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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 12 oz / 351 ml

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  • “Not sure why this one gets so many low reviews. I am admittedly – too much probably – not a fan of Adagio however this one is rather nice! It smells JUST like cream soda, I even smell the...” Read full tasting note
  • “I’m going to have a dinner of tea, popcorn, and maybe some Cheetos Puffs. Do I need to even say it? I’ve had one Hell of a day. Rather than go into the sordid details, I’ll just try to move on...” Read full tasting note
  • “Sadly, this is a sipdown. When I first got into loose leaf teas I order a lot of the sample packs from Adagio since there were so many different flavors to try. This was one of my most favorites,...” Read full tasting note
  • “Sipdown!! (153) Thank you Josie Jade for the chance to try this tea. I have always been curious as to what it tastes like given it is included in A LOT of the fandom blends. It is a touch...” Read full tasting note

From Adagio Teas

Which comes first, the cream or the tea? If you’re not sure, don’t worry… neither are the English. However, its unanimously agreed that, whether you prefer your tea first, cream first – or just ‘black’ tea – , this dairy-free cream flavored Ceylon black tea is a treat for your teacup!

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Adagio Teas has become one of the most popular destinations for tea online. Its products are available online at www.adagio.com and in many gourmet and health food stores.

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1779 tasting notes

Mmm. Thanks JennyFur for the sample. This is quite excellent. It smells a little like cocoa or caramel, but it tastes like subtle creamy vanilla in a nice smooth tea. (which apparently is Ceylon based?) I could drink this one quite often just as it is.

Oh, Adagio! I would give you so much money if you would have reasonable ship costs to Canada! :|

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111 tasting notes

Hmmm okay what to say about this one. Well the dry leaf smells delicioso just like cream but I smell maple in there too and this is a good thing because I like maple.

Steeped the leaves 5 minutes in boiling water as per Adagio’s steeping instructions and once steeped the leaves smell a little less creamy and maply the leaves have really grown once steeped and filled up the infuser basket. The liquor is dark black typical of a cuppa Ceylon. I know I don’t care for Adagio’s Ceylon base so this one can go either way.

My first sip taste good on the front of my tongue but as soon as it hits mid tongue and back of throat I’m totally grossed out by a strong astringent, BITTER taste that I DO NOT LIKE! Ewww how could something that smells so good go so wrong.

Anyone who enjoys this tea or thinks they may enjoy this tea PM me and I will happily send it your way (it’s a sample tin).

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no! ewwy :(


I know. It was my first truly bad tea experience. I thought I had had some bad teas but nothing compares to the punch this one had YUCK.


:( in sympathy because I hate sad bad tea moments.


I only brew Adagio’s black tea base 2 1/2 minutes (rather than the suggested 5) because it is too astringent for me too. By shortening the time, I find that I can control that astringency to a tolerable level and it even becomes quite enjoyable.


LiberTEAS, Thanks I will try that.


Too bad, I have a blend it’s amazing in.


The bag suggests a 3 minute brew, I don’t brew any black for 5.

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409 tasting notes

Had a small cup of this to compare to Herbal Infusion’s Canadian Maple Cream – they are pretty similar. The flavor here is a little stronger and sharper (that coffee hint), but overall I’d have a hard time choosing between the two. Adagio’s is smoother when plain, but HI’s was naturally flavored and would probably steep a couple of times (I didn’t think to try earlier). I’ll probably end up buying my next tin of Cream tea from whichever company has more (other) things I want.

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511 tasting notes

I was almost certain that I wouldn’t like this. Probably bad approaching teas with certain expectations, but you know how it is… (gah!, yes I have definitely been watching way too many old Leave it to Beaver episodes recently)

I take my tea and my coffee black. No cream, no milk, nothing creamy at all. The only exception is if I am getting a crappy gas station coffee, I’ll mask it with a flavored creamer. Also, let me tell you a little story about cream itself. I was in London (the time I was supposed to be there for the MJ concert and we couldn’t cancel all the reservations so we went anyway) and during one of the tours, we were offered scones with cream. It was like, have a little scone with your cream…. seriously, it was a mountain of cream and I felt sick just looking at it! I don’t not like cream, I’m just very picky about where and when I’ll have it.

