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Another sampler tea!
This one is actually pretty great when cooled down. The flavors are very roasty and like the other review, does remind me of seaweed a bit! The fruity notes are very soft, but still there. I am surprised I enjoyed this one so much. I think it just fills a gap in my tea collection that nothing else could. I think I need to try more hojicha and kukicha.
Oops! Forgot I was steeping this and so it went quite a bit over. But somehow it isn’t bitter, so it’s a win! This tea includes a lot of Adagio’s better black chocolate+raspberry things. It’s a given that this would taste quite good. It reminds me of the Neil tea I had awhile ago (they share some ingredients). In other words, tastes of those chocolate/raspberry stick I always get for Christmas. Very tasty!
Hello everyone! I know it has been a really long time since I last wrote on here. But I want my followers to know that I am still here; reading, studying, and of course, drinking tea!
I purchased this blend in the discounted Fandom Samplers set. I’m not sure if I would have picked this one out myself, but I’m glad it was included!
This smells very tropical and sweet. I am having it with an orange, which seems to be the perfect pairing! The liquor is extremely light; despite my steep time. Maybe I need a bit more leaf? The taste is again, very light; but fruity. I really like this flavor and I’ll have to keep playing with it before I really give it a rating.
I don’t actually know that I’d call this chai. Spiced yes, chai no.
But for that reason it’s quite good without milk and sugar. I can’t say that about most chai blends, because I find the spicing is too much for me without being tempered by those elements.
This one is dominantly coconut with a gentle amount of cinnamon and ginger in the background. The almond is very subtle and more in the later part of the sip.
I liked this one a lot more when I was first starting my tea journey, but it’s still a pretty easy cup to relax into and I’ve reupped my supply it several times over the years. I might still.
I was hoping/thinking this would be a chocolate chai blend, or at least that’s how I imagined it would turn out in my head. It does have a strong chocolate flavor to it (although more of a… burnt chocolate spice than chocolate itself), and there are elements of chai in it as well, along with a hint of orange. It’s also a bit of lingering dryness, which I’m learning is the nut flavoring that Adagio uses. If it weren’t for this last bit, I’d give this a strong recommendation, however the dry factor is really ruining drinking anything else for me, as it’s sticking round well past the sip.
Thank you Cavocorax for sharing this with me! This was on my list to try for some time now, so I’m glad I finally got the opportunity thanks to our swap.
Flavors: Chocolate, Nuts, Orange Zest
This one isn’t too bad – it’s ceylon, and tiger eye, which I think adds a little caramel, and I can taste the cinnamon in it too. It’s tasty – there’s nothing wrong with it – but it’s not quite memorable either.
But I’m happy I tried it! And if I were in the Zelda fandom maybe I would appreciate it more!
Ok Sil- your turn! (Sipdown, 187)
I really like this tea. It’s not so much earl grey as it is caramel blueberry for me.
Definitely need to get more, once I’ve worked through more of what I have.
I mean, MissB did give me a little pouch of this, so I’ll be good for a while. :)
I kept the steep time short to finish this one off and that definitely helped with the flavour. This is less ginger and bitterness, and surprisingly more cream so that’s a win for sure! Overall, definitely a more pleasant way to finish this one off. Seriously; I can hardly believe this is the same tea that I had yesterday.
Now to have some teas that I didn’t have yesterday.
On the Ninth Day of Christmas Steepster gave to me Nine Ladies Dancing…
This was (obviously) part of the Christmas swap, which was a long time ago – but I put off trying this one because of the green tea and the ginger. Neither sounded good to me, even though I was really excited by getting a LoT blend – but I realized yesterday that I could probably sip this down quickly, and I was right – after yesterday’s cup I now only have one more cup of this.
Really, it wasn’t so bad; pretty bitter but I actually think that was probably a plus because then it was harder to taste the green tea and ginger. Heh…
What I actually ended up doing was frothing up the matcha latte I was having a lot and the scooping out the froth and adding it to this one – and that helped a little bit because it tamed the bitterness/astringency and made this just a touch creamier. I don’t know – I may take that quick sipdown today or get Tre to drink it for me; it shouldn’t be too hard to get him to try a LoT tea.
He might not even fight me on it ;)
Anyway, thanks Khaleesical. Even if I don’t love the tea itself, I liked getting another adagio fandom blend! And trying things outside my comfort zone isn’t necessarily a bad thing either.
TTB Tea 2: I was hesitant to try this one, despite how amazing it sounds. I’ve found that I tend to not like nutmeg in teas, and pumpkin teas often have it. I’ve also had bad experiences with adagio teas before. I’m really glad I tried this one though! It has a very Fall scent and feel to it. I definitely get the pumpkin taste and the black tea, and the vanilla smooths them out and makes it creamy. I really like hazelnut, so I could stand to have more of that. But even without that, I really enjoyed this!
