Adagio Day 24 Christmas

The tea to get you into the holiday spirit! This blend of bright, tangy Ceylon black tea flavored with warm cinnamon, pungent cloves, and orange peels is a Christmas delight. Spicy and fresh aroma, outdoorsy and cozy, with a balanced tangy flavor and a slightly sweet finish. Perfect to sip while decking the halls, being jolly, or dreaming of a white Christmas.
Black Tea | High caffeine | Steep at 212° for 3 minutes.

high caffeine! To make sure adults are awake for Santa after it takes forever to get the kids down, we need high caffeine.

Ingredients & Lore: Blended With Black Tea, Cinnamon, Orange, Natural Spice Flavor, Cardamom, Cloves, Ginger, Natural Ginger Flavor & Natural Cinnamon Flavor

Ever since those Three Wise Men visited the manger to offer gifts of extraordinary spices to observe the birth of that very special child, in the heat of the desert or the cold of the snowy mountains have shared food and beverages made with similar spices as clove, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and the then-rare, and expensive, orange. Now grown in abundance, the orange was once the most sought-after holiday stocking stuffer in the U.S. and Europe. Oranges and costly spices can make even the poorest believer feel rich in spirit when consumed in a Christmas tea or tea punch.

HOLD THE PHONE. Why Adagio, WHY?!?!?! do you use flavourings? Why add cinnamon and ginger FLAVORINGS when you’ve already put actual cinnamon and ginger in this? You people make me question everything.

yeah, Frosty is a bit raggedy. He’s been in my family for decades. He used to play his theme song, but now he sounds old and tired.

Let’s open this.

Out of the bag it smells like orange and spice. Okay. Correct direction.

Steeped it smells like black tea. Not really getting the orange or spices.

Sipping… the cloves cover the tongue and I can’t really pick out the other flavours. I WANT to taste the ginger and cinnamon. But I can’t. Because cloves and science.

it’s not bad. I’m not ordering it, but I’m drinking the whole cup. So it gets 4 out of 5 orange pomanders.

Let’s look at the calendar and decide what we’re buying!

Earl Grey Bella Luna will be available this month on Tuesday the 29th. I already have some and love it, but I will buy more. I already have Elderberry Wine in the cabinet… but I ordered some to keep at my boyfriend’s house 🙂 I will be ordering Spiced Apple Chai and Yuletide Toddy. Those are the only other two on this calendar I felt deserved to have repeat cups.

I know I lose my mind over ingredients and I hate rooibos and honey bush. Honestly I love Adagio. Earl Grey Moonlight is my favourite tea EVER. Their fandom blends are so much fun. Not every person who makes them knows what they are doing. But if you want to blend your own – check out the Adagio site. I have an Earl Grey blend up there with lavender and roses. Their special offerings like Bella Luna Blue (only available at the Blue Moon) and Brigadoon (only available at Leap Year) are not to be missed. Reindeer Fuel is OMGSOGOODSOOOOMUCHCAFFEINEEEEEE.

You’ve likely learned a lot about me. I can only hope you enjoyed it. Or if you know me, have a little insight into the weird that is me.

Happy Christmas! Keep safe. Wear your masks. Wash your hands. I’ll hug you all later.

Adagio Day 23 Yuletide Toddy

I feel like this should have been the 21st’s offering.

Let your heart be light! This herbal blend is a lovely duet of classic holiday flavors (cranberry and orange) with the added sparkle of cinnamon spice. Bright and festive, tangy yet sweet.
Herbal Tea | No caffeine | Steep at 212° for 5-10 minutes

Ingredients & Lore: Blended With Rose Hips, Hibiscus, Apple Pieces, Orange, Ginger, Cinnamon, Cherries, Natural Cranberry Flavor, Natural Cinnamon Flavor, Natural Orange Flavor & Natural Ginger Flavor

It’s time to step-up your Hot Toddy recipe this Holiday season! Follow this recipe for a tea-infused Toddy that’s sure to keep you warm on chilly winter days. In a large glass mug, steep 1tsp of Yuletide Toddy in 4oz of hot water. Add a tablespoon of honey, a squeeze of lemon, and 1oz bourbon of your choice… Enjoy all winter long, preferably under a knit blanket by a crackling fire.

