Seeing as I’m quite enjoying the black currant flavoured black I bought from A. C. Perch’s, I found it natural to include the same flavour in my Chi of Tea order. It was actually my intention of trying this one yesterday in celebration of my newest cousin (a girl) being born. Huge age gap there! But in preparation for the upcoming UK holiday, I didn’t find the time for it. (Leaving sunday, returning monday next, is out of reach during that time, btw)
So, I’m having it tonight. I do have a few chores to do, but I can manage. I have to manage or I’ll go nuts. Therefore the choice of tea to have this evening was incredibly easy to make.
I tried comparing the aroma of the dry leaves between this one and my other black currant one, and I found this one to have a slightly sweeter, slightly floral character, while the Perch’s one was more tart. I can’t tell, though, if it’s a difference in the base tea or if it’s a difference in the flavouring. I can’t know for certain but I don’t think Perch’s uses Nilgiri as their base.
Actual side by side comparison of Chi and Perch’s will have to wait for another day though, and I’m counting on memory to see me through here.
After steeping there’s a slightly tart aroma, almost lemon-like, but although I can’t seem to pick out any aroma from the tea base, the fruit notes are surprisingly mild and discreet. It doesn’t seem to really be entirely logical, but nevertheless.
It seems like the Perch’s one is actually more heavily flavoured than this one. This seems milder, a little more subtle, where Perch’s strikes me as average flavour strength. It’s definitely berry, but I don’t think I’d be able to identify it correctly if I didn’t know what it was. I think I would be more inclined to guessing forest fruit. It seems light years away from the Perch’s variant, much sweeter and much girlier.
I can’t say which of the two I actually prefer. I’m finding it hard to compare them like this. My experiences with them are so different from one another that a direct comparison doesn’t really strike me as entirely fair. I do like this a great deal, though.