863 Tasting Notes
I think that this tea is called tart grapefruit but I am not quite sure because when I got home the packaging said banana split…
The dry tea smells deliciously like a freshly sliced ruby red grapefruit.
The tea tastes like grapefruit but is not tart at all. Slightly sweet. However, there is a strong peppery spicey aftertaste. The same you get with eating a real grapefruit. As the tea cools, it gets a little more tart.
The owner of Cuppa T recommended a long steep time for this tea but I failed to inquire what “long” actually meant. I steeped for 4 minutes, so I will try for longer next time to see if it makes a more tart tea.
I went to my local tea shop to stock up on one tea. And of course I started browsing and smelling everything (there were new teas out). I found a blood orange fruit/herbal tea that smelled amazing so of course I caved and bought some. I was discussing my love of blood oranges with the owner and she suggested her blood orange rooibos. I was hesitant because rooibos is hit and miss for me, mostly miss. So she generously gave me a sample just to try the tea (3 TABLEspoons!!).
On first smell the dry tea does smells like rooibos and blood orange. When the hot water first hit the tea, it smelled exactly like an orange creamsicle. After steeping, there was a very strong metallic rooibos smell, the kind that I would prefer to miss. But there was also a slight creamy orange smell.
At the beginning of the sip, the brewed tea tastes like straight rooibos. Mid sip there is a kind of creamy orange creamiscle taste. There is a slight tartness in the aftertaste. I would not describe this one as blood orange but there is certainly an orange flavor to it, but it’s mostly rooibos.
Very appreciative of the free sample but I don’t think I will be purchasing this in the future.
This to me, seems like just a generic flavoured black tea.
The dry tea smell is very vaguely fruity smelling black tea.
The taste of the brewed tea is a strong black base with a faint fruit flavour. Knowing it is called Niagara peach apricot, I can guess that is what the flavour is. But really is just seems more like a generic stone fruit flavour.
Overall not a bad tea. If I was looking for a slightly sweetened black tea, this is what I would go for. I just don’t think it really lives up to its name.
I had to make an order from Harney and Sons because this tea was on sale. I had wanted to try it for a while. I like to make iced tea and cold brewed teas but I have never actually bought tea specifically designed to make iced tea before.
The tea comes in huge tea bags. There is a gentle smell of sweet fuzzy peach over the black tea.
I brewed this as recommended on the Harney website, 1 pouch of tea in 2 cups of boiling water for 15 minutes, remove tea bag and squeeze out liquid, add 6 cups of cold water. I also added a few tablespoons of sugar to sweeten it. I made it last night and then put it in the fridge for today.
It tasted like a medium black tea base with gentle notes of peach. It feels like a thick liquid, with a vegetal aftertaste. It is refreshing and cooling. This makes a delicious iced tea. Right now the weather where I am can be described as winter storm, despite being the middle of April. I had planned to keep this tea and use it through the summer. But I might have to make a few pitchers of tea just to dream of the summer that will hopefully come.
Made this one again this morning as my first cup of the day. The packaging recommends 4 minute brew which I did the first time. It turned out good. But for a black tea I usually do a 2 minute steep. So I tried 2 minutes this morning. The spice of the tea is a bit more predominate with less orange flavour on the 2 minute steep. It tastes more creamy on the shorter steep. I think I like this one with a longer steep just because there is more orange flavour. Also with the 4 minute steep, I did not find the black tea base to get too overpowering (which is why I normally stick with a shorter steep for black teas).
This tea smells AMAZING! Its one of those teas that can double as pot pourri. It smells like candy strawberries. So good. There is green tea leaf with chunks of papaya and strawberry. I am assuming the papaya gives it the candy scent.
The brewed tea smells very close to real strawberries. Almost like fresh homemade strawberry jam.
The taste of the brewed tea is a cross between real strawberry and candy strawberry flavour. It is the closest to real strawberry tasting tea I have tried. This was an impulse purchase, so I am super happy it is delicious!
I could have added some sweetener but chose not to for the first tasting. Will probably add it next time depending on my mood.
I mixed this one with blueberry bliss. I did not like the blueberry bliss on its own. When brewed together, it makes a beautiful light pink-orange liquor. The smell is strongly of the peach bellini. The taste is peach bellini with a little bit of blueberry in it. To me it makes the blueberry bliss more palatable. However, the tea tastes a bit watered down when the two are mixed together.
Although blending these teas makes the blueberry bliss more tolerable, I still prefer the peach bellini blush on its own.
I will start out by being very honest, I hate blueberry flavouring. I like fresh blueberries, but I hate blueberry flavouring and scents. So I knew outright I was not going to like this tea. It came as part of my tea of the month club.
I think the best I can say about this tea is it does taste exactly like artificial blueberry flavouring. Like the kind they use in cereals, ice cream, lip gloss, etc.
I do not like it.