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Drink Me: Adagio Teas, Cri-Tea-Cal Role

My husband knows me so well. He wanted to buy me some tea for Christmas so he checked out Adagio Teas where he found a whole sampler set of 12-teas for fans of Critical Roll.   I photographed them all for fun, and I’ll be sampling a few over the next few weeks on the blog.

Adagio Critical Roll collection

Critical Roll is a Dungeons and Dragons series on the Geek & Sundry Twitch Channel.  It airs weekly, and features lots of fun, imaginative characters and zany storylines.

Each of the teas in Cri-Tea-Cal Role is named for something from the game, and tea creator Stephanie Traylor chose from all the Adagio ingredients to create her own signature blends.

Today I’m reviewing Inspiration which is a blend of black and oolong teas, apple pieces, passionfruit flavor, vanilla, marigold flowers, ginger root and flavor, and finally rainbow sprinkles.

I received the sampler tin as part of the set, but the tea is also available singly as a sample for $5.00, 3oz pouch for $12.00 or 5oz tin for $24.00.

Adagio Critical Roll collection

Adagio Critical Roll collection

When I first opened the package, aside from being delighted by the sprinkles, I loved the tropical smell of the tea.  As it brewed I mostly got the passionfruit aroma. Sipping it I get more of the vanilla, passionfruit and apple. I don’t taste much ginger, but it probably keeps the tea balanced, especially with the sweet sprinkles.  I picked this one for today because I like both black and oolong teas quite a bit, and I’m always up for a little tropical tea on a Friday afternoon.  I enjoyed this blend and look forward to sampling the others!

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Drink Me: Tea Emporium, Royal Benghal Tiger

The third tea from Tea Emporium that I was intrigued enough to order was Royal Benghal Tiger.

From the website this is a blend of Ceylon and Assam teas with mango, cinnamon and passionfruit.

It is available in a variety of sizes: 50g for $5.25, 100g for $$10.50 and 250g for $23.63.

When I first opened the package I got a whiff of cinnamon and something tropical. These aromas only intensified as I brewed the tea.  The tea itself was a good strong brew, and the cinnamon, mango and passionfruit just added an extra bit of sweetness and spice. I really liked this one quite a bit.

 

Drink Me: Teavana, Sweet Asian Pear

Another tea I ordered in my recent Teavana order was Sweet Asian Pear.

From the label, the blend includes: apple pieces, white tea, oolong tea, pear pieces, rosehip peels, peach, jackfruit, papaya, orange slices and peels, pear pieces, orange petals, elderflowers, grapefruit, passionfruit pieces, passionfruit juice and lychee pieces.

It is available in a variety of sizes: 2oz for $14.98, 4oz for $29.96, 8oz for $59.92, 16oz for $119.84, 3lb for $359.52, and 5lb for 599.20.

When I first opened the package all I could smell was the tangy pear. As it brewed I got more of the sweet apple and peach aromas, as well as a little bit of a floral undertone (perhaps the elderflowers?).  The taste was crisp and clean; a little sweet and a little tangy. I enjoyed it hot although it might be delicious cold as well. It was perfect for this chilly fall day!