741 Tasting Notes

Ah ha! see! this is me learning.

the minute i smelled and tasted this i recognized how similar it was to the Steve Rogers blend i recently fell in sorta-love with. but i was struck by how much i liked that one vs how much i didn’t super love this one…?
subtle (or not so subtle) changes can make a big difference :)

both teas are Spiced Apple Chai forward blends. apple pie and pastries nom nom.
but the rest is almond vs vanilla, and Assam vs Irish Breakfast (a Ceylon & Assam blend).
what’s not to love about almond OR vanilla? potato, potato.
so …SCIENCE! i’m guessing i don’t like Ceylon as much as some other types?? i’ve always known i’m an assam gal. go figure.

controversial opinion: i liked the first movie more than the second one. kinda lots more. could be the book and fic reading changed my expectations? bam!


I found that with the first ones, reading the books and then starting the movies the next week was really tough. The movies seem to stand alone, not only with the changes made, but the visuals are better (for me) than pages and pages of description. I read the Hobbit after the very first LOTR movie came out. So thankfully I don’t remember all of it.


Yeeesh. Here’s an unpopular opinion – I hated the first movie and don’t want to watch the rest. :| I can’t even remember what it was that I didn’t like about it, but I’ll stick with the books and the fic I guess.

I wouldn’t mind watching some Smaug-Bilbo actions though…


The Hobbit, Cavo? I’m a completist, so I’m watching. Some parts are hilarious, some parts annoying. I’m so glad there’s only one more movie. There is only one more, right?


I hope? I just don’t understand why it had to be 3 movies to begin with! I really, really loved the LOTR movies, and I have the extended dvd’s and have watched the repeatedly, but… IDK why I couldn’t get into the Hobbit.


Haha! I don’t understand why it had to be 3 movies, either. Oh well. Dwarvish eye candy, I guess.


One: I love the Steve Rogers tea!
Two: The Hobbit was one of my favorite books out of Tolkien’s works, and still is. I was really confused when they said they were doing the movie in three parts though. The changes and additions they made make sense at least, versus some other book to movie adaptations (I’m looking at you, Percy Jackson!) Also, gotta say I’m totally in love with Tauriel!


Kick ass elf fighter ladies, FTW!

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i know i don’t have to say it every time, but i had so much fun planning the adagio buy & swap i did with moraiwe that i just feel compelled to mention it yet again.
LOOK at ALL THE TEA i get to try! looook!
and i get to share it with my sister too! double fun all around. and my sis is the reason i even read The Hobbit in the first place.** so totally awesome.

not a bad tea at all! but, ….yes but, ….i’m gonna blame the white tea for why i don’t mega love this blend. i like oolongs lots, but sometimes i just need my white in a very specific context to really enjoy it in the best way. so it’s a very yummy tea, but it just doesn’t warm my veins the way some other similarly flavored teas do.
it’s cool though, more for oddree!!

**(being an english major and an ex-english teacher and a general overall power reader, she has read LOTR and The Hobbit numerous times.) (also, with that bio under her belt, she seriously makes the BEST fic recs. and she sent me a brilliant fic that i started reading but had to stop because i hadn’t actually read The Hobbit yet. so i saw the first movie, paused the fic, read The Hobbit, then resumed the fic. all thanks to her nudges.)

(in hindsight, i hope oddree doesn’t mind that this post is like all about her?? haha, i just had the stuff to say about the stuff and stuff. xo)


No that’s cool :) A friend of yours introduced me to Tolkien in the first place way back when. I feel lucky to share all the tea and fic recs with someone who gets it (and shares many fandoms too!)


I definitely second the quality fic recs. oddree, you need a rec blog or something! :D


Oh – what’s the fic? I love the hobbit!
I had already read it before, but I was quite happy to read it again in a university class on children’s lit. :)

I support this rec blog idea. Or + fanfic thread updates!

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sorry sis but i drank ALL of the Pancake Breakfast myself!
i couldn’t help it!

this tea has some similar qualities to the ATR brioche, but with less almondness and more of maybe a buttery note. i don’t get too much maple from it myself but i do get a nice bready sweetness.

i haven’t had much luck with 52teas in the past, and took a kinda long break from trying them, but i’m starting to think that i just had bad luck and also that i was too inexperienced to know what i was tasting. i was seriously a newb.

so! a special thanks to Eva for swapping this with me and re-igniting my interest in 52teas.

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had a giant cup first thing when i got to the office, along with my chocolate tea biscuits,


It’s a good day for biscuits! Chocolate + Perfect Carlos – of course! Perfection is perfect. (Also perfect is the Terry Gross Joaquin Phoenix interview – no spoilers for the movie, just a warm fuzzy feeling of personal acceptance and self deprecation.)

