Blood Orange

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Fruit Herbal Blend
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Citrus, Citrus Fruits, Citrus Zest, Citrusy, Drying, Tangy, Tart, Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Fruity, Orange, Sour, Spices, Blood orange, Hibiscus, Rosehips, Cranberry, Medicinal, Wood, Artificial, Orange Zest
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200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec 11 oz / 320 ml

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From Adagio Teas

A delicious blend of natural fruits and spices that brews up a mouthwatering cup of herbal tea. Entirely caffeine free, it holds a special appeal for kids and sweet-toothed adults. Yet contains no sugar or other sweeteners. The flavor is all natural, emanating from orange peels, hibiscus flowers, apple pieces, rose hip and safflower. Highly addictive; Please proceed with caution!

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81 Tasting Notes

615 tasting notes

I’m pretty sure that my brain checked out today as it took me at least six times to type ‘orange’ correctly to find this tea.

Anyway, this was a sipdown.

I didn’t find this too orange-y no matter what way you sliced it, and hot it was too hibiscus-y, but it’s an okay brew cold steeped with a little rock sugar, which is coincidentally how I finished this off. It’s tart and a bit juicy. The orange isn’t super prominent, but it’s present.

This is good, but not much more than that. It’s a fun little brew to mix into other things for a tart citrus element, though.

Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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1183 tasting notes

Finished up my sample of this last night but was too comfy in bed reading to get up to write about it. The orange, such that it is, is tasty, but this last experience confirms that it isn’t enough for my taste.

The Teavana Wild Orange Blossom is far orangier than this, and if I were looking for an orange fruit blend I’d probably pick that over this, unless I decided to experiment further and find a still better one. But I’m not really looking for an orange fruit blend.

Paul M Tracy

I drank this so long ago that I really can’t give it a fair tasting note now, but I remember the orange was a bit on the sour-bitter side. Did you find that to be true as well?


I found it to be tart, but not particularly bitter. I brew fruit mixtures at double strength as I find that brewing them at regular strength often leads to a bitter note that can be dissipated by using more of the mixture.

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314 tasting notes

This “tea” kind of makes me angry. So this will be a sad review. Apologies, in advance!

It’s not juicy, yummy, tangy blood orange at all. It’s dusty, chalky, vaguely orange-flavored, chewable baby aspirin!! :(

I find it unpalatable, unfortunately. I tried mixing it with real teas, but it just ruins everything.

Bad, bad herbal blood orange! :P

I know why a full sample tin of this was passed on to me as a “giveaway”—it’s an “acquired taste” only a few can appreciate, I guess (i.e. because it’s awful). This tin needs to move on again—or I may just toss it to save anyone else the trouble and disappointment.

Poor Blood Orange—destined for the trash heap.

190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more

Wow. That’s utterly horrifying. Dusty, vaguely orange-flavored, chewable baby aspirin gives me the perfect imagery and it’s…wow. :(


I have tea destined for the trash as well. It’s so sad :(

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318 tasting notes

Received this in sample form from Adagio. Didn’t love it the first time I tried it – that was hot, steeped 9+ minutes because I forgot about it… This, I’ve iced with a bit of sugar and added a splash of seltzer for a little fizz. It’s good. Not something I want to buy – the hibiscus is a bit too overwhelming, and I’ve tried better teas which are similar – the Turkish Apple Vanilla from Fusion Tea Room comes to mind. But you know, it’s good. I’ll drink the tea, but I won’t order more.

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Dylan Oxford

I believe this is what comes in the zombie tin, and I share the sentiment. It’s not bad, but I can’t see getting any more of it.


It is a little….flat.


Yeah… All I’m tasting is sour orange. Sad.

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104 tasting notes

The smell of the raw tea is amazing. The directions say one heaping tsp/cup with a steeping time of 5-10 minutes with boiling water. I’m going for the max steeping time because even with a heaping tsp, it doesn’t look like much. Maybe my heaping is not adagio’s heaping. Who knows.

