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June 25, 2015 Comments Views: 1022 Food & Drinks

Tea Review: The Goblin Queen

Official Description on Adagio:

The Goblin Queen

The world fell down and you fell with it

Created by: Kayla Walker

Ingredients & Lore:
Blended with black tea, oolong tea, lavender flowers, natural vanilla flavor, orange peels, natural peach flavor, blue cornflowers, natural bergamot flavor, natural creme flavor, marigold flowers, apricots, apple pieces

Teas: peach, earl grey lavender, vanilla oolong

Steep at 212° for 3 minutes

This tea contains a high level of caffeine.
Sarah, Jareth and the Labyrinth belong to Jim Henson, Artwork by Rebecca Morse

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My Review

The scent of this tea bursts from the bag, the bite of earl grey, bergamot, and orange balanced out by creamy peach, lavender, apple, and apricot tones; a freshly invigorating and fruity aroma.

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I took this cup black, steeped at the recommended 212 degrees Fahrenheit, but for about four minutes. I cannot say if that one minute makes much of a difference; perhaps I should compare sometime? The resultant color of four minutes’ worth of steeping was a smoky brown, and the aroma remarkably reduced. A rich, creamy note I often associate with the addition of blue cornflowers rises to the fore.

The first sips are warm and somewhat heavy in the mouth, most likely thanks to the earl grey component, but do not linger on the tongue. The orange peels really come into play here, leaving a fresh, pleasant aftertaste.  Earl grey, which I will often add milk and honey to, pairs very well with the vanilla and cream elements of this blend.

Pro tip: teas with cream blends are almost always enhanced by the addition of milk. I did not try it for this review, but I may update later once I have – let me know if blend follow-ups are something people would be interested in!

A pot of this blend will be sure to comfort on any dreary afternoon. I gave this tea 5 out of 5 stars. You can purchase it here.

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