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…


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


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.

April’s Tea Runners Subscription – Review

It’s time for another tea review!! I know how excited you must be.

I received April’s Tea Runners subscription the second week of April and it promised me a tea that would taste like birthday cake. Yes!! But that would have to wait, since I decided to save the best for last (or at least I hoped it was the best.)

Orthodox Earl Grey –

As I was trying out my Peach Nectar Turmeric tea (reviewed in my second Whistling Kettle Review) all I could think about is how I wanted some Earl Grey. I had just received my new Tea Runners box and it had a bag of Orthodox Earl Grey inside. So after a few sips of the turmeric, I dumped it and made me some Earl Grey.

I don’t know if I was just happy to not be drinking the turmeric tea or what, but I loved this Earl Grey. It was so smooth and refreshing. I tasted all the flavor notes and they all melded together perfectly. Overall there isn’t much else to say because it was a simple Earl Grey but it was lovely.


Creme De La Berry Green –

I was a little hesitant about this one because the last green tea I got from Tea Runners was a bust. I will say before and during the steeping process, Creme De La Berry Green smelled quite wonderful. You could smell the strawberries and chocolate. Even though it smelled wonderful, I was still a little apprehensive to try it.

The first sip, I did get more of a that bitter earthy green tea taste. But with the second sip I got the rest of the flavors and it was beautiful. The strawberry came through as the strongest flavor, but that didn’t bother me.  I loved it a lot. I think it’ll be even better when cold brewed.


Black Masala –

The description on the sample bag, for Black Masala, kind of scared me with all the spices mentioned. I immediately thought that there was no way I would be able to drink this. I liked all those spices but not sure about it in a tea. I will admit that the smell was quite nice, so while a little scared I was also intrigued!

This is the second CTC tea that I’ve received from Tea Runners and I didn’t look it up before but CTC means “crush, tear, curl” or “cut, tear, curl.” It’s a way to process black tea in which the leaves are passed through a series of cylindrical rollers with hundreds of sharp teeth that crush, tear, and curl the tea into small, hard pellets. I loved the last CTC tea I received and this one was surprisingly quite good. The spices were a little strong but I did as it said on the package and added a little milk, and that made it so much better. It almost had a chai latte quality to it once the milk was added, which equals, “yum!”


Winter Wonderland Rooibos – 

This is the one that supposedly tasted like birthday cake and I decided to leave it for last, to try on Easter morning. Kind of like an adult Easter treat!! The description sounded so lovely: Rooibos with cinnamon, hazelnuts and Bavarian chocolate. Almost sounds like it is a type of Nutella tea. The smell of course was heavenly.

While it steeped I could smell the hazelnuts, which I love the smell of hazelnuts. Tasting it was quite wonderful. It did kind of taste like cake. It was so beautiful, all the flavors melded together perfectly. It definitely was the best out of the box.



1st – Winter Wonderland Rooibos

2nd – Orthodox Earl Grey

3rd – Creme De La Berry Green

4th – Black Masala

I really do love all these teas and I kind of hated rating them. I’m so happy with this month’s subscription, it was so much better than last month’s. You can purchase the Winter Wonderland Rooibos and the Creme De La Berry Green from Simpson & Vail ( Which while looking at their site I discovered they have tons of teas I want to try. So now I have a new place to shop, yay!

I’m hoping to test out some Boba Tea soon but other than that it would probably be a while till the next tea review. I have a full box of tea that I need to get through. I think I kind of overdid it with all the tea purchases in the last month.

Till next time!!

Whistling Kettle Review #2

Like I told you in the last Whistling Kettle review, I had already bought more tea by the time I finished writing that review. So here goes the review for the second batch of samples I ordered.

Earl Grey Cream

I’ve only tried Earl Grey one time prior to this and it wasn’t pleasant. It was in a K-Cup sample set that I received when we bought our Keurig. I did not like it. It was burnt and very bitter tasting. I vowed then that I would never drink Earl Grey again. Now I know that loose leaf teas are different from bagged teas and it’s all about the steeping process. So when I ordered my second set of samples, I decided to get an Earl Grey this time around.

