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58

This didn’t do anything special for me. It was, basically, a standard black tea. The Cocoa took away the harshness black tea can have, but it made it overall just mediocre and forgettable. Maybe cream & sugar would make it more fun,

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86
drank Rivaini by Custom-Adagio Teas
38 tasting notes

This was a ghetto prep – microwaved water and a metal strainer, steeped in my contigo traveling mug for 3 minutes while I got ready for work.

I found this to be surprisingly pleasant, mild, and every time I took a sip surprised once again how pleasant this was. Very smooth, dark, and gently cocoa-y.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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74

So this was the last of this tea. It’s a bit of a bummer because there aren’t too many tart herbals I even remotely enjoy, and I don’t actually know how to re-obtain this one. I might have to send an inquiry Adagio’s way.

For now, I’ll just have to get my GoT kicks from talking about the books with Fiance, (He finally finished them a bit ago. I love fan theories and desperately needed someone to talk to.), waiting for Season 4 (hurry up, please), and possibly ordering some fandom blends.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
VariaTEA

Soon moraiwe, soon it will return to us all! (The show, not the tea).

moraiwe

Patience has never been a strong suit of mine!

VariaTEA

Haha. I find when I am in need of a fix, I reread the books. However, during the school year I usually don’t read for fun because I feel like I am cheating on the stuff I actually SHOULD be reading.

moraiwe

I wish my backlog of reading material wasn’t so large, or that would definitely be an option!

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74

Adagio!

I would totally buy this. Please let me buy this. I never say this about hibiscus blends!

I really like this cold steeped for 8-16 hours with 1/2 tsp rock sugar for my 16 oz thermos. There is so much hibiscus in the blend that just poofs and leaves the fruit flavors when it’s steeped this way. I get both the orange and apple flavors, and the hibiscus adds an element of tart, but there’s no coppery aftertaste or anything that makes me immediately go ‘Hibiscus! Boo Hiss.’ It reminds me a lot of unsweetened fruit juice (if the fruit had hardly any natural sugars).

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
__Morgana__

The name “Red Wedding” scares me a little…

moraiwe

It’s totally a Game of Thrones reference, and they advice you to steep it in your own tears. So yeah.

__Morgana__

LOL. Tears weren’t what I was thinking. Much better than what I was thinking… I’m glad you liked it so much. Sounds tasty.

VariaTEA

I was skimming the tasting notes and saw Red Wedding and got sad haha.

moraiwe

I’m really curious what you were thinking now! :O

__Morgana__

Okay, look at this when you’re not eating or drinking anything:

blood

;-)

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6

Tastes likes fish soup. Nothing worse than a cheap puerh tea. I was hoping the oolong would help but that didn’t happen.

VariaTEA

Oh dear. I am sorry it was so horrible. Fish soup sounds disgusting but I can definitely see how pu’erh would go in that direction.

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100

Is it bad to give my own blend a 100? Oh well. I think this deserves it. There isn’t too much for me to say about this tea. I made this blend on a whim one day when I wanted to use up some of my favorite herbal blend.

I brew this at 212 for 3 minutes with 3 tsp per 16 oz. This tea comes out delicate and refreshing. The flavors mix well in this and make for a great “studytime” tea. I adore this and plan on buying some more once Adagio answers my email about buying a single tin from their site (they only sell their tins in 3 packs and I really only want one tin because I have no use for three…)

p.s. I’ve been gone for a while! It is great to be back :) This is all I’ve really been drinking besides the Tardis blend for the last week or so.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
sherapop

I"m glad that you gave your own blend a 100! ;-)

sherapop

So the $24 price is for three tins, not one? I always wondered about that! Good for gifting, no?

turtlebunnie

oops! Let me elaborate: I meant the $15 pack of 3 empty 8 oz tins :p I haven’t bought this blend as a “custom blend” off their website and I don’t ever plan to. I mix this at home because it is much cheaper that way. A 3oz bag of the blend is 10 dollars while I could buy a 3 oz bag of hibiscus and 3 oz bag of fruit medley for 6 dollars each :)

TheTeaFairy

Hey, it’s YOUR blend, you’re allowed to give it 100 :-)

sherapop

I bought the envelopes, but my teas (in honor of HRH Emperor Oliver) are all white-based, so the price doesn’t seem so disproportionate… However, I hesitate to invest $24 in a 6 ounce tin. I mean, are they really well made? I certainly hope so—since they are charging an extra $6 just for the packaging! (I say this because if you buy the envelopes in pairs they cost $9 each, so two (= 6 ounces) is $18, but the 6 ounce tin in $24…)

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56
drank The Pint by Custom-Adagio Teas
596 tasting notes

I kept the parameters on this one the same but used a different steeper today. It definitely (and unexpectedly) tasted more balanced and the ginger was less overwhelming. A bit creamier too. I’m not sure if it was just the spoonful I happened to get or the steeper, but I’m upping the score a couple points because I appreciated it a little more.

