Birthday Tea from Adagio Teas. . . .

Just looking at this tea makes me happy. The sprinkles bring in a touch of festive fun that drew me to this blend. Cream, caramel, and vanilla flavored black teas accompany the sprinkles to create a tooth-ache worthy blend. Yum!

Both dry and steeped, this tea smells sweet! Just as if you had added some sugar to your cup. Upon taking a sip I was greeted with a taste that made me feel nostalgic. It was as if I was eating frosting straight from the spoon. This blend is delightful. I never knew a tea could taste so much like cake.

The one thing that I will say is that I find that this tea’s flavors may not be very well balanced. The black tea comes in as a sharp flavor right behind that sweetness. It quickly cuts through. It’s worth noting that I generally don’t add any cream or sugar to my teas. I think that this blend may benefit from some sugar or honey to help the sweetness last all the way through the sip.

Having said that, I will be happy to finish up the rest of this sweet sample! It’s a perfect treat for your birthday (or any time of year, for that matter)!


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Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Adagio Teas
Description

A treat for any day of the year! A tasty blend of vanilla, cream, and a touch of caramel. The inclusion of rainbow sugar sprinkles adds a festive note and makes this tea perfect for celebrating your special day.

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Big Easy from August Uncommon Tea. . . .

Big Easy by August Uncommon is a sweet sencha green tea with lemongrass, pineapple and barley. It is said to taste like pineapple cake, caramel beignets, and dried lemon peel. Well…here goes nothing…

I cold brewed this for almost 24 hours and since I had some left, I also steeped about 1.5 teaspoons in 12 oz of 175F water for 4 minutes.

Sipping on the hot tea, the first thing I notice is the sweetness. Yes, the pineapple is sweet but there is more to it than just pineapple. I was surprised that there is a caramel-like sweetness akin to what I remember a Werther’s Originals tasting like. Upon further investigation, it would seem there is caramel in the ingredient list so that caramel is meant to be there and not my mind playing tricks on me. Anyways, the two sweet elements combined manage to not be overwhelming while also capturing pineapple cake. I think it is the lemongrass that reigns in the sweetness and perhaps the tiny bit of rosehips. In addition to the gentle herb-citrus quality of the lemongrass, there is a brighter orange note that underlines the sip. All the while, I think the barley gives this body and helps capture a breadiness/cereal note that provides a solid foundation for the other flavors.

The cold brew is a little less complex than the hot tea. The pineapple really takes over with a sprinkling of citrus throughout. The caramel is more just sweet than distinctly caramel and the barley is gone entirely. It is not bad but can border on cloying and mostly just feels familiar and done before. As a hot tea, it feels more unique.

All in all, I enjoy this tea, though my preferred method of brewing it would be hot. It is an interesting tea but given it has a fairly distinct flavor, at least as a hot tea, it is one I can see enjoying for a while but growing tired of it overtime. That is the problem with something that is so different flavorwise…it is fun for a while but easy to grow bored of. Still worth trying and enjoying at least for a little while.


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Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  August Uncommon Tea
Description

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Canoe Lake Blend

On Canada Day, I was looking for a festive tea to celebrate with when I happened upon this tea…Canoe Lake Blend by Pluck Teas. This tea that Pluck calls “a truly Canadian blend” is made up of black tea, rooibos, sunflower, jasmine, calendula petals, real maple syrup, licorice root, cocoa, safflower petals, cornflowers, and natural flavour. Meant to remind you of campfires and sugar shacks, I thought it was worth a try.

I brewed it at 200F for 4 minutes as the recommended steeping parameters of 5 minutes in boiling water seemed like it might be a bit much. Using my method, this tea definitely has a smokey campfire flavor to it. Smoke and maple sweetness. There is also a thick caramel sweetness here that is almost a bit burnt and a little bit stale. It hits you at the back of the throat and is a little offputting for my tastes if I am being honest.

I am surprised there isn’t more going on here given the list of ingredients that seem odd and out of place. What jasmine and sunflower had to do with a smokey maple/caramel tea is beyond me and though I know licorice root is often used to add sweetness, I am glad I can’t actually taste its cloying flavor. Plus, the cocoa is lost as there is no chocolate to be found, though it may be adding to the offness of the caramel since cocoa can sometimes read dusty and stale in teas.

