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When I first opened this bag of tea, I was immediately hit with a strong berry smell. It was such a strong berry smell that one of my friends asked if it was even tea.
I have been trying to sample different berry teas. I really enjoy berries, but out of all the berry teas I have sampled in the past, none have really blown me away.
I thought this tea had a very strong berry flavor. However, right after I poured the water into the teapot at work, I started talking to a co-worker and definitely steeped way too long. The tea ended up tasting a little bitter. I am not sure if this tea is generally on the more bitter side or if it was because I steeped it too long and the water was too hot, so I am going to hold off on rating it until I make it again.
As soon as I opened the bag, I was immediately hit with a lovely citrus smell. This tea smells very strong of citrus, kind of like a combination of orange zest and lemon.
I can’t stress enough how citrusy this tea smells. It is smells VERY citrusy.
I put 1 table spoon in the tea basket, put the basket in the pot, and made an entire pot for everyone at work. As I was pouring the water in from my tea kettle through the infuser, I could really smell orange zest.
I was worried that this tea was going to be bitter. Orange zest in and of itself is bitter. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The tea was not bitter at all, and had a strong citrus flavor. I did not add any sweeteners or honey. I could see a little honey potentially bringing out the flavor of the orange.
When I first sip the tea, I get an orange and lemon taste. However, the aftertaste has slight floral notes that I think make this tea shine.
Overall, I was very impressed with this tea.
I really like white teas. I also really like jasmine teas. I have never had a silver needle jasmine before, so I have no other similar teas to compare this to.
As my co-worker noted, this tea smells like “the fresh smell when you are a kid running through a field.” I don’t think I could have said it any better. It has a very pleasant “fresh” smell to it.
I absolutely love how this tea tastes. It is very light, and has a strong jasmine taste.
Mmmm…this is good.
When I first smelled this tea, I thought it smelled very medicinal. It might be a combination of the floral notes and all of the fruit notes. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it.
After steeping, I still thought it smelled kind of medicinal.
I thought the berry flavor was going to be overpowering, and maybe it does take away from the taste of the tea slightly. When I take a sip, I definitely taste fruit and floral notes.
As I am writing this, I keep adjusting the rating slider. I am not sure how I feel about it. I like it, but I feel like I have had much better fruity black teas.