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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
615 tasting notes

1.5 tsp Coconut (Adagio)
1 tsp Lemon Soleil (Adagio)
12 oz water

I didn’t have enough for a full cup of either, so the bits at the bottom of the tins ended up in a thermos in my fridge together.

After it was done, I added a little milk, a little brown sugar, and the tea into a shaker and hoped for the best.

It’s surprisingly good like this, which I find strange because I’m not big on either of these alone. The lemon flavor is subtle, with coconut reigning as the king flavor. There’s a nice creaminess supplied by adding milk, as well. Are lemon coconut macaroons a thing? Because I’m pretty sure this is what they taste like.

Rating: 71/100

Iced 8 min or more

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drank Sunshine by Della Terra Teas
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I drank this cold steeped back-to-back with some Midsummer Night’s Dream (also cold steeped) from Georgia Tea Company, and I definitely like that one better. The flavor here is definitely more mango-y, but it also has a floral edge to it, that doesn’t really work here for me. It also strikes me as less natural tasting.

I still rather like this tea, and it’s quite good for what it is but I did lower the score a bit because I didn’t find it nearly as enjoyable as I did last time.

Iced 8 min or more

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This weekend was so nice! R&R all the way. Did a tube float down a river, went fishing (read: sat in the boat while other people fished), did some kayaking and swimming. Just so nice to get away!

Thank you momo for this one :)

This was the perfect tea to end my relaxing day yesterday! It has a lightly tropical feel with the watermelon and peach. I can’t really find the kiwi, but I didn’t look that hard either.

I really enjoy that the flavors are light enough that they don’t cover the green tea (which feels a little delicate). It’s smooth and vegetal and the sip is really gentle.

Definitely make this one with cooler water! The base seems like it can get a little sharp if you start inching into 180 and up.

165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Last backlog! (But still a cold steep)

I definitely ended up liking this more iced. The roastiness of the base doesn’t come through and overpower the peach flavor. There’s a slight tartness here too that I liked. It made the whole cup feel juicier and like eating a cool, fresh peach.

Iced 8 min or more

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Aaaaaand another backlog. (And cold steep).

This was kind of a mystery tea last night. I couldn’t for the life of me rememeber what it was until this morning. But after drinking the other tea in the fridge (most of which was labeled) I figured it out.

The bitterness and astringency in the base disappears this way (for the better). I really like the apricot notes with the light peachiness. It didn’t seemed quite so dessert/candy like this way either. The ginger was also more subtle and added a bit of depth.

Iced 8 min or more

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drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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Another backlog from Thursday.

This one got stuck in the fridge, too and the sample came from Shelley_Lorraine (thanks!)

It tasted like a fluffy mint flavored marshmallow! I’m definitely getting some sweetness too. The base flavor is really light, and can seem to get lost, but it’s smooth and compliments the tea well.

I can definitely see Graveyard Mist on this one. It kind of reminds me of fog and bright green Scooby Doo-esque spectres.

Iced 8 min or more
BrewTEAlly Sweet

have yet to try this but ordered it when it was the tea of the week


I wasn’t blown away by it. But I liked the imagery of Scooby Doo villains it made my brain conjure up. :)

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So! My alernator died in my car Wednesday (which was just a horrible day for me in general, but this was kind of the cherry on top). I had just finished up a really awful consulting job that ended up taking far longer than it needed too because of repeated hang ups, and I stopped at my parents’ house. My dad’s on business, so it was just my mom and the dogs and almost 9 pm, so I left after maybe 60-90 minutes.

I get in my car and it seems to start okay, and I get about 2 miles from my house and everything just goes south. First my ABS brakes disable, and at this point I’m like. ‘Well. That sucks.’ Then my dash lights start dimming just little by little. Then my airbags disable and my air conditioning flips off. Then the radio. And at this point I’m not quite panicking, but I am bargaining with my car. “Rememeber all the fun drives we’ve had together? Just a little further, baby.” “I’ll get you that fancy oil you wanted if you get me home. I know you can do it.” Then the headlights just die. From there I’m driving down a county highway, no headlights, keeping my fingers crossed I both don’t get pulled over, and make it home.

I didn’t realise I was holding my breath until I was parked and the car was off. Needless to say, it won’t start now.

I’ve been on an iced tea kick since Wednesday now for whatever reason. I probably have about six thermoses lined up in my fridge right now. It’s pretty awesome.

So, backlogging from yesterday.

I finished off the sample shmiracles sent me of this as a cold brew. And I think I like it better this way. I added a few points onto the score, as well, because I didn’t expect to enjoy this cup as much as I did

I really liked how strongly the vanilla and cream came though. It had a definitely vanilla flavor with almost a milky-flavor quality. The blackberry is really syrupy and it didn’t need any sweetener.

I could definitely see myself picking this up down the road.