Hmmm… I don’t drink bourbon. Maybe I should order more of this and try it with my honey whisky.

Cernunnos is ready for this cup

This smells fruity and spicy. The orange, apple and cinnamon come through. It’s nice. It reminds me of wassail that I make for the kids.

The rose hips (a favorite ingredient of mine!) and orange and cranberry are a gorgeous combination and are set off by the perfectly measured spices. Adagio did us a solid here, kids. This is a GOOD cup.

There are reasons my bff Hipster Wife calls me Viking Wife. For those of you who wouldn’t know, this is Frigga and Odin (with his ravens) at the birth of their son Baldur. The Norns are in the background. Freya is behind the packet. This is all at the base of a model of Yggdrasil that I built.

Absolutely delicious. No funny aftertastes we get sometimes from the flavorings. This is natural and seasonal. Not sure I can say anything more except – go buy this. I’m going to.

Adagio Day 22 Candy Cane

Premium black tea from Sri Lanka flavored with minty candy canes. This wonderfully smooth treat that will fill you with a warm Christmas spirit and leave you jolly. There’s no need to wait for a visit from Old Saint Nick to enjoy this yuletide favorite. He’ll know if you’ve been naughty or nice, so you’d better pick some up for a friend, too!

Black Tea | High caffeine | Steep at 212° for 3 minutes.

Ingredients & Lore: Blended With Black Tea, Candy Cane Pieces, Natural Candy Cane Flavor & Peppermint Leaves

The Christmas candy cane allegedly began in 1670 when a Cologne, Germany choirmaster, looking to quiet his young singers during mass, bent white sugar candies into shepherds’ canes for the children to savor. It wasn’t until 1920 that the candies became a holiday favorite when U.S. candy maker, Bob McCormack, added peppermint flavor and red-and-white stripes. He first made them as a holiday treat for his friends and family hand-bending each candy. Luckily, his brother-in-law, Gregory Keller, designed a machine to enable mass production, launching Bob’s Candies and the candy cane became an international holiday tree decoration and sweet treat.

I’m pretty sure we got this two years ago. And we didn’t like it then. 

It smells like peppermint leaves and candy canes. Also like vanilla. That must be hidden in the ‘natural candy cane flavor’.

Where do they harvest this natural flavor? The peppermint forests outside Santa’s castle? 

Not great. It’s minty but not in a good way. 

I’ve legit been using the same two peppermint nougats all month. I’m not a huge candy eater

Let me introduce you to a superior peppermint black tea.

https://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/blend.html?blend=78911

In Adagio’s fandom blends this brilliant Sherlock fan and tea blender created this gem. They chose the Cream and Vanilla black teas and Peppermint. It’s accented with candy cane pieces. It’s GORGEOUS. 

You don’t have to be a BBC Sherlock fan. You don’t have to ship Mycroft Holmes with Greg Lestrade (you’d be wrong if you don’t). But you will love this tea more than Adagio’s offering for today.

Candy Cane tea gets 2 out of 5 half licked candy canes. 

The GovernMINT Takes a Holiday gets 5 out of 5 angsty Mystrade fan fics that end with sweet kisses.

same two candies here as above.

Adagio Day 20 Decaf Hazelnut Cinnamon Creme

Decaf seekers looking for depth of flavor, look no further! Our Decaf Ceylon tea blends with the warm, soothing flavors of hazelnut and cinnamon, paired with silky crème, to evoke happy memories. Rich and comforting, decadent without being heavy. Ideal for both hot and iced tea lattes, perfectly paired with a cozy fireside in any season.

Our natural creme flavor is vegan-friendly and doesn’t contain any dairy ingredients.

Black Tea | No caffeine | Steep at 212° for 3 minutes.

Ingredients & Lore: Blended With Decaf Ceylon Tea, Cinnamon, Cocoa Nibs, Orange, Natural Hazelnut Flavor, Marigold Flowers, Natural Cinnamon Flavor & Natural Creme Flavor

Hazelnuts are often associated with decadent and rich treats such as chocolates, nougats, cafe lattes, and Nutella. There are 100 different varieties known that grow throughout the world. The hazelnut is also referred to as Filberts, named after the saint whose day of celebration also fell on the first day of the nut’s harvest. In ancient times, hazelnuts were thought to conjure up mystical powers to steer seekers towards water sources and buried treasure.

