Review of Adagio's Forest Berries Tea by the Tea And Hat Lady.
My introduction to this tea was it's fantastically fresh spring-like aroma. I had to take a few moments to just inhale the fresh spring wild berries of the forest. There was no desperate search for an indication what flavorings had been added to the already rich, bold Ceylon black tea. . . Definitely raspberries and strawberries. Besides the refreshingly fresh aroma of the forest berries tea it offers an artist's vision of natural beauty with the blending of the tea, raspberry leaves, and dried berries
Although I am experienced with professional cuppings to determine the quality, essences, and palatability of tea I chose to initially taste this tea the way I am most likely to steep it on a daily basis. Therefore; I used my ingenuitea pot to steep several cups of tea throughout my day. I am typically a "grandpa" style tea person -- steeping and re-steeping by just adding water to the same tea leaves throughout my day. Having done this with the Forest Berries Tea I did not taste the astringency I had expected from a strong black tea. Perhaps this is because the base of the tea was a Ceylon tea. I was very pleasantly surprised.
Recommendation -- Forest Berries Tea carries the aroma and flavoring through at least three steepings. For review purposes I chose to enjoy the tea hot but I am definitely going to enjoy this tea iced once the weather is warmer in the Northeast. The taste reminded me of a dry red wine, perhaps a Merlot . . . A dry wine with a hint of berries and a bold mouth feel. My only caution when steeping this tea is go sparingly. Being a Ceylon Tea it is strong and does not require many leaves to provide an exceptional cup of tea. Making it even more economical than some loose-leaf teas.
I will definitely be enjoying Forest Berries Tea by Adagio Teas again. Happy steeping to one and all,
The Tea And Hat Lady