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Adagio Teas : Chestnut Flavored Tea Review

It Smells Like Chestnuts But Really Doesn't Taste Like Them

Summary : This tea has a nice chestnut flavor right out of the tin, but once brewed, the taste is rather "different," and not necessarily in a good way. The tea also has kind of a bitter after-taste, too.

Review : Have you ever tried a chestnut flavored tea before? I hadn't. Do you really want to try a chestnut flavored tea? Truthfully...I really didn't. But well, it is 2am and for some odd reason I find myself in a adventurous mood...perhaps because I'm bored...so out of lack of anything else to do, I gave this flavored black tea from Adagio Teas a try.

Chestnut Flavored Black Tea Leaves

Admittedly, straight out of the tin that the tea is packed in I had some pretty high hopes for this tea. Chestnuts are hardly my favorite thing in the known world, but I don't hate the things either. As such, I was rather pleased with how the tea smelled...it had a very strong aroma of chestnuts - which I took for a good sign for a chestnut flavored black tea.

Here is how Adagio Teas describes this tea on their website : "Premium black tea from Sri Lanka flavored with roasted chestnuts. Perfect for enjoying in front of an open fire. With Jack Frost nipping at your nose, this is the ideal time to enjoy this Holiday favorite. Help to make the season bright, give this limited-time tea a try."

In general, I find the descriptions used by Adagio Teas to be quite accurate and truthful. However, let me be blunt here...when drinking this tea I in no way thought of this tea as the perfect "open fire" tea. Nor did I find this tea in any way helped to "brighten" my holidays.

No doubt this was due to the taste of the tea. While the tea did indeed have a strong aroma of chestnuts out of the tin, once brewed, well...the chestnut flavor nearly disappeared. And what remained was both weak and not entirely pleasant. In fact, the flavor of the brewed tea was, I thought, just plain odd. Also, and perhaps most cruelly of all, I'd have to say the tea really did smell better than it tasted.

However, this tea isn't awful by any means. I guess if you really, really have a chestnut addiction, you may like this tea. For everyone else though...find something else to drink for your holidays...like a potent egg nog.

Recommendation : No. Unless you are a chestnut-a-holic, I suspect few people will really find this tea enjoyable. The tea isn't awful...as in being a substitute for drain cleaner. But for me at least, this tea was far from being good. Hence I give it 2 stars.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Chestnut Flavored Black Tea
  • Manufacturer : Adagio Teas
  • Available from : Adagio Teas
  • Type of Tea : Flavored Tea
  • Leaf Type : Loose Leaf Tea
  • Date of Review : December 27th, 2006
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Place 1 teaspoon of loose leaf tea in an infuser. Boil 1 cup (5.5 ounces) of water. Pour water over the tea and wait 5 minutes.

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