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Adagio Teas

Brigadoon/Adagio Teas

After taking a bit of a hiatus, we are happy to be back! Can’t say how often we will be posting but happy to kick off the new year with a particularly famous tea from Adagio Teas.

If you are familiar with Adagio Teas, you are familiar with their holiday and themed teas.  A particular tea I have recently heard quite a bit about and seen quite a few posting about- Brigadoon, Adagio’s Leap Year blend.

Brigadoon is a blended black tea comprised of Asam and Keemun teas.  Also added into the mix is Silver Needle white tea and blue cornflowers.   I originally though this tea was an earl grey blend but to my delight- this tea is a Scottish Breakfast Tea.

After taking a small hiatus from caffeine, I was a bit hesitate to try this tea as I’ve noticed a sensitivity to caffeine recently (increased headaches).  As I took my first sip of this tea, instant love formed for this tea and I knew immediately why this tea is so highly regarded.

This black tea prepped hot (212F- steeped 4 minutes) is smooth and malty with a robust feel.  No notes of astringency whatsoever.  There are hints of sweetness and floral moments here and there.  After a couple sips, I decided this tea would be a beautiful latte and I frothed up milk to add in.  The combination of the frothed milk just increased my admiration for this tea.

Big fan of this one and even though I need to be careful with how much of this tea I drink in a day- I have a feeling I’ll be stocking up on this one.  As an FYI, if you do intend to stock up on this one (which I highly recommend doing), this tea is only available for a short time starting on 2/29/2024!


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Leaf Type: Black

Where to Buy: Adagio Teas

Description

Celebrate Leap Day with this Scottish Breakfast Blend of Assam and Keemun teas. We’ve added a touch of Silver Needle and blue cornflowers to evoke the blue and white of the Scottish flag that Brigadoon would fly.

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Advent Calendar/Adagio Teas (Spoilers)

Each year during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I always look forward to the tea advent calendars our beloved tea companies offer.  I have enjoyed several from a variety of different tea companies, but one of my favorites each year is the advent calendar offered by Adagio Teas.

This tea calendar is filled with a lovely assortment of teas to enjoy for the avid tea drinker to the occasional tea drinker to the tea drinker who just started their tea journey. The variety of flavored teas is always lovely and this year was no exception.  This year I even picked up a few advent calendars for my kiddos to enjoy and I can’t wait to see them sipping their teas while enjoying time off during the holidays.

Starting on December 1st- there was a lovely single loose leaf serving waiting for me to enjoy.   The listing of teas is on the site if you want to take a peek but I won’t spoil too many of  them here.

The first tea for December 1st was Honeybush Pumpkin Chai– one of my favorite decaf blends from Adagio Teas! This blend is so versatile- by itself the tea presents as a lovely way to enjoy the spices of fall without the caffiene.  The pumpkin flavoring is a bit hit or miss but brewed up as a latte, you have yourself a delightful autumnal treat with notes of cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla notes.

What I personally love to do with this tea is blend the tea with Adagio’s Vanilla Flavored Black tea or Adagio’s Cranberry Tea.  Both create such unique layers of flavor and (IMO) umpfs the flavor profile and really highlights the lovely fall notes… especially when the Honeybush Pumpkin Chai is blended with the Cranberry Black Tea.  The tart notes combine lovely with the chai spices and provides this unique underlaying tone of freshness. 

Passionfruit Tango was the second tea of the calendar and this tea was fabulous! I remember trying this tea once and not being a fan but this little serving of the blend changed my mind on the tea completely.

This blend is a unique blend of passionfruit flavoring, cinnamon, rose petals and more.  Right there the blend seems a bit odd but truly the cinnamon and rose create a spiced floral scene for the passionfruit flavoring to connect with.  I really enjoyed the fruity spiced floral notes- more than I thought I would.  I was actually a bit sad when my sample was done giving after a few steepings.  This will be one I’ve already earmarked for a future (fingers crossed) birthday purchase down the road.

All in all, a great start and even tho I am a few days late, I believe there is still time to order this awesome collection of teas.  I love how each tea is packaged in single servings so you can try out a variety of teas that Adagio Teas offers without committing to a larger size.

If you are looking for a delightful gift for the tea enthusiast in your family or just a lovely way to celebrate the holidays, highly recommend the Adagio Teas Advent Calendar.


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Leaf Type: Variety

Where to Buy:  Adagio Teas

Description

The time to ring in the Christmas season is upon us. The 2022 Tea Advent Calendar is here and has brought with it all that is merry and bright to get you into the holiday spirit. This year’s calendar features a festive design of evergreen pine trimmed with gold and holds 24 doors with a delicious tea behind each. Available in both loose and teabag options.

