Adagio Tea – Review

Adagio is a tea company that sells farm fresh artisan teas and innovative tea ware. As well as selling their own blends they have what is called Fandom Teas, where creators create their own blends that follow a theme, like Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Pride and Prejudice, Supernatural and so on, there are tons. A friend of mine sent me a link for Alyss Tea Party, which had teas created by Alissa Pyrich. I bought three samples from Alyss Tea Party, which each sample comes in a small sample tin and the cover sticker on each one was some type of artwork, one resembled medieval tapestry art. From looking at other fandom teas, most have some kind of neat artwork on their tins.

The Teas –

Goldie Chai

I actually quite enjoyed this tea. I could taste the orange and chocolate immediately. It was almost like eating one of those chocolate oranges, which I love. It tasted like it smelled and was quite refreshing. It was a pleasant drink to have in the morning while trying to wake up. I would definitely buy this one again.

This tea is a blood orange chocolate chai, it was a blend of Black Tea, Orange Peels, Rose Hips, Hibiscus, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger Root, Natural Orange Flavor, Cocoa Nibs, Natural Chocolate Flavor, Natural Cinnamon Flavor.

 

Elizabeth Danger Spice

I’m not quite sure if I liked this one. I got it primarily for the pumpkin spice flavor, yes I’m a pumpkin lover. But when I tried this I couldn’t taste any pumpkin. I pretty much only tasted the cinnamon and ginger, which wasn’t bad just not sure if I would say I liked it. It’s drinkable.

This tea is a spicy blend of gingerbread, pumpkin and caramel, it was a blend of Black Tea, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger Root, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor, Natural Gingerbread Flavor, Cloves, Natural Caramel Flavor, Orange Peels, Marigold Flowers, Cardamom.

 

Brita’s Viking Goddess Black

I made a mistake with this one. I was so blinded by the hazelnut in the description that I didn’t see that this was a smokey tea. The scent was intense and I was not a fan. I don’t like the smell of burning wood and that’s what this smelled like. Tasting it was even worse. I will say after a while I got used to the smokey taste, but it was after a lot of sips. There was no hint of hazelnut which made me sad because I love hazelnut. This is one that I don’t think I can finish, so I pretty much wasted my money. I’m not saying that not everyone will like this, if you like smokey flavors than you will probably love this.

This tea is a smokey black tea with a hint of hazelnut, it was a blend of Black Tea, Lapsang Souchong, Yunnan Jig Tea, Wuyi Ensemble Tea, Natural Hazelnut Flavor.

 

Tea Sample – Masala Chai

This was unexpected, maybe I missed that my order came with a tea sample but it was a nice little surprise when I opened the box. This smelled amazing and similar to the Black Masala tea that I received in one of my Tea Runners boxes. It also tasted similar. I did enjoy it but it is a tea that I have to be in a specific mood for.

Our Masala Chai tea blend combines premium Ceylon black tea with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and ginger. In Indian culture, ‘Masala’ means ‘a blend of spices’, and ‘chai’ simply means ‘tea.’ So, Masala Chai is literally ‘spiced tea’. Our interpretation tries to stay true to its definition thanks to a warm and inviting fragrance, zesty flavor, and invigorating, aromatic finish.

 

Overall I was very happy with my purchase from Adagio. I’m definitely interested in trying other tea creations. I love the little tins that the tea comes in with the little pictures on the front, it was nice aesthetically. I will say that it was quite annoying though trying to get tea out of these tiny tins into a teaspoon, sometimes it got messy. If you want to try some unique and themed tea creations you should try some Fandom Teas from Adagio.

As a final note I want to add that I know I’ve been pretty slack when it comes to this blog. Now that summer is over and my oldest is back in school I’m hoping I can get back into blogging.  If you enjoy my reviews, be it tv or tea reviews, then I promise there will be more soon. I’m also thinking about moving into book reviews too. Of course I will also continue with my random pop culture blogs. I want to thank all those who enjoy reading my blog posts and I hope you continue to enjoy them!!

Till next time…

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Whistling Kettle Review #3

I know that I said I wouldn’t have a tea review for a while but apparently I was mistaken once again. I ran out of my Tea Runners Earl Grey and my Whistling Kettle Earl Grey Cream. I’m obsessed with Earl Grey and I needed to buy some more! Since I was purchasing some more Earl Grey Cream (a big bag of it) from The Whistling Kettle, I decided maybe I should buy some new samples. I know I need to venture out and try new tea distributors, but I love Whistling Kettle’s teas so much.

 

Blend 1776

This is a black tea with strawberry and maple flavor notes. I decided to try this one first because in a way it intrigued me. At first it smelled very nice but then later when I smelled it, it wasn’t as nice, it wasn’t bad just different. The same is true while it was brewing. So I honestly didn’t know what I was getting.

I will say that it is a drinkable tea. It’s not necessarily a tea that I would rave about. The strawberry notes were there but there was also a slight bitterness to it. Honestly I can’t decide whether I like it or not, so that’s why I said it was drinkable. I’m seriously at a lost for words to describe what I think of Blend 1776.

Description: A thoughtful blend of Ceylon and Assam teas infused with strawberry and maple. 

Earl Grey Windemere

Earl Grey is normally a black tea, however this one was a mix of oolong and white tea with flavor notes of bergamot and vanilla. It smelled just like any other Earl Grey, which means delicious, but the taste was a little more floral. I’m not sure if it’s because of the white tea or not. Some sips tasted more perfume like and others tasted like any other Earl Grey. It all kind of threw off my taste buds and I just wasn’t sure if I enjoyed it. There were so many mixed emotions when drinking this tea. I don’t see myself purchasing this one again.

Description: Darjeeling oolong and white tea scented with bergamot and vanilla. 

Pomegranate Grape Sencha

This green tea was mixed with dried pomegranates and dried grapes. The smell was so beautiful and fruity! In my opinion the smell was worth the money I spent! Okay, not really, but it was a very nice aroma. As for the taste, it was delicious. I didn’t taste much of the tea, it really only tasted like hot pomegranate and grape water, which I kind of liked. It was a refreshing drink for sure and I would totally buy this again.

Description: Green tea, dried pomegranate, dried grapes

Cinnobun

I was so looking forward to this one because I love cinnamon rolls and this promised to taste like one. They didn’t fail me with the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie tea, so I had high hopes for this tea. Unfortunately those hopes were squashed fairly quickly. This had to be the worse tea I tasted from The Whistling Kettle and that kind of says a lot considering I love a lot of their teas, even the ones that I wasn’t a big fan of I still liked a little. There was no love for this tea, not even a little. One of my biggest issues with it was the weird aftertaste that didn’t leave my mouth all day, no matter what I drank, ate or even when I brushed my teeth multiple times. It was this weird cinnamon bitter taste and it drove me crazy. I may try this tea one more time but if it still tastes the same then I’m going to toss it and I hate to throw away tea even the ones that I don’t like. I’m so sad about this tea.

Description: The flavor and aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls. 

 

Well this round of Whistling Kettle samples, besides the Pomegranate Grape Sencha, was a bust. I guess there is a first time for everything. This is probably why my reviews of each are so short. It’s hard to write about stuff you just don’t care for.  I’m glad at least two of them are still drinkable even if I’m not a fan of them. This must be a sign that I need to get out and try knew tea distributors.

I learned not to say there won’t be a review for a while, so I won’t say it this time. I will say that I appreciate all of you that read my blog posts, even when you don’t care for tea or tv talk. It means a lot to me!

Till next time.