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This is perfect, and it’s even better because I’m drinking it in my Tardis tea pot. :)
The bad news is that it got cold before I could finish the whole pot. :(
A perfect brew to have with a decadent breakfast of gingerbread almond flour pancakes with maple syrup, bacon, & eggs. The tea is a mix of irish breakfast, sweet potato, & vanilla green. Since I was already having a sweet brekkie, I left the tea unsweet & bold. Now we’re watching Cardinals baseball, hoping they will sweet the Pirates. I won’t get to watch the whole game, because I have to go home soon to get ready for a gig, but they have a good start so far, 2 – 0!
Thanks for this one goes to Audra who sent me some with our trade. This is pretty yummy. Like baked apples kind of yummy.
I thought the orange and cinnamon in the apple chai was going to be more prominent because that is all my steeper smelled like when I was done. Instead it’s a balanced apple/cinnamon/clove flavor with slight hints of caramel. I’m not sure I like the EG in here though, as the Bergamot adds a dissonant note. And I’m still not a huge fan of Adagio’s black base, which bleeds through a little bit.
Overall, this is a warming kind of cup and perfect to serve to friends with a knowing “Winter is coming.”
My friends and I all say that this tea smells like a cookie. It tastes pretty close to one too, warm and cuddly and just a little bit spicy. It is my morning tea of choice, sweet and delicious.
I just got this in the mail today and I have to try it right away. I’ve been so excited ever since I saw the description. It seemed like it would be the exact fall tea I’ve been looking for.
Aroma – holy mackerel, this smells amazing. Exactly like fall. First sip – straight, no sweetener or anything. So good. Exactly what I was hoping for. There’s something that’s not quite there; I don’t know exactly what it is. The apple is a little light – maybe that’s what it is. I have some apple, maybe I’ll see if iI can step it up a bit.
I added a little honey – even better. I still may add a bit of the straight apple to see if I can up that flavor a bit, but this is great. Exactly what I’ve been looking for in a fall tea.
I’m totally frustrated at our mail people lately. It feels like they’re holding our mail! I got my Wed. on Sat. and I’m still waiting for a book that got mailed out a week and a half ago. On top of this, I’m waiting for a Verdant order which was supposed to go out today, but is stuck in sorting. It took them a whole 5 days just to ship it from the drop off! In other words, they’re really just making me mad at this point.
As for the tea, this one is a tea that goes in and out of popularity for me. Some days I love it, some days I hate it. Notes of ginger, lemon balm, chocolate, sharp herbs, and nuts. No nonsense for sure!
Like with a lot of teas on Adagio, unfortunately, you can’t steep this for very long before it gets bitter. I find 3 minutes is just right.
Smells creamy and caramely right out of the bag, and when it’s brewed, the smell is just gorgeous. Upon tasting, not bitter, and quite sweet. I haven’t had this with milk yet, but it’s probably brilliant.
I love this tea a lot!
Thanks Shmiracles! I rather enjoy this blend. It’s a nice blend of flavors. The earl gray isn’t too strong and the cinnamon adds a very light touch of spice with a bold black tea base. Tried it hot and iced. Very nice :D
I just found pumpkin spice M&Ms and waffles today! The verdict on the chocolate is a definite yum! It was a bit chocolate overdose with this, but still worth it. I feel the same about this as last time. So basically, careful on temp/steep times or else it’ll be bitter, some chocolate, berry, and nut notes. Really great tea for mid afternoon or as an after diner treat if you don’t feel like eating something heavy!
Well thanks Shmiracles!! This one smells nommy. It smells like chocolate hazelnut :D I love chocolate hazelnut. This is enjoyable, actually. It’s light on the hazelnut and chocolate but the chocolate is definitely lighter than the hazelnut. The pu erh sticks out which is nice. I really enjoyed this cup! Thanks again!!
Thanks Shmiracles! I’ll admit I’m not really a lapsang fan. It’s ok at times but I think I reaaalllyy have to be in the mood for it.. It’s ok today. The lapsang is lighter than I was expecting and there is just a touch of spice to smooth everything out. It’s an interesting blend for sure. Thanks again!!
I wasn’t really sold on this tea the first time I had it – it was good but not great, and nothing really stood out. The next time I made it I sweetened it and all of a sudden it was delicious! :) Very nice and fruity, and the pomegranate balances out the apricot flavour. Delicious!
