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Returning to this one today, because last time I tried it I was right on the edge of getting a cold and I wasn’t sure I’d done it justice. My main concern was that (I thought) it was supposed to be a citrus fruit flavoured yerba-oolong-rooibos blend, and I was getting…caramel.
Turns out it wasn’t a case of wonky tastebuds, because I’m still tasting caramel. It’s distinctively sweet, with a background of hazelnut, a touch of honey, and a little vanilla. It’s nutty and creamy; a little like butterscotch, a little like nut brittle. Very much not citrus, but lovely just the same.
As it turns out, I must have been very confused last time I looked this one up. The description clearly says rooibos caramel, rooibos almond, and honeybush hazelnut, which makes a lot more sense! I’m not sure which tea I thought I was drinking, but it wasn’t this one. (ETA: Actually, I do know. I thought I was drinking Chantel Isaacs version of Felix Felicis, when I actually have Robert Pirlot’s. Mystery solved.)
Now that order has been restored to the world, I’m going to say that I think this would make a decent latte, once autumn comes around again.
This is an odd one, at least in terms of ingredients. According to Adagio’s website, it’s a blend of Yerba Mate, Rooibos, and Oolong. I can safely say I’ve never tried all three of those at the same time, although judging by appearance it’s mostly rooibos. The flavouring is a whole lot simpler; orange, grapefruit, and lemon. I’ve a lot more confidence in that combination!
Possibly my cold is getting worse, but I don’t actually find that this one tastes of a whole lot. The creator’s description says he was going for colour over flavour, and admittedly it has come out a fairly impressive orange-yellow. Not quite liquid gold, maybe, but close enough for government work.
I can tell there’s Yerba in here, because it has the slight earthy-sour background tang. Other than that, it’s mostly rooibos; I can’t find the oolong at all. The rooibos isn’t bad, as they go. It’s a little woody, but the flavour I taste most is caramel. I actually think caramel would be a pretty good flavour for felix felicis, since it’s kind of gold in colour, and liquid luck should probably taste nice…I don’t really taste citrus fruit, except perhaps the tiniest bit of lemon towards the end of the sip. It brightens an otherwise dull cup, but it’s not particularly prominet or lively.
I’m a little surprised and disappointed by this one. I expected more from it, and at the moment it’s just not delivering. I’ll try it again once I’m cold free in case that’s part of the problem, but I’m not that sick yet, and I can taste other things just fine, so I don’t think my own tastebuds are solely responsible for this one.
To be continued…
May Flowers! This is another Adagio custom blend, and ultimately the one I restocked after drinking Padme because I loved the rose and cream flavors that came out in that tea from the Summer Rose/Cream combination. Since the Rooibos Jasmine component of that tea was completely missing, I saw little reason to get more of that tea when these were the two teas that left an impression, and a repeat blend might actually have enough Rooibos Jasmine to change the flavor profile. So I hunted around on Adagio until I found a custom blend that was simply a mix of Summer Rose and Cream, and found one, titled White Rose… which I’ll admit, is a bit of a confusing name. I have a white tea in my collection mixed with roses with the same name. A black tea called “White Rose” just sounds misleading to me… I guess the cream component made them think of white-colored roses. Whenever I see “white” in the title of a tea I always think of “white tea,” heh.
Confusing name aside, this is a tea for rose lovers! You open the bag and it has such a thick, rosey scent. I’ll admit, it has a lot of rose oil flavoring, and it may be overpowering or obnoxious to some, but since I really love this flavor note and sometimes find the rose in my teas too subdued, I really enjoy that I have a really strong rose tea option. Usually strong flavorings in my teas are really off-putting to me, but this is just a rare exception for me. The rose comes out as a strong top note, but mid-sip to the finish there is a notable sweet cream flavor beneath the rose, and I just love the way the two flavors pair. It adds a sweetness to the strong black base, which is — admittedly — a bit more on the bitter and astringent side than I typically care for in blacks (the one thing Padme had over this is that despite the Jasmine Rooibos carrying no noticeable flavor, it did mellow out the black tea so there was no bitterness or astringency in that blend). I tend to add some vanilla almond milk; it helps take some of the edge off the black tea, but doesn’t affect the creamy rose flavor at all. It also adds some nice creaminess to the cuppa. This is definitely one to take British-style!
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Cream, Floral, Malt, Rose, Sweet
May Flowers! And May the Fourth Be With You! This was the only floral Star Wars themed tea I could find on Adagio’s fandom blends, so though it isn’t one of my favorite characters, at least it fits the month’s theme. This particular fandom blend is a combination of Adagio’s Summer Rose black tea, Cream black tea, and Rooibos Jasmine tea, and has added lavender and cornflower accents.