One thing I learned about Earl Grey while actually reading about different teas, is that it’s supposed to mimc a floral and fruity taste, partially due to the oil from the citrus of the bergamot fruit (a sort of orange.) From that Earl Grey K-cup I tried, I could have never known this unless I tried it again and read about it, it did not have any floral or fruit notes at all. However I can happily say that the Earl Grey Cream I purchased from The Whistling Kettle, pulled through with those flavors and more. I absolutely loved this tea. I wanted to drink it all day, I didn’t, but I wanted to. Along with the floral and fruity notes there was also a hint of cream that made it such a smooth drink. I’ll definitely purchase this one again.


Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu-erh Tea

Pu-Erh (pronounced Poo-Air, and yes the inner child in me laughed) is a type of tea that goes through a unique fermentation process that’s not like other teas. It’s meant to be an aged tea and the older it gets the better it is. The microorganisms that are created during this aging process gives Pu-Erh properties that help with digestion. From what I read, people in China drink this tea after rich meals to “cut the grease.” And like other teas it is also high in antioxidants which help with the prevention of cancer and heart disease.

This was one type of tea that I had yet to try, so I figured I would give it a go. The name, Scottish Caramel Toffee, is what intrigued me because I love caramel and toffee. The smell was so creamy and caramel like and I was extremely excited to take my first taste. While the smell was wonderful, the taste was a little strong. It wasn’t bad and I got the hint of caramel and toffee. The problem for me was that it tasted a lot like coffee and I’m not a fan of coffee at all. While it was slightly more drinkable than coffee, I still had a hard time finishing my mug. Honestly I’m just so conflicted because I wanted to love it so much and parts of it I did, I just couldn’t drink much of it. I’ll of course finish this sample bag but I don’t know if I would ever buy this one again. However if you like coffee and are looking to try out some teas, you may love it.


Purple Tea –

I had never heard of purple tea until Whistling Kettle had posted about it on their Facebook page. I was immediately intrigued. Purple tea is a tea mainly grown in Kenya and it has all the health benefits of green and black tea, plus more. It’s grown at a high elevation and due to that it gets higher levels of UV and it causes the plant to produce very high levels of anti-oxidants. The tea can have a purplish hue to it and this is due to a unique genetic mutation that produces anthocyanin, which is the same powerful anti-oxidant found in blueberries, but at a high percentage. It contains 1.5 percent anthocyanin compared to .1 percent in blueberries. Anthocyanin is particularly known to be beneficial in the prevention against cardiovascular diseases, as well as providing anti-cancer benefits, improving vision, and aiding in cholesterol and blood sugar metabolism.

So since I like to try new teas, I purchased some plain purple tea, wanting to try it with no additions. While steeping it smelled very much like other teas and it tasted just like most teas as well, very earthy. At first I wasn’t sure I could drink a whole mug because admittedly I’m used to teas with some kind of flavor addition. But after I sat the mug down and went about making my breakfast, I found myself wanting to drink more. I liked it and the health benefits are a bonus. I think next time I’ll get one of the mixes.

IMG_0772IMG_0773IMG_0782(In this picture you can’t really see the purple hue, but in person you can. And when I was done with my mug you could see a little purple sediment at the bottom of the mug.)

Peach Nectar Turmeric –

I ordered this turmeric tea before I went to Hendersonville to see my mom. I had no idea that I would end up buying tea at Spice It Up or that I would be getting turmeric tea in my sample set then. If you remember from my Spice It Up review I was not a fan of the Turmeric Ginger tea. So I immediately regretted that I had bought the Peach Nectar Turmeric from The Whistling Kettle. But hey, how was I supposed to know?

When smelling this tea, both in the bag and while it was steeping, all I could smell was the turmeric. I immediately knew I wasn’t going to like it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of turmeric in my food but not so much to drink. I took a small sip at first, just to kind of brace myself, and it turned out not to be too bad. The peach, which was dried before steeping, definitely came through and was the winning flavor note. The turmeric was there but it wasn’t too overpowering. I did learn that the weird aftertaste I got from the last turmeric tea was not the lemon oil, it’s the turmeric. I got that same weird feeling and taste in my mouth with this tea. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that I liked this tea but I didn’t dislike it. Most likely I’ll finish up the sample I have and probably never buy it again. I only drank half a mug because I was craving some Earl Grey, but I did drink it!


Chocolate Cake Honeybush – 

Honeybush is like a Rooibos just slightly sweeter, according to what I’ve read about it. It’s caffeine free and has all the other health properties that Rooibos has.  I decided I wanted to try this one out and see if it would kind of feed that chocolate craving. While it smelled delicious and was very smooth tasting with just the right about of chocolate taste, I don’t think I could use it to substitute for a Snickers craving.

