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Adagio Teas Cherry Green Tea Review
A Nice Introductory Green Tea With a Hint of Cherry
Summary : A perfect introductory green tea, this tea from Adagio Teas is a pleasant blend of green tea and cherry flavor. While the cherry flavor is surprisingly weak, I still found the tea an enjoyable blend.
Review : It's windy, so windy my townhome rattles in the 80mph guests. Meanwhile, a major storm that is suppose to dump twelve inches of rain over the Sierra snowpack is slowly rolling in, leading to a "flooding event" this weekend in the tea capital of the world - Reno, Nevada.
So, with all these problems set to arise this weekend, it struck me as a great time to try a new green tea I recently ordered from Adagio Teas.
The tea from Adagio Teas I tried on this nasty evening was called Cherry Green Tea. I mean, what could be a better drink in the face of an approaching flood than a green tea mixed with wild cherry? With one cup of tea I can get my antioxidants and satisfy my inner-need for a Wild Cherry lifesaver - all the while forgetting about the doom that is supposed to descend on Reno this weekend.
Or so I hoped.
Here is how Adagio Teas explains their Cherry Green tea on their website : "This premium tea is a treat for any Chekhov fans musing in their cherry orchard. Fresh green tea flavored with ripe summer cherries. Candied cherry aroma, juicy texture and slightly dry finish. Great hot or iced."
This tea contains the following ingredients : Green tea, natural wild cherry flavor, rose petals and dried cherries.
So let us start with the aroma of this tea. Once I ripped open the trial sample package I was immediately greeted by a very strong and wonderfully sweet cherry fragrance. And I kid you not, at "first sniff" the tea in the sampler bag really reminded me of a wild cherry lifesaver. Yes indeed, the fragrance of the tea is that wonderful.
Since I adore wild cherry lifesavers and just about anything else with wild cherry flavor, my hopes for this tea skyrocketed and I thought for sure I'd be awarding this tea Jim's patented five-star rating.
But alas, the flavor of the tea didn't match the fragrance. This is not to say the tea is bad. Far from it, in fact. However, the very powerful aroma erroneously led me to believe that I had found the perfect substitute for a wild cherry lifesaver.
But it was not to be. Instead, the best way to describe this teas flavor is a typical green tea flavor (without any sort of grassy taste, happily), with just a hint of cherry lurking in the background.
Thus, I was disappointed. However, the tea is actually quite pleasant to drink. The tea lacked any sort of grassy flavor and bitterness. Basically, the Cherry Green Tea from Adagio Teas is a light-flavored straight green tea, with the wild cherry infusion providing an interesting but very weak background flavor.
And is typical of many straight green teas, this tea also lacked any sort of an aftertaste.
One final thought. While drinking this tea, I couldn't help but think that this tea is an ideal "introductory" green tea. The lack of bitterness or taste of grass, combined with a light flavor and the hint of cherry in the background, provides a safe pathway into the world of green tea without risking disappointment or death from a foul-tasting brew.
Overall, whether or not you will enjoy this tea depends on what you seek from it. If you enjoy straight green teas, I absolutely gurantee you'll love this teas light flavor and non-bitterness. However, if you are in search of the perfect wild cherry lifesaver replacement, then I'm afraid you'll be disappointed to a degree.
Recommendation : Yes. This tea from Adagio Teas is a very pleasant, non-bitter green tea with just a "hint" of cherry flavor. While I personally wished the teas flavor matched the powerful cherry fragrance, I still found the tea enjoyable to drink. In particular, I think this green tea is an excellent "first gree tea," since there is absolutely no grassy flavor - a common trait of too many green teas.
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