3 Tasting Notes
I received some of these as a free sample from Clipper. I was so enthused, but I just cannot bring myself to like this. I find it a fickle brew, with a tendency to go straight from watery to astringent without ever seeming to pause at the sweet spot. I may give it another go, but I don’t hold any great hope.
Lovely and sweet and spicy and comforting. Like most fruit teas, it will curdle milk, but I do have memories of drinking it with some kind of milk (dairy or not) which made for a comforting, mild drink perfect for late in the evening on a misty autumn day.
As an unfortunate side effect of being bagged-and-boxed tea, it has a slightly cardboard taste amongst the rather more enjoyable darjeeling and oolong. As others have pointed out, it isn’t as complex or textured as it purports, but the notes are balanced and defined, with a pleasant, mild aroma of jasmine which belies the boldness of the mixed black teas. Not the best tea in the world, but I look forward to it in winter. Steeped lightly, it’s best on its own; if left longer for the black teas to develop, it is nice with a splash of soya milk – the soya milk has enough of its own flavour to stand up to the tea.