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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Review: Adagio’s Sesame Black Tea

The Subject: Sesame Black Tea from Adagio Teas.

This is the last of the 10 free tea samples my humans received awhile ago. It’s been quite a tea adventure trying them. This little yellow teapot has picked his favorites. How about you?


Water temperature: 212° F
Steeping time: 5 minutes

Tea type: Black
Scents, flavorings, etc.: Sesame
Aroma, dry: Sesame
Aroma in the cup, plain: Sesame
Taste, plain: Sesame, toasty, no bitterness
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: Sesame but mellower
Taste, enhanced: Mellowed sesame, no bitterness

2nd Infusion: Lighter color and sesame flavor

Chilled: Didn’t try

Ever eaten at a Mongolian grill restaurant? You pile raw meats and chicken in a bowl along with raw veggies and then ladle on various cooking oils and/or sauces. Then, you hand the bowl to the grill man, who cooks it up on a huge griddle using only two very big chopsticks. Quite a sight to see and oh, so tasty! My favorite cooking oil to use for this is sesame, so when first popping the top of Adagio’s cute little tea tin and inhaling the sesame fragrance, my thoughts ran immediately to the Mongolian grill restaurant.

This is the 7th sample of flavored black tea from Adagio I have tried. One thing is for sure: the tea leaf piece size is consistent throughout. I followed the instructions for water temperature and steeping time on the tin’s label, as I have for the other samples. Adagio is known for their attention to details like this, and I, for one, thoroughly appreciate it.

The scent of the dry leaf was so enticing that Hubby couldn’t wait to taste the tea. He knew that the brew would be equally appealing. We were both quite satisfied with the results. This is a tea that can easily be drunk plain, with no bitter edge to take away your tea-tasting pleasure.

We did, out of curiosity, try the tea with milk and sweetener and found it also very satisfying, more mellow yet with the sesame flavor still evident.

Hubby recommends this tea for when you are having your own Mongolian grill at home. I think just about any Oriental food would be a good “go-with.”

We deducted a half teapot because of how persistent the sesame was even hours after finishing the last cupful. However, that doesn’t mean this is a bad tea. On the contrary, it is one of the best “flavored” teas we have tasted to date. Hubby and I did rock-paper-scissors to see who would get to finish off the last of it. I won.

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.

1 comment:

  1. Love sesame, love sesame oil in cooking, cookies, shy of trying it, but maybe, after reading this, I will try a sample.


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