Pooh is like ‘decaf… zzzz….”

Ferrero Rocher – delicious!  Nutella – no thank you. Not my jam. Or my nut spread. 

I’m not a decaf drinker. So let’s see what this tastes like.

Smells like hazelnuts. Good. Important that.  Ceylon? My favourite black tea leaf! 

This is a sad cup. Drinking it black to start. The hazelnut is prominent. The cinnamon is subtle. I get the creme flavouring. The orange isn’t strong at all. After half a cup the orange sort of sits in the mouth as an aftertaste. 

I am adding half and half to this. It has drowned out all but the hazelnut flavor. 

I’m not a fan of hazelnut in coffee or tea. This isn’t terrible. But it’s not blowing me away. This is not a gold foil wrapped Ferrero Rocher delight. 

3.5 out of 5 filberts.

Adagio Day 19 Gingerbread

Premium black tea from Sri Lanka flavored with sweet gingerbread. Both Gingerbread men and women agree: this unique tea is the perfect addition to any house (gingerbread or regular). A comforting old-world treat, delicious in any season. Warm and cozy, perfect sweetened or not.

Black Tea | High caffeine | Steep at 212° for 3 minutes.

Ingredients & Lore: Blended With Black Tea, Natural Gingerbread Flavor, Cinnamon, Orange & Ginger

Americans may like Asian foods with a hit of ginger root but we LOVE it sweetened in cookies, cakes, tea breads, and pies (pumpkin, anyone?) Can you imagine the holidays without gingerbread cookies or a decorated gingerbread house? Ginger is available fresh in its root form in the produce market (make sure to smell it for its shape is similar to ginseng and the more orangey turmeric)! You can also buy it powdered or granulated for baking or cooking. The root itself can also be cooked and rolled in sugar for a spicy candy.

I’m going to kick this off with my random rant against gingerbread houses. You can’t eat them. You’ve touched them all over. You’ve likely licked your fingers and kept touching the hard cookies and the candies and the icing… *shudder* You probably did this as a fun project with children. Children who are not good at hygiene. I’m a mom and an aunt. I know kids. Ew.  Perhaps y’all will come around to my way of thinking after this pandemic and give up on your gross food art. 

Let’s question the ingredients… shall we? “Gingerbread Flavor” would be what exactly? Why not blend black tea with ginger root and spices. Maybe look for a natural molasses flavor? Who makes these decisions? 

Okay… again I’m delaying this cup. Let’s drink!

Smells sus. Like rooibos. 

Steeped it smells like black tea. Okay. Good. Maybe…

Thank GOD it doesn’t taste like it smelled dry. 

The black tea is good. Not dry or bitter. The flavouring is there, but not overpowering. It doesn’t quite smell like molasses and ginger. In normal times I make soft gingerbread cookies and gingerbread loaves. The best parts are the dark molasses and the freshly grated ginger root. And I like to add a dash of black pepper. 

I have to say this tea is nice. I’m giving it 4 out of 5 iced, soft gingerbread cookies. 

hello, I’d like a cup of tea, please

Adagio Day 18 Rooibos Nutcracker

Rooibos Nutcracker

(AKA: The tea Kara Hates)

How suite it is! Limited-edition holiday herbal features rooibos with fruit, nuts, caramel, and cocoa. Smooth, rich flavors offer natural sweetness and depth. This is the ideal blend to sip by the tree, on a snowy winter’s evening.

Herbal Tea | No caffeine | Steep at 212° for 5 minutes.

Ingredients & Lore: Blended With Rooibos Tea, Apple Pieces, Cocoa Nibs, Natural Caramel Flavor, Marigold Flowers, Natural Hazelnut Flavor, Blue Cornflowers & Natural Chestnut Flavor

A must-see holiday fare for generations, Peter Tschaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” is a ballet with charm, sweetness, and surprise that never fails to delight, especially when the wooden soldier comes to life. The ballet is an adaptation of the 1816 Christmas story, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”. What better way to extend the joy of the theater than to sip this toasty rooibos with apple, hazelnut and chestnut flavors, creamy caramel and an edge of cocoa. Its pretty with a sprinkling of marigold petals and blue cornflowers are sure to send everyone to dreamland. P.S. Santa will love it!

