45 Tasting Notes
I love the smell of bergamot, but there just wasn’t enough of it in this tea, even as “double" bergamot. Every now and then I got a nice whiff of bergamot, but mostly I had to hunt for it. And I found the black tea base a little bitter.
And in setting out on these explorations of the world of tea, I’m starting to realize (and must accept) that I’m just not crazy about black tea — so the black teas that DO appeal to me are mainly the heavily-flavoured/spiced ones. So maybe it’s not even fair for someone like me to rate this one!
I added a little sugar and milk.
I found this a very nice herbal tea — citrusy but not too tart. I loved the flavor and aroma of orange, and the other ingredients (apple, lemon grass, eucalyptus, hibiscus) made it interesting, but kept the orange/tangerine at the forefront (which I liked, as I love orange).
And in a clear glass, it has a beautiful soft rose colour.
I added 1/8 tsp of sugar.
This was a really nice, satisfying tea… except that I wanted it to taste more of chocolate! So I, um, cheated. I added a little good-quality Belgian chocolate syrup that I had in the fridge. Just a little. And a bit of sugar, and milk.
With the added chocolate, I’d give it about 90 – but you could say that that’s not really rating the tea.
So the tea itself, as it comes, I’d say 80. Which makes it pretty good, for somebody who is just learning to appreciate black tea.
The black tea base was very nice, not bitter. I took care not to brew it for much more than 4 minutes, hoping to avoid the bitterness I often find in black tea.
(I made this for the first time a week ago, but brewed it for about 6 minutes, and I found it a little bitter.)
Just made a mug of this tea, and really like it. It made a beautiful rosy brew, and smelled heavenly.
I had it with less than 1/4 tsp sugar and a bit of milk.
Yes, I noticed the hibiscus, which I often find too tart, but in this tea it was good.
After brewing, I fished the bits of strawberry and apple out of the straining basket, and ate them. (Good heavens, how undignified. ;)
Thanks, Starfevre, for introducing me to this one!
P.S.: Starfevre, I just discovered your note about milk ruining this tea!
Since I liked it with milk, next time I’ll try it without – maybe it will be even better.