Hey guys! I have another non-bookish but nevertheless fun post for you today. A couple of weeks ago, a mysterious (and pretty mahoosive) parcel landed on my desk, filled to the brim with delicious tea from Adagio Teas. Knowing how much I love tea, Adagio generously sent me a selection of their loose leaf tea to try, as well as two of their teaware products.
I’ve been meaning to post my thoughts for a while now, as I know some of you were dying to know what they were like, so apologies for the delay! If you enjoy a nice cuppa now and then, today’s post is for you – I hope you enjoy it.
I got four different kinds of tea to try and, honestly, I had no idea where to begin. (By the way, the four packages are: jasmine silver needle white tea, peach white tea, a pina colada infusion, and “cocomint green”). I absolutely love white tea but I’m also very picky when it comes to buying it. I used to have a favourite blend – which was cherry flavoured, I believe – but unfortunately it disappeared a couple of years ago, and I haven’t been able to find a replacement since then. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw these two bags!
Having tried both of them, all I can say is that they’re brilliant. For me, White Peach was the overall winner, but Jasmine Silver Needle is a close second. One of my biggest issues with flavoured white tea, in general, is that sometimes these flavourings can be too overpowering and taste quite artificial – luckily, this wasn’t the case here. White Peach has a very lovely peachy scent, but once steeped, it’s actually quite light and the peach isn’t as strong as I expected. I found the Jasmine one very similar in this respect, although here, I would’ve preferred a slightly stronger jasmine flavour. Having said that, both of them are delicious and are flavours I would buy for myself.
Pina Colada is another one I was really excited about, as anyone who knows me knows that I love infusions. Probably more than white tea, to be honest. I lost count of how many different blends I have at the moment, but it’s… well, let’s just say I have a few. Pina Colada is a nice and refreshing tea, perfect for the summer – and it really does taste like pina colada! It’s one of those drinks I can imagine drinking in the garden on a lovely summer day, with a good book in my hand. It was a little bit sour for me (it’s quite fruity, with apple, pinapple and hibiscus as its main ingredients) so I’ll have to drink this in moderation, but I do like it. It has a slightly coconutty aftertaste too, which is especially nice!
As for Cocomint Green… I’ll whisper a secret to you guys – I just don’t like mint tea. At all. I don’t like mint chocolate, or ice cream… or anything to do with mint, really. I did try mint tea once before and I swore never to do it again – so this one is with my mum who, unlike me, loves mint tea. So I have to trust her judgment when she says it’s nice!
Along with the four tea samples came two teaware products – Adagio’s activiTEA portable infuser, and the ingenuiTEA teapot. As someone who drinks an insane amount of tea, I always like to have a nice brew with me during the day, even if I’m out and about. For the past 6 years or so, I’ve used various different plastic tumblers, none of which lasted more than 1 or 2 years.
Although this one is a bit smaller than I’m used to (my plastic Starbucks tumbler is 16 oz, while activiTEA is only around 10), it’s made of glass so it should hopefully be more durable. It comes with a strap to make it easier for you to carry and – the best part – there’s a built-in infuser as well.
All you have to do is put the leaves in, add hot water, put the lid back on, and turn it upside down to brew. Once done, you just remove the lid, get rid of the tea and you’re good to go. I love the concept and it looks really stylish, but you do need to be careful.
On my first attempt, I didn’t manage to put the lid on properly (I think it was loose at one end), and once upside down, it started leaking. Let me tell you, it wasn’t funny. I’m starting to get the hang of it now, though, and really enjoy using it. It’d be great if it was slightly bigger – as I said, I’m used to 16 oz tumblers – but it’s a great idea, and a great product nevertheless.
I had slightly less success with the ingenuiTEA teapot, which is larger in capacity, but seems less durable and less practical for me.
Unlike the portable tumbler, this one has the infuser at the bottom – but the concept is the same. You add the tea leaves, pour in hot water, and let it steep. Once done, all you have to do is place the whole thing on top of a regular sized mug, which will cause a valve at the bottom to release and your tea to pour out. (How on earth have I not seen anything like this before?)
One of the reasons why I preferred the tumbler is that this one is a bit trickier to clean and I’ve yet to figure out how to take the infuser out. It’s also hard to determine exactly how much water to use, and if it’s full, you end up with about 1.5 mug of tea – more than one, but not enough for two. Apart from that, though, it’s a great idea and once I figure out how much water I need, I’m pretty sure I’ll be using it on a regular basis.
Have you guys tried any of Adagio’s teas yet? What did you think?