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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Review: Adagio’s Gingerbread Black Tea

The Subject: Gingerbread Black Tea from Adagio Teas.


Water temperature: 212° F
Steeping time: 5 minutes

Tea type: Black
Scents, flavorings, etc.: Ginger, vanilla
Aroma, dry: Mostly vanilla
Aroma in the cup, plain: Ginger, vanilla
Taste, plain: Ginger, vanilla, slightly bitter
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: Ginger, vanilla
Taste, enhanced: Some ginger and definitely more cookie-ish

2nd Infusion: Ginger slightly less, a bit more bitter

Chilled: Didn’t try

After trying several of Adagio’s flavored black teas, our tastebuds are getting pretty adept at sorting out the subtleties. This Gingerbread-flavored black tea is distinct from the others: Pumpkin Spice, Sweet Potato, Chestnut, Candy Cane, and Cranberry (still our favorite). Whether it lives up to its name is another matter. I’m still not sure. There’s a tingle to gingerbread that I did not detect in this tea.

Adagio puts recommendations on their tea tins for water temperature and steeping time, so for these reviews that is what we have been following. They may want to revise this, though, since each black tea we’ve tried so far has a bitter edge to it. Since I prefer my black tea with milk and sweetener, which take away this bitterness, it’s not a problem. You may want to try steeping the tea for 3 or 4 minutes and see if it’s better that way. As with all teas, a little personal experimentation is in order.

The dry tea had a fairly strong vanilla scent but the ginger wasn’t noticeable even to my sensitive sniffer. After 5 minutes of steeping, however, the ginger was very evident while the vanilla was slightly subdued. This agreed with the taste plain in the cup, which also had a bitter edge. Milk and sweetener took away this edge and transformed this tea from just a black tea with vanilla and ginger to a true cookie-tasting tea. As noted above, though, the ginger “tingle” was not there.

Some may think this a seasonal tea, but hubby and I agree that we could enjoy a cuppa anytime of the year.

Little Yellow Teapot borrowed the Little Gingerbread Teapot’s cup and saucer for this shot:

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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