Crisp autumn nights call for warmth and comfort and little can better provide them than an autumn bonfire. Behold our bonfire blend: Honeybush hazelnut and cocoa nibs relax and ground you, while a spice blend of aniseed, cinnamon, clove, and orange peel offer cozy comfort and zest. Apples and rose hips add soft sweetness while a touch of Lapsang Souchong black tea and red peppercorn offer hints of smoke and the flickering spark of heat. A perfect cup for fireside enjoyment or downtime dreaming.
Please note that this herbal blend does contain a trace amount of caffeine.
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available until Dec 19th
The CommuniTEA Chat
Hi everyone! Today's tea will be polarizing, for sure. I'm one of the few that like it. :)
I've never been a fan of souchong. I'm trying not to be fatalistic, though 😅
Ditto! I have my Plan B already set aside to take with me this morning.
Hello! I love this one. 🔥 Just the right amount of spices and smoky and perfect for mixing with lots of other teas.
Me too! Sweet, smoky & peppery! :)
I agree; it's a great blend of all the flavors.
Your won't be alone, I am another minority Lapsong lover!🔥
I love this one.
I’m Team Lapsang Souchong 😊 I enjoy smokey flavors, tea included.
Go Team Lapsang!
Lilly, I like it too. Lapsang Souchong is like barbeque in a cup.
I am one of those that love Lapsang and can't wait to try this one. ☕🔥
I removed 50 (!?!?!) anise seeds, and there were still some left in the infuser this morning. OK I HATE the flavor. Hate is a strong word, I know. But that flavor makes me sick to my stomach. Was a good move as for the first time, I totally enjoyed the tea without sweetener. Adding some made it even better.
It made me sick, too. Ugh!
Glad you were able to sift ingredients to make it enjoyable for you!
WOW!!! I’m not friends with anise seed either. In the Magpie blend a few weeks ago I ended up with a small handful of anise picked out, too. If anyone’s wondering where the anise seed went… 😝
I would have LOVED to taste anise in my tea! You must have had mine in your packet! :)
I do love anise. Mine would have been ok if there had been some anise flavor
I LOVE it. But I'm surprised how many hate it. It's one of the first Adagio teas I tried at my tea house. I think it is very unique.
Team Lapsang here too!
Happy evening to the night owl tea crew 🌙
Don’t mind me, just disposing if my junk mail and enjoying a similarly flavored cup of tea 😹
Waffle sums up my feeling for this tea. Not even going to open it this year, since last year it made my house smell like it has a fire! 😂As for waffle got him all washed up he goes in tomorrow to get his one ball clipped. That’s right the poor little guy can’t walk and has only one testicul !
Bless Waffle, give him love from the Communitea! ❤️🫂🤍
Tiffany, Hope all goes well for Waffle tomorrow. You are such a blessing to him.
Gentle hugs for Waffle and family 💙
Poor Waffle! Do they know why he can't walk?
He was born with out a sacrum.
Sending love to Waffle. Such a sweet little fellow.
Hope Waffle does well & recovers quickly!!!
Feel like I did not get much cinnamon from this tea
I am not a fan of this tea and will continue to use up my stash.
Ooh I taste more orange than I did last year!
About my picture, I found a cryptocurrency named "Bonfire" I never knew existed. (Disclaimer: I don't invest in crypto and never make investments without understanding how they work.)
Naming something “Bonfire” kinda makes you wonder……
I almost posted a picture of the "disaster girl" meme.
No sculptures today, however I did just get in my very first batch of enamel pins! My adorable Plague Dragons are now cute pins <3
I had a real hard time getting past the smell. Then the aftertaste stayed forever. It is someone’s cup of tea ( but not mine!)
I’m not looking forward to this. Smoke and I are not friends 🙁
We sampled this together this evening. I think she only took one sip, and that was as she was holding her nose! I reminded her of the house rule she enforced on us kids growing up of always having a small "no thank you helping" of food you didn't like, but that didn't work! Love the figurine, Mom. I don't recall ever seeing it before. xoxo
I enjoy trying and re-trying things I didn’t like the first time! I’m slowly coming around to regular salty pickles, but I never would have discovered sweet pickles (which I love) if I hadn’t kept trying them as I got older!
Karen, At least you gave it a try. I am one of the few who enjoy this tea.
To each his own ! That is the spice of life .
Hi my tea friends my picture today is Violet in the laundry basket, she lay there for hours🐈⬛
Guardian of the clothes 😊
Good morning Linda & Violet.
My Zoe loves the laundry basket, too. Especially if there are warm, clean clothes in it. :)
Lilly Yes she love it when the clothes are warm too!
Hi Linda and Violet. Laundry baskets are a favorite in this house, too. In fact, they are part of the cat-centric decor, lol. Strategically placed and always containing flannel throw blankets.
Michelle I was think of get Violet her own basket and putting a blanket in it for her.