This tea turned out alright. I’m not in love, but it could grow on me. It has a nice texture and the cream flavor is subtle. It’s very much like caramel flavored teas I’ve had but without the caramel (yes, that made way more sense in my head at the time). But really, that’s how it is to me, so I’m sticking with it :p

Thanks for the sample DianeInOz :)

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52 tasting notes

Meh. The dry leaf smelled like marshmallows and I was super pumped to try this. It smells great still but I’m missing any real flavor. It’s nice enough but I don’t get any cream notes like I’m smelling and my mouth is disappointed. Maybe I’ll overleaf next time.

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Despite your review, this sounds like a godsend to us lactose intolerant people. :P


I’ll send some along in your package. :)


Aww, thank you so much :)

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176 tasting notes

This was from MeghannM. It smells delicious. I added some milk to this, which made it extra smooth. The tea was very dark, almost like coffee. I was expecting yuckiness like I normally get with Adagio’s flavored blacks, but this one was a pleasant surprise. I’ll definitely be making this one again. The only thing I didn’t like about it was the dryness in my mouth afterward. But other than that, I liked it a lot! Thanks MeghannM!

This was good on its own, but I also think it would would be good to add to other teas. I’m thinking of adding it to strawberry.


I think this is one of my very favorite Adagios, too. Seems a little redundant to add cream to Cream, but it works nicely.


This is one the few Adagio flavored blacks I like. And yes, it is delicious mixed with strawberry tea!

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286 tasting notes

I don’t think I care for Adagio’s black base.

I got a sample of this one from akgrowngirl, because I was somewhat curious to try it out. I also have limited options when it comes to Adagio, since their shipping to Canada is ridiculous. So it’s fun to sample it when I can.

Anyway, I preferred my second steep of this, when I added a bit of coconut palm sugar and a sprinkling of peppermint.

Thanks, akgrowngirl!

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1355 tasting notes

Giving this one another go but trying it with milk and sweetener this time around.

It’s much nicer this time with much added creaminess with the milk and dispelling the bitterness with the sweetener. Now this is something I am enjoying and feel that I can finish off the rest of the pouch quite happily.

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25 tasting notes

Adagio! Yay! Thank you JennyFur for this :)

I have had this before (I got the sample size back when they did the cyber monday free shipping) but I wanted to start drinking all of the samples that JennyFur gave me :p. I was craving a black tea (yay, homework is fun… I love black tea while doing homework.)

So I steeped this at 212 with 3 teaspoons (per 16 oz) for 3 minutes.

First sip:
Ohhhh this is nice. I can feel the cream in this. I love the smoothness that the cream adds to this. This is almost better than I remember. Maybe I am just getting better at brewing tea. :D

Finishing off the cup:
As I drink the rest of this, I am starting to grow farther away from this tea. I feel that the flavor is a bit too plain. I don’t think the cream is strong enough to make a lasting impression. I think I would rather just add milk to a black tea.

Overall, I don’t see this being a tea I would reach for on a daily basis. I really enjoyed the first half of my mug, but the taste was not something that I would crave. It is an okay cup to drink but nothing too exciting. I’ve had better teas. I have had this in some blends and it has worked, but I don’t think I like this on its own.

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I usually use it as a blend when something has too potent a flavor for me. It does wonders to help tame things and goes well with most everything.

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96 tasting notes

“This smelled heavenly at the shop and my husband (who normally drinks only greens) dropped a bag of this in my basket. I love O’Conner’s Cream from TeaGschwender and was hoping this was similar since this store is easier for me to get to. I normally brew my blacks in 200 degree water since that’s the temperature my husband uses for hiss coffee but since it was just me I used boiling. I think that may have been responsible for the slight bitter edge to it as my second steeping today was much smoother. Overall, even with the second steeping at a lower temperature this tea was just okay for me. I wish the smell translated into the taste more but I think this will be great to blend with other teas, perhaps chocolate chip.”

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