Iced 8 min or more

eeeps hope you can fix it!! :(

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drank Tea Clinic: Immunity by ATTIC Tea
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Backlogging a cold steep of this from Wednesday (I think?)!

I got this in a trade with adagio breeze (thank you!)

Sweet and lemony with a very light veggie/broccoli-esque note from the green tea and an even lighter nondescript floral note. Didn’t much care for the aftertaste, though, and I’m having a hard time getting past that.

Iced 8 min or more

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drank Ripe For Romance by Adagio Teas
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This one came from KallieBoo! and smells so good.

It definitely smells like dark chocolate and raspberries — lovely jammy candy-like raspberries.

Taste-wise, the chocolate is more of an unsweetened cocoa note which I might prefer more as it’s less cloying and waxy that way. The raspberry doesn’t immediately come though until the tail of the sip and it’s definitely jammy and sweet raspberry.

Milk and sugar (or the simple syrup I had around) go a long way in making this decadant and more chocolatey. Unfortunately, I can’t get the raspberry to pop to a degree I’d like it and have better chocolate raspberry truffle teas floating around.

(’Sides, I like mine with a hint of Brandy)

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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This sample came from shmiracles, and in all honesty — I might have been putting this one off because the combination of ingredients terrifies me. Lapsang and I have a rocky relationship. One where I drink it and it hits me with a flaming campfire log and laughs. But thank you shmiracles for sharing your most coveted tea treasure. Even if it terrifies me.

I was worried this was going to be a big old cup of NOPE, but I’m surprised that I don’t outright hate it. The Lapsang isn’t quite as potent as I feared (it’s only a kindling thwap instead of the full log) and the rest of the cup is just weird. The peppermint in there leaves my mouth tingling and the Lapsang leaves my mouth tasting like I just burped smoke.

Yes. I am the mighty Smaug.

It also inspired me to toss this together:

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

+1 for that gif :D


the gif! THEE GIF!! haha brilliant

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Name: Lauren
Location: Wisconsin (previously a Chicago girl)
Occupation: Student by day and super hero by night
Super Hero? Yep!
Which One? I can’t tell you that! Secret identities and such. Just know I’m not the hero they want, but the hero they need.
Sidekicks: Fiance and two budgies, Skitter and Gandalf


Reading, writing, cooking, video games, computers, drawing, crafting, papercraft. Oh and tea.

A brief history:

I grew up in a family where the only working coffee maker was in my dad’s office. So the name of the game for my mother and I quickly became (bagged) tea. In 2004/2005, I discovered Adagio Teas. I don’t remember how it happened, or why I decided to pursue a purchase but here we are. I haven’t looked back.

My tea tastes have changed over time and I’ve moved from liking solely flavored teas (mostly black and white) to enjoying Darjeelings primarily, though malty unflavored blacks, fresh tasting greens, and lightly oxidized oolongs come in pretty high on my list, too. Of course, I still enjoy a good cup of flavored tea. I prefer caffeinated teas, as I have a horrible caffeine addiction that I don’t plan on kicking any time soon.

Red rooibos and lapsang souchong (or other strongly smoky teas) are my arch nemeses and I will see them defeated and removed by force from my cupboard. Like all thing, there are exceptions, but I assume they’re guilty until proven innocent.

I really don’t like negatively rating things, because I feel like if you don’t have something nice to say, you probably shouldn’t say it. But in the interest of non-biased tea reviews I’m going to give it a shot. I view every tea as a potential adventure so I’ll try most things at least once.

I love trading and swaps are always welcome! Please note, though, what it in my cupboard includes amounts ranging from a couple cups to 4 ounces or more, so please PM me to find out if what you’re seeking is available in that trade amount.

According to my spreadsheet, I also have about 100 other 1-4 cup samples that are not in my cupboard.. Feel free to message if you’re interested in see the spreadsheet for possible swap options as well.

Tea Ratings:

100-95 Nectar of the teagods that has been bestowed upon my unworthy tongue. I will never let this tin run empty.

86-94 These are the teas I would like to keep regularly stocked, but sometimes life gets in the way. Lovely teas, but not quite god tier. I still get cravings for these.

74-85 Good teas, but not amazing. I enjoy these, but may or may not restock once they run out. I would still recommend these to others.

60-73 Not bad. I’ll gladly keep drinking my cup, and wouldn’t say no if someone offered me this tea. I probably won’t rebuy these as there is likely something else that is comparable and better.

47-59 Certainly drinkable and might even have some characteristics that I enjoy, but I won’t pick it up again

30-46 I’ll probably finish my cup, but this tea isn’t to my taste OR it’s just overwhemingly mediocre. Life’s too short for bad tea.

11-29 This cup is in the sink now and I will never willingly consume this again. If you see a tea rated this way, I probably followed it with mouthwash.

0-10 Please say a prayer for the cup I destroyed in the process of disposing of this tea in the quickest manner possible. I may need tea therapy before I drink a similar tea again.


Wisconsin, US



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