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Caramel, Musty, Peach, Stonefruit, Sweet, Vanilla, Apricot
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 11 oz / 331 ml

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  • ““…but no sign of age was upon them, unless it were in the depths of their eyes; for these were keen as lances in the starlight, and yet profound, the wells of deep memory.” So I’m a bit of a...” Read full tasting note
  • “the dry leaf blend smells pretty amazing. peach city! steeped and plain, the tea falls SLIGHTLY flat for me, but i bet if i add just a touch of agave it’ll kinda fill out. i’m also going to try...” Read full tasting note
  • “Thanks to Shmiracles <3 I get to try SO MANY FANDOM TEAS !!! Nightvale, Teen Wolf, Black Butler, Hobbit, Sherlock. I’m drinking Stiles & Derek this afternoon, and for breakfast I get Elven...” Read full tasting note
  • “Probably one of the last teas from shmiracles tonight! Finished my midterm (flat 80%. Ehh I’ll take it) and now time to study for philosophy tomorrow! Smells super fruity dry. I almost never go for...” Read full tasting note

From Riddle's Tea Shoppe and Curiosities

A precious, fragrant nectar sweetened and reserved for festivals and when you need a warm cup to restore your spirits.

blended with black tea, apple pieces, natural peach flavor, natural apricot flavor, natural caramel flavor, marigold flowers, apricots

teas: peach, apricot, caramel

accented with apple pieces, cinnamon and marigold flowers

steep at 212° for 3 mins

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615 tasting notes

“…but no sign of age was upon them, unless it were in the depths of their eyes; for these were keen as lances in the starlight, and yet profound, the wells of deep memory.”

So I’m a bit of a Tolkien fanatic. It has been my fandom baby for forever and a bit longer. I have all the History of Middle Earth books, and I’m totally that person when it comes up in conversation.

When I was in high school, I spent a good amount of free time learning Quenya. It’s actually how my moraiwe handle came into being. I used to sign letters to my friends with it so they couldn’t be traced back to me (and they had their code names too (but one was Star Trek Voyager related and the other Harry Potter related. We were pretty awesome, what can I say?)

Fiance thinks I’m a bit mad, but I get a gleeful enjoyment when someone asks about my gamertag on XBL. It usually goes like:

“How do I say your gamertag?”
says name once or twice “But if you call me something that vaguely resembles it, I’ll probably respond”
“Err. So how’d you come up with that?”
“It’s Quenya for blackbird”
“It’s one of Tolkien’s Elvish languages.”
“Oh like in the movies?”
“No, that was Sindarin.”
“Hey. At least it’s not Telerin”

It’s way more fun when they ask where Tol Galen is.

This tea is actually pretty remarkable though. I was surprised at the depth the caramel offered when paired with the apricot and peach. The peach is mildly candy-like, but that’s offset by the dark caramel sugar notes, and the little bit of cinnamon that peaks midsip. The peach flavor lingers quite long after.

I couldn’t say quite why, but this tea is conjuring images of Celeborn and Thranduil meeting in the former Mirkwood after the fall of Dol Guldur and renaming it Eryn Lasgalen (The Wood of Greenleaves).

This is totally working for me.

Thanks again for your generosity in the samples Shmiracles!

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

too funny. it made me think of the kid from “Role Models” Except that kid does medieval reenactments. Is part of a society. You know… wears a cape, speaks like he thinks they did back then. I think I’m going to watch it again now that I thought of it. LOL


I’ve never seen that movie, but now I really kind of want to.

Terri HarpLady

This tea sounds amazing!


dude Role Models (aka Adult Mentors to my sister and I) is one of my favorite comedies. though i think I Love You Man is better, it doesn’t have Larping.

this is the best tea review. i am really happy with the Tolkien teas i ordered. they all taste just as good and interesting as they sounded in the descriptions. and it’s even better that i can share them with such a lisse melda.



(too much mate)


I had to go watch a couple clips on youtube after Role Models was mentioned here and it’s absolutely on my watch list now. His coffee sizing rant might be one of the best things ever.
Really though. Quenya is super awesome. It sounds like Finnish and Italian (or maybe French) had a really attractive baby.


Wow, I love how hard core of a Tolkien nerd you are!

