What a wonderful couple of days in my yard. Robins crowding my birdbaths, grooming themselves for the rest of their long journey north, and today, goldfinches at my feeders. They’ll hang out for several weeks, unlike the robins, and by the time they head north to nest, the males will be almost completely molted into their bright yellow and black plumage. They are happy, chirpy little guys, and so much fun to watch. I had to grab a cup of Adagio’s Earl Grey Bravo, my favorite Earl Grey tea, and sit on the porch for a while, just to enjoy their antics. Which made me remember that I had planned to post about the custom tea blends (with labels) you can put together on Adagio’s website.
Jenny Melzer introduced me to this website in an earlier post here, and I’ve been totally hooked. Not only do they have some delicious teas of their own, but you can blend custom mixes yourself, which is just so much fun! I’ve created blends for five of my characters, so far, and they have been a big hit at signings and Meet the Author events. You can buy your blends in various sized packaging, but for give-aways and the like, I recommend the sample tins. I order them 20 at a time, which drops the price from $4 a tin to $2. It might be even less for larger orders.
I’ve used my title line from my book covers and named the teas for characters from that particular book. Sarah is my heroine in Wake-Robin Ridge, and her favorite Earl Grey tea is softened with lavender and cream. Willow is a character from Swamp Ghosts, and her favorite tea is raspberry mint. Dreaming up flavors that fit your characters is fun, though I did have a head start, since both Sarah & Willow drink tea in their books.
In addition to creating teas to order yourself, you have the option to make your blends public, and promote them. You can earn points towards other purchases if folks buy your teas. You also earn points each time you place an order, or post about your Adagio teas on Facebook, etc.
All in all, this has been a lot of fun, and frankly, every tea I have created so far has been delicious. To check out Adagio Teas, go here. To check out my custom blends, go here. (My labels look great in real life, even though the apostrophes are messed up in the online graphics. I can highly recommend Adagio’s Earl Grey Bravo, Earl Grey with Lavender, Decaf Peach, and Decaf Mango. And all five of my blends: Christmas on Wake-Robin Ridge, Sarah’s Favorite Earl Grey, Willow’s Raspberry Cooler, Maggie’s Tropical Green, and Gunn’s Assam Blend. Plus Jennifer Melzer’s Sound the Siren is to die for!
You tea drinkers will enjoy looking around there. And those of you who don’t drink tea yourselves, might have fun creating a few custom blends for giveaways.