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a balanced tea. easy to drink.
so easy that i kinda just gulped it down and didn’t really ‘stop to smell the roses’.
the green & chunky spice made this cup nature-ready for the sunrise, but the cream and apple flavors kinda got lost in the morning dew.

i’ll add more to this note when i get to my second cup.

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the dry leaf blend smells pretty amazing. peach city!
steeped and plain, the tea falls SLIGHTLY flat for me, but i bet if i add just a touch of agave it’ll kinda fill out. i’m also going to try different steeping times and leaf quantities. it’s one of those occasions where the good outweigh the unsure qualities, and with just a little experimentation the tea will reach it’s proper potential. (i’ll keep ya posted.)

but in the meantime, does anyone here make their own adagio blends? if so, what method do you use? do you buy sample sizes of different teas and then measure out tiny half teaspoon ratios? and the brew them each in a tiny cup? or do you just think really hard and make a blend on the website and just go for it?
i really wanna be able to at least make one blend i feel good about, but i’m afraid i just might not have the knack for it…


Ooh, good question! I was curious about that myself..


I don’t know how some of them do it! I think I would go with samples to try blending different ratios together, without having to commit to a larger bag.


I want to like this but I don’t know how oh god I’m such a noob I totally get it if you want to hate me D:

Aside from the mini overreaction, I made my own Adagio blends for flatmates after I showed them my character-based Sherlock and Doctor Who teas, and they wanted their own! (: I did it mostly for whimsy, and used like a teaspoon of each of three different teas, and brewed a whole pot of it.


By the way, I used sample teas I get from Adagio with each purchase, I always buy enough samples to get me over the free shipping (which is usually just two)

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i’m not really a green tea girl. i drink them and i’m always looking for one that helps it all click for me, but i don’t seem to have found it yet.
the apricot is nice, the vanilla gives it a smoothness, but for me it’s ultimately just too light. i drank most of it but i didn’t finish the cup before it got cold. then i put a plate over the mug to protect it from cat mouths and just added some hot water in the morning before i gulped it down.
it’s an appropriate tea for Thranduil, but not for me. (maybe my sister will like it :))

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my second Nightvale tea.
i drank it before leaving work, chugged it basically, only because i didn’t want it to go to waste.
it’s very earthy, as toasted mate tends to be. it has a somewhat dark mood to it.

i’m real behind on my tasting notes.

there are inches of snow and ice outside.

my cat almost climbed into a hole in the bricked-up fire place tonight and if i hadn’t caught her legs i might have never seen her again and it was terrifying.

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this might be one of my top faves from my recent Adagio order.
who am i kidding i like so MANY of them!
i’ve gotten much better at knowing what i prefer and what will taste good in a blend. and it’s an exciting feeling when you know you love all the teas in your cupboard and that you have many cups of them to drink in your future.

for me this cup came off as more of an almond tea, like a warm earthy berry and dry fruits and the sun drenched bark of a tree.
i really need to have it again so i can pin the flavor down more, but that is probably why i enjoyed it that little bit extra. sometimes if a tea has a vagueness to it, or a blend where the flavors really mush together in a special way, it sticks in my brain. to puzzle it out. like a subtle plot twist.


I never know what to expect with the Adagio blend because the description is a big jumbled mess of ingredients that are ALSO just three different types of tea blends mixed together. And my brain doesn’t separate them well enough. And so I just dive in and hope for the best!

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school/work closes at 4 today and is ALREADY confirmed closed tomorrow!
thank you snow.
i have already packed up all of my tea samples. priorities!! prioriTEAS!!

moraiwe went halfsies with me on her sample tins and sent me a great swap box last week. she even took the time to photocopy the tin covers as labels, and i have the tea samples all lined up pretty in a box on my desk.

this tea MAY have hibiscus in it, but it’s balanced by the spice and lemon grass, so it’s actually just a sort of berry juicy cup. definitely juicy. this tea has ‘springtime drinking’ written all over it.


You’re so lucky re everything tomorrow being cancelled!


My toner decided to take a dump somewhere in the middle of the photocopying, so um. Sorry about that. I was mostly just hoping they were still legible. :X


^Your labels with all the brewing info are great btw! Super helpful!

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i have a cat named House Party 3.

i drink my tea plain.

vegan. fine arts major. bass player. runner. yoga do-er. childfree. scifi fan. e-reader fanatic. knitting newb. ADHD club member (ie; all my exclamation points are for realz!!)

i’m always aspiring to read more books.

i don’t care what you say, chamomile is barfaroony.
i’m so over rooibos.
evil hibiscus is evil.

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i only log each tea i taste once.

!!! SWAPPING !!!

ALWAYS interested in reducing my tea stash, so please ask if you want to swap or sample something! even if it’s just one tea.

every tea in my cupboard is swapable! (at least i TRY to keep it up to date)
every tea i have tried is listed in my rated teas.


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