Beware of the warm places in the laundry room. One of my fur babies was tumbled to death in my dryer. I have been paranoid ever since. They do love those warm places
Karen, That is good advice. Mine like to hop in the dryer,especially when it is warm. I won't turn it on until I can find both of them.
That happened to a friend of mine years ago. It was her daughter's new kitten. I never start the dryer until I bend down and do a tactile and visual inspection. Those silly fuzzballs will even go in there with the wet stuff!
Linda, Violet is such a pretty helper 💜
Thank you Shelly, she think she is.
I am a huge fan of bonfire! The smokiness definitely threw me off the first time I tried it though because it somehow made the tea taste meaty to me.
Uh oh, I may skip today’s tea if it reminds you of a meaty flavor 😬
Aw come on Jessy. Give it at least a sip. How can you tell people how terrible it is? Haha actually some people are fooled and really like it. That is half the fun of this club.
I get that! The smoky quality of lapsang reminds me of bacon or bbq .
I'm not changing my review. Tailgating parties and college football is what it reminds me of.
Have a lovely night, everyone! :-)
I enjoyed today's tea.
Sue, me too, and I love today’s art. The toasting marshmallows inspired me today. It’s 4:30 am and I’ve eaten 2 already 😘
Shelly, They look delicious! I have been thinking about having a late night fire under the stars and making a few S'mores.
Sue, I love your dragons!
Thank you Carrie.
Do it, Sue! Fall bonfires are the best 🧡
Shelly waiting for the temperature to get lower than 80.
Your art is amazing!!
I was nervous about this one because I don’t usually like lapsang souchong, but the smokiness was not overpowering. I wouldn’t say I loved it but it certainly was drinkable. 😊
I agree. Bonfire is the only tea I've tried containing Lapsang Souchong that I can actually tolerate.
I am not feeling this one. To me it tastes like leather and spice which is weird.
Only two nays so far? Get those thumbs moving! Haha
I will be dropping a Nay later this morning. I will try it first - lol!
Hi Mama 💜
Goodnight my tea friends have a Great Night and Sweet Dreams 😴😴
I had way too much fun tracking down all the candles in my house to create my picture tonight...
Sweetening it did not help the taste
Drinking some much need throat therapy right now and then off to bed. I’ll try the bonfire tomorrow. I have trouble with the smokey ones, but maybe since I’m congested it won’t smell so bad😬
Jamie, Hope you feel well soon.
Hope you feel better soon. I didn’t even open my packet so far today. I can’t do lapsang at all, not even smell it. It sets off an asthma attack for me on a good day let alone a day like today when my allergies are out of control.
Hope you feel better soon!
I hope you feel better soon! 😘
Hope you feel better right after your congestion makes this tea palatable to you. 😉
Hi Sue, what a great collection of characters around the bonfire, a magical dragon bonfire at that!
Thank you Michelle. I like your painting and beautiful photography.
Thank you, I won't give up my day job...(I may have said that already, but I am old...🧑🦳.) But I am having such fun with the art!🖌️🖍️🖊️🖋️✏️
Very pretty art, Michelle!
Margret, I really like your picture today
Thank you so much!
So inviting and relaxing 😊
That is a really beautiful photo. Comforting just looking at it.
Linda, Violet is so precious in her laundry basket 😊. My cats love to lay in Lucy’s dog bed 😅
Since this has lapsing souchong in it, I do have a shipment coming hopefully tomorrow as it's in Dallas as I type this. Hestia is amongst the Fandom blends I bought for this month (LS, butterscotch, and Fiery Cinnamon spice). I could review it this week.
I usually love bonfire, but the fires were so bad this year I can't bear to smell the smokiness
yeah, Lapsang teas seem to be an acquired taste for sure!
My latest order should be arriving today, fingers crossed. I'm going to be rejoining the CommuniTEA next month!
Happy Random Acts of poetry day! Go ahead and write one! Here is a haiku ;)
It's tea party time/For the Communitea cats/But they won't wear hats/or sit in their spot/or do as they are told to/or pose for pictures
I love October / the month of frights / with colorful fall days and chilly, haunting nights.
Yay! LOVE it!
Phew! We finally figured out the pilot light in our fireplace. Last year we took out the thermocouple and put it back... ever since it's been working again. Looking forward to sipping tea by the fire this season 😄
So funny, we had ours apart last year too. One of the most nerve wracking things I ever did as I was so worried about the gas line.
Hi everyone. I didn't get to finish reviewing yesterday's chat until it was too late to respond. I'm very touched by the outpouring of support and kind words. My husband and I thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for the caring and prayers. We're feeling encouraged. It's a tough path to follow but you all make it a little easier. I didn't get a chance to try yesterday's tea and am looking forward to trying today's. It certainly sounds interesting. Have a wonderful and blessed day! Virtual hugs to everyone. 😘
Praying for you both. I hope you both have a wonderful day today.
Thank you Chasitea!
Michele P., You are cracking me up ,that is a funny photo.
