Periodically, I like to add sweetener to my tea – typically only to black tea or even better southern style sweet tea. There was a time when I only used old faithful white sugar. Some would say that I graduated to honey. While honey is tasty I found the taste distorted the flavor of my tea. In an effort to discover the perfect sweetener that enhanced the flavor of the tea instead of detracting from it, I began using Sugar-In-The-Raw. I cannot say there was a compelling reason for trying Sugar-In-The-Raw other than ,”Starbucks uses it”. Then recently, I discovered Sugar Crystals by Adagio Teas.
What are Sugar Crystals? According to Adagio Teas website, these crystals are sugar in its purest form. “Adding a few sugar crystals will sweeten tea without distorting its flavor profile, pleasing both your sweet tooth and taste buds.” After reading, I knew I had to place an order. When I opened the container, I laughed. Adagio’s Sugar Crystals look like the rock candy I used to eat as a child. Large chunks of amber colored sugar crystals in varying sizes. Eaten alone the crystals are hard and crunchy with a natural sweetness.
I decided to brew a cup of tea and give these Sugar Crystals a try. With a steaming cup of tea in hand, I added several crystals. One note, the crystals do not dissolve immediately, but require a few moments of continuous stirring to fully melt down. I found my tea wonderfully sweetened. There was no aftertaste as with artificial sweeteners like Equal or Sweet and Low. In addition, no distortion, like honey – I was pleasantly pleased.
In consideration of the fact that Sugar Crystals are sugar in its purest form, I was surprised by the amount needed to sweeten my tea. My assumption was that the crystals would be very potent, however they were not. In contrast, Sugar Crystals by Adagio teas are quite mild. Perhaps this is how sugar was always meant to be.
Just a few details…
Adagio Tea’s Sugar Crystals can be purchased in two different sizes – a sample size for $3.00 and 16 ounces for $9.00.(I purchased the sample size, which has lasted longer than I ever anticipated.) In addition, the Sugar Crystals come in both amber and white. Visit Adagio Teas for more information about this spectacular accessory to your tea collection.
If you currently use Sugar Crystals, stop by and share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!