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Tea Review Tuesday – Elevenses Blend

Slight delay on my weekly tea review. Yesterday was crazy! Here it is now, though! Better late than never! Also, I’m reposting this, because there were issues with the comments that I couldn’t figure out how to fix. I really hope it works now!

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Elevenses is a tea blend I was curious to try from the first time I happened upon it. Unfortunately, every time I made a tea order, it was out of stock. Every. Single. Time! Exasperated, I whined to the blend’s creator on twitter (she can’t influence the availability of teas, but I was feeling particularly whiny). The lovely person she is, she offered to send me an extra bag she had for the price I’d pay on Adagio plus the cost of shipping! I immediately took her up on the offer and was excited to get my bag in the mail.

This tea blend did not disappoint. First, it smells delicious. It has a strong vanilla scent, which isn’t bad, but you don’t really smell much else. But that’s okay, because it’s a wonderfully delicious scent and it smells like something I’d rather eat than drink. The first thing you notice after steeping is the light taste from the white blueberry tea, and then you taste the cream, which blends nicely with the subtle taste of the vanilla oolong. The balance is great and you don’t even need to add milk or cream to the tea, because the tea has a natural creamy flavor built into the mixture. Of course, if you do want to be bad and add milk or cream, it only enhances the tea even more.

As the white blueberry is the most delicate tea in the blend, I brew it at the recommended temperature for that tea, which is 180 degrees Fahrenheit for 4 minutes. . As with any tea, it can be enjoyed without anything added, but I like to add a touch of rock sugar to bring out the sweetness of the blueberry. The tea truly fits the name. It is right at home as a mid morning snack companion, though it’s something I could (and do) enjoy all day. It’s another one of those teas I just want to keep in stock all the time just in case I’m craving it, which means I will have to order more soon while it’s still in stock!

If you would like to try a sample of Elevenses, enter my giveaway! In a week, I will send the lucky winner a small pouch of Elevenses blend that would be enough for a few cups of tea or a pot. I will also throw in a few tea samples if I have any I think you might enjoy. If you don’t win, you can always buy it directly from Adagio for $10 for a 3oz a pouch, or $19 for a 5oz tin. It’s also available in the Tales & Tea Leaves Framed Fandom Set and the Tales & Tea Leaves Sampler Set.

Click here to enter the giveaway!

Also, congratulations to Joanna for winning the TARDIS blend giveaway! Your tea will be on its way shortly!

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Tea Review Tuesday – TARDIS Blend!

When I first started down the rabbit hole that later became my loose tea addiction, the TARDIS blend was one of the first I ordered off of Adagio, and it still remains one of my favorites to this day.

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Adagio has many TARDIS blends, but not all are the same. This particular blend is the creation of Cara McGee, a skilled and popular tea blender on Adagio. Not only are her teas usually amazing fusions of beautiful flavors, but her art is fun and adorable.

One of the fun things about ordering a bag of TARDIS blend from Adagio is that you get four ounces of tea for the price of three. Because the pouch is bigger in the inside, duh. Upon opening the bag, you’ll notice it smells a bit like fruity pebbles. It’s a deliciously perfumed tea that makes me wish I could just use it as a potpourri. The blend itself is a mix of Adagio’s Earl Grey Bravo, Blackberry, and Vanilla. Earl Grey Bravo is a delicious tea alone, but when mixed with the fruity blackberry flavored black tea and the vanilla flavored black tea, the Earl Grey takes on a sweeter, fruitier flavor. The berry stands out as much as the Earl Grey’s citrus and the orange peels, and the vanilla works as a glue to cement the two other flavors together.

I brew this tea at 212 degrees Fahrenheit for four minutes. I have found that to be the best way to ensure it doesn’t come out bitter but the flavor stays nice and strong. This tea can be enjoyed without anything added, but I believe it truly shines when a little bit of rock sugar is added along with some milk or cream. The addition of a splash of cream gives the tea more of a presence in your mouth, and every time you take a drink of the tea, that presence makes itself known in a most delicious way. I’ve been through several pouches of this stuff, and it’s one of those teas I always want to have handy, and you should consider keeping it handy too. It’s a good go-to tea when I don’t know what I really want, because it will always be consistently delicious and I don’t plan to ever tire of the flavor.

If you would like to try a sample of the TARDIS blend, enter my giveaway! In a week, I will send the lucky winner a small pouch of TARDIS blend that would be enough for a few cups of tea or a pot. If you don’t win, you can always buy it directly from Adagio for $9 for a 4oz a pouch, or $24 for a 6oz tin.

Click here to enter the giveaway!