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I would like to apologize for my lack of reviews in the past couple of days/weeks. I’ve been super busy but come the end of April I’ll have more time to write on here. Trust me, I’ve still been drinking tea. Lots of it. But, I’m not going to kill your feeds with my backlogs as that wouldn’t be that fun now, would it?

Anyways, I got a generous amount of this tea from Emilie in our swap. I’ve been reallllllllly wanting to try the Sherlock and Hunger Games blends from Adagio as I’m a fan of both series and I think that not only are the blends a fun way to celebrate your fandom, but they also look super tasty!

The dry leaf smells oddly like Captain Crunch. That’s not actually bad, because I really like Captain Crunch! In fact, it smells quite enticing! One thing I don’t like about Adagio’s custom blends is that they don’t include any brewing instructions, so it’s up to you to kind of guess what to do. I knew that this was an all black blend, and those are more forgiving, but I also know that Adagio’s blacks are easily embittered, so I decided to go with a safe 195 (next time I will do 185 to 190 as this still did have just a hint of bitterness) for 4 minutes.

The result is amazing. I added milk and sugar (it seemed fitting as it is British, afterall :P) and it’s very good and I really hope all the blends by this “author” are as good! The earl grey is definitely the forefront flavor and the hazelnut and caramel add a nice extra creamy sweetness in the background! I really like this one a lot.

Thanks again Emilie for this and your other sample, they will both be enjoyed! Also, I know that you stated that you were having problems with this tea and I would recommend going with a lower temp for 4 minutes-it really creates a nice flavor.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Emilie

I will definitely try that out! I’d been playing with different times at the same temperature, so it only makes sense now to move to the lower one. I’m glad you enjoyed it, too! :)

K S

Captain Crunch, milk, and sugar are British? I thought they were breakfast!

Azzrian

Captain Crunch! Oh wow that sounds really good!

Ian

@KS: Lol I meant that Sherlock was British :P Although I’m sure they eat Captain Crunch in the UK too :)

@Azzrian: I know! Captain Crunch has always been my favorite cereal so this was a really nice treat!

ashmanra

Who remembers Quisp? It was pretty much Captain Crunch in a different shape. Every once in a while they bring it back. The kids love it in the summertime when it gets to hot to cook OR eat. I buy some Captain Crunch and we have Jethro bowls of it for supper.

Tamm

lolol I’m glad I’m not the only person buying fandom teas!

Daniel Scott

“Fandom teas”? That sounds intriguing.

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Emilie

I will definitely try that out! I’d been playing with different times at the same temperature, so it only makes sense now to move to the lower one. I’m glad you enjoyed it, too! :)

K S

Captain Crunch, milk, and sugar are British? I thought they were breakfast!

Azzrian

Captain Crunch! Oh wow that sounds really good!

Ian

@KS: Lol I meant that Sherlock was British :P Although I’m sure they eat Captain Crunch in the UK too :)

@Azzrian: I know! Captain Crunch has always been my favorite cereal so this was a really nice treat!

ashmanra

Who remembers Quisp? It was pretty much Captain Crunch in a different shape. Every once in a while they bring it back. The kids love it in the summertime when it gets to hot to cook OR eat. I buy some Captain Crunch and we have Jethro bowls of it for supper.

Tamm

lolol I’m glad I’m not the only person buying fandom teas!

Daniel Scott

“Fandom teas”? That sounds intriguing.

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Hello!

I’m Ian and I’m a 15 year old student who lives in Vermont. I started (heavily) drinking tea in Late 2010 and have been obsessed ever since!

I tend to drink more black and herbal teas, though I do enjoy oolong, green, and white, and I’m exploring other facets of the tea world (I’m still trying with pu-erh!)

I tend to lean towards sweeter and fruity flavors in my teas, and I’m not a big fan of smoky flavored teas, or anything that’s VERY bold.

I also enjoy a cup of coffee every once and a while, though it does mess with my stomach sometimes so I don’t drink it as often as I drink tea.

In addition to tea drinking, I’m also really interested in:
Classical music (I’ve been playing clarinet for 5 years now and it’s my favorite thing to do), independent arts/music, education on environmental sustainability, reading, Fair Trade and safe-trade practices, Cognitive science, art history, and a lot more.

I’m open to swaps, but I don’t have a very wide collection. Regardless, if I review a tea and you would like a sample, feel free to message me and we can work something out! If you would like to just try something without a swap, feel free to ask too! I know that I personally don’t have a lot of teas to swap and if you’re in the same position as me just feel free to ask for a sample and I’ll send you some, no strings attached!

I run a blog on TeaTrade which you can find here: http://serendipitea.teatra.de/. The goal of my blog is to better connect tea with the arts and go beyond just the taste aspect of tea. Enjoy!

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