That’s what it tastes like to me, ashes or liquid smoke. 😝
My husband and I were thinking about burning the packet also, but thought it would just melt instead of actually produce a flame.
Age's Spooky Countdown, 26 days till Halloween: my lil dancing cat, the bonfire packet fell inside oops!
Good morning Age, I Love your cute cat, it must be something to see dancing.
Its so cute!!! Sabbath is quite indifferent. 😂🐈⬛
Age, I so wish we had videos 🐈⬛ 🎃
Hi Sherlock. Is the kitty your art? It is beautiful, love the colors. Just read your caption.
Thanks, Sue! I've been working on some kitty drawings lately. I took a break but hope to get more done soon.
Your cat is gorgeous!
Thank you! :D
Good night/morning! I’ve been wanting to get this tea with my points! How is it? I love the colder weather teas!
Good morning Tahlia. If you like smokey tea, this is a light fruity version.
Ooh, sounds nice. I’ll have to snag some at some point. Thanks
Ooh, sounds nice. I’ll have to snag some at some point. Thanks
It’s an acquired taste.
That’s what I’m gathering from the comments…
That’s what I’m gathering from the comments…
I'm not planning on drinking this one at all. I've had it before and really disliked it. Gonna make my girlfriend drink and report back on what she thinks
It seemed we talked about lapsang plenty on the last Tea Talk but something tells me there will be more. 🔥☕️🔥
I'm so excited after my tea going straight past my house and sitting in Wisconsin for almost a week it looks like it's on the move again. Come on fed ex I know you got a map. Lol😂 south head south!!!
We should do a pick-up and exchange of tea delivery! Mine usually gets stuck in Illinois on it's way to Wisconsin. I'll pickup your box when it's in Wisconsin and you can pick up mine in Illinois. LOL
Kay B, excellent photo today! Love it! ❤️🔥
I've been curious about this tea for a while, and am looking forward to trying it - but... it's past my bedtime, so I'll have it in about 6-7 hours or so. I did just order some Slumbering Sloth Restful Night Rooibos, though. 😄
Many of the photos make me want to snuggle by the fire. Off to work instead ☹️ Have a great day!
Today's photo is Jupiter in the paper recycling basket. Why he likes to sleep there is beyond me! He is a smoke Egyptian Mau.
Jupiter is so beautiful in his special nest.
Thank you! He has a comfy bed, but prefers this instead. He's weird!
Must be something in there that he likes.
Nah, he's just weird
My 12 year old loves bonfire tea….it’s a drink it once in a blue moon kinda tea for me.
My son had a sore throat over the weekend. He is not a fan of tea...at all. But I told him throat therapy & speedy recovery tea would help him -- showed him the ingredients. He agreed to try it. Gave him a cup of those two blends mixed sweetened with honey twice a day for two days (and tylenol, of course) -- and no more sore throat. His response was "Keep that stuff around'' .... I think that's full stars from a grumpy teen. :) It did make his throat more comfortable and by Monday he was feeling fine. Don't see him sipping Earl Grey any time soon....but think he's a fan of the medicinal teas now when needed.
From a teen! High praise!
He texted me at work later with a photo of a witch and told me 400 years ago I would have faced charges. ha ha :) Oh well it's October -- it's a fair cop!
Good morning Julie. Who knew, a teen that takes Mom's advice! Nice to hear that he is feeling better. Have a great day.
Proof that sometimes they do listen to mom…😉
Dorothy, It is a Kodak moment! lol
morning tea peeps...have a beautiful day!
Hi Cindi, you too!
You too -- hv a great day!
You too Cindi!🌞
Enjoy your day Cindi! ☀️
Good Morning, Cindi! Have a wonderful day!
This tea isn't as bad as I feared, but it is giving me a stomachache for some reason. Time for Plan B!
Jami S., Love your sculpture, it came out great.
Thank you! It was good art therapy yesterday.
Today's picture is "no I'm not posing" :)
Oh, I have soooooo been there 😂
Good tea, smoky
Jo, Your cat loves keeping up on the CommuniTea Chat, so cute!
Turns out she has good taste! :)
La chatte to chat. 😻
I have been waiting to try this tea for a while! I'm so excited.
Well, did you like it or not. There doesn’t seem to be a middle ground.
Usually my preference lies in a strong flavored tea, and of course, lo-caf. But was afraid to steep this one after considering all the comments here. So...I steeped it. At first taste, it surely was pretty odd. Let it cool a bit, added sweetener, and *ducking for cover * I think I like it! Edit: second steep, even better.
Great to hear Jo! Fixing to make mine here in a few minutes.. Excited!🎃☕🍁
Never be afraid to admit that you like something! For that matter, that you don't. We all understand that each of us has different flavor preferences.
Jo, welcome to team lapsang! We all have our faves and our not so faves *looking at you Cindi of team pooibos*. Some of the teas can be very polarizing and we like or hate them in fun.
Good morning. Definitely a lot going on with this tea. The flavors were a little to strong for me.
