It’s been a long time since I reviewed any tea. It’s been a long time since I had any tea to drink, honestly. When I started my Invisalign course, hot drinks were off the menu. It’s been over a year since I had tea with any regularity and I’ve missed it something fierce.
Last Christmas, my youngest brother gave me a tiny tin of Adagio gingerbread tea as a gift. It smelled so good, but I didn’t have a chance to try it, and after a while, I sort of forgot it was in my tea cabinet. I didn’t remember it was there until my daughter asked if we could make gingerbread cookies right before Christmas. She’d never had them and was eager to give them a try. Now that I’ve finally finished with my aligners and all I have is retainers–which I can start wearing at nighttime only in another ten days–I could finally try my tea, too. Thank goodness for the airtight tin it came in, which kept it fresh for all this time!
Though the sample shown on Adagio’s site is more colorful, with bits of orange peel and ginger in the mix, my little tin lacked any noteworthy inclusions of those ingredients, though the flavor was definitely still present.
The ginger was surprisingly mild. I tried it straight first and it wasn’t unpleasant, but you can’t have gingerbread that isn’t sweet, so I added sugar and milk after a few sips and I greatly preferred the tea that way. The spiced flavor struck me as similar to chai, but a shade less intense, and it lends itself beautifully to sweetness. The hint of orange was a pleasant inclusion that gave it a clean aftertaste, without “that hot leftover ginger feeling” my daughter described when she decided she didn’t like gingerbread cookies after all.
I will say the tea does not pair well with gingerbread cookies, as the mild taste of ginger it offers is easily overwhelmed. But on its own, its malty, spiced taste is lovely and it’s a nice match for the more simple sugar cookies we’d made the day before.
We have the coldest part of winter still ahead of us here in Tennessee, and I’m looking forward to enjoying this tea through the chilly depths of February.