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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.
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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)
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. :)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.