My nutcracker collection is in storage in the basement and I am NOT getting them out

Rooibos. FML. Before we drink this let’s get random. 

For reasons I don’t understand, I have a nutcracker collection. Perhaps I was hot for Baryshnikov as a young teen. Perhaps I was caught spinning around the living room listening to Tchaikovsky while helping mom decorate for Christmas. I honestly have no idea. But my mother decided that I needed to collect nutcrackers. 

Mum thinks we need to collect things. (looks around at all my Pagan statuary and art… oops) When I was a baby it started with spoons. Christening spoon. My first sets of baby spoons and forks. And then spoons from places we went. Family would travel and bring me back spoons. I hate them. But people put a lot of effort and love into the collection, so I have this heavy sense of guilt when I think of getting rid of them. 

She also gave us a small gift every Sunday of Advent. A paper calendar, an ornament, holiday socks… something to mark the countdown to Christmas. Then she got it in her head that we needed to get a gift on Epiphany. And I got nutcrackers. For decades. They are wrapped in bubble wrap in a big bin. I also can’t get rid of these for the guilt. 

https://nutcrackerballetgifts.com/products/soldier-pride-nutcracker-in-rainbow-colors-waving-rainbow-pride-flag-12-inch

I’ve had many mothers of Jewish friends ask if I was sure I wasn’t Jewish with the all the guilt I have. One friend’s mom decided to take me under her wing and I spent a summer going to the country club with her, sitting poolside drinking diet cokes and gossiping about her friends kids… who I went to school with. It was all very weird. 

Can you tell I’m reluctant to make this cup?

SIGH. let’s go. Big girl panties on. We can do this. 

Out of the bag it smells nutty. Like hazelnuts. While it’s steeping it smells … unpleasant. The nutty smells are in the back. The smells up front are of burnt paper. 

Sipping… help… it smells nice (surprise!) but still like burnt paper. It tastes okay – a bit like caramel and nuts.  The apple and cocoa are not coming through. 

Woah. I drank the whole mug. It was… not terrible. 

I’m not sure how I feel about this. LOL

I’m giving this 4 out of 5 pairs of Baryshnikov’s tights.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/232216924507853514/

Adagio Day 17 Earl Grey Bella Luna

Earl Grey Bella Luna brings the light of the full moon to your cup. Robust Earl Grey shines with familiar bergamot notes, highlighted by a soft glow of coconut and cream. Rich, bright, and well-rounded, this tea is not to be missed… but it only rises once a month, so don’t miss out!

Please note – we operate on EST. This tea is available for 24 hours the day of each full moon. We kindly ask customers in timezones other than EST, to please account for the time difference when purchasing. Thanks!

Black Tea | High caffeine | Steep at 212° for 3-5 minutes.

Ingredients & Lore: Blended With Black Tea, Coconut, Blue Cornflowers, Natural Coconut Flavor, Natural Bergamot Flavor & Natural Creme Flavor

Once in a blue moon is a term used to describe something that doesn’t happen very often. In reality, a blue moon can happen either when there is an extra full moon in a year (which happens every 2.5-3 years) or whenever there is a second full moon within a single calendar month (sorry February), so they might not be as rare as you think. But blue or no, there is one word we can always use to describe our favorite satellite: beautiful. Hence, the name of this equally beautiful tea, Bella Luna.

Jar of what I currently own to show my love for this tea

*tingles with excitement* My second favorite Adagio Earl Grey!  Such a lovely treat. It’s been a while since I’ve had a cup of this glorious blend. My go-to Earl Grey is Moonlight (hello… did you see my screen name?) 

The creamy scent and flavour – a combination of the coconut and creme – make this such a smooth cup.  The bergamot is in the aftertaste. After several sips it sits upon the tongue letting you  know it is an Earl Grey. It isn’t quite like an orange creamsicle. 

