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
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.
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.