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#TeaTuesday Peppermint Butler

June 6, 2017 2 Comments

I have rediscovered Peppermint Butler tea this summer. I ordered it in the winter, enjoying it immensely as a cup of hot tea. It is mildly caffeinated, so I sometimes drank it instead of morning coffee for a change.  It contains vanilla flavored Ceylon tea, vanilla flavored oolong tea , peppermint, and candy canes.  Even though it has been in the tin for a long time, the mint flavor is still strong, probably because of the candy canes crushed in the mix.  It is not overly sweet or too minty, but has a unique taste.  It is my current favorite iced tea.  Summer is intense in Arizona, so we need cool and refreshing beverages. This tea lifts my spirits as well as my taste buds.

I had no idea this tea had been named for a cartoon character until I started to write this review.  This is one of Adagio’s signature blends, which I like to sample from time to time.  They are more complex and exotic combinations, more expensive ingredients, with a slightly higher price point.  I have never been disappointed with the quality of the signature blends.  They pack a punch that makes them worth a few extra cents per cup.  Peppermint Butler is an excellent example of that value for dollar.  The 5 oz tin, which I purchased, is priced at about 38 cents a cup, very reasonable, especially in comparison to tea you purchase in a bottle, already brewed and shipped across the country. Adagio lets customers create their own custom signature blends.  This lets you become a tea blend expert with the highest quality ingredients.

If you are looking for some new iced tea excitement this summer I highly recommend this blend. The creamy minty taste goes down well all day long.  It compliments salad, chilled soup, and sandwiches very well.  Today I will pair it will chilled corn vichyssoise for lunch.  The crisp tea will be a nice contrast to the rich cool soup.  Both have a richness that make them a good couple on a hot day.

Peppermint Butler Tea

Peppermint Butler Tea

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Tea Tuesday Roiboos Lemon Cloud

May 30, 2017 3 Comments

rooibos lemon cloud

rooibos lemon cloud

Roiboos Lemon Cloud

Roiboos Lemon Cloud

Today I am enjoying the lilting lemon flavor of Roiboos Lemon Cloud tea from Adagio. The weather is hot and my day will be busy. I don’t need any extra caffeine.   This delightful tea has zero to put me on edge as a breeze through the afternoon. I will probably consume half a gallon of this on ice to stay cool and hydrated. The natural lemon flavor is highlighted with vanilla and lemon grass.  This blend reminds me of  lemon merengue pie, but has no fat or calories. I think the creamy vanilla adds the dessert touch to this tea without adding any sweetener.

I will drink it for lunch with a big salad. Roiboos tea has no bitter aftertaste, and therefore combines well with any meal.  The fresh light taste combines perfectly with fresh raw vegetables and fruits.  Hot or cold with dessert of any kind Lemon Cloud provides a sweet yet tangy contrast.  We have some blueberry cheesecake ice cream in the freezer that will be superb with the vanilla/lemony tea.  I have some rhubarb to stew that will also taste great with this tea. My flavor profile for the day promises to be healthy and delicious.

I like gin and tea cocktails, but think that fruit flavored rum would be a fun way to create a Lemon Cloud tea cocktail.  A coconut rum shot would compliment the flavors nicely.  You can use your imagination and discretion.  I use a little alcohol to tea, but you can use the ratio you prefer during your cocktail hour.  Experiment.  There is a world beyond Long Island Iced Tea waiting for you to discover.

I recommend this tea to everyone.  It is a good calorie and caffeine free choice for kids as well as adults.  The sophisticated flavor blend might convert some soda pop drinkers to iced tea.  It could be served at high tea with milk and sugar for a twist.  I buy it in the 16 ounce pouch, which prices out to about 10 cents a cup.  It is a thrifty and delightful alternative to bottled drinks.  The high mineral content and antioxidants contained in roiboos give the body a healthy boost while delivering sweet, slightly nutty flavor. Santé!

Roiboos Lemon Cloud

Roiboos Lemon Cloud

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