With my mom being a southerner, I literally had sweet tea in a baby bottle, practically from day one. Without question, tea is a part of me and my DNA.
As an adult, I've learned to love unsweetened tea, but it's really a matter of preference. Sometimes, just a touch of honey during those allergy or cold season months is all it takes to make me feel better.
Again, because I love tea so much, it can be green, black, herbal, chai - you name it! I will try it!
And that's exactly the opportunity that came my way via Adagio Teas. I was asked to give them a try.
To tea, I can't say no.
I tried. I tried many. And I will try many more, I promise!
For the record, the teas I sampled from Adagio included:
- Ooooh Darjeeling
- Darjeeling Sungma Summer
- Gourmet Iced Tea Starter Set - Classic (3 separate pouches of Ceylon, Peppermint, Rooibos)
- Pu-Erh Spice
- Masala Chai
However, what I like MOST about their offerings, is the idea of a "starter set". The iced tea had my attention from the get-go, being that it's summer and all right now! Classic Ceylon is your typical black tea - yet the two times that I made it, ZERO bitterness. Which is a HUGE plus whenever making a black tea of any kind. If it is brewed too long, usually, there's that "you let the tea steep too long" taste.
None of the teas that I made - hot or iced, ever had an "over-steeped" taste.
At one point, I made a Ooooh Darjelling hot tea and lost track of time... It should have steeped no more than 5 minutes. That cup steeped for at LEAST 15 minutes... and you know what? It was perfect. It didn't have the bitterness that I expected after being so careless.
Granted, Darjeeling, usually is very forgiving... it was simply delicious, in spite of my forgetting about my tea in the kitchen while I did other things.
But that name! Ooooh Darjeeling? Love it. And love the tea.
|Tea should be served in Fine Bone English China|
I'll just have to re-sample all over again - you know, to be fair. One must be FAIR in judging/sampling tea. 😋
If you can't tell already, I actually enjoyed my experience sampling all of the teas. While I'm not a fan of decaffinated teas in general, I can still give ALL the teas that I tried from Adagio a BIG seal of approval.
The ONLY drawback was not being able to go into a physical store. I do enjoy browsing and sampling teas in person. I'm hoping that they will branch out (as there are stores in Chicago area) and find themselves in NYC sometime soon. (Hint! Hint!) BUT! Good news is that, according to their website, there is no NYS tax on your Adagio purchases!
There is also a LoyalTEA program and an abundance of resources on their site. Most definetly, check the health benefits of tea and before long, your shopping cart might look a bit like mine did!
Reviews of the teas and the descriptions are also helpful, but really trying it out for yourself is the best way to go.
Of course, I welcome any comments or questions here or send me a tweet!
I look forward to hearing from you!