March 15, 2005

Tea-licious!

A while back, I received an email from Adagio Teas, asking me if I would put a link to their website on my blog. They specifically cited the overlap between tea-drinkers and knitters, and pointed me to several other knitting blog entries extolling their virtues. Finally, they offered to send me a “starter kit” to introduce me to the teas, so that I could decide whether I wanted to link to them or not. Well, that seemed like a pretty good deal to me, since I am definitely a die-hard tea drinker (we already have about 50 different types of tea in the house, but I’m always happy to get more!). I’d seen Adagio tea mentioned on other blogs, and had been vaguely curious, but I try not to find out too much about potentially attractive places to spend more money. Still, this involved me getting free stuff for no commitment, so why not?

I’d rather forgotten about it all until yesterday, when a box landed on our front porch. In it was this embarrassment of riches:

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Three separate sample packs of tea: black teas, green teas, and herbal teas, all packed in lovely little tins, and each with enough tea for at least 5 or 6 cups, probably more:

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On top of that, there was a fancy “teapot” for brewing looseleaf teas. You put the leaves in the pot (more like a large plastic mug with a lid) and pour in the boiling water. When it’s done steeping, you just place the pot over your cup, which releases a valve and lets the tea drain into your cup through a mesh infuser, leaving the tealeaves in the pot. It really is quite a clever device, and perfect for making one or two cups of really classy tea. Here it is, having admirably performed its duty with some English Breakfast tea:

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I enjoyed my tea with a piece of this Apple Spice Snacking Cake:

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It’s living up to its name — I can’t stop eating it, as you can tell from the cake on the right!

I’ve tried the afore-mentioned English Breakfast, and last night I had a really nummy cup of Fruit Medley, which really is just a bunch of dried fruit pieces, with some herbs and flowers thrown in. So, while my sampling range is limited so far, I can say that I’ve been quite impressed with Adagio so far. They have an impressive range of teas, and clearly they’re very interested in increasing their customer base. It also looks like, from both the literature they included in my package and the information on their website, they’re interersted in organic and fair-trade teas, which makes me happy.

Having fully declared my bias, therefore, (I got free stuff, after all!) I would definitely recommend this company to anyone looking for gourmet tea. I’m going to put a link to them on my sidebar — who knew my blog was so high-powered that a link here would be so desirable?! — and I may well report back from time to time as I work my way through the other samples.

I do have knitting news, too. The second sleeve of the blue raglan is blocking right now:

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Seaming tonight! I’m going out to dinner on Thursday, and I’m hoping to be able to wear this sweater by then. Next up, Tintin!

Posted by Aven at March 15, 2005 01:05 PM
Comments

wow! you hit the motherlode of teas. ;) i bought their teas a while ago for myself (strawberry, raspberry and lemon) and gifts for my mom and husband for christmas along with several pots. i’d love if they’d sent me an email advertising their site on our blog.

Posted by: lynette at March 15, 2005 04:28 PM

Note to Adagio Tea and any other company out there willing to bestow free merchandise on moi:
I will shamelessly sell my soul for free samples and share Mouth-Watering Reviews on my site! ARE YOU LISTENING? DID YOU CATCH MY EMAIL ADDRESS AND URL? I will be waiting for further instructions with bated tea breath.
Oh and the sweater is looking good too, Aven.

Posted by: Elizabeth at March 16, 2005 10:22 AM

Just browsing your blog, and noticed that you said “the second sleeve.. is blocking right now.” and I am assuming that you knit one sleeve at a time? Tsk tsk tsk! I will highly recommend you knit both sleeves at the same time on the same needles because a)they end up the same and b)you’d be surprised at how fast it works up (none of this ‘i’m finished a sleeve but ugh i’ve got a whole other one to do…).
:)

Posted by: at March 16, 2005 10:32 PM

Hi! I went to the Adagio site to add their link, but I can’t use it (so far as I can figure out) because it requires you to have an American address.

Oh well, it would have been cool! Lovely sweater too by the way. Nice and simple!

Posted by: Karlie at March 17, 2005 08:33 PM