Bookish Product Reviews: Stormteas from Adagio Teas

Book Product Reviews

I’ve been looking to start this portion of my blog and finally have the chance to do so with some of my more recent bookish purchases. The first review I have is for the fandom tea blend Stormteas from Adagio Teas based off of Cora Carmack’s newest novel, Roar. I actually created these blends myself and it was a fun process to figure out what flavors I thought would match the different storms mentioned in the books, as well as the artwork for the tins. Some of the storms are pretty destructive, but I didn’t want the teas to taste horrible. In all, it’s a pretty solid set blend. It is $24 for the set of 6 ($4/ea) or you can purchase single samplers of each for $5.
Purchase the teas here.

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Teas: White Tangerine, Rooibos Lemon Cloud, Snowbud, accented w/ Safflower.
Steep Instructions: 190* for 4 minutes
Caffeine Level: Low
My Rating: Even though this tea has low caffeine, the citrus really energizes you. There’s a bit of a fizzy feeling from the taste, but it’s not carbonated – it’s a very light tea. I like that it has a yellowish color to it for lightning.

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Twister Affinity

Teas: Chocolate Chai, Vanilla Green, Cinnamon, accented w/ Cocoa Nibs.
Steep Instructions: 205* for 3 minutes
Caffeine Level: High
My Rating: Fun thing about this tea is that it started steeping in a greenish color then turned into this darker brown. Smells chocolatey and earthy. This one I didn’t want to make super harsh, but it’s definitely got a spicy kick to it due to the cinnamon and chai.

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Teas: Earl Grey Bravo, Ginger, Peach, accented w/ Cornflowers
Steep Instructions: 212* for 3 minutes
Caffeine Level: High
My Rating: the aroma of this one is quite strong in the leaves, yet mellows once steeped. I suggest adding honey to this one to really bring out the peach and ginger or the earl grey will overpower. Reminds me of summer thunderstorms in the south.

 

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Teas: Gunpowder, Spiced Apple Chai, Blood Orange, accented w/ hibiscus
Steep Instructions: 205* for 4 minutes
Caffeine Level: Moderate
My Rating: I’m so glad the red came out in this tea (thank you hibiscus flowers). Firestorm is spicy, but the apple/orange flavors blend to create this cozy/warm taste…much like a fireside.

 

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Teas: Candy Cane, Vanilla, Cream, accented w/ Candy Canes
Steep Instructions: 212* for 3 minutes
Caffeine Level: High
My Rating: I’m only rating this as okay since I’m just not a personal fan of minty teas. I did enjoy it paired with a chocolate biscotti with some cream and honey. From the tin, the peppermint is rather strong, but when steeped it definitely is more subdued. I’d probably drink this tea if I was feeling under the weather since peppermint is good for upset stomachs 🙂

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Teas: Snowbud, Decaf Earl Grey, Cream, accented w/ Lavender
Steep Instructions: 205* for 3 minutes
Caffeine Level: Moderate
My Rating: This blend definitely lives up to the way fog works in Roar – tastes mellow and calming, yet there’s a fuzzy/hazy feeling it gives. Pretty solid brew and even with the caffeine count in it, it would be a decent night drink.

If you end up purchasing these teas for yourself or as a gift, please come back to let me know what you think about them and be sure to give them a review on Adagio. If you would like a $5 off your first purchase on the site, drop a comment too so I can send you a gift certificate.
Happy Steeping!

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Top 10 Tuesday: Authors I’d Love to Meet

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Writing prompts (posted in advance) for “10 Books That …” and other bookish prompts in a list.

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is about authors you’d like to meet or possibly get their autograph. I’ve got a little bit of a list of people that I think it’d be super neat to meet and will actually be meeting a couple of them in the near future! This list is in order of who I read the longest time ago and have kinda always wanted to meet and forward onto more recent authors I’ve found and would love to meet.

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J.K. Rowling – I cannot think of anyone I’d like to meet more than her. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to meet her since I read the Harry Potter series. She literally shaped my childhood.

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Stephanie Meyers – a lot of people gripe about the Twilight series and I’ve got my own thoughts on it as well, but this was the second series I picked up to take me out of my Harry Potter slump. I’ll always be #TeamJacob.

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Neil Gaiman – Talk about such detailed storytelling. Gaiman was introduced to me in High School by my friends.

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Orson Scott Card – Now this one I blame on my husband. He’s the BIGGEST OSC fanboy out there, which in turn got me to start reading his novels. I’m still working my way through the worlds of the Enders Saga, but I will say that his Pathfinder series is pretty neat.

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Ernest Cline – I’m HUGE on nostalgia and there’s something about the books that he has put out just keep me coming back and re-reading them, or well listening on repeat on audio book. I just want to geek out with him.

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Rainbow Rowell – I’ve read a few of her books and there’s something really authentic about all of them that I really would love to meet her in person to see where these stories come from. I may be seeing her at BookCon in NYC this summer.

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Jen Sincero – if you haven’t read You Are A Badass, get to your nearest bookstore and pick it up ASAP. Her humor and wit is awesome – plus the book really put things into perspective for me and I would love to thank her for that.

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Sarah J. Maas – I’ve had friends begging me to read the Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series for FOREVER and I just recently was able to start digging in. This woman knows how to write up some book boyfriends and I just need to hug her for giving me all the feels. I will actually be meeting her this May while she is on the book tour for the third installment of the ACOTAR series.

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Cora Carmack – I’ve mainly had online interactions with Cora since I am a part of her Roar street team, but she is the NICEST person ever and I totally want to meet her in person to thank her for the opportunity. I’m totally stoked to start reading her other series (I think I’ll delve into the Rusk University series first) and I maaaayyyy be seeing her at BookCon in NYC this summer and again in 2018 when I hopefully go to Apollycon.

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Stephanie Garber – HAVE YOU READ CARAVAL?!?! I read her awesome authors note from my Owlcrate in February and we have a lot of things in common, so I’d love to meet her. I may see her at BookCon in NYC this summer.

I honestly have a TON of authors I’d love to meet and it seems that a lot of them are also on the lineup for BookCon this summer – that’s pretty exciting to me! Do we share any authors that you’d like to meet? Have you met any authors that were really cool?

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