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Home – 9:30 PM

The Great Cupboard Excavation
Untasted teas remaining: 23

The last one from Tales and Tea Leaves! This is a combination of almond oolong, vanilla black, and cream black (again) with orange peel and cinnamon.

I mean, it’s fine. It’s inoffensive. I can taste malt from the black tea, and then woody vanilla. I’m picking up some dried leaf-y notes from the oolong, and perhaps a little bit of marzipan. It’s all quite subtle though. There’s also a touch of bitterness and astringency from the black tea, even though I only steeped for 3 minutes.

Just meh on this one.

There were some from this sampler that I would consider keeping and finishing off, but I think I’ll leave them all together and pass the whole sampler on to someone else, so they can try the full set.

Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Bitter, Malt, Marzipan, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Home – 8:30 PM

The Great Cupboard Excavation
Untasted teas remaining: 24

Time to finish off these Tales and Tea Leaves sampler blends. It’s a bit odd to me that this one is called “The White Tea of Kings”, but is mostly black tea? Strange. Anyway, it’s a blend of Earl Grey cream, cream black tea, and straight white tea. I feel like these designers tend to overuse the cream black tea – it shows up in so many blends.

This one’s actually not bad. The Earl Grey is the strongest flavor, and it actually has a nice orange-y note to it as well. I can taste the cream as well. Somehow the cream and orange are combining to make me think of coconut, which interestingly enough goes nicely with the bergamot. I can’t taste the white tea (no surprise), but maybe it serves to lighten up the black tea a bit?

Anyway, this is better than some of the others. Not great, but drinkable!

Someone should make a coconut Earl Grey… I want to try one.

Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Coconut, Cream, Orange, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Mastress Alita

52Teas had the best coconut Earl Grey, called Foggy Coconut, but since they only do limited edition small batch blends, it is of course not available anymore. If they ever reblend it, I would highly suggest grabbing it. One of the best teas I’ve ever had!

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Home – 9:30 PM

The Great Cupboard Excavation
Untasted teas remaining: 30

Hmm…

This is kind of just a generic, unexceptional chai on a weak black tea base.

There’s maybe a hint of vanilla, but certainly no apple.

Mostly it just tastes of generic black tea and clove. Sad face.

Flavors: Bitter, Cinnamon, Clove, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
So Keta

Too bad the flavour isn’t there, the name is amazing though

Cameron B.

Hah, well I mostly buy these fandom samplers for the names and the art rather than the tea. I’m never very fond of Adagio’s teas, to be honest. :P

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Home – 3:30 PM

It’s been a while since I’ve tried a blend from my Tales and Tea Leaves sampler, mostly because it’s new to my cupboard and I’ve been trying to drink mostly older teas.

This one is rather disappointing to me. I was hoping for more blueberry, but I’m not really getting any at all. Mostly this just tastes like a rather bland vanilla-cream tea with some hay notes.

Meh.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Cream, Hay, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Home – 4:30 PM

Daily tea from the Tales and Tea Leaves sampler!

This one is much better than the Wizard’s Grey I tried yesterday (in my opinion). It’s a blend of green chai, cream black tea, and apple black tea. I would say the chai is the strongest flavor, though I wouldn’t necessarily know it was green-tea-based. Clove is the most prominent, followed by ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and a touch of orange peel. I can taste a bit of the caramel apple in the middle (although I would like more of it). The cream is present throughout but really shines at the end.

Mostly it’s a tasty cream chai tea. More apple would be nice, but it’s still pretty good without it. Definitely can’t tell that there’s green tea in it.

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Cream, Ginger, Milk, Orange

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Home – 4:30 PM

Well I finished tasting all of the teas from the Wicked Teas sampler, time to start on Tales and Tea Leaves! I just watched one of The Hobbit movies last night, so this is perfect timing.

In theory, this tea sounds like a tasty combination! Earl Grey cream, chocolate, and blackberry. Unfortunately I’m not generally the biggest fan of Adagio’s teas and only get these samplers for the “cute & fun” aspect so I’m not expecting greatness. ;)

Meh, it’s okay. The flavor is very muddled – I can definitely pick out bergamot and chocolate, but it’s definitely a cheap and waxy chocolate. Perhaps there’s some bitter cocoa as well.

I feel like I never like any tea that combines bergamot with berry – they all taste chalky to me and remind me of Tums chewables. Needless to say, not a great association. I do like Kusmi’s St. Petersburg, but I suppose that’s red fruits which isn’t necessarily the same as berry.

Anyway, it gets a meh from me.

