Review of Adagio’s Children of Lir Tea

Children of Lir.  This one comes in a delightful little tin illustrating the cursing of Lir’s children to be turned into swans.  I found it really hard to get the tea OUT of the tin without making a mess (it is packed full to the brim).  I love the smell of this tea.  The hazelnut and chestnut notes are really strong when you open the tin.  They’re far subtler notes when actually steeped (which I did for 5 minutes because it’s a black tea and that’s what I do with black teas).  With a couple of spoonfuls of turbinado sugar and some half and half, this is a truly lovely afternoon cuppa.

From Adagio:

The Children of Lir is an Irish legend that starts with Bodb Derg being eleceted as king. Wanting to appease his rival, Lir, Bodb gave one of his daughters, Aoibh, to Lir to marry. They were very happy together and she bore Lir four children – one daughter and three sons. Sadly, Aoibh died. Wanting to keep Lir happy, Bodb sent another of his daughters, Aoife, to Lir to marry. Aoife was jealous of Lir’s affection for his children and plotted to get rid of them. One day while Aoife was traveling with the children, she decided to solve her problems by using her magical powers to turn the children into swans. The children were cursed to spend 900 years as swans before finally being turned back into humans and perishing of old age soon after. Suggested brewing instructions: 212 degrees for 3 mins.

Ingredients

Blended With Black Tea, Assam Melody Tea, Ceylon Sonata Tea, Natural Hazelnut Flavor, Natural Chestnut Flavor
Accented With Cornflowers, Marigold Flowers And Ginger

Teas: Irish BreakfastChestnutHazelnut

Review of Adagio’s Thai Chai Tea

I am a lucky duck!  Being that I’m a big fan of tea, the fabulous folks at Adagio gave me a chance to review some of their teas.  Of course I said HELL YES!  Teenager and I pored over their catalog and picked out samples of about ten different teas and have been slowly working our way through them around vacation and all the crazy of summer (how is she busier now than she was during school???).
We started with Thai Chai, which is just fun to say.  Had as a post dinner beverage following massaman curry from Paleo Takeout (which has a similar spice palette).  From Adagio:
Creamy sweet coconut and playfully floral lemongrass highlight this succulent black tea chai blend. Let the aroma draw you in and you’ll swear, you hear it beckoning to come closer, just take a sip. We suggest two heaping teaspoons per 8 oz cup, sugar, cream or coconut milk if desired.
This tea contains a high level of caffeine | Steep at 212° for 5 minutes.
I have never been a big fan of chai.  This one ended up being a random sample that got thrown in and as we dig this spice palette in curry, we thought we’d give it a try.  I added a couple of spoonfuls of turbinado sugar and half and half.  The verdict: I think I should’ve used more tea (I didn’t manage to use the two heaping spoonfuls), so overall it was a little bit weak for my taste, but the overall flavor was quite pleasant.  The lemongrass was a really lovely note.  Definitely worth trying again.

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 12

Celebrate Christmas with 12 fabulous Christmas romances and a grand prize giveaway!

Today, we’re celebrating, well, me and Dance Me A Dream in the Romancing The Holidays Boxed Set!

As guardian to her two younger half siblings, Tara Honeycutt has forgotten what it’s like to be a normal twenty-something. When a major gas line breaks, leaving them with no heat, no hot water, and no way to cook for Christmas, Jace Applewhite invites Tara and her sibs out to his family’s Christmas tree farm. Will a good old fashioned farmhouse Christmas be enough to get Tara to give him a second glance.

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 11

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Today, we’re celebrating Alannah Lynne and Christmas Heat Wave!

All Samantha Mazze wants for Christmas is to create the perfect Christmas Eve celebration for her friends and family. The house is decorated, the meal has been prepared, the guests are arriving… and then all hell breaks loose.

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 10

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Today, we’re celebrating Amy Lamont and Heating Up The Holidays!

The ultimate collection of sexy Christmas romances!
Let seven of today’s hottest contemporary romance authors help keep you warm this holiday season. Each story is a standalone and contains a heartwarming Christmas romance with enough heat to get you through even the coldest winter night!

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 9

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Today, we’re celebrating Jamie Farrell and Merried!

Merry’s the daughter of a jewel thief. Max’s family guards the infamous Mrs. Claus diamond ring. And a Christmas wedding will give these unlikely reunited lovers a second chance at love!

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 8

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Today, we’re celebrating Jennie Marts and A Cowboy for Christmas!

Holiday magic happens in this heartwarming Christmas romance that combines a wounded widow, a hunky cowboy, and Santa going incognito as a coffeehouse barista! A Cowboy For Christmas is a perfect story to curl up with.

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 7

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Today, we’re celebrating Kimberly Kincaid and The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap!

Two sexy chefs competing for one grand prize…and things heat up in more than just the kitchen! Plus recipes to keep you coming back for more!

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 6

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Today, we’re celebrating Tracey Alvarez and Christmas With You!

The Kiwi barbecue isn’t the only thing sizzling this summer…
Carly Gatlin doesn’t want to spend another holiday alone so she’s come to New Zealand to be with her step-family. Kip Sullivan’s big, boisterous family have also arrived en-masse—please shoot him before the match-making gets out of hand. Kip wants to make Carly’s first Kiwi Christmas special, but will he gain more than mistletoe kisses from the woman who threatens to claim his heart?

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 5

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Today, we’re celebrating Liz Kelly and Kissing Cooper!

She was the one that got away. This Christmas Cooper’s determined to get her back.

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