I really did enjoy it. It had beautiful flavor notes and was a nice way to wake up in the morning. However it did have a slight coffee taste and I mentioned before that I’m not a huge coffee fan. So while I will totally finish the sample that I have, I don’t think that I would purchase it again. I’m sure others would love it though!



1st – Earl Grey Cream

2nd – Purple tea

3rd – Chocolate Cake Honeybush

4th – Scottish Caramel Toffee Pur-eh

5th – Peach Nectar Turmeric

While I wasn’t super in love with most of these teas, besides the Earl Grey Cream, I still love The Whistling Kettle. It has to be my favorite place to order tea from. Obviously I was not going to like everything they have and I’m sure that there will be purchases that I don’t like, but it still is the best place. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you should!

Next week I will be reviewing my second subscription box from Tea Runners!

Spice It Up – Tea Review

This past Saturday I decided to take a “Mommy Break” and go up to visit my mom in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Most of the time when I go see my mom we either go to Asheville or other surrounding towns, but never to downtown Hendersonville. So this time around that’s what we decided to do.

Downtown Hendersonville is a quaint little place with a lot of locally owned shops and restaurants. After filling up on Mexican food at Sol Y Luna and buying some cheesecake at a local shop, we headed over to a spice store called Spice It Up. They also sold loose leaf tea, so you know I had to buy some. I decided to buy a sample set of five herbal teas, since I haven’t really tested out a lot of herbals.

Here is the sample set I bought:


Before I start these reviews I want to say that none of these teas came with steeping instructions, like many of the ones I’ve gotten lately. I wasn’t sure of how hot the water should be, how many teaspoons of tea per ounce of water or how long it should steep. So I had to use good old Google and I found a steeping chart for different teas. So I just went with the standard instructions for herbal tea. I don’t know if this affected the taste or not.

Here are the reviews:

First tea: Turmeric Ginger

They say turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, so I tried this first because my body had been feeling really achy lately and wanted to see if it would help. The description lists ginger, orange peel, lemon peel and lemon oil along with the turmeric. With the first taste I got a lot of lemon and some ginger with a slight hint of the turmeric. I’m not sure if I liked it. It’s definitely drinkable and not something I want to dump in the sink immediately but it’s also not something I would purposely buy or crave to drink. This tea really tasted like hot flat lemon ginger ale with a hint of some spice. It also left this aftertaste in my mouth that was really weird. In a way it was like when you drink diet soda and it leaves that aspartame aftertaste in your mouth. I’m assuming it was the lemon oil creating that aftertaste. It’s not bad just odd. As for the anti-inflammatory benefit, well I didn’t seem that achy after drinking it but I don’t know if that’s because of the tea.


Second tea: Cape Cod Cranberry

This tea is the reason I bought the sample pack. I was smelling some of the teas in the shop when I came across this and I immediately fell in love with it. Cape Cod Cranberry is a fruit tea and the first I’ve ever had. As this tea steeped the aroma was immediate and it was so amazing. It was very fruity and almost smelled like candy. Drinking it was just as good, the cranberries were the main taste but I also got the small notes of hibiscus and apple. I’m absolutely in love with this tea and plan to buy more.


Third Tea: Peach Melba

This was a berry tea that’s supposed to taste like peaches and cream according to the description. It definitely smelled like peaches and cream, which was a delicious aroma, but it did not taste like it at all. All I could taste while drinking it were the berries and hint of the hibiscus. Again, none of that tasted like peaches and cream or maybe I just forgot what that combo tastes like. This tea was also a bit sour. I did like it, but I’m not sure I would buy it. 


Fourth Tea: Rooibos Candied Almond

The first thing that struck me when I smelled this tea, even before steeping it, was that it smelled straight up like pipe tobacco. It wasn’t necessarily a bad smell, that’s just what it reminded me of. I loved the little sugar hearts that were in this tea, but I don’t think the sugar did anything for the taste. The main thing I could taste was the almonds and of course the rooibos. I wasn’t really a fan of it. I didn’t dislike it and I drank a good bit but I just felt really “meh” about this tea.


Fifth tea: Warming Crimson Berry

This has to be the first time that I tried a tea and it was down right awful, to the point I couldn’t finish it. First off it smelled like perfume or potpourri and it tasted like it too, with a kick of cayenne. I drink a morning detox drink almost daily that has cayenne in it and it doesn’t usually bother me, but this was just too much. I didn’t care for this spicy perfume tea at all and I poured it out after five sips.



