Spot of Tea: Artichoke Green Tea from Adagio


Artichoke tea? Why not? In Vietnam, artichoke leaves are traditionally boiled to make a caffeine-free tea. And since green tea is already a little vegetal, it's a natural pairing. This whole-leaf tea from Adagio has a vivid sweet (almost peachy) scent and the flavor is a little grassy, with only a hint of artichoke leaves. When poured a sample blind and not told about the artichoke flavoring, the folks at SEHQ didn't taste it.

Some might find this tea a little too bitter, but I enjoyed the toasty pine nut notes and smooth texture. I wouldn't make this my everyday tea, but it's an interesting change of pace.

Available online, $6 for 3 ounces. Sample provided for review.