Flavors: Bergamot, Berry, Bitter, Chocolate, Cocoa

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
annie

TALES AND TEA LEAVES!!! oh man, I remember these teas…the Lembas one was my favourite.

VariaTEA

I feel the same about Adagio. Fandom blends and fun samplers get me for their names or their cutesy factor but Adagio blends are never great.

Cameron B.

I was pleasantly surprised by some of the Wicked Teas, so hopefully I enjoy some of these as well. :)

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331/365

Finally there, with the last of the Game of Tea fandom sampler blends! This one’s a blend of Masala Chai, Tiger Eye, and Gunpowder – which strikes me as a pretty odd combination.

To taste, the gunpowder is more prominent than I’d have liked it to be – it’s a little dank tasting in the way it sometimes can be. Like stagnant water in a well. It’s not quite bitter, but I feel like it’s getting there…and I’m pretty sure it’s not my brewing parameters since I was careful, knowing gunpowder not to be a favourite of mine generally.

The chai isn’t a fantastic combo with this particular type of green tea, I don’t think. I can almost see it working, but I entirely for the wrong reasons – I appreciated it most because it was a distraction from the gunpowder, and not because I thought the combination was a pleasing one. It’s spicy, so yay for dragons this time, but not overpoweringly so. It would take a lot to overpower this base tea, though!

There’s a generous amount of cinnamon, which I can appreciate, but I can’t taste the Tiger Eye at all. In hindsight, that’s probably a good thing – I’m not sure caramel would have helped here, and possibly it would have been a step too far.

This one was okay, but I don’t think it was the greatest combination and I didn’t like it much personally. Having said that, it was probably the spiciest of all the blends from the sampler, and that’s what I’ve been looking for all along. Perhaps I’m just hard to please?!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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230/365

Another from the Game of Tea fandom sampler, this time a blend of Spiced Apple Chai, Cinnamon, and Coconut. I like Adagio’s Spiced Apple Chai, so I was always going to like this one. It’s an excellent pairing with the cinnamon, which helps to heighten the sweetness without becoming overpowering. It does mean that a lot of the other spices get lost, but it still has a nicely earthy background flavour so it’s not too far gone. The downside is that I can’t taste much apple, and there’s no coconut to speak of at all. If I didn’t know better, I’d say it was a cinnamon chai – but that’s okay. I can get behind that.
Drinking this one puts me in minds of deserts, for some reason. I think it’s the combination of cinnamon and the earthiness. I suppose that’s fitting when considering the beginning of Dany’s journey with her dragons, but otherwise there’s not a lot that’s dragonish about this one. It’s an enjoyable blend, though, so there’s that.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
ashmanra

I noticed Harney and Son’s just introduced Hot Apple Spice, which I am guessing is an apple version of their popular Hot Cinnamon Spice. Might try it as I like spiced or mulled cider.

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328/365

Almost there with the Game of Tea fandom sampler – I’m pretty sure there’s just one more left to try after this one. This one’s a blend of Masala Chai, Almond, Tiger Eye, and Coconut. Initially, I thought it tasted a little bitter – there’s quite a lot of spice, which makes it taste pretty dry. It’s not especially fiery, but there is a pleasant background warmth. I can enjoy that in a chai. The almond is also quite prominent, although I think it might be contributing to the bitterness. This isn’t a marzipan-esque almond flavour, but more like one of those odd rare almonds that makes your lips go numb.

I can’t taste any coconut at all, although that’s not much of a surprise given all the other flavours it’s competing with. There’s not really much caramel from the Tiger Eye, either. I found this pretty average, on the whole. It mostly tastes like a regular chai, but with a little extra nuttiness and a whole lot of bitterness. There are definitely better chai blends out there, although I do appreciate this one for the fandom connection. I just wish it was more…well, dragonish!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Cameron B.

I’m currently working through their Wicked Teas sampler, and then I have Tales & Tea Leaves after that. Gotta love samplers, they’re so charming even if the tea is just “meh” most of the time! ;)

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325/265

Another from the “Game of Tea” fandom sampler. This time, it’s a blend of Green Chai, Vanilla Green, and Gunpowder.

In taste terms, it’s fairly mild – a lot milder than I was expecting, given the name. The green base is lightly grassy but not overpoweringly so. The vanilla adds a soft creamy sweetness, which is nice but a little out of place here. I don’t think soft, sweet and creamy aren’t adjectives that come to mind when I think of dragons. The chai is more muted than I expected, too. There’s a bit of background spiciness/heat, but nowhere near enough considering it’s a dragon blend. I can only assume Rhaegal’s fire has gone out.

