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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.
Yet another from Nattie (thank you!!). This is a great blend from the Harry Potter potions collection. It has a nice blueberry vanilla flavor while the coconut lends a nice creaminess to the mix. The black base is thick and provides a sturdy stage on which the flavors shine. Really quite good though I don’t think I need 3 oz if this. That doesn’t mean I would turn down another cup though.
Thank you Nattie for samples of all the Harry Potter Potions teas! I wanted to try them for so long and even placed an order for them in Adagio’s sale only to have my card refunded and to be told they could not fill the order. With that in mind, I am super grateful for the opportunity to try the teas.
This is really a great start as this tea is delicious. The blueberry is the most prominent flavor for me but the vanilla and coconut are also present in the cup, adding to the whole experience. It is sweet and creamy, with a muted base so that the flavors really shine. I don’t know if I am ready to agree to 3 oz of this tea but I am definitely really enjoying it. Luckily I have one more cup worth of leaf to decide how badly I want more of this.
Decided to give this one a try iced and sweetened. It turned out great. Definitely has some strong flavor. I taste more apricot than anything… though it does taste slightly more like peach than apricot to me, but there is definitely a creamy vanilla quality to this tea.
Definitely don’t think I’d like this one hot and unsweetened, but it’s a nice sweet ice tea. I’d drink it again.
I do have to say though that this blend confuses the crap out of me… i mean given it’s name and its purpose in the harry potter universe you’d think it would be an caffeine-free tea or decaf at the least. None of these flavors have anything to do with the namesake potion.
I am trying to sipdown these Harry Potter fandom teas. I really wish they weren’t all black teas, as I’m not terribly fond of flavored black teas.
This one smells just like the top of a nice creme brule. All burn sugar and subtle cream. I wish it tasted as good as it smells, but to me it was lacking the roundness that I was hoping for.
I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt that maybe my allergy ridden self isn’t experiencing the full flavor since I can only really breathe/smell out of one side of my nose. I’ll reserve rating this one until I’ve given it a few more tries.
From the HHTTB2
Minecraft is a big, big thing at our house. Creepers and Skeletons and Endermen, oh my! So, when I saw this tea in the tea box I knew I had to try it. I have to say that the combination of Gunpowder, Hojicha, and Kukicha made a tea that looks very creeper-esque.
This is not a subtle tea. As far as green teas go this one has kick which I guess is appropriate since creepers explode when they get close to you. The scent is roasty and lightly smokey. I was actually expecting much more smoke from this tea, but it’s fairly light. The taste is like dry hay. In fact, as soon as I sipped this it reminded me of walking in my grandpa’s hay field. My grandpa lives in Mississippi, and the hay during August smells hot, dry, and toasty. If you grab a piece and bite it there is a sweetness to it. That is this tea. The roasty flavor from the Hojicha comes through at the beginning of the sip. The end has a soft sweetness that almost seems out of place, but at the same time it’s really nice. I’m not sure if my particular cup didn’t have a lot of the Gunpowder green in it, but there was not a lot of smokey flavor. I do think it would work well in this tea, and if I have another cup I’ll be sure to mix the tea up so I can get more smokiness in my cup.
A very nice tea. I wasn’t sure this would be something I’d like, but it was thoroughly enjoyable, and I love the memories it brought back as I drank it. Tea is awesome like that.
I brought the whole box of Harry Potter themed teas from Adagio to work today to let everyone try out whichever one they wanted… it was quite a hit. I think I caused an early morning commotion!
I decided I’d try this one since for some reason I was convinced that the Elixir of Life tea from this collection has chocolate in it… it doesn’t. But because of that I was craving a chocolate tea. This one definitely hit the spot.
It is by no means overwhelmingly chocolate, which I love about it, and I actually think I over steeped it because it got slightly bitter on me. Turns out that’s not really a bad thing, especially for someone who likes dark chocolate anyways. It ended up tasting like a liquid form of a dark chocolate raspberry bar. Yes please!
