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There’s Nothing Like a Good Cup of Tea – Review and Giveaway #52

Drink Reviews, Giveaway, Tea | 3rd October 2014 | By

Chocolate may be my number one passion, but there is nothing quite so refreshing as a good cup of tea. For me, the best cuppa involves loose leaf tea and plenty of room for the leaves to swirl around, expand and infuse. Some of you may remember the IngenuiTEA and Adagio tea samples I reviewed earlier in the year and that particular pot gets plenty of use in our house. However, when I am on my own, a pot of tea is not always what I want, the tea can get cold before I get around to finishing it.

Luckily Adagio now has a new line which is  perfect for such occasions: a porcelain cup with infuser. It may be called a cup, but it’s actually a large mug, with accompanying lid and infuser. The infuser is also large allowing plenty of room for the leaves to expand and it handily fits into many other drinking vessels if you fancy a change. Made of stainless steel, it’s also good and sturdy; I’ve had metal infusers before, which have been so feeble they’ve given up the ghost after very few uses. This one looks as though it’s here for the long haul. It also makes washing it up nice and easy as there is no fear of it breaking. I do find the solid base a bit annoying as the liquid is unable to escape properly thus leaving a rather mushy pool of leaves and tea behind – but this is a minor quibble. The cup, lid and infuser are all dishwasher safe. The lid is not only essential when the leaves are infusing, but it can be used to keep the tea warm in between sips. Handily, it doubles as a receptacle to place the infuser on when the tea has been steeped to your liking. This no fuss, no mess method makes it ideal for office use as well as at home. I chose a bright red one, called barn for some reason, but there are five other colours to choose from. Hmm, maybe I should have gone for the chocolate one.

So what of the teas? Two of the three samples I was sent to try were black teas, which are not generally a favourite. However, I have been surprised by black teas in the past and I am always happy to try new ones. The third one was a herbal and struck me as distinctly odd as I’d never come across that combination before.

Pu Erh Spice – I’d heard quite a bit about pu erh and that the name is perhaps quite apt in terms of smell. However, this one had a sweet heady aroma both when opening the packet and as brewing tea. With an added spice mix of cinnamon bark, orange peel, ginger root and aniseed, I guess this shouldn’t have been a surprise. It’s like a lighter version of masala chai and is very tasty with the warming and zesty flavours of cinnamon and orange to the fore.

Yunnan Jig – the scent emanating from the packet on opening was not at all what I expected from a black tea. It was pure summer – sweet grassy newly harvested hay. Large sticks of tea that unfurled into leaves in the infuser and tasted just as good as they smelt. Light and fragrant as it was, is seemed more like a green tea than a black one. The world of tea never ceases to fascinate.

Foxtrot – Although the scent of chamomile is one of my favourites, I’m really not that keen on drinking it; when I saw that this herbal tea contained chamomile, my heart sank a little. It perked up on further reading when I saw it contained my favourite tea rooibos too. But I thought it a very odd mix of flavours with chamomile, peppermint, rooibos and rooibos vanilla.  Chamomile and peppermint both have strong scents and I felt the aromas were fighting each other rather than melding or complimenting. Strangely when water was added, the scent improved and I found myself liking it. The proof would come in the drinking. Weeellll, it’s actually not bad. The mint is refreshing and the chamomile and vanilla give a sweet note, though I’m not quite sure where the rooibos comes in. I don’t think I’d go out of my way to drink this, but it makes for an interesting change.

You can read another account of the cup with a different selection of teas over at Fork & Good.

Giveaway
Adagio Teas have kindly agreed to give one of my readers a porcelain cup and infuser of the colour of their choice as well as a selection of three tea samples. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Gleam widget below. You will need to leave a comment on this post, answering the question, which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received. If you are commenting anonymously, please give me some way of identifying you as I will be verifying the validity of entries. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. Winners will need to respond within 7 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked.

Prizes are offered and provided by Adagio Teas and Chocolate Log Blog accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of said third party.
Closing date is Friday 31 October 2014

Do take a look at my giveaway page to see if there is anything else you would like to enter.