First infusion: The smell is more floral than citrus. That must be the hibiscus. The first taste is tart but is balanced by a sweetness that complements the tart. Very well balanced. This has the distinction of being the very first loose leaf tea that I don’t need to add anything to or experiment with. Definitely going on my will need more of list. The only thing that could make this better would be just a hint of spice. Maybe I should try blending this with the spiced apple chai.

Second infusion: Very little color to the tea, but the smell has more of a citrus smell. Not a lot of taste, though. I guess this is a one infusion preparation.

Boiling 8 min or more

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189 tasting notes

Appearance: dark red-brown hibiscus, large apple and orange chunks

Aroma when Dry: peppery blood orange, fruity
After water is first poured: bright blood orange, tangy notes
At end of steep: warm blood orange tang

Tea liquor:
At beginning of steep: light sunset purple
At end of steep: deeper sunset purple-pink
Staple? No, still looking for a proper tart version
Preferred time of day: unsure, first tasting
At first: tart, slight astringency, closing on an odd sweet note, the apple maybe?

As it cools? Apple and berry notes surface, and overwhelm the others

Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Yes, the apple high in the palate, some of the orange notes

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

My favorite orange herbal is Zen Tea’s Orange Grapefruit, it’s not bitter or hibiscus-y at all!


Sorry you didn’t like this one! I agree with Alphakitty that you should try the Zen Tea version.

Kasumi no Chajin

hibiscus-y I love…its the sweetness that bothers me. (I will drink Hibiscus flower herbal, nothing added at any temp) thanks for the tip though!

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541 tasting notes

Blah. This is the one tea in the box that I wasn’t looking forward to. It tastes kind of like this grapefruit chapstick in a little pot that I was given once as a gift at church. I do not enjoy eating grapefruit and so this is a total no for me. I think the only grapefruit or grapefruit thing I’ve ever enjoyed was Lupicia’s grapefruit green, which is simply amazing.
It is sweet, fruity, a bit sour, and a ton of grapefruit. The underlying notes remind me a bit of their citron flavoring that I really love. But nothing can match the other flavors so it is just overpowering. It is not awful or terrible, just not what I like.


Grapefruit chopstick?


oh noes! I meant chapstick. Ew. Flavored chopsticks sounds like something that would totally exist and be a terrible idea.


Hahaha ok, yeah, I thought I was missing something.


Yeah, I’ve been a bit muddled lately! Too much homework I think.

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1355 tasting notes

Another thing I love about this tea is that is has vitamin C. Hopefully that will help to heal my cold (which came on last night).

Fruit tea to the rescue!

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599 tasting notes

Just one cup of this, prepared in the gravity infuser. Pretty much the perfect amount of water to fill my mug, though whether I put enough/too much tea in remains to be seen. This time I have NOT eaten an orange ahead of time. I tried, but as I peeled it, it was a sad sad dried up orange so I just threw the rest out. So that taste contaminant is out. So is the reason why I chose this tea in the first place other than I’m trying to sip these things down. This one is not close to a sipdown.

I’m timing this pretty close to the end of my workday. I drink this and then there’s an hour in the van to drive back to my car to drive home. Curse you, long commutes.

With some sugar this time, this is…tolerable. If you asked me what the taste was, I would say hibiscus and citrus, but I definitely would not pin it down to blood orange. But this isn’t actually as awful as I expected. Perhaps I should take some home to try it iced. I think this one would be difficult to screw up provided I didn’t forget about it.

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865 tasting notes

Sample 1 from Meghann M!

I LOVE blood oranges, but after their sour apple tasting NOTHING like apple, I’m not real hopeful.

2tsp/16oz boiling water/10min. Half hot, half in the fridge to chill.

This is the hot attempt.

The liquor reminds me of grapefruit juice. Hm… Interesting. The smell does smell like orange, but I can also smell apple and cranberry.

Well, this is better than the sour apple! The orange is actually there. But there’s too much other schtuff in it. Not real accurate, but I think it would be good (again not real accurate though) mixed w/ a black tea. Yes, I know, I don’t even really like non dessert or chai black teas lol.

Boiling 8 min or more

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