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I’ve had this one in my swap drawer for ages. Terri Harplady sent it my way back in the early days of our tealationship :-)
She has written about this a lot, but for some reason I haven’t tried it. I think because it’s an adagio tea and I don’t often love those. But I need to make some space in my swap drawer for a swap coming from yyz, so time to get to work!
This is actually really nice. Not at all what I expected. Very smooth and drinkable. I can’t see myself reordering, but I will very much enjoy this mug! Thanks Terri!
ETA: As this cooled and I continued with my day while sipping on it, I liked it more and more. Very sad to hear it’s no longer available, would have seriously considered an adagio purchase! But, I can wait for a version from Stacy.
sipdown! I had this early today as i need to get a few sipdowns in today since dexter made my cupboard go up a bunch! I think the BBB Box might also be sitting at the post office for me, so there’s another few teas. I REALLY want to stay as close to 150 as possible to make sure i keep my goal of 150 by black friday. Awesome tea friends are making that hard though! While i’m not an EG lover, i do appreciate getting to try this one out so thanks Cavocorax!
This was super yummy. It tasted like cinnamon tea with almond flavoring. The cinnamon definitely came through stronger than the almond. So good. I think I may have to try this with some almond milk.
This is a nice savory tea that is smoothed out with the almond and cinnamon. So lovely. I kind of wish I had a fireplace so I could drink it in front of a warm fire.
This tea’s been sitting in the back of my basket o’ teas for a while and I’m not sure why. I really like the mocha nut mate and hazelnut teas and I’m generally a fan of cinnamon in tea, so while it makes sense that I bought it, it doesn’t make sense that I never tried it. My first impression is that this is a nice, flavorful blend, but it could be a bit more full-bodied. As I so often think in my initial tastings of tea, I could’ve used a bit more leaf. One day I’ll learn. I mostly get the mocha nut and the hazelnut and not so much of the cinnamon, which is fine. I’m going to hold off on giving this a numerical review until I try it a few more times, but it’s definitely in the happy face range.
Delicious dessert tea (aka weekend breakfast tea, if you’re me). Perfect with milk and sugar. I should really remember to drink this more often.
thank cavocorax I realised that i hadn’t tried this yet so today is the day! I love me some doctor who but i dislike most earl grey’s heh This isn’t a bad earl grey. It’s got a mildness to it that i like though it’ll never be a favourite. Thanks for sharing though Cavo! It’s pretty decent.
This is so good. The flavor profile is not very complex: it’s almond and vanilla. Because, as the name says, it’s an almond cookie. Totally delicious. I’m drinking this unsweetened. I’m enjoying it very very much.
Not rating this at the moment.
I had a cup of this with lunch today and it was very pleasant. Light and fruity with a hint of other spices underneath the citrus. However, because of the difference between white tea and rooibos, I suspect most of the rooibos vanilla chai is sitting at the bottom of the bag. I did turn it upside down and gave it a few good shakes before opening it but there weren’t any rooibos bits that I saw in my spoonful. I think this is a tea that has to be repackaged in order to fully blend it before drinking.
i’m pretty certain that i’m gonna drink this Tasha tea fast. it’s very similar to the Sherlock blend and i drank all of that one. simply substitute Oriental Spice for Currant and you have Natasha.
the hawkeye comic is great. the art is supreme. if you like comics give one drawn by Aja a flip through next time you’re at the store.
zzzzz ….sandwiches zzzz….
in fics, Nat always drinks tea. her and Bruce. drinkin tea. always seems to be. peaceful and balanced.
One of my absolute favorites. I’m basically done with my second bag of this and will definitely order more soon. I really like the balance of the teas; there’s not too much of any one flavor. Very solid breakfast tea or afternoon tea or whenever tea.
i freakin love Cara McGee’s lapsang blends. she just goes for it. balls out bold. and how accurate for the brash, aggressive, and charming Tony.
remember, i am the person who pushes Cara’s Smaug tea blend on everyone, so take that into consideration. but i suspect that i will always think that lapsang and ginger make an excellent blend. The Apothecary said that her bag wasn’t lapsangy enough. but mine has a good balance. the ginger is mild, but i get a nice bit of lapsang on the nose. the blend still has a steady foot in “black tea” territory. overall, smells INTENSE but is really really easy to drink. i bet it’s gonna go fast out of my cupboard.
(when i opened the bag that first time, my roommate was all “i can smell it from over here wowza”)
at this point, the only teas i buy from adagio are Cara’s lapsang blends. and the fact that she makes them for my fandoms, and they are perfect for sipping all winter long while i read mega piles of hawt Avengers fic, is really just a bonus. a really really special awesomesauce bonus.
One of my favorite teas, this blend contains black, gunpowder, orange peel, and spices. It wakes me up in the morning without getting me all jittery. It’s perfect for any Firefly lover.
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.
This tea is not full of skeletons, but does evoke the oh so stealthy archers, mixing White Peach (for their bleached bones), Almond Oolong (for their sounds that to me sound like almonds hitting a floor), and Vanilla Green (to celebrate the growing power of bonemeal). The aroma is very sweet, blending the fruity peach, creamy vanilla, and nutty almond. Under the initial flavors you can detect notes of papery white which I always associate with Bai Mu Dan. There is also a tiny floral note and a bit of vegetal green.
