Adagio Teas’s Brigadoon Breakfast

Brigadoon Breakfast by Adagio Teas
Black Tea & White Tea / Flavoured
$15.00USD for 4oz

Adagio Teas has provided me with Brigadoon Breakfast for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

Brigadoon Breakfast from Adagio Teas is a tea that is sold once every 4 years – only on February 29th. I’m grateful to Adagio Teas for offering me the opportunity to try out their tea ahead of time so I was able to try and write a review ahead of the 29th. So Brigadoon Breakfast comes in a beautiful metal tin. I love the concept of a limited edition tea, but it’s mostly time limited since it’s only sold on one day out out of four years.

The tin itself is beautiful, the tea is loose inside. If you do get this, be sure to check out the artwork and the story of Brigadoon is printed on the inside of the lid as well. The tea has a lovely aroma – I mostly smell the black the tea base and hints of floral notes and toasted notes. Adagio describes the ingredient choices as being both for the blend flavours itself and also so that the colours mimick of the Scottish flag. Brigadoon Breakfast consists of: Assam Melody (black tea from Meleng Tea Estate in Assam, India), Keemun Concerto (Chinese black tea from Anhui Province), silver needle, and blue cornflowers.

Preparation

Adagio Teas recommends steeping Brigadoon Breakfast in 100°C/212°F water for 3 to 5 minutes. I opted to do my initial steep of Brigadoon Breakfast for 4 minutes.

First Taste

Brigadoon Breakfast steeps to a beautiful golden orange colour. There’s a very pleasant malty flavour in the steeped tea, just a hint of floral notes from the cornflower petals. I found there’s a mild astringency in this black tea blend, which lends itself to a bit of a mouth pucker effect. Brigadoon Breakfast has a mild sweetness, but it’s not over the top. I find it to be a nice cup of tea, very much a breakfast tea without being familiar to other breakfast blends that I’ve tried (think English or Irish).

Brigadoon Breakfast is definitely a tea that I can see being doctored up in the morning though. Add a bit of sweetener or evaporated milk (or cream, if that’s your thing). It would also be refreshing iced with a slice of a lemon floating on top, mostly because I think the slight astringency would play off the sour notes of lemon quite well.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Brigadoon Breakfast twice, adding an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. I found that the flavour remained fairly close to the initial steep, it was just a little bit weaker compared to the initial steep – as one might expect. I would recommend doing at least one resteep of the leaves, and then go for a second if you’re feeling a bit keen.

My Overall Impression

I loved Adagio Teas’s Brigadoon Breakfast. I love the special packaging for the limited edition tea, I love the concept and the exclusiveness of the blend of Brigadoon Breakfast being available only on February 29th. The black tea blend itself is pleasant – it has a great flavour with a twist on the idea of a breakfast tea blend, which I do appreciate. The addition of the silver needle really lends itself well to having a bit of a fresh, floral flavour profile that mixes with the malty black tea base. Lastly, I have to give Adagio Teas some props for not charging an arm and a leg for their Leap Day tea because Brigadoon Breakfast is set at an affordable price for most tea lovers.

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Adagio Teas’s Mango

Mango by Adagio Teas
Black Tea / Flavoured
$7.00USD for 6 quart-sized pouches

Adagio Teas has provided me with Mango as a sample with the Tea Advent Calendar (you can still find highlights from me opening all 24 days on my Instagram, @onemoresteep), a review of this tea was not requested.

First Impressions

Mango is a curious black tea blend from Adagio Teas. I received it as a sample when Adagio Teas sent me their 2019 Tea Advent Calendar, and I decided why not try and review it! It came as a pitcher-ready tea bag, so it’s fairly big. I did open up the pitcher tea bag to get a better look at the tea blend inside. The material feels a bit silky, I’m not sure what it’s made of.

Mango smells just like the mango fruit – I can’t make out the black tea base, but I’m not upset about it because it smells just like the fruit and I’m excited for it. Mango consists of: black tea, mango pieces, natural mango flavour and marigold petals.

Preparation

Adagio Teas recommends steeping Mango overnight in 4 cups of water (1 quart) with the cold brew/cold steep method.

If you want to try Mango as a hot tea, Adagio Teas recommends steeping in 212°F (100°C) water for 3 minutes.