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783 tasting notes

the dry leaf blend smells pretty amazing. peach city!
steeped and plain, the tea falls SLIGHTLY flat for me, but i bet if i add just a touch of agave it’ll kinda fill out. i’m also going to try different steeping times and leaf quantities. it’s one of those occasions where the good outweigh the unsure qualities, and with just a little experimentation the tea will reach it’s proper potential. (i’ll keep ya posted.)

but in the meantime, does anyone here make their own adagio blends? if so, what method do you use? do you buy sample sizes of different teas and then measure out tiny half teaspoon ratios? and the brew them each in a tiny cup? or do you just think really hard and make a blend on the website and just go for it?
i really wanna be able to at least make one blend i feel good about, but i’m afraid i just might not have the knack for it…


Ooh, good question! I was curious about that myself..


I don’t know how some of them do it! I think I would go with samples to try blending different ratios together, without having to commit to a larger bag.


I want to like this but I don’t know how oh god I’m such a noob I totally get it if you want to hate me D:

Aside from the mini overreaction, I made my own Adagio blends for flatmates after I showed them my character-based Sherlock and Doctor Who teas, and they wanted their own! (: I did it mostly for whimsy, and used like a teaspoon of each of three different teas, and brewed a whole pot of it.


By the way, I used sample teas I get from Adagio with each purchase, I always buy enough samples to get me over the free shipping (which is usually just two)

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103 tasting notes

Thanks to Shmiracles <3 I get to try SO MANY FANDOM TEAS !!! Nightvale, Teen Wolf, Black Butler, Hobbit, Sherlock. I’m drinking Stiles & Derek this afternoon, and for breakfast I get Elven Nectar tea, which is a beautiful little tea. It tastes like forest springtime, apricot & marigolds. Like golden fruit flowers nectar – just like the name. I’m excited to try more teas but I knew I wanted to get up this morning and drink this first. Yay Friday!


My comment got cut off and condensed :( Well, this tea tastes like apricots and marigolds – really beautiful. I get so many fandom teas to try – Black Butler, Teen Wolf, Nightvale, Hobbit. Thanks, Shmiracles!


100!! BAM! what a great friday you’re having!

(i may or may not have just looked for the elvish translation of tea)

(i did not find the answer, but i did learn that “Auta miqula orqu” is how you say “Go kiss an orc”)


Every tea gets bonus points if it tastes like its name!

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721 tasting notes

Probably one of the last teas from shmiracles tonight!
Finished my midterm (flat 80%. Ehh I’ll take it) and now time to study for philosophy tomorrow!

Smells super fruity dry. I almost never go for fruity because upon first smell, they tend to take the medicine route and it’s just not good to me? But alas, this was the first thing my hand picked up in my packs so Elven Nectar it is!
Fruity teas always smell weird to me dry, but steeping they always smell soooo good!
Peach, apricot and caramel blend with apple, marigold and cinnamon. Sounds good to me! The smell reminds me a bit of a darker version of Cara’s Elrond, but with a hint of cinnamon.

hmm. Nise and fruity! Definitely no medicine taste :) I get almost no caramel notes though, just the peach and apricot. I’m totally cool with that though, since I had Adagio’s caramel alone before and… no.

Flavors: Apricot, Peach

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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From VariaTEA! I think this is a fandom blend from Adagio that the designer has since started selling on their own website? Which seems a bit disingenuous to me since the website doesn’t actually specify whether or not they blend their teas in-house. At least the price is somewhat reasonable, at $11 for 50g compared to Adagio’s price of $12 for 85g.

I will say, to me an elven-inspired blend should be a green, oolong, or herbal base. But that’s okay!

Mostly this just tastes vaguely peachy with a hint of cinnamon and perhaps some caramel or vanilla. The base is extremely generic and doesn’t taste like much. It has a slight mustiness.

So anyway, it’s okay but I wouldn’t call it “good”. But that’s what I generally expect from Adagio teas (though this once isn’t specified as being an Adagio blend).

Flavors: Caramel, Musty, Peach, Stonefruit, Sweet, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

When I’m at fandom conventions I’ve seen people in the dealer’s room selling their Adagio fandom blends too, where the only “original” thing about them is (sometimes) the artwork they put into having displayed on the bags. I at least expect the stuff in Artist Alley to be the original work of the people in there running the booths…

Cameron B.

