Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart

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Black Fruit Blend
Apple Pieces, Caramel, Ceylon Sonata, Chocolate, Marigold Petals, Passionfruit, Pineapple, Strawberry, Vanilla
Caramel, Cream, Passion Fruits, Pineapple, Tropical
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Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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From Adagio Custom Blends, Sami Kelsh

He’s fierce, he’s charming, and he has the best moustache in all of the universe. The Brigadier gets stuff done. This blend combines ceylon tea with rich, sexy caramel and chocolate, and a touch of flirty passion fruit. A Doctor Who blend.

Created by: Sami Kelsh

Ingredients: black tea, ceylon sonata, apple pieces, natural passionfruit flavor, natural caramel flavor, marigold flowers, cocoa nibs, natural chocolate flavor & natural vanilla flavor, freeze-fried pineapple, freeze-dried strawberry

Steeping Instructions: Steep at 212° for 3 minutes.

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PLEASE NOTE: one of the flavours in this tea has been discontinued, so it’s recently been reformulated with elements to best approximate the original flavour profile, but I bought mine when the original was still available, so it’s probably slightly different now to the tea I’m reviewing here. Still:

Where do I begin to describe the Brigadier? The fragrance of the tea leaves is rich and complex, and sort of hits you in stages: first, the honeyed sweetness of the fruit, which is then underscored by a layer of rich chocolate, followed a lingering trace of caramel that mostly hits you about a minute later. When brewed, the flavours come together perfectly. Chocolate floats over brisk, slightly fruity black tea with a caramel finish and it’s all surprisingly harmonious. It works really well with milk and sugar. It’s bright and comforting all at once. I think it’s single-handedly diffused the social anxiety attack I was having earlier.

Also, one of the lads at my regular comedy night has officially told me I can add baker to my CV, as I bring experimental cakes to share with the guests and punters every week. Somebody tweeted about how good tonight’s cake was! beams with pride

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

Can I just say a huge thumbs up to your milk and sugarism? there aren’t enough of us on these here boards!

Sami Kelsh

Milk and sugar, yes! There are some teas I definitely prefer plain, but I am very much a fan of milk and sugar. I think it enhances the experience of a lot of teas for me!



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Um, yes, so I’m still here. Sorta. I’ve been… well, since Miss Rona came around, I’ve been drinking next to no actual tea. In fact, zero is a pretty accurate number if you don’t count K-Cup or Starbucks chai lattes. So imagine my surprise when tonight I had a whim of “hey, I want tea!”

So this is one I bought as part of that leap year order and never reviewed. I’m warning now, I just eyeballed the leaf amount as the little tin it came in isn’t conducive to scooping. So we’ll go with 2 teaspoons to 12 oz of water. I’m certain I overleafed it but, eh, what can you do.

Taste plain is…meh. It’s bitter, which is to be expected. It is an adagio black after all. And the addition of the Tiger Eye doesn’t help until sweetened. So, I added two splendas (my usual for tiger eye)

Much better. I’m getting a nice play of the caramel (and a teeeeny touch of cocoa) off of the Ceylon base. The tea smells similar – like someone took a Mars bar and melted it in a mug of black tea. Actually, I doubt that combo would smell this good. Scratch that. But it’s nice. I must admit, I don’t see what the fruit brings to this? I don’t really taste anything fruity here. Maybe the passion fruit as a late late aftertaste. As in, so late it shows up a full minute after having a sip. It’s really weird, but that’s how it is. Because of this, I really think this would have been better without the passion fruit. That pungent leftover flavor is offputting.

Yeah. The pineapple and passionfruit flavors build at the back of your throat after you swallow and they aren’t the best. They certainly don’t go with the caramel creamy smoothness of the tea itself.

Overall, what do I think? Well, it’s ok.I really wish they hadn’t tried to add fruit to this, and especially not tropical fruit. It doesn’t work well. The primary flavors of the tea – the chocolate, Ceylon, caramel, and cream, are a wonderful match, and I bet if it were more noticeable, the strawberry would fit in there as well. But the tropical fruit is harsh and doesn’t blend with the rich dessert flavors. Maybe it’s a statement on how the Brig himself could often be harsh and unforgiving.

But personally? Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart should have something much smoother.

Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Passion Fruits, Pineapple, Tropical

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

I think we’ve all been thrown a little off-kilter right now. Glad you’re still around!

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