Adagio Teas: Gourmet Tea From Around The World

When I was a child, the teapot took pride of place on the dining table.  My father is a confirmed tea addict and he still likes his tea loose-leafed, served at the right temperature in a pot and strained into a decent china cup.  Using a tea-bag is ‘slumming it’!

He inherited his love of a good brew from my grandmother, Jessie, who used to joke that it was actually tea, not blood, running through her veins and who, when she was a girl in late 1920’s worked for Typhoo.

Adagio Gourmet Tea - sample boxes - Orchard Oolong, Premium Teas of China, Teas of Japan and Earl Grey Teas

Now you may have tried other types of tea – Earl Grey, Assam, Darjeeling and a good old fashioned English breakfast tea but there are a wealth of other teas to try from all over the world.  It is truly possible to be as great a connoisseur of tea as it is of wine or coffee.

And read on – because I have an amazing giveaway detailed at the end of this post.

Many of us, of course, rely on the good old teabag dunked in a mug usually due to a lack of time or, for us parents, energy.  But I think this is a shame.

I’m not suggesting our tea preparation should be anywhere near as complex at the Japanese tea ceremony but there is an argument for taking time for ourselves and creating a little oasis of calm in our busy lives whilst we sup a tea which can transport us to Japan or China, an aristocratic stately home or an orchard filled with fruit.

And with Mother’s Day coming up on 11th March in the UK, a selection of teas would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift, and one my grandmother would certainly have appreciated!

Gourmet tea from Adagio Teas

Adagio Teas recently sent me a positive cornucopia of loose teas to try, together with pots and cups in which to test them.

Their website is a great source of information about all things tea and you can read about the types of tea and how it is made.

Adagio make it easy for you to try different teas with their sampler packs which have incredibly romantic names such as Orchard Herbals and Honeybush Teas.  There are Christmas teas and Berries teas as well as the names you will recognise, Red and Green Rooibos, Jasmine and Chai teas.

No tea strainer required

They also offer ingenious ways to drink your loose tea without the faff of hunting around for a strainer or having to drain the pot afterwards.

For example, the glass mug and infuser  is a ‘have tea anywhere’ set that combines a glass tea mug with a removable stainless steel infuser. When done, remove the infuser and have a perfect cup of tea wherever, whether at home or in the office. The cover doubles as a coaster!

Adagio gourmet tea: glass mug and infuser

Adagio also offer special paper filters which replace the need for a tea ball. You simply place the filter in your cup or teapot and fold over the edge.  They are made of  taste-neutral wood and hemp fibres.

You’ll find plenty of clever filters in their teapots such as the gorgeous Nagoya teapot from Japan. It’s a cast iron teapots which are traditionally favoured for their elegant design, heartiness and ability to retain heat for long periods of time.  Each tetsubin teapot is moulded, painted and glazed by hand and comes with a stainless steel infuser to make steeping and removing leaves easy.

Adagio gourmet tea: Nagoya Hand Forged Cast Iron Teapot

If only teabags will do…

You can find a selection of lovely teabag gift sets such as the Comfort Collection which includes six different varieties of gourmet tea bags in a pyramid shape which gives leaves plenty of room to unfurl and fully infuse. In this particular collection you’ll find Golden Yunnan tea, Dragonwell tea, Wuyi Oolong tea, Oolong Goddess tea, Silver Needle tea and Jasmine Pearls tea.  Don’t they sound absolutely beautiful?

The giveaway

I have a fabulous giveaway for one lucky Mother Distracted reader which comprises a selection of loose teas and all the teaware you need to make a beautifully fragrant cuppa at home.

You can see the prize in these two photographs.

The prize contains:

  • Nagoya Teapot
  • Nagoya teacups
  • Matcha  Tea Bowl Whisk Set
  • Glass Mug & Infuser
  • Tea Samplers of Earl Grey, Orchard Oolong, Teas of Japan, Black Teas of China, Premium Teas of China
  • Artisan Comfort Collection – a gourmet collection of six full-leaf teas
  • 2 packs of paper filters
  • Other mixed packs of teas including English Breakfast and green teas.

Entry is via the GLEAM widget and the usual terms and conditions apply which you can find on my giveaways page.  The giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on Sunday 18th March.

Adagio Tea & Teaware Giveaway

Good luck!

To find out more about Adagio Teas visit their website at www.adagiotea.co.uk. There’s 20% off your first order and deliveries over £30 are free.

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Ex marketing professional turned family lifestyle blogger. I live in Cardiff with hubby Mat, Caitlin (10) and Ieuan (8).

