Custom-Adagio Teas

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drank Polyjuice by Custom-Adagio Teas
678 tasting notes

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.

Thanks Dexter!

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drank Autumn Chai by Custom-Adagio Teas
4323 tasting notes

Backlog:

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.”

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drank BOLDLY by Custom-Adagio Teas
55 tasting notes

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.

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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…

Cameron B.

Definitely. I didn’t love most of my Star Wars teas, but the tins are worth it. :P

Dexter

That’s kind of what I’m thinking too – tins are cute – tea is just ok…. :))

Cameron B.

I’m kind of tempted by the Hobbit-themed one just because the art is so cute and bright! :P

Dexter

LOL I have so much tea in my house that I can’t start buying more because the tins are cute – and Adagio shipping is still pretty expensive to Canada. Basically what I’m saying is that I’m trying hard not to be tempted.

Cameron B.

Yeah, I’m definitely not going to buy any now! The only purchases I foresee are Butiki and TeaVivre (both sales). And then I really need to go on hiatus! :P

Cameron B.

Oh, and maybe Verdant, if I end up liking the Minnesota Blend that Sarsonator is so generously letting me sample!

Dexter

My problem is that I end up buying “unforeseen” orders. I end up buying stuff right before a sale or right after a sale. I’m really bad at “I NEED It NOW” – and don’t touch it for 3 months… I really need to get better at this. I’ve been saying that I’m on hiatus for 6 months now. LOL look how well that’s working out for me.
Wishing you all the best in trying to curb your order, only buying onsale – if this works out for you, I’ll hit you up for lessons. :))

TheTeaFairy

I’m more like you dex…I want it now…and then there’s a sale, and I get more…sigh.

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Sipdown (134/141)!

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.

Just… Ew.

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.

Flavors: Spices

mj

Ha! “10 points to Gryffindor for accuracy”

Lynxiebrat

Well it’s only supposed to be disgusting tasting if your drinking the ‘essence’ of someone evil. lol…Harry Potter geek too

Cheri

Yep, the 10 points made me laugh.

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Sipdown (139/146)!

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

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drank BOLDLY by Custom-Adagio Teas
55 tasting notes

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70

Sipdown (144/151)!

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

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Sipdown (152/159)!

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

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This is a straightforward minty black tea. The chocolate isn’t really noticeable except for a hint of sweetness towards the end of the cup and a lack of astringency in the black tea. Overall, not bad!

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Sipdown (147/154)!

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

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drank Garrus by Custom-Adagio Teas
494 tasting notes

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! :)

Cameron B.

This is actually one of the fandom samplers than I’m really interested in trying. I’m glad Garrus is at least somewhat tasty, considering he’s the best. :P

whatshesaid

I have no clue who that is, haha

Cameron B.

Oh, sorry. It’s from a video game called Mass Effect. :)

whatshesaid

So many fandoms out there!

Cavocorax

Yay Cameron! We can be Mass Effect besties, mumbling incoherently about calibrations.

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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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 2 OZ / 59 ML

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drank Skele-Gro by Custom-Adagio Teas
678 tasting notes

This one tastes just like it says on the box. Peppermint, spearmint, and chocolate. The chocolate here tastes more dark than milk, and surprisingly with all the mint, it’s not overwhelming for me. Interesting indeed. A nice cuppa to finish off a long day at work.

Thanks for sharing Dexter!

mj

You would think Skele-Gro would not be quite so pleasant haha

Courtney

You would think. I keep waiting for a prickling in my arm haha. :)

Cameron B.

The whole potions fandom is a strange concept to me, considering most of the potions in Harry Potter supposedly taste horrible.

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Sipdown (151/158)!

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.

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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.

Thanks Dexter!

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Sipdown (149/155)!

Thank you Dexter for the sample! I decided I’d cold brew one of these guys for work to get in an easy sipdown but I didn’t have my laptop on hand so I picked based on what I thought they were flavoured using smell as a reference. This one smelled fruity and a lot of the others had mint or spice smells to them so this was the front runner.

So keep in mind I had no clue what was actually in this one but taste wise when I was drinking this I got strawberries and cream, and maybe raspberries. Well, apparently this one does have a strong cream element in it but the fruit is apricot. Huh. I guess maybe I see that? I think I’d definitely have to try it again to confirm that though.

As a “Strawberry” Cream tea I thought this was solidly good though; not great or mindblowing, but fun because of the fandom and not awful tasting. Not sure how I feel about it now that I know I was tasting apricot. I mean, it still tasted good but obviously it wasn’t distinctly apricot flavoured.

Flavors: Cream, Strawberry, Vanilla

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From Here’s Hoping Teabox 3. I have friends who are crazy addicted to Minecraft, but so far I’ve avoided the game. Sipping this to just say I have tried a minecraft fandom blend!

Very interesting combination of gunpowder, hojicha and kukicha. Its got lots of green tea complexity going on with grassy brightness, spring leafy, bit of smoke and hint of roast.

Already on my 3rd cup from the teabox, and I just picked it up a few hours ago!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

I can’t really get into the whole sandbox game idea. The only thing I like to do in Minecraft is raise the animals. :P Cute little blocky cows and sheep!

Cheri

I have avoided this one because I would probably get addicted and I really don’t need that right now. I’ve got too many other things going on.

