Adagio Custom Blends, Christine Rillo

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The sweet caramel and vanilla flavor is delicious and the sprinkles and sparkles add a fun touch. Unfortunately, the base tea ruins the experience for me. It is strong, bitter, and astringent and completely takes over the flavoring by the end of the sip. I do wish Adagio would use a better quality black base for their flavored teas, because they have so many fun flavors available!

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Caramel, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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73

This is the first tea I’m trying from my swap with Arshness. The dry leaf looks like generic little black tea leaves with sprinkles mixed in. I had to pour a little bit out of the zippy bag to smell it – that darn Foxtrot made everything smell minty! :P It smells like vanilla and sugar and frosting, which bodes well. I actually brewed this one twice.

The first time, I did a heaping teaspoon for 3 minutes, which turned out to be too long. It basically came out bitter and I didn’t taste much of anything else. Drank it with lots of sugar and milk.

The second time, I did 2 minutes instead of 3 and it was much better. The brewed tea smells like a medium-bodied black tea with strong vanilla and frosting notes. I must admit, I’m a little bit disappointed that the flavors in this one don’t taste quite as strong as they smell. The tea is slightly bitter even with the short brew time, but it’s not a super unpleasant bitterness. I do taste vanilla and frosting, and I added some sugar to help coax them out some more. Overall, this tea is tasty but I would like it better with stronger flavors. Thanks for the sample, Arshness. :)

Flavors: Bitter, Frosting, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Arshness

I will say I’ve had that tea a long time so it may not be quite as strong as a fresh batch. I would say try again with water that is JUST before boiling and go for 2 minutes. Sugar and MILK make it REALLY good. The Milk brings out the caramel in the cuppa. :)
Either way, glad you got to try it and sorry it wasn’t as good to you as it is to me. I love the sprinkles haha

Ost

:O Sounds really good!

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99

Wooo! This is one of my favorite teas, but maaan I made a mistake preparing it today.
I’ve been noticing several of my older teas were tasting weak so I started adding in extra tea to make sure there was good potency for each. Low and behold, I have found one that is certainly still good. >_<

I put too much tea to water in this and the tannin made my mouth cry.
I couldn’t finish it.

At least I know my Birthday Tea is still good.
However, it did raise a disappointing situation. My tea storage methods are not good enough.
My teas that have been stored a while are mostly in cheap tins. They are mostly old tasting now. The Birthday tea has been in its original resealable Adagio package this whole time and it still tastes fresh. Oh dears :c I guess I’ve learned the hard way about needing good quality tea tins. But how to afford such things in this economy you know? Yuck. >_<

Anyone recommend good quality tea tins at a decent price?
Bonus points if pretty, especially blue :D

Flavors: Cake, Caramel, Smooth, Sweet, Tannin, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Ost

Enjoying Tea has some good tins actually, and pretty cheap. I just bought some from them. (:

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75

This was tasty, and definitely had an element of cake to it. I received it for ordering near to my birthday, and am enjoying it. I don’t know if I would pay for it per se, but I will enjoy what I have very much, and it will probably be even better with a bit of milk and agave.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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51

Another cold brew. I don’t remember the specifics though…. oops. Anyway, I like this better than I did last time. I think I’ve been in an iced tea mood lately ;)
This was refreshing and a nice sweet treat.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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51

The first sample I received of this was a nice little add on from Adagio, and I ended up giving the whole thing to a friend. My next order I actually received another sample and it has just been hanging out. I prepared this as a cold brew (about 12hrs) Unsweetened you can really smell the vanilla. Being a dessert tea aficionado I sweetened it up with some simple syrup I made, and it being a nice enjoyable sweet tea. I could taste more caramel flavor after I added sweetener, probably because I made my syrup with sugar in the raw.

I probably won’t make any of this hot. I’ve been on a mission to figure out cold brewing lol. Hopefully the fiance will enjoy a large pitcher of this.

Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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51

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Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla

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64

I got this as a belated free birthday sample (I made an order near my birthday, didn’t get it as I thought I might, and emailed Adagio to find out that my birthday wasn’t added to my account! It became a free black friday sample.)

Adagio’s flavored blacks are pretty hit and miss for me, and this one is pretty middle of the road. It smells nice, both the dry leaf and the liquor — reminiscent of cake, or at least a cheap cake you could buy at a grocery store. I sweetened it almost instantly as it’s a double whammy of dessert tea and flavored Adagio black, which both tend to need sweetener in my mind. Once it cools down a bit… pretty nice. It’s just what it says on the tin: generic black tea with sweet vanilla and caramel with no real frills or complexities beyond the faint taste of sprinkles. Add a splash of milk, and the caramel stands out much more… but the tea taste is covered up, which might appeal to a tea newbie but is only a con to me.

Not recommended, but I’ll drink the rest of this sample.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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65

I felt like a little bit of a celebration this morning. The night before we encountered this equation: cat + 7-Up + MacBook = sadness. Last night we took it in to the GeekSquad and discovered I had actually purchased the klutz coverage, so my laptop is going to be brought back to life!

So until it returns from the dead, my activity is going to take a little hit, but I can totally deal with that!

But on to the tea ;)

I don’t remember if I’ve had this before, but I’m getting more of a crème brûlée flavor to it. It’s the flavor of toasted (but not entirely burnt) sugar crust. Hmmm… maybe I should make some up and have an excuse to play with a mini torch!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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73

This tea smells amazing, but does need a touch of sugar to cut some bitterness.

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94

The first thing you notice is….there are sprinkles in my tea leaves!! I do not care how bad of a mood you are in, if you see sprinkles it is a smile inducer. Unless those sprinkles are casually replacing sesame seeds on your hamburger’s bun, then that might be annoying. The description of the tea’s ingredients list a blend of Vanilla, Cream, and Caramel teas, have tried two of those three and really enjoyed them I was excited. These teas use a base of Ceylon and blend with natural flavorings and usually I really like their blends, sadly there have been one or two that did not make me go WOW! but most of them are delicious.

The aroma of the dry leaves is strong, it doesn’t really smell like birthday. With a lot of Adagio’s flavored teas, you really cannot judge them from the leaf aroma (which I do find really frustrating) because it is usually really strong. This tea smells like you open up a bottle of vanilla extract and snort it. I do not smell any of the caramel or cream…or sprinkles, but they don’t really have a smell.

The aroma of the brewed tea though is YUM!! It smells so much like a freshly baked, butter-cream frosted, cupcake that I legitimately wondered ‘is this tea a portal to an alternate reality cupcake?’ I really think in a blindfolded test I would have thought that this tea was a cupcake. Which, I want to point out, is really convenient since I have been hard core craving some cake lately.

The taste reminded me of a tea soaked cake. The flavors are predominantly cream and vanilla with notes of caramelized sugar (not actual caramel candy, which is good since I am not a huge fan) as the initial sweetness fades you get to taste the base tea which is rich and mellow, no bitterness like you get with lower quality Ceylon. Everything about this tea is sweet, it is a dessert tea through and through. I recommend a splash of cream and no sugar unless you really need a sugar fix. Definitely best for after a meal when you don’t want to eat any more but want something sweet or for breakfast.

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This tea was okay, but unfortunately didn’t get the sweet dessert taste I was looking for. After adding a generous portion of rock sugar it was better, but still didn’t taste like cake unfortunately.

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Got this in a swap and the sprinkles made my Monday. Tried it over the weekend and, like many others, I was a bit disappointed. Not to say the tea was bad, or even not good, but if you promise me cake, I better taste cake. I liken this to those yogurts that promise to be full of desserty goodness and just taste like yogurt (for the last time yoplait, if you say the yogurt is cake or pie flavored, put a few pieces in there!). Sure they’re good and all, but it’s not like you’re going to fool yourself into thinking you’re having the real thing.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Thank you very much Ricky for sending me some of this to try! This looks like black tea with colored sprinkles. The tea mostly smells like caramel. I steeped this for a short time. I can taste mostly the caramel with abit of vanilla and the black tea. I would of liked the vanilla to be more balanced with the caramel or stronger. I still do think this I’s a pretty good tea if abit really sweet.

