World Tea Party with Adagio Tea

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I am a tea lover and brands frequently reach out and send me samples for review. Adagio Tea sent me a gift certificate to choose teas from their website. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review. All opinions shared are uniquely my own and reflect my personal experience.

 

Tea is an essential part of my life. I’ve been a tea drinker ever since I can remember. My Mom started giving me tea when I was under the weather and it quickly became a comfort drink for me. Although our home tea collection included only Lipton Tea that classic yellow and red bag was what I grew to love.

The first time I ordered tea and a server brought me a tea box from which to choose I thought I died and went to tea heaven. What were all these choices? So began my journey of discovery into the world of tea.

 

Tea Time at Goldmoor Inn Galena Food Travelist

Tea Time

 

When Adagio Tea reached out and asked me to choose some teas from their collection I was beyond excited. I had tried several of their teas before and loved their easy-to-use IngenuiTea tea maker so I knew I was in for some fun.

 

Where to Start?

When preparing to choose my teas I thought it best to sit down with a proper cup of tea and my laptop to get started. First off, the Adagio Tea site is full of so much useful tea information. Before I could think about what to order I took a stroll around the site. You’ll see right away how they display the teas. You can actually see what your tea will look like, the rating of the tea and how much it will cost you per cup. I loved this!

Adagio Tea Website

Adagio Tea Website

 

They also provide a detailed description of the locations from which each tea is sourced. These teas come from all over the world. Just reading the descriptions takes you away to new lands and new flavors.

Toward the bottom of the site, you can also check out the “teamap” for tea shops near you. There’s a “TeaChef” section that offers recipes featuring tea. You’ll find great tea stories at “teamuse.” Most useful “teacritic” ranks teas by the site users giving you a great idea about what to expect from the teas you’re ordering.

 

Summer Means Iced Tea

Since it’s summer, they are featuring their cold-brewed iced teas prominently. So this was a great place to start.

I adore iced tea all year round so I was anxious to see the choices. There are 36 to be exact. Black, chai, oolong, white and herbal. This was going to be fun. I have to skip ahead and tell you that I couldn’t believe how far my $50.00 went. You’ll see.

Their iced tea pouches sounded very interesting to me to further pique my interest they had a short video that sealed the deal. You can watch it below.

 


Being a black tea fan I had to try the English Breakfast Iced Tea. I’m also a green tea lover so I added the Citron Green Iced Tea. The Wild Strawberry sounded like a perfect iced tea to pair with my freshly homemade rhubarb syrup. Rounding out the iced tea selection was the Orchard Iced Tea sample pack I chose. For only $9.00 this sample pack includes two pouches of three flavors – peach oolong, blood orange and mango. Each pouch makes 40 oz. of delicious iced tea. That’s a deal!

 

The Magic of Matcha Tea

Another one of my absolute favorite teas is matcha. This hip and trendy tea has been around for quite a while but most recently became the tea of the day. Matcha is powdered green tea that can be dissolved in water and served hot or turned into iced tea (my favorite). It can even be used in cooking. Perhaps you’ve seen matcha lattes, smoothies, cakes, cookies or even ice cream. Loaded with antioxidants matcha tea provides an even and more sustained lift from its caffeine, not the immediate rush you might feel from coffee.  Matcha tea itself has a very interesting story, which I will save for more detail in another post.

Matcha tea

Matcha tea

 

I’m a bit picky about purchasing my matcha. I opted to try the sample matcha at $12.00, which makes 10 cups. There are many different grades of matcha. This one is a high grade from Uji, Kyoto Japan and is a first harvest, spring tea.

 

Back To The Basics

For my last choice, I went with their English Breakfast. This is my every day go-to tea. I had to try Adagio’s. For $4.00 I received a pouch of loose tea, enough to brew about 10 cups of tea.

With my order complete all I had to do was sit back and wait for my new Adagio tea selections to arrive.

 

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

Fortunately, I didn’t have to wait too long for my tea order. In just a couple days my order arrived. I was like a kid on Christmas Day opening my package and going from one pack to the next squealing with glee.

It's Here!

It’s Here!

 

Along with my order, I received welcome cards, which explained how I could earn points for future tea orders. They also included a card that told me where the closest store was to me and a bonus prize of a free chai tea sample. Score!

Now for the important part. Where to start? With the iced tea, of course!  I cold-brewed the English Breakfast, which was amazingly simple. Just add the pouch to a pitcher of cold water place in the fridge, wait a few hours and voilà! I added a little simple syrup for sweetening, took a sip and…DELICIOUS!

Adagio English Breakfast Iced Tea

Adagio English Breakfast Iced Tea

 

I’ve been working my way through the teas now and each one of them has been a hit. I’m especially pleased with the cold-brewed iced tea bags. As you see below the teas are full and rich. You can actually see the bits of fruits and herbs in the Wild Strawberry Iced Tea.

 

Adagio Iced Tea Pouch

Adagio Wild Strawberry Iced Tea Pouch

 

The matcha tea was also a big surprise. I loved the smooth crisp taste. It made a perfect iced matcha that I enjoyed in the yard one morning.

Adagio Iced Matcha Tea

Iced Matcha Tea

 

Tea Time!

My tea collection has some new favorites thanks to Adagio Tea. Since my order arrived, I’ve received a few emails from Adagio with special discounts and offers. I even got the one below for a free sample of tea they are guessing I would like because of my previous tea choices. I love that!