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56
drank The Pint by Custom-Adagio Teas
596 tasting notes

First impressions: there’s some seriously potent gingerness to this blend!

There’s also a pleasant maltiness present, which overpowers the slight metallic feeling I find present in Adagio’s black base from time to time. The gunpowder lends a bit of smoke, and the cream offers more mouthfeel creaminess than anything. It’s a heavy, savory feeling cup that reminds me of a meal. This isn’t something I’d have picked up on my own, and I probably won’t pick it up again, but I’m glad I had a chance to sample it. (From the 12 Days swap, Day 9)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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My own tea so not rating. Still have quite a bit of it so I made some for my first day back at work.

Unfortunately I got so occupied by emails it’s cold by the time I got around to drinking it, but that’s okay, it’s still good.

Like Tea Sipper said, there aren’t many candy cane parts that I can see, unless they dissolved with age or something. This tea, like most of my original teas, is almost a year old. It hasn’t seemed to have lost it’s tastiness though, it’s just a bit milder than it was.

Tea Sipper

Adding half a candy cane makes it AWESOME.

Starfevre

The only candy cane I’ve been around recently has been sriracha flavoured and I don’t think that would have been awesome..

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89
drank TARDIS by Custom-Adagio Teas
37 tasting notes

I always drink this when I’m feeling down. I’m on my 3rd bag of it and still love it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Shmiracles

hi brendan, writing from the Adagio Fandom Blends post on the swap thread, if you ‘follow’ me then we can send messages and see if i have a tea or two you’d like to try or swap.

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100

Aaannndddd it’s gone. Which is ok. I enjoyed it while I had it but I really need to drink some teas before I worry about getting more! Very nice flavor. Very relaxing and mellow.

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84

This is a nice blend but it’s sooo much better iced. The blueberry and citron flavors pop a bit more over the puerh.

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100
drank TARDIS by Custom-Adagio Teas
3 tasting notes

I simply love this tea. I have to admit I bought it for the tin most of all, but was very delighted with the tea itself. It’s an utterly beautiful mix. The smell and taste is pleasant and comforting. It’s the lightest Earl Grey I’ve had though, would have liked a bit more spice.

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70
drank The Pint by Custom-Adagio Teas
50 tasting notes

Day #9 of the 12 days of Christmas. Thank you Khaleesical-very cleaver how you tied it in! Can I just say how excited I was to read that this is from the “Tales and Tea Leaves” Lord of the Rings fandom blends. I have an Arwyn in my house, so if you are on the same wave I need not say more! This is my first Adagio experience. I will say I enjoyed it. The black tea blend was all that I tasted and it was nice.

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drank The Pint by Custom-Adagio Teas
1195 tasting notes

9th tea of Christmas! Not too many left…could I finish them today? Maybe. I need to get to cleaning more again. Oh dishes. Dishes need to be done but I need a new package of sponges. Sigh.

So I was worried about this because of the oversteeping comment too, I already have an awful time with Adagio black teas so the gunpowder in here along with that had me a bit more concerned than usual, but it worked! I think I steeped it at 190 too just in case.

I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. It was pretty hearty, with just a little smoke and a good bit of spice. Nothing too strong and overpowering, it all worked really well together.

This is definitely not a tea I would ever have found on my own, so that’s awesome. Not that I might drink it again after I finish what I have from the swap, but it’s nice to know that some people out there can do such an amazing job making up blends on Adagio’s site.

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drank The Pint by Custom-Adagio Teas
195 tasting notes

This is the tea for day #9 of the 12 days of Christmas. Thank you Khaleesical!

I will be honest, I was a bit scared of this one and I can’t even give you a valid reason why. Maybe the warning about not over steeping, maybe my last encounter with Irish breakfast tea, whatever it was I am glad I got over it because this is a pretty enjoyable cup of tea!

