5 Tasting Notes
A much subtler flavored tea than Paris or Tower of London. I found that my first brewing of this had mild honey aromas that added to the underlying tea flavor, and that the flavor of the blend was not overwhelmed by the honey scent. A second brewing yielded a note of golden raisins that was also pleasant. I tend not to like flavored teas, but this one is a winner all around. I drank it black and felt it went with most foods I decided to eat during the day. I should stress that the flavor of the underlying blend was also particularly compelling and that is probably what allows it to carry the Honey tones so well.
I was happy to discover that the smell of this tea (dry) is much stronger than how it actually tastes and that it has a nice aromatic balance. Other folks have described the tea quite well, with smooth bergamot undertones, and long lingering vanilla overtones at the end. I don’t taste much other fruit on it. I am usually vanilla-averse but this one is pleasant.
I just bought this from Harney in Sample format. The tea includes not only petals but all parts of the flower making it quite rustic in appearance and unique. I am a big tea drinker, and was a bit surprised to find that I found this tea to have the reminiscence of wet dog. It is a nice robust ceylon, but certainly not one I would drink daily. Since this just a sample size, I am not sure if this was just due to the specific cup I brewed (e.g. a wierd part of a flower maybe got in) but I wouldn’t recommend.