This tea has a very lovely floral bouquet scent, with the most dominant scents being the rose and cream. It steeped up rather red in color, likely from the rooibos in the blend, and the aroma of the warm brewed cup was simply wonderful, and reminded me of taking a walk through a summer garden! In fact, I’d say the aroma was probably my favorite part of this tea. It isn’t that it didn’t taste good, I was just a little… underwhelmed. This one certainly turned out better than the Khaleesi of the Library fandom blend I tried during National Library Week, in which all I tasted was the Vanilla Rooibos Chai in the blend and none of the other teas; here I get a very strong presense of roses and cream, so I can definitely taste the Summer Rose and Cream black teas in the blend. But where is the Jasmine Rooibos? Other than the tea having a more reddish-orange coloring, I don’t pick up any noticable rooibos flavor notes, and I couldn’t taste the jasmine or lavender in the tea at all. The black tea, rose, and sweet cream was a wonderful flavor combination that I adored, but it was too overwhelming and washed out any potential for the other floral notes in the blend… either that, or Adagio didn’t mix this well, and given how my last fandom blend was mixed, that is entirely possible, too. Still, I have to mark this blend down for not holding up to its potential. The scents of a full summer bouquet were there, but the flavor was not.
In any event, after I sipped down this sampler, I found a different fandom blend that was just Summer Rose and Cream (called White Rose) and stocked up on that instead! My opinion on the taste I was getting from this will reflect more accurately there, since it, well, tastes as advertised!
Flavors: Cream, Floral, Rose, Sweet
Chai to Stay Dry… and Happy National Library Week! What?! What do you mean you don’t celebrate National Library Week? I know, this is one of those little known honorary weeks that only a librarian (like myself) would make a big deal about, but I actually do try to find either a library-themed or literary-themed tea each year for the occassion. This was actually the tea I grabbed for last year’s National Library Week, which was a fandom blend from Adagio created by Dylan. It’s a blend of Adagio’s Caramel, Rooibos Vanilla Chai, and Irish Breakfast teas.
The creator claims “the caramel cuts right through the spice of the vanilla chai, and you can just barely taste the Irish Breakfast that acts as a nice, solid base.” That certainly wasn’t the experience I had! As I’ve found with a lot of Adagio’s custom blends (and even just some of their regular teas), I seem to get a lot of variation from batch to batch as far as mix/flavor, and in this sample, it seemed to be all Rooibos Vanilla Chai. The chai spices in it were very overwhelming (particularly the clove) and dominated the flavor of the cup so much that the other flavors in the blend were completely overshadowed. It was hard for me to get much of a “malty” feel from the base, and there was no caramel flavor (or vanilla for that matter, come to think of it). The cocoa nibs may have added a little sweetness, but otherwise didn’t have much affect on the blend either. Overall it was just a heavy clove/cinnamon chai flavor. The spices definitely came off a bit overpowering and demanding. This was another one I had to take with my trusted vanilla almond milk!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Spicy
I was doubtful that I would like this blend because I am not a big Chai person, but I tried some that my friend had and I was pleasantly surprised.
The best way that I can describe this tea is ‘apple cider tea.’ It’s got a nice apple taste and just enough cinnamon that it didn’t distract from the whole thing.
It is good without sugar, but I find that adding a little bit of sugar really cuts the minor sharpness that the tea can have if you brew it a bit too long. Which I have a bad habit of doing.
Flavors: Apple, Honey
This tea is really soothing on a sore throat.
I imagine that any tea would be, honestly. But this is the one I drank.
And I would like to repeat, for the record, that I like this gingersnap cookie flavor. Bumping it up a few points for how comforting it is.
I’m not sure whether it’s better to be sick over the week (getting stuff done at work while trying to survive life) or over the weekend (ruining free time). Looks like I’ll be sick over the weekend. At least I can watch Netflix in sweatpants. Actual pants are for suckas.
I am basically dead on my feet today. I couldn’t get comfortable last night (too hot). My dreams, when they finally showed up, were vivid, full-length science fiction movies about a government surveillance state that encouraged baseball doping.
This tea is juuuust right for such a morning. It’s non-aggressive and straightforward.
You know right where you stand with this tea — in a kitchen, next to a giant plate of gingersnaps.
Maybe your grandma or someone else’s grandma is standing next to you, telling you that you’re too thin. Eat a gingersnap. Put some meat on those bones.
Thanks, Grandma. I feel pretty. And this tea is tasty.
PS, I am tired. Very tired. This review may not be my very best work.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cookie, Ginger, Spices, Sugar
Another one of mine. I’ve been playing (and failing spectacularly at) Bloodborne for the past few months, and so I decided to blend a few Bloodborne-themed teas. I’m a sucker for crows and plague doctor masks, so of course I had to make one for Eileen. To that end I used blackberry, chocolate, and vanilla oolong, adding in ginger and chocolate chips.
The dry mix smells primarily like chocolate and ginger in the bag. Not so much the blackberry, even though it’s 40% blackberry. Go figure.
It tastes kind of like the Valentine’s blend, just with blackberry instead of strawberry. This is not a bad thing in any way. No ginger at all, but I’m convinced the accents are less to add taste and more for decoration sometimes. I assume the chocolate chips helped make it a bit more chocolatey though.
For any other Soulsborne fans out there, you can find what I’ve blended so far here: http://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/group.html?group=9942
No rating, because it’s my blend.