I mean, technically I guess they design the blends, but the actual blending is done by Adagio. I’m just not a fan of Adagio so it’s not my jam. :P

Mastress Alita

There is nothing truly original about it, they didn’t have to put any effort into it, and Artist’s Alley is supposed to be for “homemade” goods… It just doesn’t seem right to me, somehow. If someone is actually blending their own teas and packaging them, making their own knitted/crocheted items, crafts, artwork, etc… I mean, that is precisely what I go to Artist Alley to see. I dunno, when I saw someone selling Adagio fandom blends in a convention Artist Alley it just kinda left a sour taste in my mouth. I don’t mind the novelty of them as cute gift items on Adagio’s website but once people start selling them in their own “shops” I sort of take issue with it, I guess?

But then, I find brick and mortar tea shops that wholesale Adagio teas and then upsale the price per ounce by several dollars, which is hardly any better, so…

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5940 tasting notes

This tea seems to be very highly rated and perhaps it is because my mug cooled quite a bit but I just don’t understand why. Like so many other adagio black teas, this is quite bitter and astringent and has a slight dirt quality to it. It has a stonefruit flavor which is nice but that bitterness just overshadows it. There is some sweetness that could be caramel but again it is being drowned out. Perhaps I need to try this hotter to get the love?

Cameron B.

I’m with you. I didn’t have a bitterness issue, but it’s very “meh”.

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3294 tasting notes

I’ve drank several teas today, but didn’t really get around to posting about them.
This is my last tea of the day,
It’s another one from Sil, sent to her from Schmiracles.
This is a black tea with peach flavor, & it’s not bad if you add a bit of sweetening, though it does get bitter as it cools.
Another sipdown!

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1789 tasting notes

Keychange is talking me into an adagio order so I’m going through a few more samples to decide what I’d like to get! This is another one from shmiracles!

It’s a nice black tea with peach, and peach, and apricot and more peach! This might go on the list. It makes me think of spring. Those elves, they know their stuff! The base isn’t quite as good as some of the black teas I’m used to but the fruit is nice, and so long as it doesn’t get bitter as it cool, I’d say it was a winner!

Ok. It got a little bitter. Good but not insta-buy good.
(Sipdown 182)


LOL our combined order is going to be massive.


Yes…. the longer we put it off, the more I might add to it.

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193 tasting notes

Thanks Schmiracles for sending me this tea! Had this one last night before bed. I mainly got the peach, but there wasn’t definitely some apricot as well and some sweetness that could have been the caramel. I forgot about this and over steeped it so I will make the remaining cup of this on the weekend and see if I can pick out the caramel a little more.

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12398 tasting notes

So this brings me to 140. In March. So there. neener neener lol I’ve been sipping on this since i got home, trying to figure out what i need to do to get my other half to get his darn tax info to me so that i can file for him….what needs to be done for work tomorrow and what the heck i want to do with my hair tomorrow. CHOP CHOP CHOP!

I’ve been sick of peach teas lately..but this one isn’t overly cloyingly peach because the base comes through a bit more. Also, i think the caramel in this one helps…or at least i think that’s caramel. It’s not in your face either. mostly…just a good cup tonight for what i was puttering around with haha


175 :(. Think I can drink 35 teas in the next 4.5 hrs?


Hey 175 is good! I’m actually going to try and get to 120/125 in April so that May can be 115/110 and by end of June I’ll be at 100. However I’m planning like 5 orders at the moment hahaha


At the beginning of March, I was at 90. I will just have to work on getting through lots of teas in April so once again we can be equal :P. Easier said then done though as I have a few swaps on the way. However, then I move home and can hide from all the tea until I get my cupboard under control.


i have a few swaps incoming as well..but i just look at that as decreasing cupboard volume haha even if numbers go up, easier to get through swap sizes and it helps decrease other teas you might have more of :)


Tis true. So wise you are.


Are you just drinking those Shmiracles-sized samples as one giant cup? :O


Just normal sized sil mug….shmiracles sent me roughly enough for 3 normal ppl cups….so 2makes one of mine and the. Last little little cup goes to Terri :)


I’ve made my peace with ~120 that are in my cupboard now, especially since almost none of them are close to sipdowns! I suppose I will have more samples soon, though. :)


120 isn’t so bad!

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