I’m so happy to have a cup I’m familiar with. I hope that people who got this calendar and discover it for the first time become fans. 

5 out of 5 full moons every month. 

Adagio Day 16 Chocolate Truffle

Like taking a bite out of a velvety smooth chocolate confection, our Chocolate Truffle tea is truly a chocolate lover’s dream. Our rich black tea is blended with cocoa nibs, chicory, chocolate chips, and even a dash of cocoa powder to create our most lusciously decadent indulgence yet.

Black Tea | High caffeine | Steep at 212° for 3 minutes.

Ingredients & Lore: Blended With Black Tea, Cocoa Nibs, Natural Chocolate Flavor, Chicory, Dark Chocolate Chips, Cocoa & Blue Cornflowers https://www.adagio.com/flavors/chocolate_truffle.html

The world of chocolate lovers owes much to Mesoamerican cultures of Inca, Maya, and Aztec, and also to conqueror Hernán Cortés. who returned to Spain from Mexico with cacao beans. Spain prospered, primarily because they figured out how to add vanilla, cane sugar, and spices to make this bitter drink a sweet confection. The Italians, Swiss, and French applied their culinary expertise to the bean, but not immediately for Spain kept cacao to themselves for a century! Like all great things, chocolate couldn’t be hidden forever, and chocolate is available worldwide for its satiny flavor and tantalizing fragrance.

my book arrived!

Um… did they just say the world owes so much to a conquistador?  *waits for the anti-colonial protesters to start shouting* While it’s true, do we really want to phrase things that way in 2020, Adagio?  Don’t the Millennials and Zennials that work for you put a stop to this? 

Woah, the Spanish kept cacao to themselves for a hundred years?  LOL … My DNA came back Spanish, French and Italian so I feel this in my marrow and can laugh at it.

Dry – smells good. No sus ingredients listed. I’m feeling positive as it is steeping. 

Steeped – it smells like a tootsie roll. PLEASE DON’T TASTE LIKE GRANDMA AGAIN.

Sniff – smells chocolaty, but it tastes just like  black tea and chicory. 

Chickroy gives off a bit of a coffee feeling. I read an article once years and years ago talking about the history of it. The scene was a diner during wartime (WWI? WWII?) and a gentleman ordered a cup of coffee at the counter. As the waitress went to pour him a cup, he said “none of that chicory, I want real coffee”. Turns out, this has been common practice for a long time.

https://www.themanual.com/culture/chicory-coffee-history/

Half way through this cup I’ve decided to add half and half. With the dairy the taste is more like a black tea. The tootsie roll/chocolate is subtle but present with the dairy. 

Overall it’s a nice cup. Not overly chocolaty. If you need a little chocolate fix – have a cup of this!

As an addition to this post I thought I’d share my fave vegan dark chocolate recipe. Why vegan? Because it’s one I found years ago and love. Don’t read anything into that. Seriously. I’m not vegan.

1 cup melted refined coconut oil

3 tablespoons cocoa powder (I like Hershey’s Special Dark)

3 tablespoons of honey (you could also use agave or whatever sweetener you like)

1 tsp vanilla

pinch of salt (I always have kosher on hand. use whatever you like)

cacao nibs (some. I never measure it.)

I whip this up with a wire whisk and lay it out on wax paper on a small cookie sheet. Refrigerate or freeze until solid. Break into chunks and keep in the fridge or freezer.

Adagio Day 15 Honeybush Blueberry Pancake

(So much wtf per cup.)

Staying in? Pajamas on? We have just the tea for you! Juicy blueberries and the yummy taste of maple syrup blended with our naturally sweet Honeybush tea make for a delicious anytime breakfast treat. Settle in and binge watch – Honeybush Blueberry Pancake tea has you covered!

Herbal Tea | No caffeine | Steep at 212° for 5 minutes.

