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I’m not sure what compelled me to order this “Christmas Cookies” fandom sampler from Adagio… I have yet to find a tea from them that I’ve liked enough to actually order, and most of them are extremely underwhelming to me. Oh well, I ordered these, so I might as well try them! This sounded the yummiest out of the bunch, I love a good ol’ sugar cookies, with or without frosting. This tea also has a touch of lemon, which I’ve done in sugar cookie frosting before and found it very tasty. The tea is a mixture of small, generic black leaves, a few pieces of lemon balm, and some sprinkles. Dry scent is quite weak, I can smell the sprinkles more than anything.

The steeped tea does smell rather close to a plain sugar cookie – it has a mild and almost bready dessert aroma. However, I don’t think it really tastes like a sugar cookie. The problem is the base – it’s too strong and too malty to be used in a sugar cookie tea, I would have chosen a white tea perhaps. I can taste the almond and vanilla flavors, but no lemon. Overall, it’s a resounding meh. It could possibly be more cookie-ish if sugar and milk were added.

Flavors: Almond, Malt, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Roswell Strange

Remind me to send you The Woman some time if I haven’t already; it’s certainly my favourite Adagio blend and one of (if not her favourite) VariaTEA’s as well. I originally ordered 3 oz. and then reordered that same amount – and she’s ordered it for herself now too. It surprisingly works REALLY well.

Cameron B.

I’ll try to remember the next time we swap! :)

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Roswell Strange

Remind me to send you The Woman some time if I haven’t already; it’s certainly my favourite Adagio blend and one of (if not her favourite) VariaTEA’s as well. I originally ordered 3 oz. and then reordered that same amount – and she’s ordered it for herself now too. It surprisingly works REALLY well.

Cameron B.

I’ll try to remember the next time we swap! :)

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m 29 years old and currently living in Austin, Texas with my boyfriend of 5 years. We’re both software engineers working in the Semiconductor manufacturing field. I am a staunch lover of pugs and other squishy-faced dogs, although sadly I do not currently have one.

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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. I have recently started to brew gongfu cha style!

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I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms, including black, green, oolong, and white teas, as well as maté, rooibos, honeybush, and herbal tisanes. I am open to more exploration of puerh, but it’s not generally one of my favorites. I am not often a fan of fruit-based tisanes.

My very favorite straight teas tend to be from China, Japan, or Taiwan. I also enjoy matcha!

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially mango and pineapple.

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