There's such a small amount of lapsang souchong that you can taste other flavors, which makes is less polarizing than LS straight. I wanted to find the cocoa nib flavor, but it evades me. I can't distinguish any of the non-smoke flavors, but I know that they're there. Not a bad sip, but not going on my wishlist.
Agree. But I did think the hazelnut was strong enough in my cup to notice.
Happy Wednesday, Tea Peeps! I'm off to work. Everyone have a absolutely wonderful day! FedEx headed this way today -- box o' tea will be waiting for me when I come home!
Julie, Have a great day. That is something to look forward to.
Yay! Tea delivery day!!
Yay! I love tea delivery days 😘
Julia T. Beautiful tea cup.
Good morning, tea friends! I am loving the photos today. Great photos! They remind me of camping out. Lapsang reminds me of camping and BBQ, but I love it! Last time I had any Lapsang was mother's day this year in my CT packet. My picture today is of my tea mail, Wicked Teas. I have them on display on the coffee bar, because they are just so cute. Which one should I try first? Any favorites?
Chasi, Cat scratch. Great to get the day started.
I just got mine yesterday 😁 Thanks Sue for the suggestion, caffeine here I come….
I received mine yesterday too. They all sound delicious!
I haven't had them...but I think the pumpkin and ghost sound really good!...?
I am thinking of buying the collection to try. Let us know what you think of the flavors, please!
Mine are on the way! So excited to see those cute little tins!
Mine too, Jen! I’m excited🎃
Chasi, yay! Mine is on the way. Which one did you try first?
I can't believe how busy I have been today! I am finally home, but only for a short time and then back out again. No time to steep any of these yet!! If it's not too late when I get home I think I will try one is the caffeine free ones. 😊👻
Speaking of photos. Madalin, is that gorgeous red tree in your yard? It is magnificemt
Goood Morning, all! Happy Wednesday! Used my dragon teapot this morning so I would have a (bon)fire breathing dragon. I am enjoying the blend quite a bit today. There is a hint of smoke, but it's not like drinking pure lapsang. Just a nice background flavor that plays well with the rest of the tea.
Good morning Jeff, have been looking forward to trying this one! Have to finish my small cup of tea for my health first LOL 🌞🦋
Good Morning, Julie!
Good morning Jeff! ☀️ I so love your teapot! I’m a lover of all things dragon and that teapot is fantastic!!! 🐉
Good Morning, Julie! And thanks! I don't use it a ton as it doesn't have a filter in it, and it doesn't pour that well, but I do love the look of it.
Good morning Jeff, It is an enjoyable cup.Beautiful teapot too.
Thanks Sue! I hope you have a great day!
That tea pot is something special! Very unique 😊
Thanks Shelly! It is one that I enjoy having in the collection. I think all of these comments are justifying my desire to get more unique ones. Even if my wife thinks I have enough. LOL
Heaven help me if today’s tea just has a hint of smoke.
Well Karen - Compared to straight on Lapsang, this is just a hint. LOL It may still be too smoky for some people though.
Sarah, what a great picture! Cauldron in the flames 🔥
Thanks so much! Love your photo!!
Madalin, beautiful tree!!!
Julie M., Love the Halloween sweater on Gigi ❤️
I know so cute!!!😭😍
Our fire pit bit the dust years ago, but after all these great pics I’m thinking I’ll have to fix that 🔥
Update: this tea is NOT for me. Ick! I thought the honeybush would even out the smoke, but nope.
This sounds like a very interesting tea! looking forward to the tasting!
Happy Birthday to my daughter Conni !!
Sending wishes for a great year ahead in her direction!
Sending Happy Birthday wishes 🎈
Happy Birthday 🎊 to Conni!
Happy Birthday Conni!!
Happy Birthday Conni!
Good morning ☀️ Julia.
Happy Birthday Conni.
Thanks Sue! I will tell her. ;-)
I tried this one in the autumn tea sample and did not care for it. I’ll give it another try today.
Same! It's not that it's bad, but I think smokier teas like lapsang souchong just aren't for my tastebuds
Julie W., I bought my Wicked Teas separately and they had sprinkles in them. Next time I’ll hopefully be smarter and scroll all the way down to see the set sold together 🤪
Customer service messaged me that the big tins don't have the sprinkles, so I'm returning the two tins I got today. But I'm just going to turn around and order more tea, so it comes out ok for everybody. Only time I've had to return something and I have to say Adagio customer service is always top notch!
Campfire photo from our last camping trip of the season this year in late August. Yes I enjoy tea by the campfire. Can't wait for camping season next summer. Yes I have been winter camping and slept in a Quincy but don't have the proper gear for that currently.
Really enjoying today's tea!
Jaime, super creative picture, fantastic!!!
Thank you! It was fun to put together.
