Custom-Adagio Teas

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drank Merlin by Custom-Adagio Teas
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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this tea. The nutty, creamy, chocolatey, strawberry taste is lovely with cream and sugar. SO tasty!!!!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Rivaini by Custom-Adagio Teas
536 tasting notes

Ouch. I seem to have woken up with a “book hangover.” As in I stayed up until 2am finishing The Secret History and then couldn’t sleep because omg. I’m really hoping the caffeine kick in this is enough to brighten me up a bit!
I really love the chocolate chai from Adagio, so it wasn’t too much of a stretch to assume that this would be pretty good. I couldn’t taste the chocolate as much as I was hoping. I’m not a big chocolate+orange person, but it is nice once in awhile. I’m not sure it needed the cream, but it isn’t unwelcome.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Umbreon by Custom-Adagio Teas
321 tasting notes

I’m glad I got to check out the fandom sampler sale before all the sets were gone even though I missed out on the firefly one. So I got the Pokemon one and Sherlock. Some spilled out from one of the tins but I can’t tell which one but the box smelled good and it can’t be too much. I randomly picked out this tin and it’s pretty good. At first it was too strong with ginger and spice but as it cooled it was better. The cinnamon makes it sweet and I like the vanilla in it. Seems like it would be better with milk so I’ll try that way next time hopefully.

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drank Ambrosia by Custom-Adagio Teas
648 tasting notes

This was last night’s before bed tea. Yet another tea I “rediscovered” in my swap basket. This is a lovely tisane. The honeybush gives it a creamy taste making it a wonderful peaches and cream tea. The apricot is more noticeable as the tea cools, but I’ll have a hard time think of this as anything other than a great peaches and cream herbal. Thanks again Lariel for this one!

Flavors: Apricot, Cream, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank ButterBeer by Custom-Adagio Teas
47 tasting notes

Oh. My. God.

I’ve tried this tea from my HP potions sampler a few times and in a few different ways by now, but have yet to review it and I’m not sure why. Possibly because I usually only post one or two of the teas I have each day, and there are others I’ve had more to say about than this one. Today, though, this was the unquestionable star of my tea menu.

I made little melt-in-the-middle chocolate puddings for myself and my partner a couple of days ago, and bought a small pot of double cream to go with them. We finished most of it at the time, but there was a little left which I decided to add to tea. This was the first one I had this way, as I’ve often thought upon drinking it that it would go great with some cream (next on my list is coconut). It was so great that I broke my caffeine curfew for an extra cup.

The usual flavours of caramel and vanilla are present, and the cream flavour (which was already present) is merely enhanced and makes me forget that I am not actually sitting in the Leaky Cauldron drinking a real butterbeer, as it thickens it up and is almost exactly how I imagined it in the books. The aroma is amazing, and made my whole flat smell like a bakery. Drank with cream, this could totally replace dessert and actually con your stomach into thinking it’s had some.

Despite my complete awe at the even better than usual taste of this tea with cream added, my usual thoughts of ‘this should really have some rum flavouring to it’ are not diminished, if not heightened. At the moment, it is a wonderful “virgin” tea, but I always pictured butterbeer to have an alcoholic flavour without actually containing alcohol, and I think that this would make it taste more authentic. I still have around 1/4 of a shot of rum in a tiny bottle from when I was sick and used it to make a hot toddy, and I may just be tempted to make an exception to my no alcohol rule to try this theory out. There’s barely anything left, after all…

Maybe I should send some of this tea to the guys at the Harry Potter Studio Tours, with instructions to add a splash of cream, as this was better than the ‘real’ butterbeer that I drank there! I will note, however, that this was incredibly sweet and cloying, and I would not recommend it to people that aren’t big on dessert teas. I would also say that a small cup should be enough, as I feel a whole mugful would be too rich.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec
hapatite

Omg, would love to try this! Your description is great. I too did not enjoy the “butterbeer” at HP universal.

Nattie

Aw I wish I had have known, I would’ve included some in your swap package! Definitely try it if you can get your hands on some. So much better than the disappointing ‘proper’ butterbeer!

