Custom-Adagio Teas, Cara McGee

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Sipdown! 131/365!

DANG IT. I knew I should have reviewed this when I drank it. I know it was tasty, but I’m completely drawing a blank on what the flavours were. Even reading the ingredients list is not jogging my memory (green EG, irish breakfast, blueberry). I’m never a huge fan of green/black blends, but I brewed as a green and that seemed to work. Ugh. I just know that I did indeed enjoy it. Thanks… I’m not sure who :/ (Terri, I think, reading tasting notes!)

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Handoff from Sil, originally from Jump62359. Thanks, both!

After brewing (and sampling), it was clear that this was a black/green blend, and I’d steeped it incorrectly. Sad. Overly hot water on the green tea didn’t do well for it, so it was astringent and unremarkable. The resteep was somewhat better, which gives me hope for round 2 with 180F water.

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40

Unknown steep time provided with tea. Steeped 2 minutes. Tea smells like dehydrated blueberries with some cinnamon undertones. Warm water taste, not a lot of substance. Would drink but wouldn’t re-purchase. Tried 10.2018

Flavors: Blueberry, Cinnamon

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

I had such high hopes for this tea, especially because of its popularity on Adagio’s website. However, I was really let down by the flavors. I kept seeing reviews where people mentioned how it tasted like a chocolate chip cookie. I sadly didn’t get much of that impression. It was honestly kind of weak. Basically all I got was a cup of standard black tea, nothing special in terms of taste. I hate saying that because I really wanted to love it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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69

A black and rooibos blend that isn’t as strongly flavored as I’d love, but it’s still nice and warming. Soft chai on the finish.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

Love this tea! The anise seed is a perfect compliment to the earthier notes. The whole thing has a very dark, smokey flavor to it. Very strange but very delicious.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

Anise and smoke sound as if they would be quite good together. What an interesting thought…

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@Cameron – it’s really quite lovely. On hot days I add a bit of sugar and ice it for a delicious chill treat!

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54

Yeah, I dislike smokey teas. I’ll still drink up te remainder of my sample, but I don’t like the savoury smoked pine flavour. It just reminds me of smoked salmon and those smoking chips I use to smoke things. It is drinkable with milk, but I wouldn’t ever buy this.

Flavors: Campfire, Oats, Smoke, Smoked, Thick

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81

I tried this with the blender’s recommended recipe for “sick tea” once. It involve steeping the tea in hot milk and stirring in a little bit of butter. This is just a really comforting cup of tea for cold, rainy or snowy mornings or if you need something really mellow.

Flavors: Bergamot, Caramel

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76

Bears a striking resemblance to Reichenbach Recovery because they have the same base but this one does smell or taste as subdued. Not one to normally reach for earl gray but recently it has become more my cup. I think it’s the bergamot that I’ve had in other teas that made me willing to try this blend. Although this is advertised as having berries as a main note, I don’t taste them. It does come off as a floral, creamy earl gray which is nice with a dash of milk and sweetner. Maybe the berry taste is found in this steeped black. Something to try in the future.

Flavors: Bergamot, Creamy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86

A robust blend of green and black tea, this tea will keep your kicking while warming you up. Although I expected more chestnut and anise, the first taste as a bit astringent without modification. It’s bold, like a stout. With a dash of milk and sweetener though, this loud and strong tea becomes a full-bodied, thick, and caramel consistency that lingers pleasantly on the tongue.

Flavors: Chestnut, Malt, Smoke, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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84

I love this tea! It’s basically a combination of an earl grey and a blueberry muffin. This tea is lovely with a bit of milk and sugar. This is one of my favorite morning teas, because it is a great way to wake up in the morning. I’m planning on trying this one as a latte soon because I think it would be great as a latte!

Flavors: Bergamot, Blueberry

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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88

I enjoy this tea. It’s actually the tea that made me fall in love with tea so I always keep it in my pantry. This tea is a lovely comforting cup of tea in the afternoon. It’s perfect with just a small touch of milk and sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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100

This was a good strong tea that didn’t have the taste of a stronger tea. It has the caffeine kick of an english breakfast but the mildness of a darjeeling. And I happen to think that it tastes like marshmallows.

I really love it.

Flavors: Marshmallow

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1

This straight up tasted like soap to me.

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100

When I bought this I was hoping that the apricot wasn’t going to get overwhelmed by the other teas in the blend, but the worrying was for not.

This tea is simply divine and the amount of apricot in it is perfect. It goes really well with the dark flavors of the mambo and toasted mate teas and I will be ordering this again.

Flavors: Apricot

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74

Sipdown! And… disappointed. I drank this last Friday, but have literally zero memory of it, since I was at work. I have to assume that it was generally unremarkable because of that – I don’t really know what I was expecting (heat?)

Thanks (indirectly) to Jump62359 for the sample!

ETA: Wait!! Now I see it had lapsang, and I definitely remember at least steeping it – it was quite potent. The lapsang mustn’t have been too potent, as I drank it straight – so probably a decent tea. Wish I could time travel and think a bit more while sipping.

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81

Sipdown! 78/365

I must have two separate samples of this one, since I apparently reviewed it 3 months ago, but the baggie I’m sipping down right now, I believe, was from a box that I hadn’t touched in years. Either way, it was good! Definite blackberry, and I think I could tell it was an earl grey (yes, ok, the flavours have waned a little here). Regardless, it was yummy. I’m feeling a craving for blackberry cream teas coming on, writing about this… might have to dip into my AQ2T blackberry… whatever that tea is. The yummy one. :D

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81

I apparently liked this much more last time I drank it. Possibly an age thing, or perhaps I oversteeped. Hard to say. It really mostly tasted like an EG, maybe a teensy bit of cream, but it looks like there are a lot of flavours I missed this time around! It was also kind of astringent, which makes me think user error, not age. Oh well, it was still good (I may have added some cream and vanilla agave).

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81

This tea is likely from Cavocorax , although I can’t be sure. Either way – it was quite an enjoyable little earl grey for an afternoon last week! Not particularly astringent, with some creaminess. I assume there’s likely a third ingredient as well (fruit?) but am unsure.

Nice to get to trying another one of these awesome fandom teas!

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84

A nice strong tea with a good flavor. Can’t taste the chocolate, but the mate really comes through.

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77

I use a steep and go mug during the week, and this is a bit bitter for that.

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