It took me a couple of tries to get this one right; the chestnut overpowered the hazelnut and caramel when I first blended it. It smelled awfully good in the pouch though; there the hazelnut and caramel came out more so I didn’t expect it to be all chestnut, all the time. The cinnamon I added was nonexistent, but I kind of expected that.
With a little tweaking of the chestnut and caramel ratios, I ended up with the kind of sweet and nutty tea I wanted. Still no cinnamon, but that’s alright. I like my tea on the stronger side so I steeped it for four minutes, but since this is still Adagio’s base, I wouldn’t go any longer than that for fear of it getting too bitter.
Gone for ages; back; etc.
This tea has a very very bright, citrusy smell. The tea itself is not as bright, which is expected but a shame! It’s very light, and still bright, but there is a heaviness/drabness to the taste throughout that brings it down a little. I can’t think what would lighten it up more to keep the freshness of the citrus throughout.
Regardless, I did quite enjoy this tea, which is a first for me with citrus flavors in tea. Also I’m sick right now, and a cup of this is a great thing to have around when you’re sick. I will probably drink this whenever I’m sick, and maybe on other occasions too.
Oooooooooo….. This one is lovely! It smells strongly of maple and walnuts and it tastes like maple Mini-Wheat cereal. Yummmmmm. I get notes of sweet caramel too.
The liquor is the typical deep red characteristic of rooibos. Very very nice. Easily the yummiest Adagio blend that I have tried to date.
Flavors: Caramel, Maple, Sweet, Wheat
This is a comforting sort of cup – it’s nutty and tastes kinda like fall leaves look, although at first taste it’s a bit thin, flavour-wise. A hefty slosh of soymilk helped to balance out the toasted hazlenut notes and left me with something that reminds me vaguely of cookies.
It’s not the cup I expected to get from this tea, but it’s definitely delicious. Better suited to an evening cup than a morning one, though, so I’ll save this for my pre-bed ritual from here on out.
“The Prince” (by Kristina Moy) is the first Severus Snape-inspired custom tea from Adagio Teas I’ve sampled. I was afraid that the not-quite-a-heaping-teaspoon wasn’t quite enough for my two-cup teapot; I was right. I let it steep longer to help make up the difference. It was still a little weaker than I would have brewed it earlier in the day, but for evening it was fine. It had a good deep green tea flavor (not surprising, since its makeup is hojicha and gunpowder with lemongrass). The lemongrass was nicely balanced, not overpowering or intrusive. I liked it, and will definitely be drinking it again—soon! Kudos to Ms. Moy for an enjoyable blend (Severus in a rare good mood—a little stern with the depth of green tea flavor, but relaxing nonetheless)!
Flavors: Green, Lemongrass, Smooth
I had this one earlier this week.
I think though that I overdid it on the coconut that day as I ended up with the worst upset stomach after having this tea. I don’t know what it was exactly and maybe it wasn’t the coconut, but I had a lot of it and that’s why I’m wondering… anyways, will try again and see how it goes. Hoping it’s better the second time.
I made this tea a loooong time ago when I first found Adagio and I was trying out their tea blend page. I never thought it would go anywhere because I wasn’t even trying to sell tea. I had never even tried it. Then two people bought it. I was ecstatic but I also was slightly nervous that it tasted horrible. So when I discovered that I had a gift certificate, I bought the sample tin. Its actually pretty good. The black tea provides some body while the peppermint and the cocomint green provide chocolatey mintu flavor. I probably need to drink some more to provide better tasting notes.
Flavors: Chocolate, Mint
jump62359!! i drank this!
i made a giant cup at work and drank it all before i met oddree for tacos.
i’m not a big green tea drinker so that’s why it took so long for me to get around to brewing it. but the oriental spice definitely pushed the greenieness out of the way, so i really should have brewed this much sooner duh.
i stalled on watching Merlin. not really sure why but it’s still there in the queue when i’m ready to go back to it.
but listen, Colin Morgan is also in The Fall. and you MUST watch The Fall. i think about it every day and i finished watching it over 2 weeks ago.
I mixed up these two teas this morning to go with the gluten free blueberry scones I made. I really like how the cream tea tones down the lavender in the earl grey. Don’t get me wrong I like the EG Lavender just fine, but some days you want to tone it down a little. So good!
Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Earl Grey, Pastries, Sweet
So full disclosure — Adagio lets you mix and match their teas a bit to make your own custom blend, and this is one I “blended” myself. I wanted to make a tropical tea to go with this tropical coral picture I’d just painted. I really didn’t have high hopes for my blending experiment (having never done this before) but it’s actually pretty good!
Dry, the tea smells amazing. Really really fruity. At first sip, the Ceylon base seemed stronger than any of the fruit flavors, but once I added a generous spoonful of sugar crystals, the fruit was a lot more obvious. I could recognize the mango but didn’t distinctly taste the passionfruit or the grapefruit — still, they work well together to make a tropical fruit flavor.
The base tea is decent. I like it much better than, say, Upton’s bases, but it’s not as mellow as Harney & Sons or David’s. I do wish it wasn’t quite so sharp, but it doesn’t ruin the tea.
All in all, pretty happy with my first experiment. Plus the tin is cute!