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Having this right after some chocolate. It was not my favorite. I mean, who puts freeze dried raspberries in chocolate anyways? shakes head I should’ve picked up another Dagoba lavender bar. They’re amazing.
Back to tea! Well, This smells very nice dry, I can smell a bit of cinnamon and the caramel. Other than that, mainly smells of black tea. Once steeped it is pretty intense in the pu’erh department. And just a bit oily (a thing I tend to not like). But this tastes quite good! I like pu’erh quite a bit and the other flavors are there just enough to make it taste really rich. It isn’t hiding the pu’erh at all and I think that’s a great thing about this one

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Another sampler tea! This one smells mainly of just earl gray. But somewhere along my tea journey I’ve come to enjoy it as long as there are other flavors playing with it. In the dry leaf I couldn’t really smell the apricot, but it is in there! They blend quite well and this is pretty great for me because I need to watch my caffeine intake still!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
gmathis

EG and apricot—sounds like they would fit nicely.

Tamm

It was just enough apricot to stand out, but not too much to overpower the EG, so I’d say it’s pretty great! I need to get out my apricot preserves to have with this.

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2nd try on this one today with almost the same results. I really don’t think this one is any good. Very weak flavor overall. Even the tea is too light for me to really taste. But I still have quite a bit so I will continue to tweak/play with it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Mahariel by Custom-Adagio Teas
536 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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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!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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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.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Garrus by Custom-Adagio Teas
1108 tasting notes

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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Dark World by Custom-Adagio Teas
1633 tasting notes

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)

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drank TARDIS by Custom-Adagio Teas
1373 tasting notes

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. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Key Lime Pie!
P M S!
too much work!
my standing desk!
http://instagram.com/p/kscgTaoc5N/
SO. MUCH. TEA!
Super Swap City!
http://instagram.com/p/lFu9_4oc7i/
Sorry I’ve been
M I A.
did i mention
too much work!

thanks to moraiwe!
for the teeeeeaa!

Courtney

LOVE IT.

Sil

i’m packing yours up this weekend! :)

Bianca G.

Superb, all of it.

Lala

Love the poem, and the standing desk :)

Nxtdoor

I hear that standing desks are all the rage right now. As a person who stands for the entire workday I am baffled by the desire to have a standing desk.

Sami Kelsh

I am so jealous of the standing desk!

VariaTEA

You are so organized. You’re a swap pro :P

Cavocorax

I read that as too much work due to moraiwe! /shakes fist at moraiwe/
LOLOLOL.
You’re desk is pretty awesome.

Shmiracles

oh Nextdoor i know i know! i’ve had stand-all-day jobs before, for year sand years, and when i got my first office job i was like ‘wow i love having energy during not-work time!" what a difference, but eventually, sitting on your butt in the same place for hours can wear on you too. i guess ultimately it’s about balance right?
i don’t actually stand all day. i sit at meetings and sit during conversations and sit during lunch (if i take it), and i also just sometimes put the desk back to sitting cuz it’s adjustable.
so ya know. options. balance and options.
but yes, a stand-all-day job where there isn’t the option to sit can be very draining and stressful and i completely sympathize with your sore feet!
(and also tbh i’m diagnosed hyperactive and standing helps me focus and stay engaged. it’s a secret coping mechanism of sorts. shhh)
(it also helps me exponentially increase my reputation as the department weirdo while i continue to add other quirky habits! like say, standing on a foam roller? and also being the “tea gal”.)

Nxtdoor

oh yes, I love the weirdo reputation. you get props from me for that one. You’re right, it’s about balance. My partner sits all day at her desk job and complains about her back. so at the end of the day I ask for her to squeeze my heels (not a kicky code word, but exactly what it sounds like) and she asks for me to walk on her back. which i never do cause i’m not 4 y/o and weigh significantly more than 30 lbs

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Sipdown (196/198)!

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.

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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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Easy As Pie by Custom-Adagio Teas
252 tasting notes

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!

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drank Dean by Custom-Adagio Teas
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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.
hehehe

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Sipdown (197/199)!

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.

Courtney

Haha you’re pro at that. J only drinks Lemon Chiffon and Cookie Dough. I occasionally try other teas, but they never go over.

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