I love teas that have been designed and blended for a special occasion or reason. Birthday teas make me happy and it’s fitting to drink this one as it’s my birthday today! There are a few broken, tiny sprinkles in the tea which I love, but I would’ve liked a bit more. They look bright and festive against the jet black tea leaves.
The scent of this tea reminds me of 52Teas’ Pancake Breakfast. I’m smelling something like maple syrup. Sipping, however, is a different story. It doesn’t taste like pancakes or syrup, but more like caramel or vanilla instead. I don’t pick up on much of the cream that is included in this blend. It’s hard to separate the vanilla and caramel, so it’s sort of a vague sweetness. The black tea base doesn’t taste spectacular in that it’s a little astringent. It also lacks depth in its flavor notes, but I care more about the caramel and vanilla at this point. I think that this base could definitely stand up to sugar and milk, though the sugar might push the sweetness over the edge a little.
If you’re looking for a sweet dessert tea that would pair well with milk and sugar, Birthday from Adagio is a great choice. It would also make a great gift for anyone’s birthday!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Black Flavored Tea
Where to Buy: Adagio Teas
This tea doesn’t seem to be online anymore, but click here for their birthday flavored custom blends!
Love Dalek Tea (from Adagio Teas Custom Blend platform) is a blend based off of the Doctor Who series, one of my personal favorite. After taking a whiff of the dry leaf mix, you can almost taste a white tea flavor with notes of tart cherry and hibiscus. A great play on flavor-tart and floral.
Brewed up with water at 190F and allowed 3 minutes to steep, I was eager to take my first sip. In this blend it seems, black tea is king. I was eager for those white floral notes to pop out and play with the tart cherry flavorings added- but that didn’t happen right away.
At the very beginning of each sip, you know that the black tea reigns supreme. What I was hoping would be a lovely floral cherry tea with a slight astringency, turned into a heavy handed astringent hibiscus tea party.
But I wasn’t ready to just say, this isn’t my cuppa. After all, this is a Doctor Who blend. So I prepped a few more sessions with this tea. And Eureka! After third infusion I was finally able to pull out a lovely white tea astringent tea with pops of floral and cherry notes. Delicious and exactly what I was looking for.
So what are my final thoughts on this tea? As confused as the blend seems to be, I think there is potential. This may be a tea that needs a good solid cold brew to allow all the flavors an opportunity to shine. I’m glad I have a few servings left to try just that!
All in all, I still love the idea behind Custom Blends from Adagio Teas. Drinking a tea dedicated to your favorite fandoms just gives one warm fuzzies!!
What to learn more about this tea?
Leaf Type: Black/White Tea Blend
Where to Buy: Adagio Teas
YOU ARE DALEKTABLE. YOU WOULD MAKE A GOOD VALENTINE. INFATUATE! INFATUATE! INFATUATE!
Ingredients: White Peony, Black Tea, Rose Hips, Hibiscus, Apple Pieces, Rose Petals, Natural Wild Cherry Flavor, Rose Flavor, Dried Cherries
Learn even more about this tea here.