Cavocorax

Haha That’s an awesome tea.
And I can do the sandbox thing but I need to make up a good narrative to make it interesting! The best was when my husband I took turns playing and he’d surprise me with a farm, or start building skull statues that I would run into unexpectedly! Once he stopped though, I got bored…

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drank Ambrosia by Custom-Adagio Teas
649 tasting notes

My before bed tea. I only have one teaspoon of this left, so I need to order more. It’s a sweet and satisfying nighttime tisane. It taste like peaches and cream with the apricot making an appearance every now and then.

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

It goes well with the Shining Star. ;)

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While I am admittedly not a Harry Potter fan (in the slightest) my husband is and he has been re-reading the books again. So for our tea tonight I chose this blend which came from the return of the EU TTB round 2, my husbands face lit up a little when I said the name of the blend. I’m after something nice to fuel me while I cross stitch. I’ve been getting into it again, it was something I did as a child and I even joined a sewing/craft club. Now I’m doing a huuuge castle to enter into a contest at my club in September, hopefully it will be done by then. Though I find tea drinking and sewing go together very well.
Here is the last two projects I finished this month:
http://tinypic.com/r/awaj9k/8
http://tinypic.com/r/2149ncg/8

Back to the tea – In raw state it smells like a sweet chai, particularly cardamom and cinnamon but rather fresh and crisp. Nice so far but no chocolate is present.

Once steeped the tea smells thickly like chocolate but in a pleasant way, however it does not fully mask the spicy chai behind it.

Flavour is not as thick as it smells though the chai is highly noticeable, again particularly cardamom and cinnamon. The chocolate is not very present but it does have a smoothness that shows it’s a chai with a difference. Perhaps flavour wise is more cocoa than chocolate but still it’s subtlety is pleasant enough. I have had chocolate chai before from Della Terra which is highly chocolatey in flavour, this is the polar opposite. It’s a nice blend and it’s theme was joyous (for my husband anyway) but the flavour is nothing past average. Good for a personal custom blend though, just too weak for me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML
Jennkay

Your projects are so cute! I used to be really into cross-stitching, too, but that was a while ago. Maybe I’ll take it up again :)

KittyLovesTea

You can always give it another go, I found it very easy to pick it up again after so long. There are no end of beautiful tea related patterns now a days, much more than when I was younger. :)

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Sipdown (149/154)!

This is the first “Magical Potion” tea I’m trying from all the samples that Dexter sent me! I would have been with making any of them in the timolino today but this was the first I grabbed from my sample drawer in the kitchen so it was the one I went with.

I tried to keep the steep time short; my experience with some Adagio blacks is that they go bitter quite quickly. I think this got just shy of a four minute steep, and I think that may have been pushing it because taste wise there was some noticeable bitterness to this. I also picked up on caramel notes, although they were not as smooth as I would have liked for them to be. Thankfully, I didn’t really notice any of the spices in this except for maybe the cinnamon and a little cardamom. I’m not really a Chai fan so I certainly didn’t miss tasting them.

You know what I did miss? Pumpkin. You’d think that a tea named “Pumpkin Juice” or whatever would at least have a little Pumpkin flavour, but nope! I was disappointed about the absence of it. I felt lied to.

So this one isn’t really for me; but I still feel like it was a lot of fun trying it and I think it’ll be a lot of fun to continue to try the other Magical Potion blends. Maybe I’ll watch one of the movies and drink a few of the teas to accompany. That could be a fun thing to do!

Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon

VariaTEA

I also missed out on the pumpkin in this blend, though I did get notes of pumpkin spice which I find many teas think are a suitable substitute.

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T&C TTB Tea # 5 – Backlog May 23

This was my very first Adagio tea!

I wasn’t overly impressed with it. It tasted somewhat bitter with a sour aftertaste. I definitely got the caramel/vanilla flavors but there was also a weird chemical taste that I picked up on. This tea only loosely implies “butter beer”, I actually preferred the 52Teas version. I’d added milk to this in the hopes of making it creamier. It did not work.

IMO this one was missing some root beer flavor or something.

To be honest, I’ve had the real deal, i mean as real as a fictional beverage can be – the Butter Beer from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando.

And that stuff was AWESOME. So no imitations will ever compare!

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Another Sipdown from my *Sil*box, which was sent to her by Cavo, I think.
I really enjoyed Tiger Eye, when I had some in my cupboard, but I don’t feel like there is a highest enough percentage of it in this cup. Honestly, I don’t really get this combination of teas, but then again, many of the Adagio fandom combo’s don’t make sense to me.
It’s not horrible tasting, but not really tasty either.
Darkworld…is it some kind of Legends of Zelda thing? I should have gave this to my 21 year old son Leif, he’s a long time Zelda fan.
I think I’m getting old…
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Lariel

It’s a parallel dimension.

Terri HarpLady

I’m sure both of my sons have probably been there, virtually speaking. :)

Terri HarpLady

I remember when my son Drew wanted an Ocarina for a birthday present, :)

Lariel

That was a good game.

TheTeaFairy

I still Love Zelda!!

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drank TARDIS by Custom-Adagio Teas
1377 tasting notes

I love how “Chicken Soup” is one of the flavours listed for the tea. :D :D

This is my favourite of the fandom blends, I think. So tasty. Blueberry caramel! Yum yum yum.

Flavors: Blueberry, Caramel

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cavocorax

LOL. Chicken soup?

OMGsrsly

Yeah. :) Roswell Strange definitely gets some interesting flavours!

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