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Adagio teas

Click to visit the Adagio Teas websiteThis may seem like a bit of a strange blog post, blogging about a company that sells tea online but I decided to write it because I was very nervous about buying tea online.  I really wanted some reassurance from someone that the company was real and I’d get the tea (I’ve yet to get used to this whole buying things online thing…).  So I thought I’d write this incase there’s anyone else that wants to buy tea online but isn’t sure about doing so from a completely unknown company.

Adagio have a pretty website (I like pretty…) and they had the teapot I wanted so I decided to go for it.  They delivered very very quickly (I ordered on a Friday and it was delivered on the following day!) and everything was very well wrapped.  They even sent me a little book that talks all about tea which was very interesting despite being painfully American (tea appears to be rather more unusual in America than it is in Britain…).  The sample size packs of tea I bought were in very good little packets that resealed easily and the pot of tea was in an airtight jar with a clear lid that blocked UV to help keep the tea fresh.

I would highly recommend this website as somewhere to buy tea online.  Delivery is free on orders over £30 (which isn’t hard to do once you start looking at all their wonderful teas…).

Dragon Phoenix Pearl Tea

Dragon Phoenix Pearl Tea from Adagio Teas, click to visit the website.This tea, bought from Adagio Teas, has attracted a surprising amount of attention from people when it’s been in my teapot, possibly more so than the flowering tea.  It is Dragon Phoenix Pearl tea and attracts attention because when put in water these balls unravel into leaves that are very distinctly leaf like.  I realise I’ve just described leaves as being “leaf like” but this is actually quite unusual with tea.  There aren’t many teas that I’ve drunk where afterwards I’ve been able to pick out actual whole leaves that look like just that, leaves.  This attracts a lot of attention from people, particularly those that are far more used to the powdery stuff you get in tea bags.  If you try this tea it’s well worth using a teapot, preferably one that gives it plenty of space as it does expand to several times it’s size once put in water so needs plenty of space if you want to get the best flavour.

This is a green tea with Jasmine in it which is a very nice combination and well worth a try.  It’s not at all bitter and has a slightly sweet flavour and smells lovely.  Although I have no idea how much caffeine is in this tea, I don’t get the impression that it’s particularly low in caffeine so may not be for you if that’s what you’re after (for low caffeine teas, look at ones tagged “low caffeine” or look at my blog post on decaffeinating teas if/when I get round to writing it).

IngenuiTEA teapot

Picture of the IngenuiTEA teapot.It took almost a year for me to replace my old teapot which broke into rather too many pieces in the process of moving house, but when I saw this one I couldn’t resist.  I initially came across it on ThinkGeek but then bought it from Adagio, partially because the price was then in GBP.  Adagio have since started selling one twice the size.

Although it may look like it’s made of glass, it actually appears to be made of some sort of plastic and is extremely resilient, it’s resilience is also added to by nature of not having a spout!  Although it’s an unusual teapot, I’ve found it to be extremely good.  It normally lives on my office desk and doesn’t take up very much space (for which I’m extremely grateful for because my desk is normally buried under teas, books and papers!).

It has a valve at the bottom and an extremely good filter and then when it’s done you just place it on top of your mug and it empties out of the bottom.  This is both good and bad.

The major advantage of this teapot design is that the tea has plenty of space.  If you’ve never made tea in something like this before, it may surprise you quite how much the tea expands when given the space to do so.  It also seems to make a noticeable improvement to the taste of the tea, although I’ve never made a proper comparison.  There’s also enough space for most flowering teas to properly flower which is extremely pretty.

The downside of the design of this teapot is that once you’ve got the teapot on top of your mug, you can’t tell how full the mug is unless you have a transparent mug.  Thankfully my favourite mug is twice the size of a normal mug so this isn’t a problem but with standard sized mugs it can be difficult to judge when the mug is getting full.  Another thing you have to be careful of is that you put the teapot down on a flat surface.  If you put the teapot down on a surface that isn’t flat something can  press on the valve causing it to empty, which gets very messy, as I discovered!

Overall I would highly recommend this as a teapot to anyone that uses loose tea, although if you’re wanting something that’ll do more than one or two mugs, you might want to get the larger size.