Happy Christmas Eve, everyone! If you read my Adagio Autumn Teas post back in October, you’ll know that I was always planning to do a Christmas version. The time has come, and today I’ll be bringing you Adagio Teas’ Winter collection! I’m a huge tea lover, and loose leaf tea is right up my street.
While Adagio do offer some teabags, a lot of their stock is loose leaf. I always feel like you have way more variety and can try so many more delicious teas with loose leaf! And for any tea lover, a homemade mini tea hamper would be a dream! If you’re stuck for gifts for any birthdays coming up over the next few months, I’d recommend making one for your loved one (especially if they love tea). Or, if they aren’t as obsessed as I am, make them a self-care gift set and include one of Adagio’s loose leaf teas. I think something like that would be so thoughtful and special as a gift!
Onto the teas! Last time, I picked two teas from each box set to review for you guys, and it worked out well. I thought this time I would do the same – and this review should be considerably shorter than the other one, as I had fewer winter boxes. (I am very conscious that I rambled A LOT about tea in my last post.)
Of course, with it being Christmas Eve, how could I not start with the Christmas teas collection?
Candy Cane – I’m quite partial to a peppermint tea, and this is a very classic peppermint tea. However, it tastes fresher (if that is even possible?). It could be down to the tiny chunks of candy cane in the tea leaves, which is adorable and so festive. It’s lovely, refreshing, and would be a great wake-me-up for the cold winter mornings.
Gingerbread – How could I not try the gingerbread tea, it being a classic Christmas flavour? Although, honestly, I had higher hopes for this one. I never got as much ginger or spices through as I thought I would – it tasted more like a generic black tea to me. I was a bit disappointed, as I love spices and gingerbread, and was very much looking forward to drinking this one!
Sweet Tooth Teas
Caramel – This smelt really sickly sweet in the bag, but an actual cup of this tea is very nice! It isn’t too sweet and very drinkable, and has a lovely caramel taste to it. You almost forget that it is tea that you’re drinking!
Cream – I don’t know if by this point I’ve tasted so many different flavoured teas that they all taste the same, but I can only get a hint of different flavours in this one. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice, as is every tea in this post, but sometimes I do expect a bit more flavour from a flavoured tea. That said, this one is cream flavoured and isn’t as adventurous as our Thai Chai (to come!). It is also supposed to have a hint of fresh cream. The more I drank it, the more I got that hint of freshness. It almost gave you that fresh mouth feel after you’ve brushed your teeth, and sucked in some air. It’s strange to get a fresh sensation from tea like that, but it was pretty pleasant. Overall, this tea was simple but surprised me the most!
Thai Chai – This tasted very nice, and you could taste the coconut in it. It was very similar to having breakfast or ordinary chai tea with coconut milk, instead of cows milk. I love Thai food so expecited to enjoy this more, but it wasn’t anything special for me.
Spiced Apple Chai – I didn’t think I would like this one as I thought it may be sour because of the apples. I’ve never had apple tea before so I was a bit naive! It smells like cooked apples and spices, like when I’m making apple crumble. Actually, it did make me crave one! The taste of apples is very subtle, so not what I originally expected. However, it does taste really delicious, and gives that crumble aftertaste! So warming and really festive – perfect for a cold night in.
And, of course, I have to make an honorary mention to the Pu Erh Chorange from my autumn teas blog post. It’s a delicious chocolate orange tea and I’m obsessed with it!
I hope you enjoyed the second installment in my Adagio Teas series! If you haven’t read the first, go check it out – there are plenty of different flavours to discover. And a final big thank you to Adagio for sending me these teas to review!
What was your favourite tea from this post? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time, and have a very Merry Christmas,