Adagio Teas’ Peach Bellini

Peach Bellini by Adagio Teas
Fruit Infusion / Flavoured
$8.00USD for 3oz

First Impressions

Peach Bellini came to me via the same promotion that I mentioned when I reviewed Samurai Mate. It comes in resealable foil bag, with all the information about the tea listed on a little label. When I first opened the package, the majority of what I saw was the apple pieces, but I could smell the peach flavouring. I couldn’t really make out the other fruit ingredients when smelling it, but the peach was nice.

The ingredients of Peach Bellini are: apple pieces, orange peels, peach flavour, strawberries, rose petals, mango pieces, pineapple pieces, apricots, and papaya flavour.

Preparation

Adagio Teas recommends steeping Peach Bellini for 5 to 10 minutes in 212°F (100°C) water. My initial steep of Peach Bellini was for the full 10 minutes. I checked out my cup at the 5 minute mark, but the aroma didn’t seem quite there yet based on the dry leaf, so I left it to steep for the extra 5 minutes.

First Taste

Peach Bellini was really light in colour for me, despite having steeped it for the full 10 minutes from the recommended range of 5 to 10 minutes. The aroma was primarily that of peaches, but the taste of it was more like a mix of fruits – although I wouldn’t be able to tell you which ones. I did try it both hot and iced, and found the iced to be more preferable. Peach Bellini was quite a light iced tea in terms of flavour, and there was a touch of sweetness from the fruit ingredients. I wish I could find the mango, pineapple, or papaya flavours in this one, but they were quite lost.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Peach Bellini and found it was lacking in both aroma and flavour, I’d say that Peach Bellini is good for just one steep.

My Overall Impression

I thought that Adagio Tea’s Peach Bellini was just okay. The aroma of the dry leaf was amazing and really quite inviting. I think part of the issue is that the tea I got in my sampler just wasn’t well mixed. A lot of apple pieces, not a lot of the other ingredients. It made it difficult for me to find the other flavours to enjoy them. That said, Peach Bellini makes a lightly sweetened iced tea that’s quite enjoyable if you’re looking for an iced tea.

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Adagio Teas’ Samurai Mate

Samurai Mate by Adagio Teas
Herbal Infusion (Yerba Mate & Rooibos) / Flavoured
$8.00USD for 3 oz

First Impressions

I got this sample packet of Samurai Mate as part of a promotion that Adagio Teas was putting on when Teavana Teas was closing. The packaging and label is nice and simple – very on point with their branding, and the label tells me everything that I need to know about the tea – steeping instructions and ingredients. Bonus points for being resealable, Adagio Teas! Something I greatly appreciate. Resealable packaging helps keep the tea fresh and ready to go for the next time I want to make a cup. If you’ve ever heard of Adagio Teas, it might have been their fandom teas (of which they have many…).

Samurai Mate has a strong almond aroma, which the cardamom, ginger, and orange in the background. There’s fruit in the blend as well, and lemongrass, that I can see, but I can’t pick out those aromas. Samurai Mate consists of: yerba mate, green rooibos, cinnamon bark, ginger root, cardamom, orange peels, lemon grass, aniseed, almond flavour, spicy cinnamon flavour, mango pieces, papaya flavour and pineapple pieces.

Preparation

Adagio Teas recommends steeping Samurai Mate in 212°F (100°C) water for 5-10 minutes. My initial steep was for 7 minutes.

First Taste

Samurai Mate steeps to a beautiful golden orange colour. There’s a rich ginger and cinnamon aroma from the steeped tea, which I do taste as well. Along with the ginger and cinnamon, I taste the cardamom with a light sweetness – which may be from the fruit. I can’t taste the almond, which is unfortunate since it was so present with the dry leaf. The tail end of each sip has just a hint of bright citrus notes, which makes for a tasty cup.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Samurai Mate, steeping for a total of 10 minutes. I found the colour and the flavour to be quite dilute compared to the initial steep. I didn’t really enjoy the resteep of the same leaves.

My Overall Impression

I liked Adagio Teas’ Samurai Mate. I really enjoyed the warming flavours of the ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon in the blend. The sweetness from the fruits was a nice touch, but I was a bit disappointed that I wasn’t able to taste the almond in the steeped tea. That said, I’m really grateful that I couldn’t taste the rooibos in the base as I’m normally not a very big fan of rooibos. The citrus just added a touch of brightness to this blend, which made it quite delicious! I just wish that it had resteeped better since it was so enjoyable for the initial steep.

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