From the dry leaf I get the spicy fruity/ginger smell. The tea steeped has a nice balance of malty, ginger and cream. I was expecting this tea to be a bit astringent, but I am not getting much of that. This was a great tea for my morning cup. This is again another tea that I would have never picked to try on my own that I am really liking from the swap!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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32

I thought this tea was fantastic for the first few cups. However, after a while I started to taste a weird flavor in the background which I don’t care for. This blend is amazingly caramel-y and sweet. It has a slight burnt-sugary taste as well. I think the ‘burnt’ part might be the part I dislike.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank TARDIS by Custom-Adagio Teas
18 tasting notes

This tea is a sweet, fruity earl grey. It’s not a very ‘bright’ tea, like many earl greys tend to be. The caramel keeps it sweet and mellow.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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52

Oh Steepster, are you having hiccups again? Boo. Thus my reasoning behind why I’m struggling to say who exactly sent this tea via the 12 Days of Christmas swap – however someone did. Even drew The Doctor with a bowtie on the baggie! So awesome.

The person who shared this also shared that this tea gets bitter quick, and boy were they right. I steeped at a lower temperature and for less time, and yet I still get astringency right off the bat. As per usual, some sweetener helps to tone it down a bit, however my mouth is still dry and puckering. I get a touch of caramel in there, definitely the cream from the coconut, and little else other than – dry base. :(

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Roswell Strange

http://steepster.com/teas/custom-adagio-teas/32435-eleven (That’s the 11 blend we got, just as a heads up)

MissB

Darn it! I couldn’t find it last night no matter what I did. Sigh. I’ll send a note to get this one deleted.

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60

So I got this as a sample from the creator and I’m now down to my last mug of it. I’m not sure why I haven’t put a tasting note down for it yet. Maybe because I hate being the first note, but with a custom blend like this, I’m not really surprised since Adagio in general doesn’t seem to be one of the more popular brands. So here goes.
This is one of those weird teas that I’m undecided on what I think about it. It’s not really a tea that I can say I like, but I also find myself craving it now and then.
Smell wise it’s vaguely cinnamon-y and green, but not green in the sense of being vegetal or grassy. It’s strange. Kinda smokey green? This is a horrible description but I’m at a loss for proper words. That’s my one disappointment when I’m reviewing. I can never seem to find the right words for what I’m tasting.
Taste wise it’s kinda smokey but not in a lapsang sort of campfire smoke. Just kinda midway between smokey and roasted but without the burnt edge of roasted and missing the beef jerky kind of edge of smokey.
Mild black tea taste but nothing overly notable. I don’t really get any sort of chocolate or caramel notes from the tiger eye aside from maybe a vague smooth/sweetness from it. And it’s vaguely nutty, which is a strange association to have since nothing in this tea should be nutty. It’s probly just in my head. XD

Overall this is kind of ‘Meh’ for me. It’s a nice tea to drink, but relatively unremarkable and unnoteworthy to me. Maybe if I was better able to write down how it tasted to me, this would be more helpful. I wish Adagio did smaller bags (like 1 oz or 1.5 oz) because I can’t see myself going through a full 3 oz of this, but I’d like to have it in my cupboard. /sigh/ If there were more teas in the Zelda sampler set I’d just get that, but that’s another issue entirely. And since I find myself rambling, I’ll go away now. LOL!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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62

This cup brews up a very light brown/green, almost like the color of real Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It’s a little smokey, a little lemony, a lot raspberry and strawberry (which only pops more as the cup cools). This might actually be pretty good iced.

Overall the flavors work okay together. It’s nothing remarkable. I don’t really care for Gunpowder like I used to, so I’m really meh about this, though. (But I did finish my cup).

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Archer themed blend! Nice!

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89
drank TARDIS by Custom-Adagio Teas
929 tasting notes

Really unusual tea. Definitely smells like an Earl Grey, with chai notes? Something licorice-like as well, although that may just be from the mix not the actual ingredients. Also confusing is the name: I ordered this along with the TARDIS (Blend) which is the much more well known and beloved tea with (I think?) similar ingredients.

With some Truvia, I quite like this confuzzling blend of green and black tea, earl grey and chai, caramel and berry, creamy and sweet.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JennyFur

The confusion there sounds about accurate to what would happen if on of us tried to repair the TARDIS so it doesnt seem off base. There are a few TARDIS teas and if this is the one I habve I can honestly say I really love it.

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100
drank Kaidan by Custom-Adagio Teas
19 tasting notes

This is a heavily flavored tea that I find divine. The bulk of the flavor lies within the Mocha Nut Mate which is a richly sweet hazelnut mate that has a mild chocolate finish. The roobios chai adds a depth to the Mocha Nut that was truly unexpected; it’s a cinnamon spice undertone. Both teas are wrapped up together with the cream. I love this tea in the morning when I need a swift kick of caffeine. This is a decadent treat.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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