Very generous sample from Lariel. Tastes like Cherry Chocolate Cordial! I was actually pretty surprised on how good it is considering I oversteeped it a little. Will try a shorter steeping time next time.
Does not re-steep well.
Oh man, I hope that whoever decides to hire me isn’t looking at my Pinterest site because they will know how obsessed I am with Sherlock, Doctor Who and other things. And I really try to restrain myself too! I try not to pin pics that are just “OMG look at those eyes” and “I want to ruffle his hair” cause that’s too obvious, but there are still a lot of pictures there
Tumblr is great because of the gifs etc, but the OCD part of me just likes pinning to boards much much more…
And hanging around there led to me drinking this tea, and thinking happy fuzzy warm Johnlock thoughts because even if the show doesn’t go where I need it to go (now, damn you fanfic!), I still have the fiction to fall back on!
And this tea too… Well not really, it’s a sipdown, but I WILL need to get some Sherlock teas to drink while I think Sherlock-thoughts.
Obsessed much? Yep. How does this even happen? Oh right – the Kindle Paperwhite with the built-in light that lets me read waaaaay past my bedtime…
Right and this tea is good. It does start off strong and muddied but it evens out at the end of the sip. It’s dark with bursts of cinnamon, but then the bergamot and vanilla tone things down, and maybe, maybe things will work out.
No mustaches in this reunion though. Not that I’m anti-mustache – I love how everyone flipped out.
Thank you Heather Martin for the sample and thank you Shmiracles (I might have known!) for passing some on to her! :D I love how teas get around.
So I actually picked this up at the Chicago Adagio location after the blender of this tea, Cara McGee, had a tea party there during C2E2. I wasn’t there for the party though. I ended up stopping by about a week later and Adagio still had some blends lurking around, so I grabbed this since it sounded interesting and I had been considering buying it online. I wish it had been in the Sherlock sampler set a friend of mine that was there with me ended up picking up, since I would’ve loved to try this first. Or at least smelled it. If I had, I probly wouldn’ve bought this to be honest.
The dry blend smells of cinnamon, cardamom, a hint of coconut, ginger and very faintly either caramel or vanilla. Not so sure on that since everything else is so much stronger, but it’s faintly there. It’s not unpleasant, but definitely makes you (or at least me) proceed with caution. Lol.
The taste, however, doesn’t come close to having all these great smells present. For me, the Thai Chai completely overpowers everything else in this blend. And specifically the ginger is all I taste. Well, cinnamon versus ginger, with the ginger coming out mostly on top. It’s so strong that it actually made me a little ill and I had to pour out the rest of my cup. If I want a ginger tea, I’d rather drink the Shieldmaiden blend I have instead.
It’s not really a bad blend. If you like stronger, spicy-esque flavors, especially ginger, this is the tea for you. If you were looking for something mildly spicy, or something that you can taste the tiger eye or assam melody teas, you might consider trying another blend. It’s definitely not one of my favorites. Swap bin for this one.
Unfortunately, I didn’t really like this tea. I think it was the apricot? Not a fan of that flavour! Luckily, I was sharing a pot of this with a friend, and she LOVED it, so I gave her the bag and she was very very happy. :)
Took this with cream and sugar! Such a delicious treat. The flavor reminds me of vanilla ice cream with blueberry toppings.
This sample came from shmiracles, and in all honesty — I might have been putting this one off because the combination of ingredients terrifies me. Lapsang and I have a rocky relationship. One where I drink it and it hits me with a flaming campfire log and laughs. But thank you shmiracles for sharing your most coveted tea treasure. Even if it terrifies me.
I was worried this was going to be a big old cup of NOPE, but I’m surprised that I don’t outright hate it. The Lapsang isn’t quite as potent as I feared (it’s only a kindling thwap instead of the full log) and the rest of the cup is just weird. The peppermint in there leaves my mouth tingling and the Lapsang leaves my mouth tasting like I just burped smoke.
Yes. I am the mighty Smaug.
It also inspired me to toss this together:
Backlog! I had this last night while going through my entire tea collection… Holy crap. SO. MUCH. TEA.
Anyways… I added some sugar and a touch of cream. It turned into a delicious dessert like treat. Creamy chocolate, caramel and hazelnut. Mmmmmm :]