141 Tasting Notes
When I opened the packet, I was confronted by an overpowering floral aroma reminiscent of the kind of cheap perfume that arrives ten minutes before the person wearing it. I had to overcome my revulsion to the smell to steep the tea and drink it. The floral aroma certainly did not produce in me the meditative state I associate with zen. I wish I knew what that floral aroma was, since nothing on the ingredient list matches it. I get the same smell from tazo’s calm chamomile and passion packets, but in their case I couldn’t even bring myself to make the tea.
Once the bag had finished steeping, the aroma had mostly subsided, and the tea tasted similar to tazo’s refresh, though more like spearmint. I did not taste any lemon that I expected from the lemon verbena and lemongrass, nor did I really taste the green tea. I didn’t finish the cup. The mint flavor was its only redeeming quality.
This is my second cup of Ahmad’s Blackcurrant tea, and I did taste more of the blackcurrant this time, though it tasted more like unsweetened sour blackcurrants (even after adding sugar) than like the blackcurrant jam I used to eat in Britain. I woud say I like this the least of Ahmad’s fruit teas (which I generally love).