1st: Cape Cod Cranberry

2nd: Peach Melba

3rd: Rooibos Candied Almond

4th: Turmeric Ginger

5th: Warm Crimson Berry

Overall I think I should have just bought the Cape Cod Cranberry and left it at that. I would definitely go back to Spice It Up to purchase other sample bags. I think it’s a great way to try new tea, it’s just unfortunate that I either didn’t like some of these teas or that there was no wow factor with most of them. If you’re ever in downtown Hendersonville you should check them out, even if you aren’t a fan of tea they do have many spices and meat rubs.


Whistle While You Drink Tea – A Tea Review

As I mentioned in another post, a high school friend of mine told me about The Whistling Kettle, a tea shop in New York.  So I went to their website and scanned through some of their teas, which there were a lot. After a mini internal struggle I decided on six teas and I purchased sample size bags (4-6 cups worth of tea) at $3.00 a piece. This was perfect because I could buy an assortment and if there was one I didn’t like I wouldn’t be out of too much money. Within four or five days the teas arrived in the mail and I began my taste testing.

The Teas:

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie –  I was excited for this one, so it had to be the first. Words cannot describe the smell, all I can say is it’s amazing, like I immediately fell in love with this tea. It did taste like an oatmeal raisin cookie and it was heavenly. I had my husband take a sip and next thing I knew he was wanting me to make him a cup. He added some sugar to it and said it was even better, which I don’t know if that’s possible. This was definitely a good buy and I would get it again! 



Tea Description: A flavorful treat that tastes like a warm oatmeal raisin cookie fresh out of the oven. 

Night of the Iguana Chai – I was also excited for this one because it was chai with a little chocolate but honestly that first mug was not all that great. I probably did something wrong in the steeping process. The second time around I added just a dash of sugar and a little milk, just to kind of give it a chai latte taste and it so much better. It was a good buy but I’m not sure if I would ever get it again.


Tea Description: A mysterious blend of chocolate and masala spices enhances this velvety black tea. 

White Raspberry Spritzer – I will say I got this one because the description intrigued me. It said that there was a hint of champagne involved, so I had to give it go. It was quite refreshing but I didn’t taste any champagne. It mainly just tasted like berries, which is not a bad thing. I don’t regret this buy either and I would probably buy it again.


Tea Description: Premium white tea infused with champagne and raspberries. 

Vanilla Berry Truffle -I loved this one! There were shavings of vanilla in it which just melted into the tea. It was a perfect blend of vanilla, berries and tea. This is also a rooibos tea, which meant it was decaf, so it’s good for a little afternoon treat when you don’t necessarily need a pick me up. I will definitely buy this one again!



Description: A harmonious infusion sweet and tangy flavors with smoothness and fresh cream. 

Buckingham Palace – This is the one that I chose to kind of get me out of my comfort zone. I was really unsure about it, I felt it could be a horrible choice. I honestly have never had any type of drink with jasmine or bergamot in it, so I didn’t know what to expect. It turned out to be really good and it actually reminded me of something I had before but I can’t remember what. I’m not sure I would buy it again because even though it was good it’s not a tea that I would crave often. However, I would tell people to give it a try if they were interested.


Tea Description: A flavorful medium body with notes of jasmine and bergamot. 

English Breakfast Tea – I got this because I like English Breakfast tea and I wanted to try it in it’s loose leaf form. It was good and tasted just like any EB tea I’ve had before.


Tea Description: A perfect breakfast tea with good body and full tea flavor notes. Coppery bright. 

I also ordered a free catalog from them that described all their teas and also explained how each tea is different. It’s a great reference guide.


Overall I enjoyed all the teas I got from The Whistling Kettle, even the one I had to add a little milk and sugar to. I love this place so much and I’ve already ordered more tea.

If you’re feeling up to it and want to try out some interesting tea mixes, you definitely should check out The Whistling Kettle. Like I said you can order online and have the tea shipped to you! They also do like a member point system where customers can collect points in different ways and then use the points to go towards future purchases.

 I would like to add here that I’m currently trying to improve my photography skills, which I have no skills, so forgive the experimental tea photos. 

Thanks for reading! Hopefully with time I can get little more descriptive and professional with my tea reviews. 

If you have any topics or tea suggestions, you can leave a comment or email me at!