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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Review: Adagio’s Artichoke Green Tea

The Subject: Artichoke Green Tea from Adagio Teas.


Water temperature: 180° F
Steeping time: 3 minutes

Tea type: Green
Scents, flavorings, etc.: Supposed to be artichoke
Aroma, dry: Melon, green tea
Aroma in the cup, plain: Melon, green tea
Taste, plain: Melon, green tea
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: N/A
Taste, enhanced: N/A

2nd Infusion: Slightly lighter than first, taste and aroma less melony

Chilled: Recommended (see comments)

This is the 7th sample we’ve tried out of the 10 samples Adagio sent us (those cute little 2 oz tins). The Little Yellow Teapot has been poking my arm with his spout to get me to finally try it. Now that the holiday season is passed, hubby and I did just that. We were definitely not disappointed!

On first popping off the tin’s lid, we were greeted by a wonderful, fruity scent. Yes, the label says “Artichoke Green,” but hubby and I agree that this is more of a melon aroma (specifically, cantaloupe). We were also pleased to see the large tea leaf pieces, which stand up well to the recommended 3-minute steeping time on the tin.

The tea “liquor” is so light that it washed out a bit in my photo. The flavor is just as light and delicate without the slightest trace of bitterness. The melon is definitely present but not overwhelming. You still know you’re drinking tea, not fruit juice. The taste is so mild and pleasant, with a smoothness that seems almost buttery and a dainty aftertaste, that no enhancement (sweetener, honey, etc.) is needed.

As for drinking this tea chilled, we heartily recommend it. In fact, hubby has been a regular drinker of Lipton’s Citrus Iced Tea and thinks this tea would be better, since the fruit taste and aroma are subtler.

We had just tried one of the green teas from 2 Leaves and a Bud and, as you can see by the rating, we liked this one much better. No bitterness, smooth tea flavor with subtle fruity taste, larger leaf pieces, suitable for chilling, and all around a great tea. Hubby thinks this would be a great “go-with” for lamb dishes, which clinches it for me, since I love lamb!

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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