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Whilst I am on the Cambridge One to One Diet, I am very keen to increase my water intake. And one way of doing this is by drinking more tea. The UK are a nation of tea drinkers. In addition, a lot of teas are said have beneficial health properties, and I am always open to trying new tastes. So when the lovely people at Adagio Teas offered me the chance to sample and review some of their artisan teas, I was very happy to oblige.
#AD – gifted – I received an amazing set of teas and equipment to review and sample. This post is going to be updated as I try and review all that I can.
Adagio Teas – Review And Giveaway
Adagio Teas pride themselves on offering fresh teas direct from origin. It is clear from their website that they are incredibly passionate about the teas that they offer. And that they care about the farmers that supply them. By offering premium loose teas and giving better prices to the farmers that they deal with directly, Adagio are trying to raise the living and working standards of the tea growers.
While all teas come from the leaves of the Camillia Sinensis plant, it is how the leaves are processed, and the stages that they go through, that decides what type of tea that they become.
What I Was Sent
I was amazed at the range on the website when Adagio got in touch. I must admit, I hadn’t heard of the company before. But when I saw how many different teas they had, I knew that I was bound to find some in there that I liked. And I was therefore overjoyed to receive so many samples to try.
Most of what I was sent to review were Sampler Sets. These are a great way to find out exactly which teas are your favourites, and expand your knowledge of different tea blends. I was sent a huge range of teas. From traditional Oolong and Earl Grey to more unusual blends like Pu Erh.
In each box set you get 4 sealed packets of loose tea, which can make 20-40 cups depending on the blend. Each packet has clear brewing instructions telling you how hot to make the water and how long to brew for. With prices ranging between £6 and £24, they make great gifts for a tea loving friend.
I was sent over 60 different types of tea in total. At first I deliberated, thinking I should sample them all before writing this review. However then I realised that the resulting post would be gargantuan! So I have sampled some, will add to this review in the future, and will also share some with you over on my Instagram.
Lavender Lemon Tea
This is one of the new blends on the website, and it was sent in a single pack. So I decided that it should be the first that I sampled. As I do not drink caffeine in the afternoon, this seemed a perfect one to try in the evening.
First of all, the smell on opening the packet was just wonderful. A citrus blast of lemons and lemongrass, but with a generous hint of lavender. You can see that it is a totally natural product.
Furthermore, after brewing for a few minutes, it had a wonderful aroma. The taste of lavender is very gentle, taking a second place to the citrus. It’s just a lovely calming and soothing blend. Perfect for bedtime or when relaxing.
This tea was part of the Energy Boost Teas Sampler box. I love a cup of coffee to start my day normally. But with the promise of an extra caffeinated blend of mate, kola and black teas I thought I would try something different.
It brewed to be a very robust dark tea colour. And whilst tasted like a more usual cup of tea, it did not have any nasty aftertaste. I normally don’t drink black tea, but I would very happily have this.
Because my gorgeous OH prefers stronger tasting teas and coffees I tried this one out on him. He agreed with me, and thought it tasted great.
Also in this box: – Matcha Peach. I really look forward to trying this hi grade Matcha green tea with a fruity edge.
Pu Erh Hazelberry
This tea was part of the Pu Erh sampler set. I was keen to try Pu Erh tea, as it is said to have slimming and medicinal properties. Pu Erh tea on the whole is supposed to be quite rich and dark tasting. But the Pu Erh Hazelberry has been blended with strawberry, hazelnut and a hint of cream. The blend in the sachet looked very dark and smelt sweet, and the resulting brew was also quite dark.
This was a surprisingly sweet tea, which I really enjoyed, and will definitely purchase in the future. It has a lot of caffeine though, so definitely a morning tea for me.
Also in this sampler box:
Pu Erh Chorange – Chocolate Orange Tea. I actually preferred the Hazelberry, though the Chorange is still lovely and sweet!
Pu Erh Spice – tastes like mulled wine without the calories or alcohol!
Happy Belly Tea
As someone who suffers from IBS and digestive issues, I was very keen to try this blend. Happy Belly Tea is part of the Good For You Sampler Box. It contains Pu Erh tea and herbs that are known to help settle the stomach, such as liquorice, ginger and senna roots.
This was quite a pungent tea, that smelt like the ginger aniseed and liquorice. Light in colour and aromatic, it contains little caffeine, so is perfect for drinking later in the day. It tasted warming and zingy. You definitely feel that it is going to do you some good.
Also in this box:- Skinny Tea. As an eternal dieter this will probably be the next sachet I open.
As well as all the lovely leaf tea samples, I was sent some brilliant glassware and tea making accessories.
Paper Tea Filters
These are a super way of enjoying leaf tea of all varieties. And being paper they are fully compostable, in contrast to a lot of teabags on the market. Consequently these are great for having when out and about, or on holiday.
These Glass Mug and Infuser sets are a great way to enjoy loose leaf tea when you only want to make the one mug. Perfect for using at work. Just place the infuser in the mug, add a teaspoon of tea and boiling water and wait for the brew!
I was also sent a small teapot, that just holds enough for 2 cups. With an infuser in the centre, you just need to add the water you need and infuse the tea in the centre.
Made from tempered glass, these are dishwasher safe.
Probably my favourite item in everything gifted is this ingenious tea brewing pot. The IngenuiTEA tea makers come in 3 sizes. I received the IngenuiTEA 2 which makes 2 normal sized mugs of tea.
Why is it so clever? You don’t actually pour from the top. Even though you put loose tea into the teapot, and brew it directly in the pot, you don’t need a strainer.
The teapot has a removable filter plus an ingenious sprung valve in the base. When you put the IngenuiTEA on top of your cup or mug, the tea flows out of the bottom. To stop pouring, you simply lift it back off the mug again. As a result you end up with a perfectly clear brew in your cup.
It is microwave and dishwasher safe. And BPE free.
In addition, on their website you will also be able to see that Adagio have an monthly scheme. And also a loyalty scheme where you can earn points by buying and reviewing the teas.
With tea that tastes this good they are now right at the top of my online shopping favourites.
Now It’s Time For A Giveaway!
Still here after that mammoth review? Great. (Even if you did just skip to the end!) Please do go look at the teas, as we were incredibly impressed by the range and quality.
AND…The lovely people at Adagio Teas have offered one of my readers the chance to win one of the IngenuiTEA teapots and a selection of 5 sampler sets. To be in with a chance to win, please enter through the Gleam form below. The competition is open to entrants from the UK only. The winner will be chosen at random after the competition closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 18th August 2019. As part of your entry I will be asking for a comment below.
Terms and Conditions of Giveaway
- Giveaway ends Sunday 18th August 2019 at 23:59.
- There is one prize of a selection of 5 sampler boxes of teas from Adagio Teas plus a IngenuiTea 2 teapot. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
- This giveaway is limited to UK entrants aged 18 or over. If you enter from out of the UK, your entry will be deleted.
- By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information.I will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the Winner and passing their details on to Adagio Teas who will send the prize directly to them.
- If you enter into this draw you must agree to me passing your details to Adagio Teas.
- This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
- The Winner will be contacted by email within 72 hours of the giveaway ending.
- If no response is received from the Winner within 72 hours of being contacted, a subsequent Winner may be selected.
- Finally, entry to this prize draw confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. If you have any additional questions, please contact me.
UPDATE!! *We have a winner!* – C. Tinsley from Newcastle. Thank you to everyone who entered.
Disclaimer: I received a large selection of teas from Adagio Teas. Plus an infuser teapot, infuser cup, IngenuiTEA 2 teapot and paper tea filters for the purposes of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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