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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!
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…
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 :)
’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 // ??
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!!
Yet another Harry Potter blend from who other than Nattie. I am definitely getting chocolate and raspberry and I like it but it is not what I was expecting. For some reason I anticipated a strong mint taste (I think the green on the label?) so I was quite surprised. That doesn’t mean it isn’t good however I am not saddened to see it go as this just seems sort of flat. Nonetheless I am really grateful for the chance to have tasted it.
This to me is not Butterbeer. That doesn’t mean it is bad but it definitely is not the tasty deliciousness that is Butterbeer either. Instead, this tastes like an almond cookie to me. I don’t know why as there is no nuts in this but that is what I am getting. It is a little buttery, a little nutty, and not all that sweet, hence the almond cookie. Not bad but definitely not what I was hoping for either. Oh well, c’est la vie. Nonetheless, I want to thank the awesome Nattie for the opportunity to try this out.
The smell of cardamom in this was strong and immediately off putting for my tastes so I wasn’t surprised when I took a sip and was overwhelmed by the cardamom flavor. No chocolate, no vanilla, just cardamom. With some milk, subtle notes of chocolate and vanilla emerge but the cardamom is still the most present and thus it is just not for me, though others who enjoy chai teas might be a fan. Nonetheless I want to say thank you to the awesome Nattie for being so generous and giving me the opportunity to try all the Harry Potter potions!
The first sip was a little sharp, so I sweetened it, sipped, added a little more water, sipped, added some vanilla soy milk, sipped and now I think I watered it down too much! :( The hazelnut is really nice! I like it with the spices. There is about one more serving worth in this bag and I’m conflicted! Do I pull it from the TTB and try it again or do I let someone else experience it?! I think I keep it. :P
Holy crap I love the name! A little strong in the clove department and needed sweetening to round it out a bit for my buds. I think I can taste a tiny bit of chocolate, but there isn’t a ton of it coming through, mostly I get pumpkin pie spices. I can’t tell if I’m imagining or actually tasting a nuttiness at the end of each sip. It’s a nice cup and I’d reach for it over a bunch of the other pumpkin spice teas out there, but it isn’t a must have.
P. S. Good job, Lariel!
I love the name of this tea (though it was better a couple years back when the blender went by Essin Em on Adagio, but I digress), and it’s another Adagio blend I’ve been getting since my first blend order in 2008.
It’s not outstanding, but it’s a solid blend of flavors iced or hot. I cold steeped up a pitcher of it yesterday (about 10 tsp in my 2 qt pitcher for about 18 hours, because I forgot to pull the bag out), and have been really enjoying it this morning. Even Fiance appears to have drank a cup or two this morning.
The primary flavor is the tea, but the caramel adds a richness to it that isn’t normally present in Adagio’s base. The vanilla definitely smoothes it out, and the ginger, while a more subtle ginger flavor especially when cold steeped, definitely adds a bit of intrigue. It’s even more present in the aftertaste, mingling with the vanilla and reminding me a bit of a ginger cake.
Cheers to a tea I haven’t grown out of.