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Friday, December 18, 2009

Review: Adagio’s Candy Cane Black Tea

The Subject: Candy Cane Black Tea from Adagio Teas.


Water temperature: 212° F
Steeping time: 5 minutes

Tea type: Black
Scents, flavorings, etc.: Peppermint, some vanilla
Aroma, dry: Black tea, peppermint, vanilla
Aroma in the cup, plain: Black tea, peppermint, vanilla
Taste, plain: Black tea, peppermint, vanilla
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: Black tea, peppermint, vanilla
Taste, enhanced: Black tea, peppermint, vanilla

2nd Infusion: Overly strong peppermint

Chilled: Not recommended

What one food item is more associated with the Christmas season than peppermint candy canes? And what could be a better holiday combo for tea drinkers than candy cane flavored black tea (with real chunks of candy cane)? Unless you’re allergic to peppermint, that is, as I am. Hubby to the rescue. For this review, hubby is taking over.

Hubby speaking. I’m happy to fill in as tea reviewer. (Actually, the Little Yellow Teapot has engaged in coercion tactics – he threatened to steep a really bitter pot of tea next time!)

Dry, this tea has a strong peppermint aroma that still allows the scent of black tea to come through. There is also a sort of vanilla cake frosting fragrance. These aromas are all present in the steeped tea plain. The peppermint smell is milder, though, with a stronger tea fragrance. The first sip is initially tea flavored, with the minty flavor filling the mouth afterwards, making this a great after-dinner tea.

You could drink this tea straight, especially if you are a real peppermint fan, but adding a little sweetener gives the tea a more “candy” quality, especially in the aftertaste. I would sum it up as akin to eating a candy cane with tea in it.

With some milk added, the tea takes on a pudding quality – Butterscotch, to be exact. I also tried a second cupful, adding eggnog instead of milk. Wow! Very Christmasy with that pudding smoothness and black tea taste, with peppermint still apparent in the background.

Caution: Don’t oversteep. The peppermint flavor will become too strong and overwhelm the black tea taste, even with milk (or eggnog) and sweetener.

I had to take off a half teapot due to this being a strictly seasonal tea and another half teapot since I don’t think a second infusion is advisable, nor is serving this tea chilled. Still, I highly recommend it for your Christmastime enjoyment.

There, I hope the Little Yellow Teapot is satisfied. And, Wifey, too…

Disclaimer: The teas reviewed here were provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are strictly objective.

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