Dragon's Fire (Formerly Smaug)

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Black Tea, Cinnamon, Ginger, Lapsang Souchong, Marigold, Natural Flavours, Natural Ginger Flavor, Peppermint, Peppermint Candy
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 9 oz / 266 ml

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  • “14/05/2013 it’s like when you love a song so much that you wanna play it for the world to hear! i wanna play this tea for the world to hear. today i’m buying more. 09/01/2013 seriously! this tea...” Read full tasting note
  • “sipdown! (234) OH my dear shmiracles I’m so sorry that i can’t get on board with this tea. i do love lapsang…but opening this i was blasted by an all too familiar smell from my childhood – vick’s...” Read full tasting note
  • “In a last ditch effort to clear out small quantities, & a get my count down by the ‘end of the the month’, I came across this one. I’ve had this for awhile, since TTB-A made it’s first round...” Read full tasting note
  • “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...” Read full tasting note

From Adagio Custom Blends, Cara McGee

Dark, smokey, and incredibly dangerous. Each sip will awaken a deep burning in your chest, while the tea itself shines with various gold notes.

Tea inspired by and for all great adventurers.

Created by: Cara McGee

ingredients: Lapsang Souchong, black tea, candy cane pieces, peppermint leaves & natural candy cane flavor, ginger & natural ginger flavor, cinnamon, marigold flowers

Steeping Instructions: Steep at 212° for 3 minutes.

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it’s like when you love a song so much that you wanna play it for the world to hear!
i wanna play this tea for the world to hear.

today i’m buying more.

this tea is ONE of a KIND!
Lapsang, Candy Cane Tea, and Ginger Tea?!?! all in one cup.
i still laugh when i read the ingredients, but it is really an amazing cup. not upsetting in the least. but it is quite feisty. and precarious. the lapsang is big on the nose, but really it’s the ginger that carries the whole cup. a little cinnamon pinch on the cheek & marigold flowers to pat you on the head.
smaug is a complex and quite lovable dragon.

smaug you are one crazy tea dragon and we will be friends forevah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

obviously i am the only one drinking this tea.

i never give teas actual ratings because it’s seems arbitrary to me. i mean it uses so many people and so many diverse opinions and tastes and they all end up in the same 15 point range that i don’t see how it’s very helpful. but whatevs. i’m not complaining, just explaining why i don’t really rate stuff.

BUT I’M GONNA GIVE THIS ONE 100 BOOM cuz everyone needs to try it at least once.

from the website:
1. lapsang souchong – famously smoky aroma and flavor. clean and slightly cool smokiness in the aroma, like menthol. Sweet, refreshing smoky flavor, crisp and edgy.

2. candy cane – Premium black tea from Sri Lanka flavored with minty candy canes.

3. ginger – Fresh, warming heat of ginger with the rich tang of Ceylon black tea.



I should try the package of this that I have. I’m a bit concerned because there’s a lot of individual ingredients that I don’t like in it. :(


well, that would make me apprehensive too. i personally do like lapsang, especially when it is mixed with something. i basically do like all the ingredients in this, i just would NEVER consider putting them together. i am amazed that it works on every sip. so glad i bought this tea on a 50% fandom influence.


It sounds intriguing. Also, I like the smaug fan art.


not exactly related,…ok not related at all
do NOT go to etsy and look up tea cups. you’ll end up poor. and with lots of tea cups.


Of course, I am on my way to etsy right now….


I love the smaug art too, and etsy is something I never should have stumbled upon.


if you buy anything tea related from etsy can i see?!?!?


damnit. i only have one cup of this tea left!!
will i dare try to place an order for just ONE bag of tea? is that even humanly possible?


IKR those are so cute! (but too expensive really.) (but totally cute i love them lots)


If I wore jewelry other than extremely delicate tiny stuff, those would totally be on my list.


The other day my father asked me “so when is my smaug coming in?” And I told him, “what do you mean ‘when is it coming in?’ did you order any??” My parents are getting to accustomed to freebies. haha. Lucky for him moraiwe offered to send her left over bag of plain Lapsang Souchong.

Terri HarpLady

So…I wasn’t really that interested in trying this one, until I read your review(s) of it! AND there just happens to be a sample of it in the TTB-A. So it’s on…probably tomorrow though.


I still can’t get over the smell of this, lol. I will try it dammit, I will! Just sounds so bizarre!!


it was. . .an experience. . .at least. I felt like surviving this tea was to undergo some kind of tea initiation ritual. (^^)


Oh man. I feel like Smaug after I drink plain Lapsang Souchong. Like I could burp a campfire or something. This blend is hardcore intimidating. :O

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sipdown! (234) OH my dear shmiracles I’m so sorry that i can’t get on board with this tea. i do love lapsang…but opening this i was blasted by an all too familiar smell from my childhood – vick’s vaporub. I thought for sure i was off my rocker and imagining things. So i brewed it up. While there is a smokey undertone to the scent upon brewing it, it still smells like vick’s. My first hesitant sip… yup! this tastes like i imagine liquid vick’s vapo rub would taste like. I let it cool a bit to see if that would help to let the smokiness come to the forefront…it did but now all i can think of is vick’s. bah! Oh well, at least it’s another one i can cross off my list. lol


I imagine the face of the marketing product Manager at adagio searching for a way to promote a vick’s vaporub’s tea ;)


well. i GUESS you are entitled to your opinion. EVEN if it IS WRONG. hahahee i joke i joke! i know this tea is extreme. i know. thanks for trying it anyways!


shmiracles – that’s part of the fun of sharing i think! I’m only sad because i know you love this one…and i do like a good lapsang. but man…vaporub….sooo much vaporub lol

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In a last ditch effort to clear out small quantities, & a get my count down by the ‘end of the the month’, I came across this one. I’ve had this for awhile, since TTB-A made it’s first round last spring!

