How do you like your tea? I like mine with a little bit of milk and one sugar, and I always leave the bag to brew for a few minutes before adding the milk. I tend to stick to tea bags as opposed to loose leaf tea and I’m not really fussy about which brand of tea I drink, although I am partial to Tetley’s and PG Tips – Twinings, if it’s on offer!
Loose leaf tea
My tea-drinking habits were transformed recently, when Adagio Teas sent me a selection of teas to try out at home. Specialising in premium loose leaf tea, this online brand stocks just about every variety of tea you could ever wish for, from full leaf black teas and herbal teas, to green tea, white tea, oolong tea, chai tea, iced tea and more. If you’re not keen on loose leaf tea, you can opt for pyramid tea bags instead.
Although I’ve never brewed loose leaf tea myself at home before, Adagio Tea’s paper filters and teapot with infuser made the whole process really quick and easy. I also loved Adagio Tea’s portable tea infuser, activiTEA (£18), which meant I could enjoy my cuppa on the go.
My favourite mug has now been cast aside in favour of this glass teacup and saucer (£8).
What sets Adagio Teas apart from other loose leaf tea brands is that its hand-picked teas are sourced directly from origin. With teas from a number of different countries and regions, you can drink tea from all corners of the world without stepping foot outside your front door!
All the teas I tried had a bold, distinctive taste but I especially loved the tropical teas, which reminded me of being in the Caribbean. These sampler boxes cost between £6 to £16 and contain four sealed pouches of different flavoured teas, each filled with enough tea to make ten cups.
I was particularly excited to get my hands on some authentic Japanese matcha powders flavoured with chocolate, peach and cinnamon apple. These tins are priced at £19 or 57g, which works out at just over 75p per cup. Those little red cups are £7 per pair.
I’m now hoping to get my hands on a traditional Japanese bamboo whisk and sifter so I can have a go at making my own matcha tea, and I’m also looking forward to experimenting with it in baking – I’ve spotted an amazing matcha cake recipe which I can’t wait to try out!
There’s even a loose leaf tea range based on popular fandoms, like Dr. Who, Game of Thrones and Sherlock Holmes (£9 for 85g, or £19 for a sample set of six 14g tins).
Meanwhile, the festive tea gift sets would be the perfect Christmas present for any tea lover, featuring mouthwatering blends like chestnut tea, candy apple tea and gingerbread tea. These are available as either loose leaf teas or bags and they come in a range of sizes, priced from £12 to £20 per set.
The festive red PersonaliTEA ceramic teapot (£12) and set of four porcelain cups (£22) would go really well with the festive gift sets as a Christmas present for a tea enthusiast.
Thanks to Adagio Teas, one lucky reader has the chance to WIN this festive red teapot and four porcelain red cups, along with one Holiday Cheer Teabag set (30 teabags, RRP £14), 1 Spice Jubilee Set (three 113g tins, RRP £20), 1 Christmas Teas Sampler (four 10g pouches, RRP £7) and a variety of seasonal tea samples. That’s £75 worth of tea and teaware! Imagine sipping on these seasonal brews as you unwrap your Christmas presents and catch up on your favourite TV programmes! To enter, please use the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post.
To find out more about these delicious loose leaf teas or to place an order, please visit Adagio Teas’ website.