I know I’ve had other apricot flavored blacks-Adagio comes to mind-but it has been a while and now I’m really wondering why.
The aroma of the dry leaf is SO amazing (if you like apricot, which I do). Seriously, it’s downright juicy. It’s sort of between a fresh apricot smell and a dried apricot smell, but not the very dry dried apricots, the plump juicy ones. The dry leaf is also attractive. I am such a sucker for petals in tea. I don’t know what kind these are or whether they are here just for decoration, but either way I love how they look. I also just love the idea of putting petals in tea solely for decoration. If I made teas, I’d do that. ;-)
I have to brush up on my black leaf identification skills to be able to tell what’s in the base. The liquor is a sort of reddish amber, which is what I associate with Ceylons, but I am too rusty to attempt a definitive I.D. here. The aroma of the steeped tea carries over the apricot notes from the dry leaf very nicely. There’s still a juicy apricot quality, which is pretty wonderful, but the tea is present in the aroma as well.
After all of this ramp up, I was a little concerned I might find the taste a let down, but I didn’t have to worry. I taste the apricot front and center. It retains that wonderful juicy component without being overpowering, and that flavor persists into the finish. There’s nothing fake about the apricot flavor, nothing jammy or cloying. The tea flavor takes something of a back seat, but that’s okay with me because the flavor is so well done. There’s some astringency in the aftermath, and that may help to keep the apricot in the aftertaste fresh and sweet.