I have came across so many ‘pumpkin pie’ etc. teas that have no pumpkin in them whatsoever and are actually just a blend of spices. I am soo happy that this one has real pumpkin flavour in it! Dry, the tea smells good. Spicy, but not particularly pumpkin-y. After steeping for three minutes as per recommendations, this tea actually smells exactly like warm pumpkin punch! Absolutely no bitterness, just a smooth, buttery spices pumpkin taste which is just beautiful. Seriously. I didn’t think I would like this as much as I do, but I am definitely a fan! This is a bit of a late note, and I can’t quite remember exactly what it tasted like with different additives, but that just means I have an excuse to sit and drink it all day tomorrow in the name of a better review.
I am so out of it right now… Literally, I just looked up at the clock and realized I’ve been staring at my dashboard doing literally nothing for a solid twenty minutes. And then, my next thought was “what am I sitting on?”. Umm… the couch. I’ve been sitting on the couch for the last four hours.
Anyway, I got Tre to sip this one down this morning while I made my morning tea. It was not hard to persuade him to have a mug of Doctor Who themed tea; he’ll buy into anything Doctor Who, which is what I was counting on. Anyway – I stole a few sips post preparation and still found it gross, though a little less “brothy”. He liked it, and kept asking why I didn’t. I didn’t want to tell him it was because it reminded me of savory meat/vegetable soups…
But yeah, not sad it’s gone.
Thanks MissB for the sample, I broke it out today because it’s a size I should be able to sipdown relatively quickly. I wasn’t sure whether I should stick to the steeping directions you wrote out because the temp. was rather high for a blend containing white tea – but I figured you knew what you were doing and I went for it.
My thoughts based on my first few sips are kinda “eighyhh” (which is totally a thing starting now, just because I say it is). The problem I’m encountering here is that the caramel tastes really weird paired with the base teas, which are terribly reminding me of vegetable stock. Vegetable stock/broth and caramel? Ewww…
And berries? There’s supposed to be berries in this? Sorry, but nope.
Actually, I just looked up the ingredients list… And what the fuck!? I’m starting to wonder if I’m drinking the wrong tea – except, I totally double checked to make sure I’d grabbed the correct TARDIS tea (I’ve got the Cara McGee one too) – because I don’t taste any of this shit?
Ginger? Nope (thank God…)
Cinnamon? Maybe, if I push really hard?
Bergamot? Even this one – which is typically a hard flavour to miss – is hiding on me.
The only thing I get is vegetable stock and caramel. Yeah, this is a miss for me…
A really, really weird miss; but hey, at least I have one TARDIS tea I enjoy, right?
Flavors: Caramel, Chicken Soup
I definitely have better luck with the white teas from Adagio than I do black teas. I can handle the black tea blends better than I can the flavored black teas … I don’t know why that is, exactly, but there is something that just is way too harsh about those ‘straight’ / non-blended black teas from adagio.
Anyway … this tea doesn’t fit into that category because it’s a white tea blend. I like it. It was created by my SororiTea Sister, TeaEqualsBliss.
A nice tropical flavor: coconut and pineapple. The orange-y/tangerine-ish notes come across nicely. The coconut tastes smooth and creamy, the pineapple is sweet, and the citrus adds a nice pop of bright flavor.
The spearmint here is refreshing and not overpowering. Mint can sometimes go overboard but it doesn’t here.
A really nice blend.
I was originally going to go for Harney & Sons Paris until I realized that I don’t have anymore!! D’: So I went for this TARDIS blend instead, which is perfect because it’s one of my favorites. Now since it is 2am here, it is officially Feb 22nd, which means I’m getting married today!!! Still waiting for the Doctor to take fiance and I both on adventures and crash the wedding later. There’s still time, right? Wibbly-wobbly….
Flavors: Berries, Caramel
I was hesitant to get this because there are three totally different types of tea (white, green, AND oolong!) but I was all “ooooh, slightly smokey vanilla? gimme!”
When I first opened the bag I was met with a very pleasant vanilla… but it was all lost :(
I don’t feel like I have the palette to describe what’s going on here in my cup, but it definitely has a more pronounced smokey flavor. Where’s the vanilla? soooooo, I added sugar, mwuahahaha. I like it better, but still, it’s no surprise this is at the back of my cupboard.
I think next time I will go for a shorter steep time, instead of the recommended 3minutes.
The sprinkles in this tea add just the right amount of sweetness to this tea. It is predominantly a minty green tea, but the added black cream tea balances out the flavor to make it a a less intense green. I love this by itself or with cream.
Flavors: Cream, Plants, Vanilla
I received 2 cups of this from BrewTEAllySwwet’s tea stash sale. Thank you.
I was not a fan. I didn’t get orange or cream out of this tea. The base seem to be the standard adagio black base, with a hint of flavor, but wasn’t able to pick out on the actual teaste. I am glad I got to try this, but it was not for me.
How have I only done one note on this tea? Seriously though, I drink this tea more than any other tea in my stash. Upping my rating on this. Speaking of which, I really need to sit down and decide on a rating system. Normally I look at the smileys and think “hmm, maybe a little more green for this one” idk. silly.