Second tea from the Mighty Leaf sampler. I’ll own up to the fact that I was not looking forward to it – while I love bergmot, orange is not one of my favorite flavors. I was delighted with the smell of the leaves, which promised a sharp, almost perfumed orange.
I initially tasted the tea with no additions. It had a nice natural sweetness, and would be totally drinkable on its own. I wasn’t getting much orange though, so I added milk, hoping to get the creamsicle note. The milk amped up the vanilla, but the orange stayed in the background. To put it plainly, this is one that does not deliver in the cup what it promises in the aroma.
Ah well though – it’s a rather nice tea all the same. The vanilla is warm, and the orange does add a nice caramel note in the background. The tea has no bitterness whatsoever, which is actually pretty impressive. I can taste the jasmine, but only faintly.
To tell the truth, if I hadn’t enjoyed Mighty Leaf’s Earl earlier in the day I might have liked this more. As it was, I kept thinking of that tea, which shares many notes (orange (well, bergmot,) jasmine, black tea) but was more to my taste. But… it was rather nice as an after dinner tea, and I wouldn’t turn down a cup!