 

Free Sample Adagio Teas

Free Sample Adagio Teas

 

I can’t wait for our next neighborhood monthly Ladies Afternoon Tea. We’re going to be featuring iced teas and I think the ladies will enjoy some freshly brewed Adagio Tea.

To check out all the teas that Adagio Tea has to offer explore their site at www.adagio.com. With any order over $49 you will receive free shipping.

Are you a tea drinker? Share your favorites with me below in the comments.

 

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20 Responses to World Tea Party with Adagio Tea

  1. Janice Chung Reply

    July 30, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Now I want a cold iced tea! Love how they have a unique (peach ) olong tea. I usually only have that tea with Chinese food. Matcha is still on my list and both you and my niece love it! Good to hear it’s sourced from Japan as I hear its best from there.

  2. Erin Klema | The Epicurean Traveler Reply

    July 27, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    I have a similar story when it comes to my love of tea. I also grew up only drinking Lipton black tea and sun tea in the summer. Then on a trip to Montana four years ago, I wandered into a little book store and tea shop. The owners were so passionate about the many varieties of tea, and after one conversation with them I felt properly educated in the basics of tea. I ended up walking out of their shop with three types of loose-leaf tea — a green, a white, and an oolong. I’ve been a regular tea drinker since then, and I love trying different flavors. I hadn’t heard of Adagio before, but I’d glad I do now thanks to your post. I’m definitely going to browse their website when I need to restock my tea supply. Speaking of stocking up on tea, have you had Rishi teas? I love that they are local to the Midwest. And, now I think I’ll go heat water for tea — something herbal since it’s getting close to bedtime. 😉

  3. Irene S. Levine Reply

    July 27, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Looks like you had a great Adagio “buffet.” I’m going to take a peek at the website. English Breakfast is one of my favorites!

  4. Tami Reply

    July 27, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    I’m not a tea drinker, although I have occasionally used herbal teas for medicinal purposes. Did you have a favorite herbal tea?

  5. Bites for Foodies Reply

    July 27, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    When I lived in England over 15 years ago I adopted the custom of having an afternoon tea every day…which turned into tea all day and into the evening. I’m not a huge tea drinker now but every now and again I get nostalgic about my tea-drinking days in London!

  6. melody pittman Reply

    July 27, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    These teas sound very interesting. I’m mostly a black tea drinker but can definitely venture out for some flavored additions. Have you guys tried shrubs? I’ll bet they woudl be great with this tea in an alcoholic beverage mixture. 😉

  7. Nadalie Reply

    July 27, 2017 at 8:26 am

    I’ve never heard of Adagio teas before, but they seem so lovely. I’m such a lover of teas, but also the worse at picking flavors to try. I want them all. Do you usually use the same teas for hot and cold? Or are certain flavors better iced?

    • suereddel

      suereddel Reply

      July 27, 2017 at 11:30 am

      Great question! You can really use any tea for iced tea. Depends on your preferences. Try a good English Breakfast or fruity tea. They’re all great!

  8. Melanie Reply

    July 26, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    I enjoy trying out all sort of teas. My mom introduced me to tea when I was in my early 20’s, and I have appreciated it ever since. I really do not have a favorite kind of tea. I like them all!

  9. Jennifer Van Huss Reply

    July 26, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    I am a huge tea drinker! I especially love loose leaf teas! I have never heard of Adagio, but they look like the have a great selection! I love how big and fluffy the tea leafs are! That shows really quality and dedication!I have never tried Mache before! It is very intimidating!

    • suereddel

      suereddel Reply

      July 27, 2017 at 8:21 am

      Hi Jennifer! Try just one cup of matcha it is so delicious and so good for you it’s worth the try. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Tamara Reply

    July 26, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Adagio is definitely on my radar. There’s something so soothing about tea, and I love that you can have it iced right now and hot in the colder months and it’s always good.
    It reminds me of always feeling good. My husband is a huge English Breakfast lover in this house!

    • suereddel

      suereddel Reply

      July 27, 2017 at 8:22 am

      Hi Tamara, you’re right, tea is good any time of year. Glad to meet fellow tea lovers. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. michele h peterson Reply

    July 26, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I’d love to try the Adagio Wild Strawberry iced tea – it would be perfect for summer!

    • suereddel

      suereddel Reply

      July 27, 2017 at 8:22 am

      Hi Michele! You’ll love it. It truly tastes like summer.

  12. Sue Zid Reply

    July 26, 2017 at 9:21 am

    LOVE adagio and I have their VarieTEA Kettle. I can not live without it. I am a hard core english breakfast girl but I love their loose teas because they are so full of fruit and really good quality leaves. I am on their site now and going to order again… thank you for reminded me about them. xoxoxox

    • suereddel

      suereddel Reply

      July 26, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Love it Sue! I’m a huge English Breakfast fan too. Check out the iced tea it’s delicious!

  13. Marilyn Jones Reply

    July 24, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Such a fun read. I felt like I was right there with you picking out the tea and sampling it!!

  14. Rachel Heller Reply

    July 23, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    I live in the Netherlands and the only ice tea restaurants serve is prebottled and doesn’t taste like tea at all. The Adagio ice tea sounds great; I’ve never heard of ice tea you don’t have to brew first with hot water.

  15. Cathy Sweeney Reply

    July 23, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Adagio teas look great — now I need to taste them! Your comment about growing up with tea really resonated with me. When I don’t feel well, I always wish my mom was around to bring me a cup of tea and a slice of cinnamon toast like she did whenever I was sick. Tea = comfort.

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