Recently I received three different teas to sample, sent to me very kindly by Adagio Teas. What else could I do but invite my Mum round for a good old ‘tea tasting session’? I would recommend such a thing for any mother/daughter bonding session – nothing brings ladies together quite like a cup of tea.
Summer Rose Tea – a bit like a bouquet exploding in one’s nose
We launched straight in with this flowery little number – Summer Rose Tea which did not disappoint in its summeryness or its rosiness. Mum and I spent a good few minutes sniffing – the smell is that good. It warrants quite a few good deep inhalations and when the scent hits, it’s a bit like a bouquet exploding in one’s nose.
When we did get around to actually drinking this tea the taste followed up nicely. It is a black tea, rich, with the rose petal flavour gently permeating each mouthful. I felt like this would be a good tea to read something romantic to such as Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins or Simon vs the Homo Sapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I would say that one could even verge into more dramatic territory, such as Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte or Shakespeare’s Othello.
Masala Chai – the smell of Christmas wafting up one’s nostrils
Upon being handed a steaming cup of this tea my Mum felt like the smell of Christmas was immediately wafting up her nostrils. This was a welcome sensation and created excitement for us to see what the tea tasted like. Again, we relished sniffing the vapours – it seems to me as though Adagio Teas are strong in the nasal department, which is a vital thing for a great tea.
The taste is deep and spicy and does indeed taste like Christmas, just as it smells. My Mum’s favourite. This is a tea that I would insist needs to be sipped whilst curled up on the sofa, whilst wearing a pair of one’s fluffiest socks, in one’s cosiest pyjamas. It would need to be warm, preferably with a roaring fire close by… You get the picture. I’d read something classic such as Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro or any of the Jeeves and Wooster series by P.G. Wodehouse. Or perhaps something with a bit of an edge such as Looking For JJ by Anne Cassidy.
Raspberry Green Tea – takes the biscuit
This one was my personal favourite. I love raspberries, so that instantly gave this tea quite an unfair advantage, however that is the very thing I love about it. This tea stays completely true to what a raspberry is and what a raspberry tastes like. A pet peeve I have about some “fruit teas” is that they purport to be, let’s say, “strawberry tea” however, upon consumption they don’t even resemble strawberries, instead there is a ‘manmade’ quality which is most unpalatable and unacceptable to my taste buds.
This tea however stays utterly true to the raspberry and lets that humble berry shine through with every sip. I shall be making this tea a lead player in my arsenal from now on. It is decided. To accompany this tea I would call on quite a dramatic, glamorous book such as The Great Gastby by F. Scott Fitzgerald or The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.
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