Hi pals! I have made a blend of teas called The Cats Cup! Each tin has custom art by me on it, kind of storybook-esque drawings, and each blend is inspired by one of my kitty friends that I have fostered or adopted! 5% of the proceeds will go towards the animal shelter that I work with. Please check it out if you are looking for some new teas!
awww, I love this idea!
Thank you so much Lori! I'm always looking for new ways to help support my kitty community, so when I saw that Adagio had that as an option, I was very excited!!
Thanks for helping the animals ❤
Izzy, these are darling tins! What a great cause and the teas sound yummy.
https://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/group.html?group=21045&fbclid=IwAR1oHyZ82XbLTIHNOQ1hfwlMUt5OxvLISphifYE2ug46KI6c4z6nTywYOEM The Cats Cup tea set!
That collection sounded so tasty. I ordered it. Lovely art!!
Happy Mad Hatter’s day! 🎩 A perfect day for a tea party… of course it’s always tea time! 🫖 Well, well, look at the time…. I’ve got to head off to bed. Goodmornight!
Tea time indeed!
This is one of my favorite teas. I love the smoky smell and flavor. So reminiscent of fall.
This tea is not for me, thought I like the concept. Just not a fan of the lapsang, I think.
Good Morning my tea friends have a Great Day!
Morning, Linda! Hope you have a great day too🌻
Good morning ☀️ Linda and Violet 🐈⬛
Too smoky for my taste, not a fan of lapsang souchong, although I liked the other spices. Happy Humpday Wednesday everyone
I love it. Perfectly balanced.
I love sipping this tea at night, especially when the leaves on the trees start to turn 🍁🍂
Dreary day here. All the cozy fire pics are a pick-me-up 🔥
I got this with points last year. It smells like a bonfire. It tastes like lusciousness in a mug! At first snowfall, I will light a fire and cuddle up with a good book and a big mug of Bonfire (extra strong) with cream and sugar. I am mad crazy about this tea!!
I just... don't like smoky teas. I tried!
Agreed! Lapsang just isn't for me, sadly.
Same here. 😝
I like it a little but it isn't for me. The aftertaste is really nice.
I know I’m late but the Edward Elric oh my 😍 Does anyone know if it is the same as this tea…https://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/blend.html?blend=86601
It has similar ingredients but it’s not all of the same.
Yes, it’s the same tea. One discrepancy was the packet said to brew at 150 which is totally contrary to the black teas used in it. The website said to use 212. I used 3 mins @ 190ºF, ⅜ tsp sugar for my steep to cut down on known bitterness in the black teas used.
I'm curious given all the buzz in the news about Facebook's shutdown. Do we know what caused Adagio to shut down the other day? I'm not saying they're related, but the coincidence makes you wonder. Do we know anything???
The Ghost in the machine 👻 ??? Spooky.
Adagio has blipped occassionaly in the past. That's pretty common for websites in general. Sometimes an update in one line of code can trip things up. Sometimes, it can just be too many people on at once. What was significant about facebook was that it ALSO took down all the affiliated sites and basically temporarily wiped them off the internet. There was an error with the DNS, which relates to the address of the actual physical server and how the website connects. Two outages aren't related, and facebook's is legitimately suspicious (especially given the timing of the whistleblower's testimony). Adagio's was a par for the internet course blip! (try accessing a large scale educational learning management system every day and see how often it fails when every single student needs to access it for virtual learning).
Thanks, Elizabeth. That all makes sense.
Good morning Colleen ☀️ Have a lovely day 😊
Has there been any word on the matcha variety pack being back in stock? I see it says the middle of Nov. Hoping to grab a few for stocking stuffers! (I know, I'm crazy to be already planning Christmas)
Not Crazy at all. I'm notorious for shopping months early in my family. I find I enjoy the holidays more that way.
The idea of running through a packed shop this year is a hard no from me 😜😂
I'm already stressed that I don't have this year planned out yet.
You've got time!
Not my favorite, to be honest all I taste is the red peppercorn. It overpowers everything else in the blend.
Not as lapsangy as I thought! Which is a big plus.
I loved this one, ha ha. First sip was peppercorn taste. After that, smokier. After that, fruitier. My second steep will certainly complement our barbeque leftovers lunch - within the hour!
Since I wasn't a fan of this one when I tried it plain in the past, I'm wondering if I should venture into cream and sweetener territory.... everything's made better by honey, right?
Followed this with with a nice basic cup of Darjeeling Puttabong Summer
Darjeeling is always delicious! It's a household staple.
Uh oh... Has anyone experienced a "shipment exception"? A big, unfriendly red exclamation point about 3/4 of the way along the shipping progress bar. This can't be good!
Everything is moving slower these days. They'll usually update it within 24 hours. I ordered a new coat the other day and it's been delayed two additional days of shipping time. Plus, the USPS is implementing their new plans which potentially add more time for all mail. Good luck!