Seriously, though, this one’s pleasant enough and easy to drink, but it’s nothing outstanding. I wouldn’t say it captures the spirit of the name particularly well, which is always a disappointment when it comes to fandom blends. Half the attraction is the connection, after all.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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319/365

My second pick from the Game of Tea (Thrones!) sampler set. This one’s a blend of Tiger Eye, Cinnamon, and Almond.

My initial thought is that I like it very much – there’s a lot of caramel and chocolate at the forefront of the sip (I guess that’s the Tiger Eye…), against a pleasingly spicy background of cinnamon and the merest hint of almond. I drank two cups over the course of the day, one with milk and one without. The cup with milk was a little more muted, and causes the almond to disappear (it wasn’t strong to begin with…), but still has a nice chocolate/cinnamon vibe. I feel like you lose some of the caramel smoothness with milk, too, so going forward I’ll probably drink it without.

My first cup – without milk – was really smooth and very easy to drink. Part of me feels it should be “redder”, or somehow brassier, if it’s to really represent the Lannister’s – maybe a touch of hibi wouldn’t have been amiss here? I was imagining something a bit more like Butiki’s Ruby Pie, but obviously this is quite different! This probably isn’t the most unique tea out there, but the cinnamon adds a little twist and it’s nicely indulgent and desserty. I’ll happily drink up the rest of my sample.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Cameron B.

I would expect a Lannister tea to be brisk, maybe an Earl Grey?

Cinnamon seems like it would make more sense for a Targaryen.

And almond, maybe Tyrell?

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Tea for wizards who like earl grey, so I HAD to try it. The scent very nice and mostly bergamot. There is also a little chocolate, and berry. Blackberry, chocolate, and earl grey make for a very nice flavour. Pairs well with certain fantasy books.

Flavors: Bergamot, Berry, Blackberry, Chocolate, Cocoa, Cream

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Mine has kind of an odd, sourish note to the scent when I open the package, but the brewed tea smells nice, rather like chocolate and cake (yet somehow not chocolate cake!). The flavor is pretty meh to me – a bit astringent (Adagio black for the win there), not much spice flavor in my bag, and I’m usually pretty sensitive to “spice.” It has an earthiness that I think is from the chocolate. There is a hint of chocolate aftertaste but not much. Same goes for the cake taste. Just overall, a basic black tea taste with a hint of chocolate and a hint of cake. I’ll probably finish the bag, but won’t buy more.

Flavors: Astringent, Cake, Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I only get a very faint chocolate aftertaste with this one. It comes across mostly as a mild chai. Basically, nothing remarkable, but nice enough. I did use a bit more tea than ordinary.

Flavors: Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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51

This tastes like steeped cloves to me! I don’t get any of the flavors anyone else is tasting, although as it cools it has a bit more complexity. However, I don’t get anything apple out of it at all. I may try again with shorter brewing and cooler water, but I don’t think this one is going to be for me!

Flavors: Cloves

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This is tasting really artificial and astringent today. There is caramel and cinnamon and then drying flavors that I could do without. So, probably best to say goodbye to this blend.

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63

I made this as an eggnog latte and I forgot about it so now I tried drinking it cold except something went really wrong and there’s a weird artificial sweet lemon-cinnamon component. Kind of disgusting tbh.

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Sipdown.

I don’t think this aged well. I got a generic fruity flavor and … nothing else. Oh well. It was decent.

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This was a creamy strawberry chai, which doesn’t sound like it would work, but for some reason it tasted great to me! The chai was light, which helped, and the creaminess of the strawberry was in the forefront. A truly unique blend I feel. I would consider picking up more, perhaps.

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Flavors: Cream, Spices, Strawberry

rosebudmelissa

That sounds like a really interesting combination of flavors.

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This is a classic, warming chai. Really enjoyed the spices. I did not, however, enjoy the way the apple contributes a bitter/sharp flavor.

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so i got this tea in today along with a lot of different teas from adagio teas, and i have to hope this will be the only time this happens. i opened up the little $4 tin and the first thing i saw was a meal worm. Does this happen often for them or is it just me? Im to afraid to even open it again honestly. and i was really exited to try this tea….. i sent in an email about my problem so hopefully they’ll replace this one with a bug free tin. Ill update this review if i ever get to try it!

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Hmm. Jury’s still out on this one, as I’m not really tasting anything. I’m only getting a hint of sweetness, which may or may not be from the bit of rock sugar that I added.

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This was actually quite yummy! Adagio blends can be hit or miss for me….but this one has warm hints of spice without being too spicy. I may steep it a tad bit longer next time just to see what happens. I can imagine Bilbo serving this for second breakfast at Bag End :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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