It’s actually not bad, although I’d prefer it without the mintiness.

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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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I have a dog who’s name is Riley but we sometimes call him Schmog – which, when said outloud, is much like Smaug. So everytime I see or hear this about the Hobbit Series I giggle. I had to try this! It’s VERY unique. It has a strong Caravan or Lapsang souchoung type flavor upfront followed by a mint or candy cane whaff to it. At times I can taste something reminiscent to Cotton Candy and other times something near a cough drop. Perhaps even a watermelon type hint. This is one bizarre flavored tea but I think that is why I kind of like it. It also fits my dogs personality so it continues with the theme as to why I had to try it.


i’m so glad you tried this one - and didn’t hate it!! yay hah! i have a big fondness for this tea. a mega mushy soft spot. it’s incredibly unique. and it’s bizarreness makes it beautiful.

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Thank you so much Shmiracles for sharing such a coveted tea treasure; the only tea that you deemed worthy of a rating. It must have been hard to part with! haha.

So I have to start with a bit of backstory: About a week ago, my father was grilling bbq chicken and he used some fancy smoke-flavor thing that my brother had given him as a gift some time ago. I took one bite of this chicken and complained immediately that it tasted like a chimney and that I was pretty sure I was exhaling chimney smoke from my nose for half an hour after eating it. But my father loves smokey flavors, so all the better for him. What he doesn’t like are most of the teas I bring for him to sample. “tastes like seaweed!” … “that tastes like seaweed too” … “too weak” … “too boring” … “SEAWEED!!!”

I had never tried Lapsang Souchong nor any blends made with it, but I read plenty about it’s smokiness and told my father that I will have to get him some. It’s not a tea I ever would have considered getting for myself as I knew it wouldn’t suit me.

So fortunate it was that I happened to get a Lapsang blend in a swap. I opened the bag, smelled it and thought “yep, this has Papa written all over it!” I took it over to my parents house this evening and told my father that I found the tea for him. And guess what? No surprise, he LOVED it. He even asked if there was more before he finished the cup that I gave him. I also poured small sample cups for my mother, little sister, and myself (because I can’t officially say that I don’t like it unless I try it). It was one awful smelly cup of blech to me and my mother wasn’t too tickled either. As for my little sister, her story is special too. She’s been sampling several teas that I bring over there and not once ever has she not liked one. Every tea is equally good in her book and I was determined to find something she didn’t like. Finally did. She didn’t even finish her sample, but gave it to Papa.

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Oh man. If you found someone who loves smokey flavors, I have about 2 oz of California Tea House’s Organic Lapsang Souchong that I would be more than happy to part with! I got it for Fiance because he likes some smokey flavored things, but tea just isn’t one of them. (I’ve been using it in homemade BBQ sauce, but I can only make so much BBQ sauce….)


BBQ sauce made with tea… interesting. My father would certainly love that Lapsang Souchong that you have. And I have no doubt that he’d dump tabasco sauce in it and call it nirvana. haha.

But I’m not sure I have anything left good to swap for it as we’ve already swapped a couple times recently. I have added a few new things to my cupboard since then though, so maybe. pm me and let me know.


so glad somebody liked it! i do love the tea. i’m probably gonna order more right now cuz my mouth is watering just reading about it. i know it’s a strange tea. but i think that’s what makes it so appealing to me.
i LOVE that more than one person tried it to. it’s definitely a conversation piece if nothing else hah.
ummm, if you guys haven’t decided to swap i’d be happy to take the Lapsang form you Moraiwe :) !!


Oh gee, no, my father neeeeeeds it. He’s been asking about it every day since. lol.


haha congrats on creating another tea convert!!! :)

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Dude. This is definitely one of the older teas I have and I’m very VERY happy that it’s a sipdown!
I love my Hobbit blends, but I’ve had them for a smidge too long so I definitely need to drink them all :)

I used to hate Smaug? I never really got used to the smokiness of the lapsang, but I’ve had other straight lapsangs, and fandom blends with lapsang in it so I’ve grown to love it :) I’m with shmiracles on this one! Lapsang, Ginger and Candy Cane!? Definitely a funny blend, but one that works for such a beautiful dragon :)
Sweet and smoky and bright and just a nice beautiful and unique cup. Probably won’t be purchasing again, but I’ve definitely enjoyed my time with this gorgeous beast :)

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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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This was a sample sent to me by Shmiracles. I usually try to stay away from lapsang blends but this one had a different aroma to it. It pulled me in. The flavor is so much more than smoky lapsang. It’s tingly and slightly spicy. The peppermint and ginger/cinnamon make the lapsang a little less overwhelming. It’s a delicious blend and would make a nice winter time tea!

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With a name like Smaug this tea was far too tempting…I decided I had to have a cup as a companion for my first set of physics problems. The ingredients were a bit strange, to say the least, but I had high hopes.

And this is a very odd tea. It’s richly smoky – like standing near a campfire – and there’s an underlying spice and sweetness…it tastes rather like kissing a dragon would, if one were into such things.

It also tastes remarkably like my tin of Huber’s Shoe Grease smells – a little of smoke and an almost maple syrup note – and lingers on my tongue in a very strange manner.

I think I’m enjoying it enough to finish the cup, but not enough to make another one. Into the swap bin it goes, I’m afraid.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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