First off, let me say...this ingenuiTEA tea maker that Adagio Teas sent me has changed my life. Truly. I love my cute little tea infusers and will continue to collect them, but this handy tea maker takes drinking tea to a whole 'nother level.
My tea prep is super quick now - no messes on the counters from little leaves falling out of the small holes or because I tried to fit too much tea in an infuser...nope. No messes here - plus it's beautiful to watch the tea leaves expand and swirl around in the water as it steeps! It's like a cool version of my classy glass teapots! I have the 16 oz tea maker which is the perfect size for a nice sized cuppa! If you are having tea for two or more you can buy the larger size.
So, how I got this tea maker and the Ceylon Sonata tea is so neat! Awhile back I wrote a post about some geeky tea stuff that I really liked and mentioned the Grumpy Cat inspired tea by Adagio. I shared it on Twitter and Instagram and the Communications Director, David, saw the posts and contacted me through my site. Well, little did he know, I had just placed a nice big order on some of their fandom teas - Game of Thrones and Dr. Who, to be exact and a few other things. Well, we emailed back and forth and he took my address and said he'd send me the tea maker and I subtly mentioned that I was looking for a new and delicious ceylon tea.
I used Adagio's Twitter message updates and watched my tea order make its way across the country to me and when I arrived home yesterday I found two boxes from Adagio! The first box I opened was the box David made up for me with the Ceylon Sonata tea, the ingenuiTEA maker, a box of Black Tea samples and a neat little guide to tea book! I was so EXCITED! Talk about taking extra thought to the box - and what I liked, too!
Adagio got huge points in my book for this thoughtfulness and obviously I am reviewing them now! You don't find that kind of customer service with every online store. David is my new tea BFF - so here's to you David! Thanks SO much for making my week with tea goodies!
Okay, okay now let's talk about the tea...
The title says it all, this tea is like a sonata in my mouth. I should disclose that I LOVE ceylon teas. They are often smooth, sweet enough on their own, hardly ever need anything added and great both hot and cool. You can, of course, add rock sugar or a dash of honey to bring out the flavors but I like my teas straight out of the brew with nothing added and this Ceylon Sonata does not disappoint.
Take a moment to smell the leaves in the bag, they are sweet and earthy and delicious and you can catch the citrus aroma instantly. As the tea brews, you begin to see the color which is a rich amber that is warm and inviting. The flavors are smooth and well balanced with zero bite. The citrus is just enough to make the tea's flavor bold but not overbearing or bitter.
I have already had several cups of this tea and it's an easy sipper throughout the day and evening. If you are a beginner tea drinker, it's hard to mess this tea up and it tastes delicious!
Check out other black teas that I've reviewed!
I rate the Ceylon Sonata by Adagio Teas a 5 out of 5 stars.