I have been lucky so far with FedEx Ground...I have a sizeable tea stash so I am not in a hurry. Guess it was bound to catch up to me... Hope it didn't fall off the truck, lol. If it arrives with treadmarks, I will know 😉
My tea was stuck with no tracking updates for 8 days, then magically showed up. I received late in the evening last night, so I'm 5 days behind on this month but at least it's here. Too bad I'm starting with today's nasty smoky blend... I'll have to go brew pumpkin spice to make up for it!
i have a package coming via FedEx that was shipped directly from the vendor which is located 12 miles away from my home; it's been "in transit" for 9 days. Good Grief!!
You could have walked there and been quicker!
Hi Melissa 😊 Hope you’re having a great day!
Today's tea is a "meh" for me. It's alright, but I'm not getting any of the flavors that are suggested. Maybe my tastebuds are broken? This one also has a lot of tea dust at the bottom of my cup. Hopefully there will be a similar one within the next few weeks that I'll like better.
Just from smell alone, I am expecting there to be a lot of flavors. We shall see if I'm right.
Not as smoky as I expected! I love that this box is getting me to try teas I never would have thought to buy!
Ok now that I'm smelling it steeped. It is SMOKY. I'm a bit hesitant
Hey all! We're going to finalize the 2022 CommuniTEA calendar soon. Please drop your blend requests below! I've done my best to include requests I've received so far- but here's your last chance to suggest someone else's blend that you would love to be highlighted! And if there's a good date that helps too (like if it's a Star Wars tea- May the 4th)! (EDIT - popping off for the night. If there's one you still really want to recommend, you can DM me here. Also, sincere apologies if you were not included in the 2022 and wanted to be! There's always next year <3 Things to keep in mind for the future: original artwork, great taste, great reviews! Also, many blends were some sort of black tea blend... and we did try to apply the feedback to switch up the variety of teas per week! So it was hard to include all the black tea blends that were requested :( More delicious oolong, green, white, or pu-erh blends would be amazing to see next year!)
Hey Bridgette, I noticed when I submitted a couple of my blends that the dates were all 2021 dates. I'm assuming you will interpret those as 2022 dates on your end??
Hello Victoria! I do not believe that 2021 submissions show up on my 2022 calendar builder.
Same thing here. I just thought the date hadn't been updated. I submitted Ninja Marie Fantastic Kitty and Kamikaze.
Same thing happened with my submission. I thought it had missed an update also.
I can't get a screenshot, because I've already submitted the couple of blends that were eligible, but these were recent submissions (within the last couple of weeks). The little dropdown for picking a date listed every date in the year, but with -21 on the end instead of -22. I was just wondering if it was a glitch on my end!
Took a look at your blends. I definitely included one in 2022! We try our best to include one tea per blender (that requested to be a part of the calendar), so you're all set :)
What is this dropdown you are talking about? Is there a place to submit blends besides here in the chat?
Hi Sarah! We had a drop-down menu so blenders could request to have their blends considered for 2022 communiTEA. The chance to be included will come around again next year for 2023!
happy Wednesday, peeps! I'll be doing math homework today, bleck. what are y'all's plans for the afternoon?
Spending the day cleaning. Laundry, bathroom, dishes, etc. My son is home sick today and he’s a lot to keep up with on any day. 😜
Definitely not a fan of today's tea. feel like i stuck my face in a smouldering campfire. blech!
Well, first I'm eating blackened salmon, garlic mash, and steamed broccoli. Then I'll be washing dishes. Then I'll be sorting things in the art room.
I just can't do the smokey blends! This went down the drain for me
Hey - just had steep #2 with barbeque lunch; PERFECT!
Update on waffle! Just spoke to the doctor. We have decided to wait another two months to have him fixed 1) to basically see how his health does as there is a potential for him to decline and he maybe not be with us in a few months. But if he stays steady or gets better then we will go in and do it. Because the one testicul has not dropped it would be a more invasive surgery. So waiting will ensure he is up for the surgery.
On the up side the doctor said he is a very happy kitty and he can tell I take good care of him. And that waffle does not know he can’t do things and does not care. :)
since waffle is happy and knows he's loved, i would say it's a cat parent success! <3 :D i kind of understand having to wait to neuter; my bff and my boss both have great danes, and you have to wait until big breeds are done growing to get them sterilized because they need those hormones to help them grow properly. very different from waffle's situation, though.
but sometimes it really is the best decision to wait. much love for all y'all <3
Sending love to Waffle….he’s so sweet ❤️
Waffle is so loved! His sweet face and all of your updates make us smile. We are all behind him ❤️😘
Awww lots of love for Waffle and hoping his health improves! Please keep posting the pics 🙂, he is so cute.
Tiffany, Thank you for keeping us updated on Waffle's progress. Sounds like you have a very good vet who also has common sense. We all know Waffle gets the best care, he is so blessed to be living with you. It is nice to know that Waffle does not know he can't do things and that it does not matter to him. That must be a relief for you as well.
Can't say I'm a big fan. As the first disappointment of the month, it was just very underwhelming.
