There are days when nothing seems to go right, but thankfully they are balanced out with others where just one act can brighten up your entire day. I was a bit under the weather with a summer cold and I’d just drank the last of my favourite teabags from America when I received an email from Adagio Teas UK asking me if I’d like to try some of their specialty teas. Of course, I jumped at the chance.
A lovely parcel arrived shortly afterward with a sample selection of their black teas including some with fruity flavours and even a chocolate one.
My tea drinking habits have changed during the last year or so. I’ve always drunk several cups of tea a day each day, mostly a supermarket own brand, and to be honest I was quite happy with that.
Of course, it was always a pleasure to receive a box set of something a bit special for a gift. I enjoyed trying earl greys, assam and other blends of black tea. I had also discovered a brand that I really loved in the USA so I changed my tea drinking to just two or three cups a day, opting for quality rather than quantity.
I haven’t drunk loose tea since leaving home. Everybody seemed to abandon their teapots and loose tea in the 1980s in favour of the convenience of tea bags just brewed in a mug. But as with many other things in life, trends come full circle and with more and more people trying to adapt to a zero-waste lifestyle, loose tea is back in fashion.
So kitted out with my infuser teapot and my samples of loose black teas I started to try out some new flavours. I rather enjoyed the ceremony of brewing a cup of tea. The waiting made me savour the taste even more.
I particularly enjoyed Golden Monkey and Fujian Baroque which were light and refreshing. I tried a variety of earl greys which were really lovely especially the earl grey moonlight which has orange peels, blue cornflowers, vanilla, bergamot and creme as added ingredients. I haven’t tried it yet but I was very intrigued by the Earl Grey Bella Luna which has coconut infusions and can only be purchased during a full moon! If you’re not sure when that happens you can choose to get notified so that you can place an order.
I have been enjoying my tea black with no milk or sugar for a long time but my husband, who is a recent convert, still finds it can be a little tart sometimes. However, he really enjoyed the flavoured teas especially mango, passionfruit, and raspberry. They are still black teas as opposed to fruit teas but had a strong hint of fruity flavour and aroma.
If you’re in need of a chocolate hit, then try the chocolate chip. It contains black tea, natural chocolate flavour, dark chocolate chips, and cocoa nibs. It tastes and smells absolutely delicious, very much like a hot chocolate without the creamy texture.
These loose teas start from just 9p a cup and sample packs can be purchased if you want to try a new flavour first. The company has an easy to navigate website where you will discover green, herbal, decaf, and much more. There are even two new summer flavours which can be served hot or cold as an iced tea. The teas can be bought loose or as teabags and all manner of gifts, teapots and brewing paraphernalia can be found. We really enjoyed all the teas that we tried and I am loving my infuser teapot.
How do you drink your tea?
Do you have a favourite blend?