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Autumn Mist Green/Adagio Teas

Photo Credit: Adagio Teas

Continuing on our fall/spooky theme- I thought I would try a tea that I have quite a bit of- Autumn Mist Green.  Autumn Mist Green tea is a blend of gunpowder green tea, dried apples, and creme brulee flavoring. Once I saw that- I think my excitement won over vs my wallet and I ordered the big bag.

But since I took a bit of a hiatus from tea, I hadn’t really taken a moment to enjoy the blend.  So over the weekend, I brewed up a pot to enjoy while watching a few spooky movies.

Brewed with water at 180 and allowed to steep for a few minutes- this tea is a unique blend that I can’t really say is what you would think of as a fall blend, but nevertheless, I really enjoyed it.

First sip in and you are greeted with a sweetness that masks the smoky flavor you usually get from gunpowder green tea.  The sweetness reminds me of caramel more than creme brulee but I’ll take it.  I do see the big chunks of apple and what I’m assuming is cinnamon but those notes are not really coming across.   I wish they were, this tea would be a sensational caramel apple tea.

I did do a second steeping and I actually enjoyed this cuppa a bit better.  The flavoring wasn’t as strong and the gunpowder notes were coming in a bit stronger. I still didn’t get any of the apple notes but the cinnamon did pop a bit more.

I’m planning a proper cold brew for this blend and I’m excited to see how it turns out.

All in all, a great tea if you are looking for an alternative to the typical chais or pumpkin flavored teas you usually see during the fall.


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Leaf Type:  Green Tea

Where to Buy:  Adagio Teas

Description

Autumn is a season of transition. For many, it marks the end of summer break and the start of the school year, for others a transition from shorts and tank tops to warm sweaters and blankets. It’s when the leaves start to change colors and when farmers switch from the growing season to harvest. For many tea drinkers, it also marks the shift from iced teas to hot, from tall, cool glasses to steaming, palm-warming mugs. So fill up your thermos, put on your best flannel, and get ready to fall for fall. It’s tea time, y’all.

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Veritaserum/Adagio -ashmanra-

This tea blend designed by Robert Pirlot came in a sampler. There are six different teas in the box, housed in slide-top tins with each tin holding 1/2 ounce of tea. There are more than six Harry Potter fandom blends available, though, and you can choose your own sampler set. I love that!

Veritaserum is a black tea with raspberry, chocolate, and hazelnut flavors. The black tea base is fairly strong with a light briskness, but it is not astringent or unpleasant at all.

Raspberry is the prominent flavor to me, and the chocolate aspect is of the unsweetened variety, not milky and sweet. It lends an additional bottom note to the tea, emphasizing the briskness, making it great for breakfast – I had it today with an Everything Bagel – or to pair with sweets and “cut through the sugar.”

I don’t add milk or sugar to this, but it could definitely handle it and would be delicious that way. Then it would be very dessert-like on its own!


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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Adagio Teas

Description

Veritaserum is clear, colourless, and odourless and is almost indistinguishable from water. The potion must mature for a full lunar phase, and is quite difficult to produce. It can be mixed with any drink, and three drops are a sufficient dose to make the drinker ‘spill out his innermost secrets’. Thus, the potion forces the drinker to tell the complete truth to any question asked to him/her.

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Day #1 Adagio Teas Advent Calendar -CuppaGeek-

Today is the second official day of the tea advent calendar season but to avoid spoilers- I’m going to review the lovely Adagio Teas Advent Calendar a day behind so without further ado. . . . .

Day #1- Spiced Apple Chai

Spiced Apple Chai is a tea blend from Adagio Teas that I know very well.  I have enjoyed this one quite often.  This lovely black tea based flavored chai is pretty much like fall in a cup but I like to enjoy this one with a twist. A shot of rum or a dollop of cream just adds a nice next level feel to this brew.

Brewed with fresh prepped water at boiling and steeped for right around 2-3 minutes this blends yields a distinctive distinctive apple flavor along with what I would consider the traditional chai spices-ginger, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon .  Flavors that you would expect to go well together and a chai you want to enjoy on a cool day where wrapping your hands around a mug brings your tea loving soul so much love.

Adding the additional extras of course are optional to enjoy this lovely cuppa and what is great about this particular blend, there are so many different ways you can enjoy- western brewed, as a latte, adult like with a shot of this or that, cold brewed with or without a touch of maple syrup, truly the possibilities are endless which makes this one of my favorite Adagio blends.


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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Adagio Teas

Description

Our Spiced Apple Chai features the timeless, comforting combination of apples and spice. A lively blend of black tea, classic spices from Indian Masala Chai and bright notes of crisp apple. Juicy and pleasantly sweet, like warm applesauce, with clean, refreshing texture. We suggest two heaping teaspoons per 8 oz cup. Sugar, cream or soy if desired.

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