I don't really like this tea. Its like drinking liquid smoke
I don't mind the flavor, but hate the smell. Pouring it out b/c I just can't get past the smoke smell.
Is anyone interested in a snail mail tea pals exchange? I will have between October 15th and January 9th off from school. If you are curious or intrigued, message me here: firstname.lastname@example.org I love sending birthday and Christmas cards, too!!
what a neat idea I love it!!
Why is there a sad face and angry face?
That is a very cool idea Rachel !
Why is there a sad face and angry face here, too?
Rachel - I don't see an Sad and Angry face. Just a +1 under Karen's post and 3 heart faces under yours. If you click the like button, all of the Emoji's that you can use will show up under the post and you can click one of them to use. Maybe you are seeing all of yours and not the ones people have put on the post?
Is anybody else unable to select the 5 oz tin option for fandom blends or is it just me? It says that the option is unavailable..
looks like they may be out of the sample tins. that happened last year.
I actually really like this tea, and I usually can not stand smoky teas. For me, the smokiness is more subdued and even has a nutty flavor. I like it!
Yesterday's tea was ok, not a whole lot of cinnamon.
I earned new tea emojis!! *bandaid-face and *crying-laughing! So exciting!!
Do you know how many consecutive days?
Laughing should be 7
crying-&-laughing is 7 consecutive days, the wink is 30 consecutive days 🙂
Oh I just noticed I got that one too!
Congrats Beth and Shannon! It's so fun when you get a new one. How do you get the bandaid face?
I just got the rolling eyes one. I think that's at 5K accolades or something. I know every 1,000 you get a new one.
Afternoon, lovely tea peeps! Just got home from work it's good to be back in-person) and catching up on posts. Great pics today, so many cool campfire ones! Jeff, your teapot is the bomb. :D
Thanks Cindi! I love trying to pair the teapots or cups with the teas. Doesn't always work, but sometimes they align. I hope you've had a great day!
I don't normally like Lapsang Souchong but I love this blend! I live in the city now and this makes me long for backwoods bonfires.
Oh crap , my tea is in WV. It usually sits there awhile. The last few orders were quicker and skipped that state all together . I am impatient to get my Halloween teas!
Mine too! Martinsburg, WV. Perhaps our packages are taking a stopover together !
Tea party for three! That’s where mine’s hanging out too!
At least they have each other!
I'm always interested when a blend uses Lapsang Souchong. This is a good use of it!
Just got home and am currently steeping the tea. I loved the smell in the packet but less so once the hot water hit it LOL. We'll see how I feel about the taste!
So I made an oops last night. I was SO tired. And I made tea, but went upstairs while I steeped…and fell asleep. I was steeping in the ingenuitea that came in my mystery box. The original doesn’t seem to be as well sealed as the 2 (which I have at school) because I woke up to tea ALL over the counter! 😮. Only a little still in the steeper! So. Maybe make sure to set it in a deep saucer 🤪
I had that happen once with my IngenuiTEA 1 and I had to re-seat the filter in the bottom. Pulled it out, cleaned it up again, and reseated it. It fixed the issue.
Ha. I had that happen really dramatically with the 2 as well. This one was at least a slow seep. But the seal as REALLY not set that time and I started pouring boiling water into it and it just poured out the bottom. ABORT ABORT ABORT!!! You’re right, that was an easy fix. I’ll mess with the seal on this one tonight to see if that helps!
One of the better LS blends that I have tried. This one didn’t go down the drain like the others. The Smokey flavor decreased as it cooled. Could use a bit more hazelnut though. I got Smokey, orange, and apple flavors. Burnt baked apple🍎🔥😝
The smoky flavor overpowered everything else for me, I'm not really fan. I've never had lapsang souchong tea before though, so I'm glad I got to try it!
Yay! My order has shipped!
I was so worried about this one, but I actually am really enjoying it! It only comes across as a hint of smokiness to me, nowhere near as bad as I feared. I used to hate smoky teas, but then I made a fandom blend that featured lapsang souchong for a character that I adore and basically willed myself to enjoy it. Adding a splash of milk really helps tone down the smokiness!
Today's tea was good as a latte.
i ordered the pride and prejudice, mao dao zu shi, and critical role teas for my older sister. i'm confident that it'll take some stress out of her busy college life :D
I had a super bad experience with a smokey tea a few months ago and I just can't enjoy it anymore :/
That was traumatic, wasn't it? I had to force myself to try today's tea.
Julie, I love the idea you wrote of in your review of adding some black tea to this blend. I'm definitely going to try that. Sounds wonderful.
In the words of Randy Jackson of American Idol fame, "Yeah, it's going to be a no from me, dog."
Lol! Same here!
I thought this was OK, but my wife didn't really like it. We tried sweetening it, but I don't think that made a big difference to either of us.
Smoky tea is not my cup of tea. I won't be finishing this
I tried to make this tea go to three cups this morning but didn’t have any lapsang souchong in the tea cupboard. So I added English Breakfast. Not the best idea I’ve had this month.
