Custom-Adagio Teas, Cara McGee

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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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82

I can’t believe I’ve never reviewed this tea! I’ve drank almost two full tins now and I could have sworn I’d written about it. When I first bought the Sherlock fandom sampler, the tin from this tea kept popping open, so I emailed Adagio and asked if it would be possible for them to send me an empty tin for me to transfer the tea into since I wanted to keep them after the teas had been drank. They were good enough to send me another full tin, and so I’ve had twice as much of this than any of the others in the set. Now that I’ve written that, I’m even more sure I wrote a tasting note on it before, because I swear I remember mentioning that story the last time, too… weird…

I’m almost done with this one now, and I have a feeling in a couple of weeks I’ll be completely out. I drank it on Sunday night watching the first episode of the new series of Sherlock (eep!) and again tonight rewatching it with my mam, who didn’t see it the first time. I’m going to miss the second and third episodes because I’ll be working – is watching TV a valid reason to take a night off? – but I’m sure I’ll drink it again when I finally get around to watching them. I can’t wait for the next episode!

Anyway, the tea! Good old reliable Watson. I love how much thought has been put into these teas, and this one I think fits John very well. I’ve drank it a variety of ways, but tonight had it with one sugar and a dash of milk. So comforting. It’s strong, but not too strong, with just a familiar hint of bergamot from the Earl Grey green. The cinnamon note comes through at the end of the sip, warming, comforting, and just a little bit different. Like a striped woolly jumper in a mug.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

I’m currently watching The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone, so it seemed like a good time to have a cup of River, since I watched Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead at 4am on Christmas morning and didn’t feel like tea. I’ve always really enjoyed this blend, and every time I drink it I wonder why I don’t drink it more often. I don’t think I’ve actually looked at the separate ingredients until now, though – it always seemed like a bit of an enigma, only now that I’ve read what’s actually in it it makes perfect sense, a bit like the character herself. This is first and foremost an Earl Grey tea, but it’s soft and creamy rather than harsh and chemically. The bergamot mixes very naturally with the lemon, and the cream and vanilla complement the coconut. Overall I think it’s a very well thought-out blend. Citrussy bergamot and lemon in the initial sip is rounded out with cream and coconut which though only really present as a creaminess at first is much more pronounced at the end of the sip. The bergamot fades and the aftertaste is mainly lemon, cream and coconut to me. It actually reminds me quite a bit – in aftertaste only – of Butiki’s Lemon French Macaron. I am guilty of frequently overlooking this tea, but I actually think that if it’s still available I might pick up some more when I eventually come off my no-buy.

The more this cools, the less flavourful I’m finding it. This is definitely one that’s best when still hot.

ETA: I drank this with milk and half a sugar. The sugar brings out the lemon note more, and milk tackles the mild astringency and brings out more of the coconut.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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63

Thanks for this one a while ago, MissB! I will be having at least one Sherlock tea for the next three Sundays because of… SHERLOCK. I haven’t actually watched today’s episode yet. Maybe tomorrow. I haven’t actually written a tasting note for this tea yet either, because the grapefruit and Ceylon sounded as lame to me as Anderson. :D Turns out, I don’t love it. Surprise surprise. There is definitely grapefruit flavor here, but I am not a fan of grapefruit. At least it covers up the Ceylon. But I don’t think I mind Adagio’s Ceylon as much as other Ceylons. I only have a little of this tea left though, and I love it for the tin.

Flavors: Grapefruit

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63

Sipdown 58/375 – and that’s the last of them. My cupboard should be up-to-date now.

I love Mrs. Hudson, but this tea was never my favourite (nor was it my least favourite). It was nice and all, but the almond flavour just seemed a bit lost to me. Sure, it tasted slightly biscuit-y, but I always just kind of wanted more from it. Still, it’s going on my wishlist because I want to give it a proper review.

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