Ricky

You’re welcome =] Glad the surprise came in one piece. I was afraid it would get lost in the mail.

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Adagio Birthday Tea: Warm and sweet, not overpowering. More comforting than distinctive. A nice pick-me-up. Good black.

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51

A sample of this tea arrived as part of a tea order which was in fact placed as a birthday gift so it was a nice and thoughtful extra for Adagio to throw in. The first few sips of the tea straight came off as a bit bland which was not a surprise considering that it is based off of a mix of vanilla, cream and caramel flavored teas mixed with cake sprinkles so I was forced to add sugar to balance the flavors with the needed sweetness that they demanded. Adding sugar to my tea is something that I very rarely do and due to a lack of white sugar I added brown sugar. In the end it took around 3-4 spoons worth of brown sugar for the tea to end up tasting right, or at least as right as a birthday cake flavored tea can. I’m sure that even with all the sugar that I added that it has less calories than a slice of cake has, but in my opinion it sort of defeats the purpose of tea as an enjoyable calorie free beverage to take one’s mind off things with calories.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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74

Thank you Reasoned_Melody for this tea.
My birthday was a few days ago but I only received this today and my party is tomorrow…I think it’s only fair I have a cup of this tea at the present moment. Plus it would have been my cat Mr Bloo’s birthday today (he was my best friend and childhood pet, he died last year). A very sad day and would be birthday.

This tea is vanilla and creamy in scent whilst raw. Once steeped with a sugar and drop of milk added this tea is a rather tasty mix of caramel and creamy vanilla. Smooth and silky yet being black tea based there is an earthy darkness behind it all. Rather a nice blend and the rainbow sprinkles in the raw mixture are fun. _

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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93

It’s NOT by birthday, but I’ll drink this birthday tea if I want to. Sorry, that was bad. I probably only know that song because I spent at least one of my birthdays crying (chicken pox & sweltering heat). And another birthday memory: I also remember bringing ridiculously colored Sesame Street cupcakes to a school birthday one year. When there were some extra cupcakes left at the end of the day, my brother was planted in a high chair in the garage for a good reason — he got blue cookie monster frosting EVERYWHERE.

Anyway, thank you Starfevre for this sample! I love anything with vanilla and cream. This might be the first Adagio black tea I’ve tried. This is good! I steeped for three minutes, since I don’t see any instructions anywhere. The dry leaves smell like cake more than the tea tastes like cake. I love the black tea flavor — a bit strong, which may be drowning out the flavors. But I’m okay with that! I needed a tough black tea this morning (or every morning, really.) It’s a nice flavor combination… though more caramel would have been nice. I love the briskness with the sweetness of the vanilla, caramel and cream. I wouldn’t mind having this on my birthday! But now I’m thinking… what about black tea cupcakes??
Starfevre

Glad you like it!

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73

Sipdown! Yay I have finally gotten rid of this tea! I found that it’s better brewed at a lower temperature. The vanilla and cakey flavors come out a bit more. I still love the sprinkles in this tea :P so cute.

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73

Well, I’m finally finishing this off. I’m getting hints of vanilla, caramel, frosting-like flavors. I added a bit of sugar to make it seem more… cakey.. It kind of worked.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75

Byebye! Sipdown time!

I’m actually really happy to be getting rid of some of the teas that I like… but don’t love, and therefore don’t drink a lot.

Also: this is my 300th tasting note! Woohoo!

Claire

Congratulations on 300!

yappychappy

Congrats on 300~!

Miss Starfish

Happy 300th tasting note!

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