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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Review: Adagio’s Candy Apple Black Tea

The Subject: Candy Apple Black Tea from Adagio Teas.


Water temperature: 212° F
Steeping time: 5 minutes

Tea type: Black
Scents, flavorings, etc.: Supposedly Candy Apple
Aroma, dry: Very faint apple smell, pleasant
Aroma in the cup, plain: Pleasant aroma, typical black tea with sweet edge
Taste, plain: Sweet but not excessive, no apple-ness, good tea flavor, smooth
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: Sweet, not very apple-ish, similar to their other flavored teas like Pumpkin Spice Black Tea and Chestnut Black Tea
Taste, enhanced: Smooth, very similar to their Pumpkin Spice Black Tea and Chestnut Black Tea

2nd Infusion: Much lighter color, and aroma; hint of bitter edge; taste weaker while candy apple flavor slightly stronger.

Chilled: I don’t recommend, but hubby does

Anyone who has been to a State Fair, carnival, circus, or other festival-like event is familiar with candy apples. So, it’s reasonable to think that this candy apple flavored black tea would naturally evoke such memories. Alas, no. That traditional aroma seems to be lacking here, at least according to my hypersensitive sniffer. However, that didn’t stop hubby and me from enjoying this tea.

The first infusion steeped up to a nice, rich, amber brown, with a taste that was free of bitterness. Maybe this has something to do with the candy apple chunks in with the tea leaves. In any event, hubby and I found this to be a tea we could easily drink plain. We still tried it enhanced with milk and sweetener and were quite happy with the results: smooth, with a sweetish flavor that blends well with the black tea. The second infusion is recommended, too. It’s lighter and milder tasting and so could be drunk plain.

Hubby thinks this would be a good tea to have with fresh fruits, especially (obviously) apples! Of course, I imagine that any cheese, such as brie, that goes well with the fruit you’re having would go well with this tea, too. He also thinks this would be a good Springtime tea, so keep it in mind for when our weather warms back up (it will, promise!).

This tea is good but for me practically indistinguishable from the Pumpkin Spice Black Tea and Chestnut Black Tea. I had to give it a 3 teapots rating. Hubby liked it enough for a 4 teapots rating. We compromised on a 3.5 teapots rating. (That’s true love!)

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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