Despite it being a winter wonderland outside the day that I decided to do this, I opted to cold steep Mango directly in my pitcher (this one!) with 1 quart of water (fun fact, 1 US quart is equal to 946mL). I used room temperature water that was previously boiled, and then popped the pitcher into the fridge for approximately 6hrs.

First Taste

Mango steeps to a lovely golden orange colour. It’s a very clear colour, and smells amazing. The aroma is primarily that of the mango fruit and it smells sweet. Surprisingly, the tea itself isn’t as sweet as I was expecting it – but there is no added sugar in the ingredients so perhaps I should have thought of that. The flavour is sweet and fruity, with a nice crispness to it. The black tea base is quite present in the steeped tea – I found it to have a bit of a nutty flavour to it which balances well against the more sweet, mango flavours.

I don’t really think it requires a lot of sweetener – but if you decide to add something to it, I would recommend something that easily dissolves in cold water (like agave syrup).

A Second Cup?

Due to the nature of the preparation of Mango, I did not opt to resteep the leaves.

My Overall Impression

I loved Adagio Teas’s Mango. I thought this black tea blend smelled and tasted like what I expected from a tea that calls itself Mango. I enjoyed the fact that it had multiple methods of steeping instructions – and I went for the one suggested on the packaging. It has a pleasant freshness to it that can only be captured in a cup of iced tea, and I think it’d be great in the summer time (perhaps with a wedge of lemon on the side?). Do take care when adding sweetener though, as the mango fruit itself does add some sweetness and you wouldn’t want to overwhelm it..

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Adagio Teas’s Tea Advent Calendar

Tea Advent Calendar by Adagio Teas
Black Tea, Fruit Infusion, Green Tea, Herbal Infusion, Oolong Tea, Rooibos, White Tea / Straight & Flavoured
$29USD for 24 assorted teas

Adagio Teas has provided me with Tea Advent Calendar for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

Adagio Teas asked me if I wanted to give their annual Tea Advent Calendar a try – and of course my answer was yes! This is going to be a bit of a different review as I’m not going to be giving any spoilers to the advent calendar and talking about the general product itself. It came quite nicely packaged in a sturdy shipping carton – there was an appropriate level of padding for the calendar box itself.

Each door for the calendar is perforated for easy opening, and all numbered so you drink in order. According to the product page, each day consists of an individually wrapped tea bag. There are no repeats, with 24 teas (and tisanes) in total. A nice little countdown to Christmas, if you ask me! The total weight of the tea isn’t listed on the packaging, and I couldn’t find it online. However, Adagio Teas’s tea bag products tend to be ~2.5g of tea per pyramid sachet, and while there are 24 tea bags in the whole calendar, I believe there should be approximately 60g of tea in there.

Now, Adagio Teas did include a tea list card that also lists the ingredients. However, the tea list is in alphabetical order rather than chronological order (so there is a bit of a spoiler, but not entirely). I will tell you that the assortment of teas and tisanes includes: black tea, fruit infusion, green tea, herbal infusion, oolong tea, rooibos, and white tea. There are both traditional teas as well as blends. Some of them are regularly stocked teas by Adagio Teas, while others definitely have more of a seasonal flair. The assortment honestly sound really good and is a great primer for the Adagio Teas product lineup.

Preparation

My plan for the Tea Advent Calendar is to drink each one daily throughout the month of December. I don’t want to inadvertently spoil anyone’s advent fun, so I won’t be publishing any posts early. I will be sharing each day on the corresponding day on my Instagram Stories (@onemoresteep) regardless of if I’m at home or work, I’ll be making it happen!  Hopefully you’ll be playing along at home with your own Adagio Teas Advent Calendar.

My Overall Impression

I love the Adagio Teas’s Tea Advent Calendar. I’m really looking forward to drinking through all 24 teas and tisanes this December! I’ve been in a busy-mode lately with the balancing of full-time work, school, and everything else that it’s made it hard to really plan anything. While I did do a DIY calendar last year, I don’t think I would have had the time to prepare my own advent calendar again this year, which is why I’m thankful for the opportunity to have Adagio Teas’s Advent Calendar for next month. And if you’re looking to buy your own Tea Advent Calendar, Adagio Teas has it up on their website (it shipped pretty quick from them to me in British Columbia, Canada).

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