Thursday, February 16, 2012

Adagio Teas Valetines

Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
Leaf Appearance: dark, curled shape with pinkish rose petals throughout
Ingredients: black tea, rose petals, natural chocolate flavor and natural strawberry flavor
Steep time: 212 degrees
Water Temperature: 3 minutes
Preparation Method: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker
Liquor: deep reddish brown

The aroma of the dry tea was incredible. It was as if I had just opened a box of fresh chocolate covered strawberries. I really wish that the taste followed through on that sweet smelling promise. There were notes of very dark chocolate but the Ceylon base tea was malty and astringent. It all but overpowered the strawberry flavoring. I decided to try steeping for 5 minutes but the result was not any better. Adding just a touch of milk and sugar helped to cut the bitterness and did bring out a very slight hint of fruity sweetness that stayed on the tip of my tongue. This blend was not bad once it was doctored a bit but I would say that David's Tea has definitely won the battle of the chocolate/strawberry teas.