Porcelain Cup & Infuser

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    Di
    3rd October 2014

    I can’t resist a mars bar with my cuppa šŸ™‚

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    Katie @ The Perfect Brownie
    3rd October 2014

    It’s a shame I can’t enter this one! I do love a good cuppa. šŸ™‚ I haven’t seen a similar product over here in the US, but now I’ll have to look a bit harder. I often make individual cups of tea, but it typically involves a mug, a microwave, and a tea bag.

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      Choclette Blogger
      3rd October 2014

      Ah sorry Katie, they aren’t very common over here either, but a great idea. I have something similar I bought at a food festival a few years ago, but not seen one since.

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      BillBadger
      6th October 2014

      Katie. You make Tea in a microwave!!?? Lol. Do they not sell kettles in USA?
      Definitely Mars is the best with a cup of Tea, although KitKat pushes it a close second.

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    Anonymous
    5th October 2014

    I like digestives personally
    (Spencer Broadley)

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    Galina Varese
    5th October 2014

    I have been drinking Adagio lavender Earl Grey with very dark Italian chocolates, it was a fab combination. Adagio sent me different teas, I have chosen a Hazelberry Pu erh, really lovely nutty flavour.

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    Anonymous
    5th October 2014

    85% dark chocolate!

    Hazel Rea – @beachrambler

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    Janet Rawstron
    6th October 2014

    A white chocolate Lion bar

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    Anonymous
    6th October 2014

    Fry’s Turkish delight.

    Rachel Craig

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    Paula Readings
    6th October 2014

    I like a ‘Twix’ & I do dip it in my tea, they are so thick they don’t break off in the cup. šŸ™‚

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    Anonymous
    6th October 2014

    chocolate cheesecake

    KATHY D

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    Emma Birley
    6th October 2014

    My daughter makes these Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes and they’re so good!! I always have to have one <3

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    Tracey Parker
    6th October 2014

    A piece of cake, currently a piece of my mum’s birthday cake

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    Sarah Archibald
    6th October 2014

    Not exactly chocolate. there are new wafer biscuits ive found, you pop it on top of your cup and the heat melts the inside, which is caramel. GORGEOUS.

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    vanessa gannon
    6th October 2014

    a scrummy piece of chocolate cake.x

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    Amy PJ
    7th October 2014

    A chocolate digestive…or two.

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    Caroline
    7th October 2014

    I’d have it with just a couple of squares of good dark chocolate.

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    Anonymous
    9th October 2014

    custard creams
    from samantha price

  17. Leave a Reply

    Emma Goldsmith
    11th October 2014

    Chocolate digestives.

  18. Leave a Reply

    beverley whitby
    11th October 2014

    rich tea fingers but only a quick dunk x

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    Anonymous
    13th October 2014

    tobelerone
    dorothy cavender

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    Gemma Nisbet
    14th October 2014

    A chocolate and raspberry muffin

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    rebecca nisbet
    14th October 2014

    there are these biscuits that i always get from ikea, they have this chocolate drizzled on top,cant remember what there called but love them!

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    P Bennett
    18th October 2014

    A cup of tea goes really nicely with a slice of chocolate cake – a real treat šŸ™‚

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    Anonymous
    20th October 2014

    Plain Chocolate Digestives
    Claire D

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    fern
    22nd October 2014

    just a plain ole milk chocolate bar, i love to dunk it in my tea!

  25. Leave a Reply

    Holly G
    22nd October 2014

    A simple chocolate digestive!

  26. Leave a Reply

    Laura Coe
    22nd October 2014

    A cadburys twirl bar always goes well with a cuppa

  27. Leave a Reply

    Gabrielle Powell
    25th October 2014

    a dark chocolate digestive biscuit

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    Francesca Harrod
    26th October 2014

    I’m a savory person so I’d have a posh thin chessey wafer or two, like Thomas J Fudges Stilton wafers mmmmmm

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    Jackie Chapman
    27th October 2014

    I like a twix with my cuppa and sometimes I bite the ends off and suck my tea through it like a straw šŸ™‚

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    Anonymous
    29th October 2014

    A chocolate digestive

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    Kim Styles
    31st October 2014

    dark chocolate digestives

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    Anonymous
    31st October 2014

    Chocolate digestive

    trevor linvell

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