I was recently contacted by the nice folk at Adagio Teas and asked to review their IngenuiTEA (ingenious) teapot and range of loose leaf artisan teas. I love a good cuppa so this was an absolute pleasure.
About Adagio Teas
Before we start a little bit of background info on Adagio Teas. The company was founded by the Kreymerman family in 1999 from the basement of their 3 bedroom ranch in America. Their aim was to provide consumers with an unmatched quality and variety of teas. They have gone on to become one of the most popular online destinations for tea. Their goal is simply ‘to deliver the best quality gourmet tea from around the world, straight to your cup’.
They offer a wide selection of teas including black, pu erh, chai, oolong, white, green, herbal, rooibos, decaf and masters. Pretty much every tea you could want. Their tea’s are sourced directly from the artisan growers around the world.
What is tea?
The second most consumed drink in the world, surpassed only by water. Tea plays a big part in many different cultures across the globe and offers many different health benefits. Learn more about tea here.
ingenuiTEA (The Ingenious Teapot)
I was excited to open my ingenuiTEA teapot! It is a nice and neat little contraption. I admit I wasn’t sure how to use it straight away. I put it straight on top of the cup and tipped the water in and it gushed right through… whoops. More of a reflection of my daft brain than the product itself. My husband quickly showed me the error of my ways. It is actually really simple. You add the tea to the teapot, let it brew (they say approx 3 mins) then you sit the teapot on your cup and it drains through – no fuss, no mess.
I made about 8 cups of tea whilst sampling the products and the only thing I found a bit tricky was getting the tea to my preferred strength. I like tea strong but not totally stewed. It took me a few cups to figure out the right amount of tea (they recommend 1 teaspoon to one cup) and right amount of water. Once you have that sussed out though its an easy road from then on.
I tried the Irish Breakfast tea – a combination of hearty black teas from Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and Assam (India). Very good, you can taste the quality – perfect for any time of the day in my book.
Next was the Caramel tea – a tangy Ceylon tea with caramel flavouring. This was delicious! A lovely sweet and rich aroma, like a hug in a mug – and sugar free! Perfect if you want some sweetness without the badness.
The Hojicha is a green tea from Japan. One of the sites most popular I believe but not my favourite. I found the taste quite peculiar.
The fruit medley tea was a delight. A mix of strawberry, hibiscus flowers, apples, rose hips and lemongrass. It was fruity, tangy, spicy and really refreshing. Probably my favourite.
Over all I think these teas are of exceptional quality and if you like tea you will love them. You can view all the different teas and tea ware, including the ingenuiTEA teapot (priced £16) on their website www.adagiotea.co.uk