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Leila+Benhamida
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Leila+Benhamida

I will love to try the Casablanca Twist. Awesome post and a lovely anecdote.

Barbara Finemore
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Barbara Finemore

I LOVE tea but hate the *taste* of the tea bag! And apparently the t contain plastic.

Elizabeth Smith
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Elizabeth Smith

Ooh, Casablanca sounds exotic!

Annabel Greaves
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Annabel Greaves

I would love to try the berry blues

Sarah+Carter
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Sarah+Carter

I would love to try the apricot green x

Maggie Norvell
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Maggie Norvell

I’d love to be a better connoisseur of tea – hope I win !

Ashleigh+Allan
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Ashleigh+Allan

Berry blues sounds good

Susan Smith
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Susan Smith

Would love to try the Irish Breakfast, its one tea i havent tried, tried most, because i do love my tea

Victoria Prince
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Victoria Prince

I’d love to try the chamomile 🙂 I drink chamomile tea most nights and I’m fascinated as to how much difference there is between brands!

Tracey Peach
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Tracey Peach

would love to try the Chocolate Chip tea as a chocoholic it sounds delicious!

Mary H
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Mary H

I’d love to try the orchard oolong. ALl the teas sound delicious

Carolyn
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Carolyn

I would definitely love to try the OOLONG. I have some great oolong once, but I have only found not to good oolong since. Aren’t the pots great too? I think I am in love with the cast iron teapot.

Joanne Beale
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Joanne Beale

Irish Breakfast

Alison Johnson
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Alison Johnson

Pina Colada tea sounds interesting!

patrick quilty
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patrick quilty

I’d love to try the orchard oolong and the Irish breakfast tea ror the mornings

Ren Taylor
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Ren Taylor

Never tried anything like the Pina Colada so that would be amazing to try

Keith Embleton
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Keith Embleton

Irish breakfast sounds good

Ritchie+Dee
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Ritchie+Dee

Earl Grey

Katie
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Katie

matcha cinnamon Apple sounds yummy

Louise Reeks
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Louise Reeks

i would like to try berry blues

Fiona K
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Fiona K

I would like to try the Jasmine Phoenix Pearls

Kerry Kilmister
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Kerry Kilmister

I would love to try the Jasmine Phoenix Pearls

Lesley Bambridge
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Lesley Bambridge

I would love to try the Assam Harmony. I like a good strong Assam so this new variation sounds interesting

Karen Hughes
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Karen Hughes

I would love to try the Golden Yunnan tea. Plus I absolutely adore the teapot

Lesley Bambridge
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Lesley Bambridge

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PAULINE HILL
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the berry blues

Angela Treadway
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Angela Treadway

irish breakfast x

ADEINNE+TONNER
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ADEINNE+TONNER

One tea i would like to try is the green rooibos bonita

Catherine C
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Catherine C

Earl Grey Moonlight sounds interesting!

Laura Chapman
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Laura Chapman

I’d most like to try the Lemongrass Ginger

Elaine Savage
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Elaine Savage

I would love to try the Apricot Green, it sounds lovely

Susan Laing
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Susan Laing

Berry blues sounds great

Leah
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Leah

I would like to try the Earl Grey

maria blythin
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maria blythin

casablanca would be my first choice x

simon tutthill
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simon tutthill

The casablanca twist sounds absolutely incredible

Ellie Bromilow
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Ellie Bromilow

the jasmine phoenix pearls – i love jasmine and would love to try this – while in sunshine in the garden!

Karen Barrett
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Karen Barrett

Irish Breakfast Tea

laura+banks
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laura+banks

the berry blues

Helen Best
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Sounds wonderful as I love Tea lovely prize to offer love to try the Casablanca

karen boorman
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karen boorman

I’d love to try the black dragon pearls

iain maciver
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iain maciver

the Chocolate Chip tea

Sarah Austin
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Sarah Austin

Berry blues!

Sarah Mackay
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Sarah Mackay

Love the sound of cinnamon apple

Sarah Mackay
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Sarah Mackay

Love the sound of cinnamon apple.

Margaret Gallagher
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Margaret Gallagher

Berries blue sounds delicious

Sharon williams
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Sharon williams

I would love to try the Black Dragon tea it’s sounds delicious and interesting

Kevin_Honey
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Kevin_Honey

I’d like to try the “apricot green”

Katie b
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Katie b

Peppermint! Love peppermint tea!

Calvin
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Calvin

The matcha!

Sadiyya+Maryam
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Sadiyya+Maryam

The chocolate chip tea sounds wonderfully delicious!