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Today 2 things happened to make me happy. My 16 year old granddaughter Megan came over to spend time with me and drink tea, and my custom blended Adagio Frontrange Winter tea arrived. I had uploaded a photo of the Rocky Mountains taken from Douglas Lake which was printed as the label (see it on the left). Looked nice. Big bag of my blend of Pu erh, chocolate and orange. Now, I was not expecting a fantastic brew…like my Davids tea Chocolate Orange, but what I got was a nice mellow Pu erh with a light chocolate and a hint of orange that I can live with. The whole idea is fantastic. I can find out what tea flavors my little grandsons love, berry….vanilla…etc…and upload their picture to go on the front and call the blend Micah’s Mud or Ian’s lizzard Lips if I want to. Nice gift for their tea stash. My granddaughter thought the tea tasted fine and earthy without being unpleasant. She had a pot of my DT Cream of Earl Gray going. We watched Midnight in Paris on my big screen and talked about boys. Then she tried on a nice evening dress and heels from my closet (I’ve got a lot of stuff). She’s conducting a choral piece in Latin about the death of Caesar that she composed and is pretty excited about it. Previous pieces have been orchestral. Nothing better when you’re old than family or friends that you can help mentor…encourage…and sip some tea with. Not fishy!
As today is my 6-year wedding anniversary, I decided to start the day with cake – liquidified, calorie-free cake, that is.
No rating as this is one of my own blends from Adagio.
I love how you can taste the chocolate, the cherry and the cream all at once, and yet individually in each sip (or gulp, in my case). The folks at Adagio really blended this one up nice for me.
Want to sample any of my signature blends? Head over to my online tea shop: http://keenteathyme.teatra.de/ and purchase the Pick-Your-Own Adagio signature blend collection. You pick the six teas you’d like to try, and can also pick some sample teas of my own.
The description had me at “winter blues;” boy, do I need an antidote. My first snuffle at the packet resulted in a sneezy-nose full of spearmint, so I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to detect the blackberry, but it’s definitely in there, especially with a little bit of sweetener to root it out.
I don’t think I’ll have the fortitude to wait till hot weather to try this iced, but it’s definitely got a summer-cooler personality.
Nicely balanced, nicely done, and much appreciated. Props to the blending chops of Keenteathyme!
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of her custom blend!
An interesting blend. The orange is the strongest note, and the apple softens it a little bit, giving it a tangy citrus and sweet apple-y kind of front note. The nutty tones of the honeybush and rooibos are complimented by the almond. The cinnamon isn’t very prominent, but it does give a little depth to the cup.
I enjoyed this.
This was my after work tea tonight, again courtesy of Indigobloom. I found it a nice but unremarkable blend, with the vanilla dominating. I didn’t notice much coconut, but I suspect that it is there more to support the other flavours than to be a star in the blend.
This is one of the better teas I’ve tried from Adagio, and I definitely thank Indigobloom for sending it my way!
This is another neat do-it-yourself Adagio blend from keenteathyme. (With my thanks.)
Backtracking to an old tasting note about Adagio’s cherry tea tasted solo confirmed that it has an artificial cherry-syrup personality. So when it gets blended with the cream and chocolate (which I do like Adagio’s version of), you get a Cherry Mash or drugstore Christmas cherry chocolate vibe—both of which I do like. A little milk and sugar blended nicely (I think I overdid on the dry leaf in a smaller pot and it was just on the edge of bitter. My mistake, not the tea’s).
Makes me wonder what this combination would be like with a different, less syrupy, cherry base.
Is 7:44 a.m. too early to break into a box of Russell Stover to accompany this?
If you’ve seen any of my findings on the “Chance Combinations” string, you’ll know that tea blending isn’t my forte. I can’t cook, either. So I’ll leave the blending to those of you with a knack for it and I’ll just wax poetic about what you do.
Therefore, some waxing is in order for this tasty custom Adagio blend by our own keenteathyme.
Most people make an “autumn” sensory connection with spices, which is traditional and fine. But autumn for me is thick, heavy air that brushes your face when you walk through it and the deep, finished smell of wet leaves. This blend makes me feel like I’m rolling in the leaf pile :)
My taste buds are learning the difference between rooibos and honeybush…to me, honeybush is a little mellower. So it makes a sweet and solid base for the hazelnut, chocolate, and vanilla. I had my first cup straight up and it was great; I’m thinking a little milk could only improve its cozy desserty-ness. And decaf to boot—-this was a really nice evening treat.
This is my kind of spicy tea! All cinnamon, all the time. The berries are much less prominent, but go with the cinnamon very well and make the overall taste sweeter and more complex than a simple cinnamon tea would be.