I have been trying to make a point to try some of the teas I have been seriously neglecting. This is one of those. I got it in a set with all the other Harry Potter themed teas and haven’t tried any of them. o.O
This one smells incredible. At first smell it seems very strawberry heavy and only a hint of vanilla. After steeping the scent mellows out quite a bit, but you can definitely still smell the strawberry and something nutty.
I didn’t think this one had that much flavor, unfortunately. I got the slightly nutty flavor and maybe a hint of sweetness from the strawberry, but definitely very little vanilla. I do wonder if this had anything to do with steeping it at a lower temperature, which I did because the water output on the water cooler at work is at about 180. I steeped it a little longer because of this, but still not it was very weak.
I am curious to try it a bit stronger and steeped at the right temperature in the future and add a little sweetener & milk like others have seemed to do with success. We shall see.
this was another tea from dexter that i wish i’d had time to focus on while it was hot. Sadly though, i ended up brewing this, and then it sat…getting cold for about 2 hours. That being said, it was lovely cold lol I just wish i’d had a chance to try it hot! This is for sure a coconut blueberry tea, and that adagio black base i dislike, didn’t come through which made me even happier! this was probably my favourite of the potions blends that dexter sent my way!
dexter also sent this one my way…and i guess if this tea is trying to live up to it’s potion, it worked since this tastes not so good. Albeit, it wasn’t a dump it down the drain tea…but the ingredients didn’t really blend harmoniously in this one. i think in part it’s also because i’m not overly a fan of intensly minty teas. i need there to be other things to really counter balance the mint. no matter what kind of mint it is. that being said, still glad to have tried it! :)
Final Count: 134 (9 more to go + whatever comes in this month)
dexter sent this one my way and i’m glad she did. I actually rather enjoyed this one and would consider picking up more of it in future if the opportunity presented itself. It’s more of a fall kinda tea for me though, given that it[‘s a blend of chai’s. However, unlike a lot of adagio teas, there is actually life in this tea rather than that same underlying “taste” that many adagio teas have. thanks dex!
another from yesterday and the lovely dexter This one was pretty close to teas a creamy caramel, vanilla cup though sadly that isn’t butterbeer to me, AND since i’ve recently had both tea G’s cream tea and caramel tea, this one feel short. It was still a nice enough cup to drink, but i’d reach for Tea G’s first :)
time to catch up on yesterdays teas! We went out last night to a friends for board games and didn’t get home until about 6 hours ago, so i had no time for tea notes :) Dexter sent this one to me as a surprise with a few other of the potions teas from Adagio. This one is labelled as apricot, cream and vanilla. Sadly, i was getting mostly a peach sort of flavour, which is most assuredly NOT apricot. All that being said though, it was a nice cup of peach vanilla tea, and while i’ve been “off” of most peach teas lately, this one didn’t trigger any “omg no no no no no peach!” feelings from me this round :) Thanks dexter!
This is pretty tasty. The raspberry flavor seems to be better than the normal Adagio raspberry, and I’m not sure if that’s because of the addition of the raspberry leaves, or perhaps the rose hips lift the flavor, or because it’s tempered by the hazelnut and chocolate flavors. But it seems more juicy and natural.
The chocolate flavor doesn’t come through as strongly as I have feared (because let’s be honest, Adagio’s chocolate flavors aren’t the best), but add kind of a subtle milk chocolate layer that hides behind the roasty hazelnut.
I think this is the first chocolate-raspberry combination I’ve had made from Adagio teas and really liked (Ripe for Romance was a little lackluster and plastic-y).
I’m so, so excited that Shadowfall was awesome enough to pick this sampler up for me. I’ve quite liked the three I’ve tried so far. People on Steepster are so amazing.
Lots of burnt sugar and caramel flavors here, with a lot of depth to the cup. The caramel just gets deeper and richer as the cup cools. There’s a touch of a creaminess of the mouthfeel.
The rooibos adds a bit of woodsiness that, while I don’t care for it, it doesn’t seem to be present in each sip. It almost seems to disappear completely as the cup cools.
This is a really decadent and desserty cup.