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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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  • “BTW I think this is blend 22141 from Dethlefsen&Balk. I must rant a bit, please excuse me. The fashion for tea right now is pretty tea with plenty of big huge recognizable fruits and flowers - I...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I love surprises, and this one was actually a pretty nice surprise. After brewing, I couldn't smell the berries anymore, but after one sip you can definitely taste the raspberries and the...” Read full tasting note
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From Empório do Chá

Chá preto, chá verde, pedaços de figo, framboesas inteiras e folhas de amora.

Black tea, green tea, dried fig, whole raspberries and blackberry leaves.

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BTW I think this is blend 22141 from Dethlefsen&Balk.

I must rant a bit, please excuse me. The fashion for tea right now is pretty tea with plenty of big huge recognizable fruits and flowers – I am still not sure what cornflowers bring to tea but it´s like they are in 33% of all current black tea blends. In the case of this tea it gets quite ridiculous. Whole figs, whole blackcurrants. And by the Brazil nut effect when trying to get a couple spoons of this tea here comes two whole figs and a blackberry. And I had just bought 50 grams. Of course that was not typical, there were maybe 4 whole figs in my sample. So of course brewing this tea would vary wildly if you were including the whole figs or not, and surely while figs would bring fig flavour, they can not replace tea. It is frankly ridiculous to use fillers these large. And I just picked up the figs, chopped them with a knife and tossed them back, and tried to select a more representative sample, tea and fig pieces.

And of course there is the other issue with the so pretty fillers, that their flavour is much more fragile (though admittedly complex when very fresh!) than that of plain flavoured black tea. Flavoured black tea is impervious to the ravages of age and air in a way that all these pretty fillers could never be. And very few of us use all the tea we buy within a short period of buying nor can we control how long the seller has had the tea in stock. This tea is a tea I just bought, but where even so the tea itself is not fresh from blender, the use-by-date is January 2013, so not particularly recent.

All this rant leading to while this particular blend of flavours sounded like an awesome idea and the scent of the tea was wonderful, the tea I brewed was pretty mediocre. The mix of black/green does not quite work, it ended up tanninic and wimpy at the same time, and the flavour, ah maybe it is not fair to judge but the fruit taste was faded and elusive, since the aged figs and blackberries did not seem to carry much scent. Pretty tea rarely ages well.

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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Angrboda

I have heard that cornflowers are supposed to add creamyness to the texture, but I don’t know if it’s true. I’ve never been able to tell that for sure myself.

cteresa

I have heard about adding “texture” to tea, but not sure I get it in practice. Little chocolate chips, or little pieces of toffee, oh yay, you can see them adding texture to tea (if you remember to stir and are using really boiling water for a decent steep period) but the cornflowers or sunflower petals or even rose petals meh, not sure I ever experienced anything extra from them. And cornflowers are really everywhere…

(opening an exception for jasmine flowers, or lavender, which can indeed add significant flavour IMO)

Angrboda

I can’t say I truly get it either. I can’t tell the difference either way. I’d prefer to make a tea feel more creamy by having a little vanilla added to it. I think that gives a creamy sort of sensation in itself. But then again, I might be biased with vanilla. :p

cteresa

LOL, yes you and vanilla. But you know not sure even vanilla on itself works – I got some Fauchon tea which had real pieces of vanilla pods in there (really. You could see it much more clearly on the big tin in the store) and the tea itself was oh so disappointing.

And you know Yumchaa´s Blueberry tea? IIRC you found it too floral (I am more forgiving of floral) I think it is flavoured with cream. A probably artificial cream flavour, can not see how you naturally flavour with that, but it is creamy by definition to my tastebuds :)

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I love surprises, and this one was actually a pretty nice surprise. After brewing, I couldn’t smell the berries anymore, but after one sip you can definitely taste the raspberries and the blackberries. And that is a win in my book.

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160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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