Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with a Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Adagio Teas – Butterscotch (Black Tea). Adagio very kindly gifted me this blend along with some others last year and because of my health getting worse especially at the end of 2019 I am only now getting around to doing this review even though I would have liked to do it much sooner and not keep the Team at Adagio waiting so long. I’m honestly so proud of myself for not even trying this blend when it arrived at my house and waiting until now to open it and give it a try. I have a feeling that if I had opened this before now I deffinelty would have gone through the whole bag very fast and I wouldn’t have had any left to do this tasting session.
Here’s what Adagio Teas themselves have to say about this blend over on their website: ”If you have a sweet tooth, then have we got the tea for you. The moment you open the pouch of our Butterscotch tea, you are enveloped in the aromas of a confectionery shop. Sweet, buttery and whimsical flavours are infused into this desert tea and rounded off with hints of apple, cocoa nibs and marigold. A delightful and sugar-free way to satisfy those sweet cravings.” This is a limited edition spring blend and is only available on the UK website throughout that season. Over on the US website this tea is available all year round from what I can see on the site.
Ingredients: black tea, apple pieces, cocoa nibs, rose hips, butterscotch flavour and marigold flowers
Tea Tasting Notes
Before trying this blend I had never actually had a butterscotch inspired blend before but I do love butterscotch so every part of me wanted this blend to be able to replicate that delicious flavour that I know and love and luckily it did. Honestly I shouldn’t have been worried about it at all because all of Adagios Sweet/dessert inspired blends I’ve tried so far have been delicious they do really well when it comes to replicating flavours I definitely know now to expect great things from them each and every time.
The Ceylon base was deffinelty the best choice for this blend because it still has those malty and ever so slight citrus notes but it doesn’t overpower the rest of the ingredients and there isn’t an ounce of astringency to it either. The apple provides a really nice natural sweetness and the butterscotch flavour is deffinelty the stand out note when come to the additional things added to this blend. I don’t normally like it when companies use a flavouring to replicate a taste rather that physical ingredients but adagio use flavourings really well an never fall back on them or allow them to be so strong and artificial that they over power everything.
I do wish that the cocoa notes were a bit stronger but they were present an in terms of the flavour profile of this blend the strength of them deffinelty works. The rosehips however I couldn’t pick out at all which was quite sad but honestly with everything else in this blend I’m not too sure they would have made any difference in the overall flavour profile. I’ve now tried this one its own, with just a little bit of honey and as a latte and honestly the way that I enjoy it the most is without milk and just with a little bit of honey. I however have insane sweet tooth so even though the apple did add an natural sweetness it wasn’t sweet enough for me so I just added in a half a teaspoon of honey.
As a latte the milk overpowers a lot of the subtler notes of this blend are lost so I deffinelty prefer this without milk. Some people my enjoy this as a latte but for me I would much rather be able to taste all aspects of the blend rather than slight flavoured soya milk. I’m glad to see that this blend is back for spring because its absolutely delicious and I may just have to break my tea buying ban to make sure I get some before its gone again.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Adagio Teas and purchase some of this absolutely delicious blend for yourself, you can do both here (for the UK) and here (for the US). As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll do my best to answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The tea featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*