter in the hopes that maybe just maybe I’d not be sick by the time it was ready. Twas not the case though, even after giving this one a very extended 24 hour steep in the fridge. Honestly, it wasn’t bad at all though.
It reminded me of cold brewed Oh Canada! from DT in that it was a really thick, rich maple flavour to it – but this one was better because on top of the maple was a nice gooey caramel flavour, some faint black tea taste, and almost a marzipan sweet nuttyness. I’d love to try this one again hot or as a latte – or better yet as a cold brew when I’m actually not sick.
I was really impressed on the whole, though!
Maybe because my expectiations were very low. And I feel like this one passes for what it’s named after pretty well too. Gotta give props for that because I haven’t found a lot of these potion blends to be too fitting in that regard.
Flavors: Caramel, Maple, Maple Syrup, Marzipan, Nutty, Toffee
Thanks Dexter for the sample! There’s definitely a lot of mint in this one visually, but interestingly enough I found that the mint was really, really light overall. Interestingly, I thought it was shockingly similar to the Adagio “Serenitea” fan blend which is mint and hazelnut.
Definitely had to go double check the ingredients for this one; there’s not even hazelnut in it!? I feel like lately I’ve been so terribly off with what ingredients are in what teas; but only in regard to Adagio blends. What is this madness!?
But yeah; it was pretty decent. Overall not much to it to be excited over other than the name, though.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Hazelnut, Mint, Spearmint
I drank a bunch of tea lately and didn’t log it, so now I’ve got some half assed catching up to do.
I actually enjoyed this one! Yeah it tasted like a typical Adagio black tea, but the flavours worked for me. I didn’t even mind the chai, though I still feel like Adagio’s chai is overused in these blends. Possibly because I don’t LOVE chai.
But yeah, a decent chocolatey tea! I still have enough for a cup left, thanks to Cavocorax! :)
Small Big Traveling Tea Box
Hike. Tea. Video Games. Neuro. Ahhh, it sure is a gloriously relaxing day today.. I’m finishing off this TTB today so it can be shipped out for other adventures:D
I think this is my first tea blend from Adagio:D I can very much so taste their strawberry tea in here… it is quite tart. But besides that, I love how the spices tickle your tongue until it fades into the strawberry flavor. The combination of the chai with the strawberry is done well and I like this cup much more with a dash of sweetener :]
Flavors: Spices, Strawberry, Tart
Well, I think this is the most I’ve ever drawn out a sipdown? And by that I mean that I made this as a cold brew and it’s taken my the span of THREE DAYS to finish it off completely since originally straining it.
It came to work with me, and then to Tyrell’s party on the same day, and to work again the day after the party, and finally today when I finished it off this morning. It’s not that it was bad or anything – if it was I would have just dumped it, I just had so much going on…
So yeah; thank you Dexter for the sample! I really, really drew out finishing it off. I feel a little bad about that, not gonna lie. But like I said; not awful or anything. I tasted mostly the Adagio black base, and then a little dry nuttiness (I guess hazlenuts) and strawberries/cream. Overall “ok”; there’s no need to have it again though.
Thanks to Dexter for sending some awesome Harry Potter tea samples my way.
This one is pretty tasty, but ultimately too rich for me. The creaminess seems subtle at first, and really sneaks up to create the richness in addition to the apricot here. However, a real upside is that the black base I’m not a fan of from Adagio isn’t really all that offensive or noticeable.