Adagio immediately has my respect with this tea. Never before have I seen gemstones used in the naming of a tea - much less then used in relating the qualities of said gemstone to the tea itself! Adagio Teas' Tiger Eye black tea has notes of caramel and chocolate they say are reminiscent of the "undulating, contrasting bands of color and luster" in the Tiger Eye gem. Time to "polish" off a cup of this tea!
The aromas that waft from an open bag of this tea seem like a dessert in and of themselves! With caramel flavor, cocoa nibs, chocolate flavor, and vanilla flavor all accenting black tea, it immediately reminds me of toppings for ice cream, drizzled over tea. The caramel and vanilla are especially prominent scents, while the chocolate aroma blends really well with the black tea and provides a nice background (to the dry leaf).
Steeping a teaspoon and a half of tea in twelve ounces of just-boiled water for three minutes, the resulting brew is a clear, clean-looking dark brown. The richness of the chocolate makes itself more prominent in the brewed tea aroma.
The first sip tastes like liquid dessert being poured over my tongue. I appreciate that it is not an immediate hit of sweetness but rather a definite surge of black tea, edged and enhanced with sweet flavors. This tea is definitely different than most of the plain black teas I have been drinking recently, and this makes the strong chocolate notes more noticeable. I find them to be the most prominent, with caramel coming in the mid-tones, and vanilla finishing and lingering in the aftertaste (along with some caramel).
While I would love to recommend this as a dessert alternative, I would imagine that - for most people - drinking a cup of black tea after dinner might mess with their sleep patterns. So by all means, have this liquid dessert to start your morning! Or after lunch! Or as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up! The flavors are well-blended, and - despite how many sweet flavors are encompassed in Tiger Eye - I was still able to taste the black tea quite well. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate this tea a 3.
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Adagio Teas' Tiger Eye is available from their website, here.
This tea was provided for my unbiased review by Adagio Teas.
You can read more about my Personal Enjoyment Scale, here.
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