I really do enjoy this blend. No rating as it’s my own, but I loved how well Adagio blends it. Cherry, chocolate and creamy vanilla are a perfect treat as I get cracking on my “super exciting” job. ;)
One of my own blends so no rating
I love this minty, spicy cup. The candy cane black tea with spearmint are the perfect pairing with cinnamon. If you love spices, this is your cuppa. :) If you don’t, well, avoid.
I love how minty and spicy this aroma is as well. Thanks for the perfect blending, Adagio! :)
The flavor is subtle and I’m not sure the it works as a hot liquid, but it actually tastes like candy corn. What witchcraft is this?!
Backlogging (so, based almost entirely on my notes)
Experience buying from Keen Tea Thyme: < More later, but positive overall >
Appearance and aroma of dry leaf: Smells awesome, with notes of tobacco and chocolate! Small and medium sized broken bits of tea leaves and a few other lighter colored bits.
Brewing guidelines: Brewed in my largest tea ball (I do most, if not all, flavored teas in a ball/basket, to help keep all of the pieces together) in my glass Bodum. 6 rounded tsp, 6 cups of water. Stevia added.(I thought this was a black tea/rooibos tea blend based on how it looked and smelled, so I went with boiling temperatures).
……….1st: Boiling (unwarmed pot), 3’
……….2nd: Boiling (warmed pot); 4’
……….3rd: Boiling (warmed pot); 6’
Color and aroma of tea liquor: mild chocolate-y and tobacco-y aroma; a dark, chocolate-brown color.
Flavor of tea liquor: Roasted, chocolate-y, with notes of tobacco.
Appearance and aroma of wet leaf: it looks like what I would call ‘medium-grade’ chopped leaf.
Value: reasonable on Adagio’s website for a flavored tea.
Overall: When I emailed the creator of this tea inquiring as to the base tea used in this flavored blend, she stated that the base was an oolong with a bit of Lapsang Souchong; I was surprised that there was not any rooibos in it, as to me, this tea has aromas and flavor notes very similar to my experience with brewing up rooibos. I am guessing the vanilla oolong is what gives it that tobacco-y taste (which is a good thing; I happen to love that tobacco-y smell and taste rooibos seems to have). In her response to my query her recommendations were to use a little cooler temp (195 F) than the temps had I already brewed it in, so I may have slightly scorched the leaves (but it didn’t taste like it to me). I’m not certain whether or not it tastes like toasted marshmallow, but overall, I enjoyed it’s unusually—and tasty—flavor (and it still had decent flavor even on the third steeping); I think the things I liked the most about this tea were the aromas: chocolate and tobacco!
I am not sure how much I liked this. Perhaps I would rename it burned marshmallow… The smokey flavor really was prevelant for me. It reminded me of drinking tea while sitting at a campfire (in the smoke) I would perhaps drink this again, but not regularly
I had this last night and I want to try it iced. It really reminded me of peach snapple
This was absolutely delicious. It was such a sweet cinnamon flavor. I can’t get enough. I can see myself Christmas morning sitting by the tree drinking this lovely tea
I received my package from Keenteathyme a while ago but do to school and such just have not been able to drink very much tea… But now that I am on break hopefully I will remedy that. This tea I was not sure I would be in the mood for hot. But I do like to taste all of my teas hot at least once. The smell was a peachy just like I thought it would be with a nice black tea smell as well.
Wow after the steep this tea smells so much like a juicy peach yum! I had to taste it and it tastes just like one as well with just a hint of vanilla to smooth out the tea. It makes for a great dessert tea or just when you are craving something sweet. (which for me is whenever I am done eating anything) :) I did sweeten it since I typically add a bit of rock sugar to all of my teas.This was a big hit for me and I wasn’t sure if I was in the mood at all of for it! I may have to try the last bit of this iced just to see how the flavors are in the iced version! Thanks so much Carolynne for a yummy tea!
No rating as this is one of my blends.
I really get a kick out of the different interpretations of spicy fruit. This one is pleasant, although not very strong; also you cannot steep a second time – there is no cinnamon flavor left.
I enjoyed this cuppa, but it doesn’t replace Sugar Plum Spice as my favorite holiday tea.
Oh I love this. Thank you so much for the sample of it, KeenTeaThyme.
I didn’t like Adagio’s blood orange on its own, but this makes it a million times better. The problem with it by itself is it’s too sour and flat, this blend is perfect. It brings out the orange, and you can taste both the sweet and the tart.
It’s good hot or cold. I can’t decide which I like better (tastewise at least, I can tell you my hands wish it were hot again right now). When I am not overly supplied on tea I am buying some of this.
Backlogging two cups~! See other notes :)