Once the skeleton gets a a good steeping, the aroma becomes more roasted oolong and rich almond. The peach and vanilla aroma fades leaving the almond to be prominent. The aroma is sweet and smooth with a touch of earthiness. Removing the skeleton from the water leaves tea that has a warm and sweet aroma. The almond is much more mellow with the vanilla become more of a presence. The peach is also there but it is more of an afterthought.
Time to drink the skelley tea (as Ben and I lovingly call it) there are no skeletons, bows, arrows, or other rare drops in this tea though, I should point out. Before I get into too much of an analysis of the flavor, I should point out that Ben loves this tea, Ben who dislikes most greens and oolongs and only mildly enjoys white teas. He is very picky with his tea drinking so him enjoying this tea was a huge feather in my diamond helmet. Bragging aside, the taste is initial sweet and warming, the first thing you notice is the almond and creamy vanilla. There is a slight undertone of peach that reminds me of cooked peaches in a cobbler, just without the spice. Under all those delicious flavors are notes of roasted oolong and a touch of papery white. As the tea cools it gets sweeter and a touch tart, more like a fresh peach, with a note of artichoke and sage. This tea is also pretty good iced, when it is iced it tastes mostly of peach with a tiny bit of vanilla sweetness. And now off to play Minecraft and brood that I am not at Minecon in a Creeper costume.
I hit my the target word count for today, but that means I’m still behind overall because I had a late, slow start yesterday. I did find some kind of awesomely helpful websites, though!
And my favorite:
Still baked apple kinds of yummy, still not liking the Bergamot in the blend. Definitely better without any additives.
I can honestly see the name here. It’s kind of weird, but I’m definitely picturing jellyfish floating slowly on a current as I drink this. It’s a really mellow cup, with strong (but not overwhelming) vanilla and blueberry flavors. The pomegrantate is there, but it’s more of an accent to the blueberry than it’s own entity.
Thanks for this cup KallieBoo!
Bonus jellyfish pic from my last trip to the Shedd Aquarium:
In a last ditch effort to clear out small quantities, & a get my count down by the ‘end of the the month’, I came across this one. I’ve had this for awhile, since TTB-A made it’s first round last spring!
It’s actually not bad, although I’d prefer it without the mintiness.
To me, this tea tastes like a gumball but with a little bit of zing to it. But in a good way! It’s a good tea when you want something with a bit of spice to it but aren’t feeling like a traditional chai.
I have a feeling this is one of the teas I’d like better if I did something different than what I normally do (boil water, steep for about three minutes, drink straight). I’ve come to terms with this not being as pumpkin-y as I want everything to be and now appreciate it as a nice chai variation but it’s a little bitter, especially as it cools. I should probably add some milk and sugar, because what chai doesn’t like milk and sugar? I also might like it more with cooler water or an even shorter steep time. Still, not a bad tea, just one who I haven’t been able to make live up to its full potential.
I had wanted to stretch out my last little bit of this tea for as long as I could. Sooooooo, for a while now I’ve had just enough for one measly cup just hanging out in my cupboard. When I made it today it was so sad. Not only was it my last bit, it had more chamomile than anything else :/
Now I’m ready for bed! lol, darn chamomile
I decided to dig my hand into the traveling tea box and select randomly this morning, and this is (supposedly) what I came up with. I’m not entirely sure this is actually the tea its label says it is. From the description and other reviews, this tea doesn’t even LOOK like what it’s supposed to, much less taste like it. There are no fruit pieces, just very dark tea leaves and a few flakes of something olive green, perhaps a dried herb??
Anyway, I steeped it for about a minute and a half, and sweetened it with a scoop and a half of sugar. The first sip was very smoky, with a big hit of astringency. At first, I thought I’’d over steeped it, which means one of either two things: it’s got lapsang souchong in it, or it’s a poor quality tea, to have become astringent so quickly. Blech. I added some milk and a little more sugar, and that masked the astringency to a degree where I could drink it. The smokiness was still there, but I could handle that, as long as it didn’t taste like metal anymore. There’s definitely no fruit in this, and no cream flavor. I really think it was mislabeled, but I don’t know how that could have happened.
I checked the little journal that was included in the tea box to see who put it in, and it turns out this was in there from the beginning, put there by momo. Maybe she would know more than I do about it.
This is my favorite afternoon tea because it tastes good hot, cold, or room temperature so if I forget about it for a while (as I often do in the afternoon) it’s still good. I do think I prefer it warm because I find the flavors seem more balanced, as opposed to the dominance of the mint when iced. It reminds me a lot of the Tazo iced mint green teas in the bottle that I used to get occasionally.
Also, when I first ordered this from Adagio I got two bags of Loki instead of the one Loki and one something else I ordered, which seemed amusingly fitting. They sent me the missing tea right away when I let them know and I got to keep the extra Loki, which was nice because I finished the first bag fairly quickly.
I hoarded the last of my Bilbo Brew at Tony’s house for quite some time, but today I drank the last cup. I’ve enjoyed this tea, but it’s no longer available. Maybe I’ll have Stacy make me a custom brew similar to it.