This tea is a robust cup of comfort. The smell of the dry leaves is surprisingly sweet, undoubtedly due to the honeybush hazelnut, but the wet leaves smell more like earthy black tea.

To brew a strong cuppa, I added one-and-a-half spoonfuls of tea to one cup of water that had only just stopped boiling and let it steep for five minutes. I, of course, drank this with skim milk, as I do with most of my black teas. The mouthfeel is smooth—other reviews on Adagio refer to this as “creamy,” a term with which I must agree—and the assam and Irish breakfast teas give it pleasant body.

I recommend this tea for a rather dreary afternoon, when all you really want is to climb back in bed. This tea gives you a kick in a lovely cuppa.

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I’m a long-time Anglophile and a relatively new tea drinker, slowly building up my knowledge of the deliciousness that is a cuppa.

I love robust black teas that I can drink with milk. I’m a milk-in-first kind of gal. A strong cuppa is one of my favorite ways to start the day. My absolute favorite is Barry’s Gold Blend. I am also very fond of herbal teas, especially soothing blends before bedtime. I enjoy green tea for its health benefits, although I have yet to master a proper brew for it. I especially like jasmine green tea. I am not very familiar with white, rooibos, honeybush, or pu-erh teas, although I hope to taste more of them. I am awfully fond of rooibos with milk and sugar, but it has been quite some time since I found one as good as my first cup.

I am always on the lookout for delicious, affordable teas, especially those that are fair trade and/or organic.



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