Ingredients & Lore: Blended With Honeybush Tea, Rose Hips, Apple Pieces, Maple Flavor, Blueberries, Natural Blueberry Flavor, Blue Cornflowers & Vanilla Creme Flavor

Want a Sunday morning breakfast on Wednesday? Sip a luxurious cup of Honeybush Blueberry Pancake and offer gratitude that this native North American fruit, the blueberry has survived for centuries to be a favorite snack and addition to pastries, but did you know it helps sharpen the brain and fights disease with plenty of antioxidants? Honeybush Blueberry Pancake’s caffeine-free leaves hold a honeyed fragrance and sweet taste enhanced by the flavoring of maple, a pancake staple. Added to that are vanilla creme, delicate rose hips, apple pieces, and of course, real blueberries.

FYI, 15 Dec 2020 is a Tuesday. And we can eat pancakes anytime. It’s freaking 2020.

I really dislike honeybush. Two cups in a row seems excessive. 

Oh, this smells really good. The blueberry is strong. Real blueberries and natural blueberry flavor. Alrighty. And it smells sweet. 

Steeped the honeybush taste is strong. No me gusto. The maple flavor makes it bearable. 

This would be better as an infusion. I’m not sure these ingredients would work with a black tea base. 

3 out of 5 blueberry pancakes for this one. Mostly for all the ingredients that aren’t honeybush. 

Does it belong in the calendar? Sure. pancakes don’t have a season. 

Do I have anything random to say… I won’t put imitation maple syrup on anything. The real stuff is more expensive, but worth it. 

this little cat thing is from a cut, sew, and stuff sheet of holiday ornaments my mom bought back in like, the late 70’s or early 80’s. As we’ve all grown and left home, we’ve been given old ornaments. I only have 2 or 3 of these cuties.

Adagio Day 14 Honeybush Banana Nut

One sip of our Honeybush Banana Nut tea and you’ll feel as though you’re standing in the middle of your local bakery, about to take a bite out of a freshly baked muffin! This smooth brew deliciously combines your love of baked goods with our full-bodied honeybush tea. So not only is it sugar-free, it is caffeine-free as well! Making it the perfect indulgence for both morning and night.

Herbal Tea | No caffeine | Steep at 212° for 5 minutes.

Ingredients & Lore: Blended With Honeybush Tea, Apple Pieces, Cinnamon, Cocoa Nibs, Natural Banana Flavor, Natural Chestnut Flavor & Marigold Flowers

The ubiquitous banana took a long time to become a staple fruit snack in the U.S. (the 1870s) and even longer to be featured in a tea cake (the 1930s). However, plain or baked into desserts, the combination of creamy chestnuts and sweet bananas is just what a modern beverage deserves. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon, cocoa nibs, and apple pieces, and you’ll have to go round the world to find anything silkier in taste or more satisfying. Honeybush makes it healthful with its plethora of flavones and other natural elements that fight disease (antioxidants) and improve immunity.

What is a flavone, you ask? Well, if you didn’t ask you should have.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/flavones

It’s crazy sciencey. Just go with it.

I’m allergic to overripe fruit. I will only eat bananas before they get properly ripe. Which means I have about 2-4 days between green and blow up my throat and grab the allergy meds. The original Chiquita Banana song explains when you should eat the banana. Sorry, Chiquita, but my throat will swell shut if I do. 

I’m Chiquita banana and I’ve come to say
Bananas have to ripen in a certain way
When they are fleck’d with brown and have a golden hue Bananas
Taste the best and are best for you You can put them in a salad
You can put them in a pie-aye
Any way you want to eat them
It’s impossible to beat them
But, bananas like the climate of the very, very tropical equator
So you should never put bananas in the refrigerator

https://fee.org/articles/the-awesome-social-value-of-the-chiquita-banana-song/

This smells crazy sweet. The secondary scent is banana. Followed by maple. There is no maple in this. Interesting. 

It tastes like banana nut bread – so, Well Done, Adagio. It tastes sweet. If I put sugar or honey into my tea it would be insanely sweet to me. 

The sniff before sip is odd. It smells like brown paper. Blame for this lies with the honeybush. 

Overall it’s  not a terrible cup. I give it 3 out of 5. 

Should it be in the advent calendar? Yeah. banana bread has no season. But you know what I’d really love? A cranberry bread with lemon drizzle. OMG. 

I can’t believe I didn’t pitch this. I actually drank it all.