Special Orange Blend

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Almond, Bergamot, Cream, Malt, Nutmeg, Orange, Toast, Orange Zest
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Average preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 36 oz / 1064 ml

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  • “I woke up this morning feeling worse than yesterday, so I don’t think I will be drinking any new teas today. Blast this %^^$#@ cold! Because of the bergamot, this is not something I would...” Read full tasting note
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    amyoh2 2816 tasting notes
  • “I’m on a mission to try all of Simpson & Vail’s original blends before the end of 2017. There are only 15, so I think I can do it. I’ve already had their Russian Caravan Tea...” Read full tasting note
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    eastkyteaguy 193 tasting notes
  • “I brewed this in the morning before work in a big 64oz iced tea pot and put it in a thermos for work. This is an excellent tea. It is mildly sweet from the orange peel, but not too sweet. There is...” Read full tasting note
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    AllanK 1457 tasting notes

From Simpson & Vail

One of Mr. Vail’s 15 original tea blends.

Indian teas are mixed with a touch of Earl Grey and sweet orange peel to produce Special Orange Blend, a deliciously fragrant, full bodied black tea with citrus undertones. This amber colored cup has an uplifting taste that is a perfect afternoon tea.

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4 Tasting Notes

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2816 tasting notes

I woke up this morning feeling worse than yesterday, so I don’t think I will be drinking any new teas today. Blast this %^^$#@ cold!

Because of the bergamot, this is not something I would normally choose to drink in the morning but since I can’t taste or smell much today it hardly matters, lol… this is pretty good with soymilk and some coconut sugar. If you haven’t tried coconut sugar I highly recommend you give it a go. I get mine at Trader Joe’s and it seems to give a mild, sweet flavor to a lot of teas.

This is sort of a small thing but my “likes” are not sticking to people’s tea tasting notes, is anyone else having the same issue?

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
boychik

many days my likes dont stick, but today is ok

boychik

get yourself fresh ginger. i swear it helps. feel better

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193 tasting notes

I’m on a mission to try all of Simpson & Vail’s original blends before the end of 2017. There are only 15, so I think I can do it. I’ve already had their Russian Caravan Tea and their Aromatic Earl Grey. After I finish the last of this particular blend, I hope to start on either their China Restaurant or Irish Blend.

I prepared this tea using the merchant’s suggested brewing method. I steeped 1 teaspoon of loose leaf material in 8 ounces of 212 F water for 3 minutes. I did not attempt additional infusions. I have also tried slightly longer infusions around 4-5 minutes. I found the 3 minute infusion to be less astringent so I will focus my commentary on that specific preparation.

Prior to infusion, I noticed that the dry leaves did not emit much of an aroma. After infusion, the golden amber liquor produced surprisingly mild aromas of bergamot, toast, honey, cream, almonds, and orange. In the mouth, I detected mild, integrated notes of honey, cream, malt, toast, nutmeg, roasted almonds, bergamot, and orange. The finish was mostly smooth, creamy, and toasty, though it did also offer an interesting ghostly impression of bergamot and orange peel on the back of the throat.

I know this is an old, established blend from a reputable vendor, but I, personally, did not care all that much for this stuff. I know a lot of people like it, and that is perfectly fine, but it just didn’t appeal to me. I’ve noticed that Simpson & Vail’s blends tend to be all about subtlety, but I found this to be too subtle and smooth. It was sort of bland. If the orange and bergamot had a greater presence in this blend and the base of Indian teas were slightly more flavorful, I think I may have liked this one more. As is, however, I would pass on it.

Flavors: Almond, Bergamot, Cream, Malt, Nutmeg, Orange, Toast

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1457 tasting notes

I brewed this in the morning before work in a big 64oz iced tea pot and put it in a thermos for work. This is an excellent tea. It is mildly sweet from the orange peel, but not too sweet. There is a little bit of bitterness but not much. It is purely on the back burner, the orange flavor dominates.

I brewed this once in a 64oz iced tea pot with 8 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min. I proceeded to drink it all day and shared it with some of my co workers.

Flavors: Orange Zest

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 8 tsp 64 OZ / 1892 ML
TeaBrat

I like this too, I need to start drinking it more often :)

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