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Drink Me: Adagio Teas, Gingerbread

Every year I eagerly await the holiday season and holiday spice teas.  This year I placed a small order with Adagio Teas for some samples.  One of those is Gingerbread.

Adagio’s Gingerbread blend includes black tea, gingerbread flavor, cinnamon bark, orange peel and ginger root.

Gingerbread is available in a variety of sizes: sample for $2.00, 3oz for $7.00, and 16oz for $24.00.

Adagio Gingerbread

Adagio Gingerbread

When I first opened the package I got the strong smell of molasses and gingerbread.  Once brewed it was a little milder, but I got hints of the gingerbread and the orange.   I really enjoyed this one and it would be amazing with ginger snaps. I’ve never made them, but maybe it’s time to learn.

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Drink Me: David’s Breakfast Tea

A friend recently placed an order with David’s Tea and I couldn’t resist getting a few more to try. I’m always asked about unflavored teas, so I decided to try David’s Breakfast Tea.

From the ingredients list, David’s Breakfast Tea contains organic black tea from India and Nepal.

It comes in multiple increments of 2 oz. for $8.98 per 2 oz.

David's Tea

When I first opened the package I got a bit of a smoky aroma.  I brewed it nice and hot, with just a touch of sugar.  It was definitely smoky, but it was still super smooth and not terribly bitter like some black teas can be.  I enjoyed it with a slice of banana bread and it was a good kick start to my day.

Drink Me: Tea Embassy, Capital Blend

When I placed my last order with Tea Embassy, I decided to order some unflavored black tea to review. I settled for the Capital Blend.

From the website, the Capital Blend is a blend of Assam, Kenyan and Ceylon teas. They consider it a Scottish Breakfast Blend.

Capital Blend is available in 1oz increments for $3.00 per ounce.

Tea Embassy Capital Blend

Tea Embassy Capital Blend

When I opened the package I smelled a good strong black tea. Once brewed, the tea was a smooth finishing black.  I brewed it strong for my morning kickstart, and added just a touch of sugar.  It was full bodied without a bitter finish and I really enjoyed it. I would definitely order more.

Drink Me: T2, Chai

The second tea I ordered in my recent order from T2 was their Chai.

From the website, T2 Chai includes black tea, cloves, cardamon, star anise, cinnamon, ginger, natural and artificial flavor.

Chai comes in two sizes: a 100g cube for $13.00 or 250g for $31.00.

T2

T2 Chai

When I opened the package I was quite impressed with the tea. Not only did it smell amazing, but there were full pods of cardamom and star anise in the tea.  This one didn’t disappoint – it was quite strong and spicy which is just the way I like Chai.  I’ll definitely be keeping this one on my list of favorite Chais for the future and would highly recommend it if you like strong spicy tea.

Drink Me: T2, Creme Brulee

About a month ago I read Stefanie’s post about T2 and decided that I needed to give it a try. For my first order, I selected two teas to try.  Today’s tea is Creme Brulee.

From the website, Creme Brulee contains Black tea, natural and artificial flavor, and hazelnut praline (sugar, hazelnuts).

It is available in a variety of sizes: 100g/3.5oz for $13.00 and 250g/8.8oz for $31.00.

When I opened the package, the warm smell of caramel was the first thing I noticed. The tea brewed up smooth with a sweet finish. I got bits of caramel and vanilla. This one was a nice dessert tea, but I also enjoyed it at breakfast sometimes as well.

Drink Me: Tea Runners, Ajiri Tea, Kenyan Black

I’ve been falling down on the tea reviews, but my collection of tea just keeps growing!  One of the selections from my Tea Runners club from a few months back is Kenyan Black Tea from Ajiri Teas.

Kenyan Black Tea is black tea grown in Kenya.

Kenyan Black Tea is available for $10.00 for 3.5oz/100g of loose leaf tea or for $9.00 for a box of 20 teabags. All profits from sales of Ajiri Tea are donated to the Ajiri Foundation, which pays school fees for orphans in western Kenya.

When I got this tea I wasn’t sure whether I would like it. Primarily, I was surprised that it was almost the consistency of coffee grounds.  I used a paper filter to brew up a cup and I was pleasantly surprised that it was delicious. It was a good strong black tea without a bitter finish.  I added a bit of sugar to mine, and I suspect this one would be excellent with a bit of milk or cream.  This was a really great find for Tea Runners and I suspect I’ll be trying more of Ajiri’s teas in the future.

Drink Me: Tea Embassy, Secret Garden

Another tea I picked up in my last Tea Embassy order was their Secret Garden blend.

From the website, Secret Garden contains Pai Mu Tan, Darjeeling and Chinese green teas, sencha, dragonwell, gunpowder, jasmine jade pearls, candied mango bits, candied pineapple bits, orange peels, strawberry bits, red currants, sour cherry bits and apricot bits.

Secret Garden is available at $6.50 per ounce in 1oz, 2oz, 4oz, 8oz and 1lb packages.

When I first opened the package, I got the overwhelming tropical scent of the mango and pineapple. As it brewed I also detected the cherry and strawberry scents.   The tea itself was light and fruity.  The blend didn’t taste strongly of any of the actual teas: I didn’t get a black tea feel from it, and the green tea was very light and not grassy.  Overall, it was a really nice light fruity blend. I think it would be fantastic iced and I really enjoyed it.

Drink Me: Tea Embassy, Snow Flake

When I placed by last order with Tea Embassy, they slipped in a sample of their Snow Flake tea.

From the website, Snow Flake contains black tea, almonds and coconut rasps.

It is available in a variety of sizes: 1oz for $3.25, 2oz for $6.50, 4oz for $13.00, 8oz for $26.00 and 1lb for $52.00.

I was interested in trying this blend because there is another Snowflake tea that I’m quite fond of and I wanted to see how this one compared.  This one smelled quite good – I got a lot of coconut and almond aroma right away.  Once brewed, the tea was quite smooth with a lot of coconut flavor, but I didn’t get as much of almond flavor as I wanted. The tea was still quite good, and would be a great dessert tea.

Drink Me: Tea Runners, English Breakfast

This month I received my third subscription box from Tea Runners.  So far I have been really impressed by the offerings and this month is no exception.

This month’s selections include: Fellini’s Folly (rooibos), English Breakfast, Kenyan Black and Moonlight Jasmine.

Today I’m review the English Breakfast tea from Rishi Tea in Milwaukee, WI.  This black tea is sourced from the mountains in Thailand.

English Breakfast is available in a variety of sizes: a “teaser” sample for $2.00, 4oz for $13.00 and a full pound for $45.00.

I really liked this blend. It was a good strong black tea with a full bodied flavor, but it didn’t end up at all bitter.  It was an excellent way to start my day and I’d definitely try it again.  Stay tuned – next week I’ll review the Moonlight Jasmine.

Drink Me: Tea Runners, Black Masala from Sahpat Teas

This week I was delighted to receive my second shipment from Tea Runners (I blogged about my first shipment here.)  This month featured four wonderful selections. Today I’m reviewing the Black Masala from Sahpat Teas included in the shipment.

From the package, this is another award-winning black tea with a “spicy south Asian kick to it,” as well as ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and black pepper.

I love Masala and was so excited to receive this one. When I opened the package I got the best spicy aroma and I couldn’t wait to brew it up.  This one was super smooth, with a full bodied flavor with lots of spice. I had mine with just a touch of honey, but I’m sure it would be delicious with milk as well. Usually I share my samples with my friends, but I am tempted to keep this one all to myself!