Custom-Adagio Teas, Laur Marriott

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Thank you Thain of Buckland for this lovely tin. Thain blended this and came up with a lovely chai. It is nice a full bodied chai. There are some lovely notes of orange and vanilla that I don’t always expect from a chai.

The combination of the honeybush and rooibos make it a low caffeine tea which is very nice. I like a full bodied chai but I don’t want too much caffeine. This really hits the spot!

So often the fandom teas are a bit disappointing but I have to say this is very enjoyable and reflects the personality of The Ponds (Rory and Amy from Doctor Who). I’ll be watching for more blends by Thain of Buckland AKA Laur Marriott. (I also enjoyed her Romana blend.) Thanks for a whole tin of this Thain!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

Sounds like a really lovely blend!

ThainofBuckland

Thanks for this lovely review. :)

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I’ve like this one the best thus far. I’m surprised that the blueberry flavor comes through as well as it does. It smells quite a bit of bergamot when I opened the bag but surprisingly I do not taste any. For a blueberry tea it is good but overall nothing amazing.

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I wish this wasn’t called River song. It brings back memories of the pond study I did back in highschool. Which isn’t all bad except that there was always this gross pond scum smell in the pods because we had to go mucking about in the lakes. Anyway… you need all that to understand that I am kinda tasting that smell as I drink this. Bits of coconut and woodsy ceylon base. But overall not really a blend I like. If you want a good coconut chai try Zhena’s Gypsy tea.

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This reminds me of the Rooibos Chai I get from Trader Joe’s. This is a good blend of honeybush, rooibos, and ceylon. It has a nice spicy kick that some chais fail to reach

Haveteawilltravel

Love the name :)

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Based on the ingredients, this is supposed to be a caramel-coconut chai. It’s not a bad tea, but unfortunately all I got from it was a vague sweetness with s spicy ginger aftertaste. Not bad, but not as awesome as I would have imagined.

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This smelled like blueberries and bergamot. It tasted floral and a bit bitter with an aftertaste of soap. Not really my cup of tea

Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Blueberry, Flowers, Soap, Tea

ThainofBuckland

Did the soap taste come from the blueberry or the bergamot, if you don’t mind me asking?

rosebudmelissa

Probably the bergamot. I didn’t taste the blueberry at all. I think the combination of floral and bitter is what made it taste soapy to me. I tend to be very picky about fruity and floral black teas because I tend not to like how the flavors interact.

ThainofBuckland

Alright. That’s good to know. I’ll look at the ratios of blueberry and bergamot and adjust them.

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This smells deliciously of orange and vanilla. And, oh, it tastes good. The honeybush and Ceylon blend into each other for a very mild and soothing base. Happily I can’t taste any weirdness from the rooibos. Surprisingly, the gingerbread and vanilla are the most prominent of the flavors, with maybe a hint of orange here and there. The flavors are subtle, but definitely add something to the blend. This is the sort of tea I could drink every day. It’s unique enough to stand out from the crowd, but simple enough to be homey and comfortable. Defintely suits the Ponds. I do wonder where the gingerbread flavor comes from. I didn’t realize Adagio had a gingerbread flavored tea. I’ll have to check it out.

Flavors: Ginger, Orange, Sweet, Tea, Vanilla, Wood

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

I haven’t had the gingerbread tea separately, but most people compare it to a weaker Masala Chai. Have you tried steeping it at different lengths? When I reviewed it with my friends, one of them said they wanted more bitterness, so we steeped it longer the second time which gave it more of an orange flavor. Thanks for the review. I made the teas publicly viewable on Adagio as well.

rosebudmelissa

I’ll have to try that, since I’ll definitely be drinking this again. It was delightful as is, though.

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ThainofBuckland sent me a box with several “Dr. Who” themed Adagio Custom Blends. I decided to try this one first because I have been craving a good chai (I sadly drank everything in my cupboard), and I have yet to try any smoky teas, so it would be an interesting experience. I was a little wary after opening the bag since it smelled strongly of smoke, cardamom, and something sweet which turned out to be vanilla. The brewed tea smelled very similar. The first sip was lighter than I was expecting. This tea actually makes me think of the Tardis traveling trough the vortex trailing smoke. It’s a very unique experience. Happily, the cardamom, which I tend not to be a huge fan of blends in nicely with the smokiness. I think in the end, though, this is just to smokey for my tastes. I’ll probably try blending it with a couple things before I make up my mind for sure, but I don’t think Lapsang Souchong is really for me.

Flavors: Cardamon, Smoke, Tea

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

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