Adagio Custom Blends, Mitchell Gerich

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Thanks for the sample, mtchyg! And for mixing it.

It’s a deep black tea base with some creamy chocolate and a hint of brown sugar/caramel sweetness. I want to say that it has bread notes and raisin notes as well, but I might me crazy.

I think I’m going to have to buy a bag of this one. It’s a great dessert tea.

And tea is also ZERO SmartPoints, which is a thing I didn’t give a shit about until yesterday, when I told my husband it was GO TIME on a diet (“lifestyle change”) and I was JOINING WEIGHT WATCHERS DAMMIT and he said “okay.” (He is the chillest person alive.) (And I am, as you may have surmised from my tea blog, a flea circus of cray-cray).

So now tea is going to be my fallback substitute for EVERYTHING, all the time. It’s going to be my alcohol substitute. My soda substitute. My dessert substitute.

I already tried to use it as a beer substitute. I brought a bunch of iced tea to a party in a big to-go tumbler to drink instead of beer.

But the party was a beer-snob microbrew kind of crowd, and they kept asking me what the heck I was drinking. I said tea, and they asked why.

Doesn’t it seem gauche to ask people why they aren’t drinking alcohol?

Maybe I’m pregnant.

Maybe alcohol interferes with my medical conditions or medicines.

Maybe I’m watching my calories.

Maybe I don’t like alcohol.

Maybe alcohol doesn’t like me.

Maybe I like alcohol TOO MUCH and I’m in AA.

Almost ANY RESPONSE to “why aren’t you drinking?” is going to be personal. And I’d just met the people who were asking. (People who know me know that I carry tea around with me everywhere.)

I think it’s a young-person thing. People who are older tend to know the downside of alcohol a little better, are past the “party!” phase, and also, I think, just care less about what other people do.

Feel free to weigh in on any or none of this. Just getting it off my chest.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Caramel, Chocolate, Creamy, Malt, Raisins


I get that too! I cannot understand why people ask things like that? I sometimes am tempted to give them a really horrible answer to shut them up. None of your business why I’m not drinking!


I’m glad you enjoyed my blend! Also, as someone who can’t drink due to a medical condition, I absolutely know how you feel. Now, I don’t mind telling people why I can’t drink alcohol but I agree with you on this one. Maybe there is a little of the “please conform with us/you think you’re better than me?” thing going on. Sometimes I’m tempted to give people funny and bullshit excuses.


I find people of all ages ask a lot of things they maybe shouldn’t ask. My sister got married back in September and is asked almost daily by literally anyone (parents, colleagues, clients, etc.) “are you and your husband trying to have a baby?”. I think that is crazy rude and since I like to mess with people who do shit like this, I told her she should look them dead in the eye and say something like “no, but me and our gardener are.” or “not since the accident”. It’s terrible to do but it would be a good lesson for people who think it is okay to ask these personal questions.


I would have just said “because I’m not drinking alcohol tonight”. And uhhh what if you were designated driver??


It blows my mind that people expect everyone else to think and do everything they personally do to a T, and if you don’t, you have to justify yourself, why you a) aren’t drinking alcohol when everyone else is, b) don’t want to be married, c) don’t want children or don’t have any yet, d) why you don’t want to have your picture taken, etc. Like seriously? What does it matter to others?


But yeah, I agree with VariaTEA that age is irrelevant. People are just ignorant.

Super Starling!

People are ALWAYS asking me where the baby is. Sometimes I enjoy telling them the truth: “well, I’m on a bunch of antidepressants for my crippling lifetime of inexplicable sadness! And they’d make my baby derpy! So… I can’t have one!” And other times I just say “you’ll be the first to know if it happens!” because ugh. Why does everyone require a novella if you’re at all different from them?


Lol! Starling, you and I would get along really well I think. I totally agree, and I just love your personality. You do you, girl. :)

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This is a slightly bitter fruity tea created & given to me by the wonderful mtchyg.

It steeps up the COOLEST BLOOD COLOR:

The primary flavor is hibiscus (like cranberry, slightly tart). Hibiscus is my new favorite thing, so I might be biased here in liking it, and this tea. There also a few apple and citrus notes, and a deeper note that’s probably the pu erh or cocoa nibs.

There’s a lot going on, but it’s very rich, dark, and complicated, just like vampires would be.

You live a long time, you get skeletons in those closets. If you’re eating people, some of those skeletons are probably literal.

Can you imagine living forever? Every single embarrassing or shameful thing I’ve ever done keeps me up at night NOW, and I’m only 32. Imagine being, like, 500 years old. You’d have hundreds of instances of betrayals and slights and backhanded compliments and mistakes and getting your period in your khakis. HUNDREDS.

That time I walked into a telephone pole waving at a cute boy? If I were 500, I’d probably have done that at LEAST 4 more times.

Flavors: Citrus, Cranberry, Hibiscus, Sweet, Tart


I’m like that in over thinking. But, I think if you were a vampire, after the first century or two you would just kinda be like, “Screw it. Either they’ll be dead soon or I’ll drink their blood.” Ya know? Like, a bit hardened to caring what other people think.


Do we think vampires still get their periods? I would hope, if I achieve immortality, that I won’t have to deal with that for the rest of eternity….

Super Starling!

Mitch — I like to think that being a vampire would harden me up a little. I’d stop being a teddy bear with baggies of my teardrops as my padding. But oh god, I am SO SENSITIVE. I don’t even think it’s been 24 hours since the last time I cried. I cry because I’m sad. I cry because I’m angry. I cry because I’m happy. I cry because I’m watching something nostalgic. The other day I almost wept because I MISSED RAISINS. You cannot fathom how preposterous I am. Times hundreds of years? Would that make it better, or worse? Also, if I lived forever, would I be like one of those old people who talks about the good old days? Would I get stuck? Would I be 715 years old and saying crap like “The best band of all time was TLC back before Lisa Lefteye Lopez died”?
Rosehips — I guess that depends on what Becoming A Vampire does to the human body. In most (if not all?) versions of vampirism I’ve ever seen, a vampire can’t get pregnant. You’d think whatever shut down pregnancy probably also would shut down the whole system. I hope so. Right now I’m savagely looking forward to menopause’s sweet, sweet relief. It’s, like, 20 years away.


Haha points taken.


You would have the best puerh collection though


This is true. Especially if you were the type of vampire that could enchant people through a stare. “I vant to drink your puerh.”

Super Starling!

I would live so long I could ferment my own puerh. Oooh.

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My wonderful tea friend mtchyg made this to drink at his book club meeting for the book Furiously Happy by the Bloggess, Jenny Lawson. It has a strong woodsy rooibos base, but it’s brightened up by notes of vanilla and pineapple.



This decaf tea is a really cute way to wrap up a day. No matter how tedious your day was, when you come home to a decaf white tea/rooibos WITH SPRINKLES, my GOSH, SPRINKLES, that tastes like a CUPCAKE, you’ll be okay.

I just wish I had a really good book to sink into with this. Alas, I’m in the middle of something that’s just okay at the moment. I’m looking forward to finishing that book out and trying out the new Jonathan Safran Foer novel. Mmmm.


Haha the sprinkles were KEY in capturing the feel of Furiously Happy. This was actually a favorite during book club. I had a feeling with the fruit/dessert notes and sprinkles would be to your liking.

Super Starling!

I truly am a simple person.

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