Tea Review

Tea Talk: Athena Blend – Adagio Tea

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(Not thrilled with that picture. My apologies, my loves!)

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Name: Athena Blend
Flavors: Almond oolong, green chai, blueberry
Book Pairing: The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller

(This blend was given to me courtesy of Adagio Teas in exchange for an honest review.)

Fun fact of shame: I hate green tea. Hate it. Hate it. And I wish I didn’t because green tea has so many health benefits but for whatever reason, I can’t get into green tea.

And then I met this blend.

This blend is so light and calming. You really get the tang of the blueberry with every sip but it isn’t at all an overpowering flavor. I drank it hot but I might just have to ice it next time – I can absolutely see it being refreshing on a hot day (and this autumn has already been way too hot for my tastes).

I’m very guilty at taking a few sips of tea and then forgetting about it. This cup, I downed in a few minutes. It was just that good that I couldn’t let it sit for too long. I was really uncertain about trying this one. The flavors are not at all something I’d usually go for. In the end, this blend ended up being one of my favorites.

Take a risk with this one, my friends. Be warned, the site says that it does have a rather high caffeine content. Probably shoulda checked that before I made a cup at 9:30 at night with work the next day. Whoops. But let’s face it, this tea might make staying up until 4 am worth it.

You might also want to take a risk with the above book. I first read it a few years ago but I might have to reread it to write about it here. If you’re at all a fan of mythology, you’ll love this look into the relationship between Achilles and (one of my personal faves) Patroclus.

Have a great week, my loves. A book review and some more tea reviews are headed your way this week!

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Tea Talk: Decaf Hazelnut Cinnamon Creme from Adagio

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Are you guys ready for my first five-star review?

Because IT’S HERE.

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The tea in that lovely cup above is Adagio’s Decaf Hazelnut Cinnamon Creme. Isn’t that color beautiful? I may have gasped a little.

Anecdote time. There’s a tea house in the next town over that has pretty much an entire menu of tea. The first time I went, I tried a tea called Pralines & Creme. I fell head over heels in love with this tea and every single time I went back, I ordered it again and again.

Until one day when they said, “Oh, I’m sorry, we’re out of that.”

And then the next time I went, it was off the menu completely. My heart broke and I’m not exaggerating when I say that I google ‘pralines & cream tea’ about once every thirty seconds.

This tea? Tastes so similar to that tea that I once fell in love with. The only thing is, this tea is better. First of all, the moment you pour it into your cup, the aroma that hits you is so lovely and wonderful and reminiscent of a low-key café. You get that scent of hazelnut immediately and I can’t begin to express how comforting of a smell that is.

Sometimes, you smell something before you taste it and the taste is kind of a let-down. Not the case here. It’s so full-bodied and rich and you really get every note of every ingredient promised in the title. Speaking of which, I take my tea with nothing. No sugar, no milk, no cream, nothing. And yet, this tea had such a creamy consistency that I may have been hugging my cup the entire time I was drinking it.

Not to put down bagged tea but this loose leaf was so flavorful and inviting that I realized, in my laziness and my reliance on bagged tea, I had forgotten why I loved tea in the first place. This tea reminded me the moment I opened the bag, took in that hazelnut scent, and saw the pop of yellow in the marigold leaves sitting in my tea. Beautiful to look at and heaven to drink, this tea will absolutely become a staple in my home.

Have I waxed poetic enough? Honestly, I can’t recommend this tea enough. Adagio has a really awesome subscription plan where you can choose your favorite teas and they will automatically send them to you. To ensure I never run out of this tea again, I may have to subscribe.

What are we drinking today, my friends? Share it here and don’t forget to:

  1. Check out Adagio, especially their fandom blends. They’re amazing.
    and
  2. Enter my giveaway on Instagram! You’ve got about a month to enter!
Giveaway

Hooray for YA Annual Giveaway!

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It’s here!

So I have the best birthday in the world. October 13th happens to be, according to Parks and Rec, Treat Yo’ Self Day. So on my birthday, I like to treat a follower to a special prize bundle. You will receive:
– A $25 tea voucher courtesy of @adagioteas. A big thank you to them!! (They’re the best, please check them out.)
– A bath bomb of your choice from @lushcosmetics.
– The candle of your choice from @frostbeardmpls.
– The book of your choice below $15 from Book Depository.
– And a one month subscription to @pagehabit – each box goes to helping child literacy!
TO ENTER:
Comment on my Instagram image with how you plan to treat yo’ self on October 13th.
– You must be following me on Instagram.
– A bonus entry if you follow me here on le blog.
– A bonus entry for tagging friends. One bonus entry per tag.

DISCLAIMER:
– Aside from Adagio, I am providing all the materials in this giveaway. Don’t sue me. I’m pretty poor.
– This giveaway is open to people in North America only. Lo siento. Check back, I do another giveaway later that’s open internationally.
– You must be 18 or older.
– You must be willing to share your address with me so I can send you your prize.
– As so much of this is based on what you want, please understand it may take a while as I need to order items first.
That’s it! Best of luck!