Glad I checked in *before* making the tea - I had today’s and tomorrow’s packets switched!
My son and I shared this one. Lapsangs are always so interesting!
My shipment is in. Just reviewed Hestia. That is the first time I've enjoyed a Fandom blend with lapsang in it. I remember Jim saying last Spring he found some kind of lapsang butterscotch tea, but I don't think it's this one.
Good memory! It was Meowrlin by Jentina Grey … I have a jar on the shelf still. https://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/blend.html?blend=160304
Boy, this one is complex! I'm tasting lots of cinnamon and just enough Lapsang Souchong to taste smoky on the outbreath and lots of fruit. Very interesting but probably not something I would ever buy. But I'm glad I got to taste it. My super taster mom could not get past the smokiness.
This one was just too smoky tasting for me. I love the S'mores blend so thought I might like it, but no luck.
The handle popped off the infuser basket for my CommuniTea mug.....I was brokenhearted for a moment, but hubby says he can fix it. So, he's repairing it. I wonder if you can order replacement infusers for the ceramic double wall cups? I should have an extra around just in case the repair doesn't hold for long if possible....
i think that's what this is: https://www.adagio.com/teaware/folding_infuser.html
I wonder if how smoky the tea seemed is because of people's individual tastes or exactly what got into their sample packet. To me, the smokiness was there but as more of an accent. I generally like lapsang souchong, (in moderation at least), and this didn't seem anywhere as strong as that can be by itself. Maybe others are just more sensitive to the flavor than I am? *shrug*
The tea is very good with both honey and some sugar. (though I am someone who likes sweet tea)
Liked it sweet too! A honey add really boosted the flavor I thought.
I was inspired to make my own version of Bonfire after trying Adagio's version today: https://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/blend.html?blend=192348
Looks tasty, Sarah, with chai in the blend!
How do you make your own blends?
After a long and busy workday, now sitting by an open window with Zen and watching what’s left to see of Venus-set through the clouds.
I have a cloudless sky. Jupiter is the other bright star with Saturn to its right.
Wow! Surprised myself and liked this tea today. About the fourth time I've had lapsang with CT and am just starting to acquire a taste for it.
seriously not a fan of the smoke.
I’m looking forward to this one, I’ve always wanted to try it but had never gotten around to it.
I tried a little bonfire, then switched to watermelon. A much easier drink. :-)
Meh, I switched to butterscotch
I be a teacher from 9-6 and am tired by the time i get home so i think im going to upload rando pictures cause i can't do the cute astethic ish all the time. BIG SAD.
Im a teacher too so I feel you! My pictures are for me! As they are my meditation time. I get great joy out of doing them but some days are just too much!
Same here. I teach all day, but I love quickly scrolling and voting on everyone's pictures throughout the day. When I get home I take about 5-10 min to steep and take a photo. I agree with Tiffany I find it unwinding and so much fun, but even then there are some days it is a lot.
I’ve never tried the lapsing. From all the comments, I’m not sure how much I’m missing…
Not bad! Weird, but not bad!
The smell of this tea reminds me of Christmas.
I'm quite surprised that I liked this tea because I'm not a fan of herbals. Though Lapsang Souchong is pretty much my favourite tea of all time. I drank it without sweeteners or milk.
I really love the unique smokiness of this one! I'll have to try more lapsang
This one is good, but pure lapsang is much, much stronger. It's still good though if you like smoky things.
Ah! Quick comment before I lose my streak lol. It's been a busy week, in part because there's a broken pipe in our driveway. I haven't had water in my bathroom all week and tomorrow the plumber is coming to tear up our driveway to fix it. Might need somethings stronger than tea lol.
So.. you are saying that your Irish Breakfast tea tomorrow morning may have a bit more "Irish" in it than normal? LOL
Just gave the Bonfire tea it's fair shot. Still don't like it. It's got a medicinal flavor to it that reminds me of a throat numbing spray I used once. I know it's the Lapsang that has the flavor, as it's in another tea I have(and also don't like that much). It's a shame, cuz I actually like smokey teas, but there's just something about Lapsang Souchong specifically that doesn't vibe with me.
Waiting to see if my girlfriend has anything to say about it before I dump it down the sink. She didn't like the smell of the tea when it was in the bag, but it smells very different when brewed so we'll see.
Meanwhile, I'm settling in with a pot of Monster Mash since my Wicked Teas set came in today
My girlfriend's opinion: It's better than it smells.
She seems to have deemed it drinkable, which I cannot relate to. Glad it's not a total waste over here, though.
I brewed a second steep of this after bringing my leaves home from work and the anise is now suddenly the strongest flavor in the brew! Interesting!
I don’t know why I like this so much, but I just think it’s awesome for mixing with everything. Clearly I’ve gone autumn-crazy 🤪
I'll never finish reading the thread before the day changes, but I just wanted to say they're were so many cool, creative bonfires today! Great photos!!.