Custom-Adagio Teas, Cara McGee

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69

A black and rooibos blend that isn’t as strongly flavored as I’d love, but it’s still nice and warming. Soft chai on the finish.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

Love this tea! The anise seed is a perfect compliment to the earthier notes. The whole thing has a very dark, smokey flavor to it. Very strange but very delicious.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

Anise and smoke sound as if they would be quite good together. What an interesting thought…

TeaBooksArt

@Cameron – it’s really quite lovely. On hot days I add a bit of sugar and ice it for a delicious chill treat!

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54

Yeah, I dislike smokey teas. I’ll still drink up te remainder of my sample, but I don’t like the savoury smoked pine flavour. It just reminds me of smoked salmon and those smoking chips I use to smoke things. It is drinkable with milk, but I wouldn’t ever buy this.

Flavors: Campfire, Oats, Smoke, Smoked, Thick

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81

I tried this with the blender’s recommended recipe for “sick tea” once. It involve steeping the tea in hot milk and stirring in a little bit of butter. This is just a really comforting cup of tea for cold, rainy or snowy mornings or if you need something really mellow.

Flavors: Bergamot, Caramel

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76

Bears a striking resemblance to Reichenbach Recovery because they have the same base but this one does smell or taste as subdued. Not one to normally reach for earl gray but recently it has become more my cup. I think it’s the bergamot that I’ve had in other teas that made me willing to try this blend. Although this is advertised as having berries as a main note, I don’t taste them. It does come off as a floral, creamy earl gray which is nice with a dash of milk and sweetner. Maybe the berry taste is found in this steeped black. Something to try in the future.

Flavors: Bergamot, Creamy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86

A robust blend of green and black tea, this tea will keep your kicking while warming you up. Although I expected more chestnut and anise, the first taste as a bit astringent without modification. It’s bold, like a stout. With a dash of milk and sweetener though, this loud and strong tea becomes a full-bodied, thick, and caramel consistency that lingers pleasantly on the tongue.

Flavors: Chestnut, Malt, Smoke, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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84

I love this tea! It’s basically a combination of an earl grey and a blueberry muffin. This tea is lovely with a bit of milk and sugar. This is one of my favorite morning teas, because it is a great way to wake up in the morning. I’m planning on trying this one as a latte soon because I think it would be great as a latte!

Flavors: Bergamot, Blueberry

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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88

I enjoy this tea. It’s actually the tea that made me fall in love with tea so I always keep it in my pantry. This tea is a lovely comforting cup of tea in the afternoon. It’s perfect with just a small touch of milk and sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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100

This was a good strong tea that didn’t have the taste of a stronger tea. It has the caffeine kick of an english breakfast but the mildness of a darjeeling. And I happen to think that it tastes like marshmallows.

I really love it.

Flavors: Marshmallow

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1

This straight up tasted like soap to me.

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100

When I bought this I was hoping that the apricot wasn’t going to get overwhelmed by the other teas in the blend, but the worrying was for not.

This tea is simply divine and the amount of apricot in it is perfect. It goes really well with the dark flavors of the mambo and toasted mate teas and I will be ordering this again.

Flavors: Apricot

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74

Sipdown! And… disappointed. I drank this last Friday, but have literally zero memory of it, since I was at work. I have to assume that it was generally unremarkable because of that – I don’t really know what I was expecting (heat?)

Thanks (indirectly) to Jump62359 for the sample!

ETA: Wait!! Now I see it had lapsang, and I definitely remember at least steeping it – it was quite potent. The lapsang mustn’t have been too potent, as I drank it straight – so probably a decent tea. Wish I could time travel and think a bit more while sipping.

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81

This tea is likely from Cavocorax , although I can’t be sure. Either way – it was quite an enjoyable little earl grey for an afternoon last week! Not particularly astringent, with some creaminess. I assume there’s likely a third ingredient as well (fruit?) but am unsure.

Nice to get to trying another one of these awesome fandom teas!

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84

A nice strong tea with a good flavor. Can’t taste the chocolate, but the mate really comes through.

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77

I use a steep and go mug during the week, and this is a bit bitter for that.

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65

Not sure if I oversteeped this or used too much, or it’s just that these dogs are really feral but it is a bit overpowering/bitey. Would still recommend, just go easy on the tea:water ratio

Flavors: Bitter, Earth

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61

A pleasant tea, but more rooibis flavoured than I generally like.

Flavors: Cardamon, Rooibos

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75

A creamy pumpkin spicey sort.

Flavors: Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor, Pumpkin

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78

Ah, Rory the Roman. I drank this earlier watching the end of DW series 5 and it was tasty as always. My version of this blend is the old one with sweet potato, and I really think that that’s the element that makes this tea so yummy. I’m sad that it got discontinued, because I’d likely keep this in stock if it were still a part of the blend. I didn’t review Amy or 11 when I drank them but I’m finished going through my DW sampler again now. I’ll give more detailed notes on those (and this) later but for now I’m concentrating on my Butiki stash.

Drank with milk and sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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82

Sipdown 74/391!! (I’m still on a no-buy, but VariaTEA very generously sent me a load of samples and it’s single-handedly destroyed my hopes of reaching 400 by the end of the month).

This was a very fitting final cup and a lovely way to part – for now, at least – with this tea. I drank my final cup from my Arthur Conan Doyle mug whilst watching the last episode of Sherlock series 4, and made sure I had plenty of time beforehand to make it properly for once. Either the base has gotten weaker over time or I’m getting more used to astringency and brisk teas, because I drank it without milk and had no inclination to add any. Either way it was really lovely. The Earl Grey bergamot note was much more present this time, and the cinnamon took more of a back seat but was still noticeable, and gave a lovely warmth which grew as I drank the cup. This tea fits John well, and I enjoyed it almost as much as I did the finale. I will most likely buy a bag of this in the future, too, even though Adagio have raised their prices on it by over 20% since the last time I bought it grumbles.

Upping my rating again, this time from 80.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

Drinking this again because it’s SHERLOCK NIGHT! I think my second sample tin will be all gone this time next week, sadly. Perfect timing, though. This was weak tonight because I had to choose between a weak cup of tea and missing the start of Sherlock, and well, there aren’t many things I’d choose over tea, but Sherlock is one of them (especially when I’ve drank said tea many times before). I will make sure I brew it properly for the send-off, though. Cinnamon was actually surprisingly prominent and Sherlock was amazing.

Upping my rating from 73 because this tea consistently makes me happy.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Scheherazade

I really wanted a cup of Mrs Hudson last night. It was an actual craving.

Nattie

I almost said that exact same thing in my note! Mrs H. was such a BAMF in that episode.

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