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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Review: Adagio’s White Cucumber Tea

The Subject: White Cucumber Tea from Adagio Teas.

Okay, all you snowbirds who are longing for Spring, I think I have the tea for you. My humans just tried this tea and found it surprising and refreshing, a breath of Springtime (their very words).


Water temperature: 180° F
Steeping time: 7 minutes (recommended by Adagio, see comments)

Tea type: White
Scents, flavorings, etc.: Cucumber
Aroma, dry: Very faint cucumber, something spicy like cinnamon but not quite
Aroma in the cup, plain: See comments
Taste, plain: See comments
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: Not needed
Taste, enhanced: N/A

2nd Infusion: Didn’t do

Chilled: Didn’t do

The scent of this tea in the tin is like no other we have inhaled before. The definite and distinct planty aroma of tea is there, but so is something akin to cinnamon yet different. Hubby detected a faint cucumber aroma, but I did not.

We used two cups of water and about 3 to 4 “pinches” (trust me, teaspoons is not doable here) of dry tea. Be sure to use enough to get a sufficiently strong brew.

We were surprised to see that Adagio recommends steeping this tea for 7 minutes and thought it might be a misprint. This called for a bit of experimentation. We tried the tea after three steeping times and compared them, with these results:

2 Minutes:
Light gold color, delicate taste and aroma. Not very tea tasting, nor cucumber-ish.

5 Minutes:
Slightly darker gold, with stronger and spicier taste. Not very tea tasting. Hubby detected some cucumber flavor, but I did not.

7 Minutes:
Slightly more dark gold, with cucumber taste clearly evident. No bitterness. Very tasty.

Hubby thinks this would be a great accompaniment for tea time treats like cucumber finger sandwiches. I think maybe just some cream cheese on cracker (mild ones) would do.

The one thing we were a bit surprised at was that there were pieces of extraneous plant matter, including what looked like stem pieces, in with the tea leaves. Otherwise, we find this tea very drinkable and even soothing. A nice one to sip while watching the sunset or the snow melt away.

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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