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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.
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
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:
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.
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
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 :)
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!