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Adagio Teas : Rum Flavored Black Tea Review

A Tea With a Pleasant Rum Flavor

Summary : I'll confess...I was surprised by this tea. While no substitute for rum, the tea does indeed have a moderately weak flavor of rum to it. Additionally, the tea itself was totally lacking in bitterness....always a good thing.

Review : I really wasn't in the mood for wine that much tonight. Yes...I drink 1-2 glasses of wine a night. Combine that with the tea and you do have a nice "boost" of anti-oxidants, for sure. Although admittedly wine and tea can occasionally be a, well...bad mix.

Still, while not in the mood for wine tonight, I did sort of want to have some booze. And then I remembered! A flavored black tea from Adagio Teas that had the name of "rum" in it. So...what better way to get your alcohol fix than by trying a tea that tastes like alcohol, right?

Rum Flavored Black Tea Leaves

Here is how Adagio Teas describes this tea on their website : "Premium black tea from China flavored with a spoonful of island rum. An intoxicating treat, delectable both hot and cold. If you like Amaretto or Bourbon tea and have yet to try gourmet rum tea, you'll be pleasantly surprised by its superior taste. Indulge your taste buds. Give our Rum Tea a try."

Now, I was partially encouraged by the aroma of the tea. But only partially. Yes, you could get a fragrance of the rum...but it definitely wasn't as strong as I had hoped for. Still...it was better smelling than many other flavored black teas I've tried, so I was still in good spirits.

The taste of the tea was about what I expected though. I've had way too many flavored black teas that have left me on the rocks of despair to really be disappointed anymore. Indeed...I guess you could say many flavored black teas really don't taste much like the flavor that has been added to them...but instead still tastes like black tea...with all the bitterness thrown in for good measure.

Happily, that wasn't the case here. The tea wasn't bitter...just don't steep beyond 5 minutes. Additionally, the rum flavoring added was noticeable...it just wasn't nearly as strong of a rum flavor that I had hoped for.

Overall, this is a pleasant flavored black tea. It does have the flavor of rum, but the flavor just isn't that strong. So if you are looking for a true "alcohol replacement" tea without the hangover, I suspect you'll be disappointed with this tea. That said...if you don't mind a weaker flavored rum tea...like over the holidays or something...then this tea may just fit the bill.

Recommendation : Yes, although it depends on how strong you want the rum flavor to be. The rum flavor in the tea was rather weak...but still noticeable. People who want a strong rum flavor will be disappointed. But others will probably enjoy this tea.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Rum Tea
  • Manufacturer : Adagio Teas
  • Available from : Adagio Teas
  • Type of Tea : Flavored Tea
  • Leaf Type : Loose Leaf Tea
  • Date of Review : May 11th, 2007
  • 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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