Custom-Adagio Teas

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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
674 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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72

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
1423 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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drank Veritaserum by Custom-Adagio Teas
597 tasting notes

Sipdown! Finished the last of this and I feel pretty much the same now as I did when I first had it. And the way all of these HP teas have been so far. Good, but not amazing.

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71

Sipdown…I feel much the same way as I did before. It’s pleasant but not something that calls out to me!

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drank Veritaserum by Custom-Adagio Teas
597 tasting notes

This is another of the samples from the Harry Potter customs I wanted to try, so Dexter sent me this and a few others. I can taste the raspberry and a little chocolate, but not much of anything else. It’s a pleasant enough tea, but not something I’d want to buy, to be honest. I am glad I had the chance to try it though. I have enough for one more cup.

Dexter

The best part of swapping – being able to try teas before you buy. You either fall in love and HAVE TO HAVE more, or you cross it off the list and be glad you didn’t waste money on it. Either way I am happy to share. :))

Amariel

Yup! Thanks!

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drank Wonderland by Custom-Adagio Teas
4366 tasting notes

Backlog:

I’m not usually a huge fan of Adagio teas, but, I find that I generally prefer the custom blends like this one over their flavored teas. Yeah, I know that the flavored teas are what are used to make the blends, but something about the teas being blended together seems to … make that Adagio harshness a little less so. I don’t know why.

And I didn’t really notice the harshness that I usually taste from Adagio’s flavored black teas with this blend. Bonus points for that.

It’s a tasty combination of cinnamon, candy cane, and spearmint teas.

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drank Rivaini by Custom-Adagio Teas
73 tasting notes

Wow. I didn’t know what to expect going into this tea. I gave a glance at the ingredients and thought, “Hmm. Latte.” And so I mixed it up as such.

The tea’s aroma reminds me of spice cake. It’s sweet and full of sweet spices. It smells DELICIOUS. Like I really want to eat a spice cake now. The taste is just as good. A medley of sweet spice mixed with a hint of something else. I can’t quite lay my finger on the other mingled tastes. It’s mostly a delightfully light chai with a particularly cake-y flavor. The aroma is so delightful I could just crawl inside it and live there. I seriously want a Rivaini candle now.

So, yes, I recommend and yes, I’m going to have to buy some of this tea. It will be the first fandom blend I purchase from Adagio because I MUST have it.

Flavors: Cake, Cream, Round , Smooth, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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71

This is one of the Harry Potter teas I requested from Dexter and while I like it, I don’t find it is amazing. It’s just nice, pleasant, non-offensive, etc. I can’t really make out that much of the individual flavours much. Maybe it will be better as a cold steep?

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80

Chai + creamy = great. No calories. Chai blend is well balanced. Thanks Sarsonator!

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73

I have not had tea at work in a week, I think. Our air conditioner is out, so hot tea is basically like torture instead of a delight. One more week… and it should be fixed. sigh.

But today I just needed some hot tea, so I went for it.

This smells like an freshly unwrapped Werther’s candy. Definitely full of caramel and vanilla and a bit of burnt sugar. It’s a very nice sweet black tea. I think this is one of my favorites from the bunch of Harry Potter teas.

Cheri

I hope they get the AC fixed quick! Sounds miserable.

lolainred

We’re on week two without it, but they say June 4th it should be fixed… we’re in the home stretch! It could be worse, for sure.

Cheri

Ugh. Almost there.

yyz

Feel for you there. Ironically I like hot tea when it’s hot. I find i actually makes me feel cooler for a time. I learned this in Rajhastan, the theory is it slightly raises your internal temp for a while so there is less difference between you and the external temp, so you feel cooler.

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drank Ambrosia by Custom-Adagio Teas
674 tasting notes

I am back from New Orleans and happily, utterly, blissfully exhausted. I had a great time with my parents and sisters, and I really enjoyed celebrating my niece. What I didn’t have while I was down there was hot tea, so it’s nice to get home to my tea cupboard… and family. :)

Since I’m planning on going to bed early tonight I decided an herbal tea would be best. I’m still a big fan of this one. Tonight it’s all peaches and cream. Tasty and incredibly relaxing.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Lariel

Glad you like it. :) (That is my blend.)

Veronica

It’s a great blend! I like it a lot.

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drank Amortentia by Custom-Adagio Teas
597 tasting notes

This one is weird. I am getting a strange syrupy note, that I think is supposed to be blueberry, but tastes artificial to me. I get a bit of an oily sheen on top, likely from the coconut, though that isn’t an issue really. I can hardly make out any true flavour notes. I must agree that I am not fond of the base on this one. I have slightly astringent fighting with artificial with flavour trying to be seen. I tried adding milk and it is only weirder.

This is the first of the Harry Potter teas, but I’m not a huge fan of this one. I hope I like the other ones Dexter sent.

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Delicious, smooth and incredible caramel aftertaste. For all you direwolves trying to find your way back to Winterfell, this tea will get you focused and remind you of home. Read my full review here: http://www.abbisiler.com/tea/stark-winterbrew-game-of-thrones-fandom-tea

Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Earth, Smoke, Smooth, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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I am drinking a green base version of this, from Marzipan! Thanks!!!

I can find nothing to complain about here. I like cherry and almond and vanilla together. It isn’t blowing me away though. I think I would reeeeeely like this one cold steeped as iced tea, and maybe with a little sugar added. I dig fruity greens that way! I shall try that with the rest of my sample :)

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64

Like most other pumpkin teas, this tastes like black base and pumpkin spices. No caramel to be found and nothing really special other than the name. Still, it is always fun to try something new so I am very grateful to Nattie for sending me this along with all other Harry Potter potion teas.

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’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #20
I have a passing familiarity with Minecraft. I haven’t played any videogames lately, though I wish I was – I miss them! Minecraft seems like it would take 100% of my time though, which is exactly why I must not play any videogames right now. haha. I had to try this tea though – this here is a green tea triple threat! I don’t think I’ve actually had these three types together before, or even two of them, so interesting! The hojicha makes itself known on the first sip, even though there isn’t a ton of it that I see in the blend itself. Then the gunpowder flavors – vegetal green. I didn’t really taste the kukicha, and I’m confident I would have been able to…maybe not. A nice blend!
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // (half cup) 30 min after boiling // ??

Veronica

Congrats on 1500!

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drank Pikachu by Custom-Adagio Teas
616 tasting notes

I was hoping this was going to be more pavlova with candied lemons and cherries and instead I got Cherry Zebra Stripe gum. There’s some serious rooibos flavor in here, as well.

I’m hoping this is better iced.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Skele-Gro by Custom-Adagio Teas
1877 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (163)

So this is merely a mediocre chocolate peppermint tea. Nothing particularly special aside from the name. It is enjoyable enough but I certainly don’t need 3 oz, especially when I have lots of Butiki’s Peppermint Patty to satisfy all my chocolate mint cravings. Nonetheless, thank you Nattie for the chance to try it!!

Dustin

The name would have sucked me into a purchase!

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