First of all, I would like to commend the folks over at Harney & Sons for making such an elegant and gorgeous tin for this tea! I have the sachet version and the tin is a lovely white with lavender and copper accents (how did they know I LOVE copper?). Overall, beautifully designed!
The first thing that hit me upon opening the tin was a very strong, almost perfumey fruit scent. Needless to say, I was worried. However, the aroma of the brewed cup is divine: notes of vanilla and toasted almond, similar to how I would expect a vanilla rooibos to smell.
I really enjoy the taste of this tea. The black tea is very smooth, not too strong or bitter, and the flavors (think: vanilla, caramel, mild fruitiness) are present but they do not overpower the tea. I found that adding about a teaspoon or so of sugar really helped to bring out the sweet flavors. Overall, I am very impressed with this tea, and I daresay it would be even better in loose leaf! I purchased my tea at my local high-end grocery store, so sachets were the only option; next time I will definitely order the leaf version to see how it compares.
Note: Please disregard the tea amount statistic – I used one sachet per 8 ounces of water.
Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa, Dried Fruit, Vanilla