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Adagio Teas Ginseng Green Tea Review

A Light And Excellent Green Tea

Summary : This tea will not overwhelm you with flavor. Instead, this tea is exceptionally light, both in taste and color, yet the flavor is very pleasant with absolutely no bitterness. A good tea for people who don't like stronger green teas.

Review : As Forrest Gump might say, "Tea is like a box of chocolates...you never really know what you are going to get." And so that line from Forrest Gump crossed my mind when I first sampled Adagio Teas Ginseng Green Tea. In the world of tasting tea, you never really do know what you will be tasting. Some teas are what you expect them to be, others far better than expected, and others are downright terrible.

This Ginseng Green Tea is definitely unique. I will give full credit to Adagio Teas for coming up with a new and unique taste for a green tea. While the world is full of interesting flavorings and such in green teas, there was just something, well, very different about this particular green tea. So different, in fact, I'm having problems describing exactly what that is!

So let's start with the leaves. When you first pop the top of the tin the tea is packaged in, you are greeted by a very light, somewhat sweet fragrance. In some ways, the aroma reminded me a bit of ginger...but not quite. There was also a hint of mint in the fragrance, too...but not exactly mint either. And as for the leaves themselves, well, they are sizable...you'll have lots of fun getting them out of the container and into the infuser without spilling them all over your kitchen floor.

Here is how Adagio Teas explains this tea on their website : "Green tea from China with the curative benefits of ginseng root. A happy marriage of great taste and proven health benefits. Just the right touch of ginseng to liven up the cup. Makes a light and refreshing drink that's popular both hot and iced. If you are interested in the health properties of green tea and ginseng, this tea luckily combines both."

Once again, I have to give credit where credit is due, as Adagio Teas really did sum up this tea far better than I could. In particular, I found the word "lively" to be quite appropriate for some reason. It is not because this tea has some powerful taste that will make you want to go out and dance to energy music. Instead, this tea sort of says "I'm different than your other green teas."

Although this tea has an aroma of mint and ginger before brewed, you'll discover neither of those flavors in the brewed version. Instead, well, you get a unique green tea taste. That is the best way I can describe it...it's just plain different...and plain good.

Overall, I really recommend this very light flavored and light looking green tea. Especially if you, like me, have been burned by too many bad green teas...like those terrible things you are served in low-grade chinese restaurants.

Recommendation : Yes. This tea has a very light, unique taste to it. If you feel experimental, or if you are new to drinking this tea, I very much recommend trying this tea out. It's light, it's not bitter, it goes down easily and will leave you thinking - "Gee...this tea is just not your normal green tea."

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Ginseng Green Tea
  • Manufacturer : Adagio Teas
  • Available from : Adagio Teas
  • Type of Tea : Green Tea
  • Leaf Type : Loose
  • Date of Review : December 8th, 2006
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Pour 6 ounces water that has a temperature of 180 degrees (not boiling!), over about 1.5 teaspoons of green tea leaves. You want to use more than 1 teaspoon of leaves with this tea because the leaves are quite large (which throws off precise teaspoon measurements). Let steep for 3 minutes.

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