I think this tea is trying to capture a relatively simple flavor with too many ingredients. Unfortunately, I think it suffers for it. Though it is not bad perse, I certainly found myself disappointed by the flavors promised versus the actual execution of it. It was fun to try but ultimately this tea just isn’t for me.


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Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Pluck Teas
Description

Jennifer’s Tasting Notes
Notes of caramel, maple sugar, and pine smoke interwine in this rooibos and black tea blend. Memories of campfires and sugar shacks… a truly Canadian blend.

Ingredients
Black Tea, Rooibos, Sunflower, Jasmine, Calendula Petals, Real Maple Syrup, Licorice Root, Cocoa, Safflower Petals, Cornflowers, Natural Flavour.

100% natural.
Blended and packed in Canada by real people

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Halloween Caramel Apple from Woodie Barnes-McWhirter, An Adagio Signature Blend

It’s Halloween! Time for all the things to go bump in the night come out and play. I’ve always been a huge Halloween fan and love all the scary movies and scary television themed shows.  My kiddos and I are especially fond of Halloween Wars on Food Network.  We love watching the pumpkin carvers and bakers create amazing spooky scenes.

So the other night while we were watching our Halloween shows, I brewed up a tea pot of this lovely brew.  I’m quite a fan of Adagio Signature Blends.  Ever once in a while you do end up with a heavy handed blend, but for the most part, they are pretty good and are fun.

This particular blend of different black teas- Candy Apple, Caramel, and Vanilla.  Brewed up and allowed to steep for a few minutes, this tea delivers on that sweetness you would expect from a tea named Halloween Caramel Apple.

The caramel and vanilla flavors are what come across the most with that candy apple flavor following behind.  The black tea base is a bit heavy but topped off with a bit of cream, that heaviness really mellows out.  I almost wish the apple flavoring was a bit stronger but with the dessert like notes, it still works.

A great tea for the spooky night and one we will be brewing up again.  I think this time we will top the tea with some whip cream and some pumpkin sprinkles to add a bit of flair to the tea. That would be a treat!

This tea is enough of a sweet that it should keep me out of the kids’ candy buckets this Halloween. At least let’s hope so!


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Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Adagio Teas

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Its not Halloween…until you taste a caramel apple. This blend consist of Candy Apple (Caramel and Apple) with more Caramel and some Vanilla black teas.

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Spicy Caramel Apple Cinnamon Herbal from Plum Deluxe

Living in the Midwest has spoiled me, you guys. I recently left my full-swing-of-fall homestate for a business trip to Texas, and was shocked when I stepped off the plane and was greeted with a wall of thick humidity the likes of which we hadn’t seen near the Great Lakes for months. You see, the second the first cool breeze and slightly orange-tinged leaf make their first appearances here in September, I’ve busted out my entire (vast– trust me.) collection of scarves, colorful tights, and obviously– autumnal teas 🙂

This limited plumdeluxeteaedition autumn blend from Plum Deluxe hit all the necessary checkpoints for a perfect seasonal blend– spicy? Check. Slightly sweet? Yessir. Caramel-y smooth? Done and done. Upon first blend, my cup is evocative of an afternoon in the orchards– the apple notes are present and delightfully smooth. I will say the second steeping loses the apple for me, but the cinnamon remains, and it certai
nly can carry this tea on its own. Whether autumn is in full swing where you are, or you’re sweating it out in the sunshine and greenery, this tea is a great one to carry you through the season!


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Leaf Type: Rooibos
Where to Buy: Plum Deluxe

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Nothing says fall flavor better than apples and cinnamon — and we’re taking it to the next level with the addition of fresh spices and a splash of caramel, to create the perfect tea paired for enjoying freshly harvested foods, carving pumpkins, going on a walk in the fresh autumnal air, or savoring your own special fall moments.

Even better, our spiced caramel apple cinnamon tea only has a pinch of organic rooibos tea as a base, making it caffeine-free, so you can enjoy it as an after dinner treat or a lovely bedtime companion.

This is a limited-edition tea available until Dec 31st, or while supplies last.

All Plum Deluxe teas are hand-blended and infused with love in Portland, Oregon. Each 1 oz tea packet makes 15-20 cups. All organic ingredients — no sulfites, no artificial chemicals, non-GMO.

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