Sweet Merlot Black Tea

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  • “yeah i think my earlier teas this evening did weird things to my taste buds. had a cup of this tonight and it’s just not what i remember. I’ll try again another night..” Read full tasting note
  • “Because Amanda tried this iced…. I decided I would too! I steeped 1 tbsp and a bit of this one in ~200F water for 30s before mixing it up with the rest of two cups of cold water. When I was...” Read full tasting note
  • “This is pretty good. I wasn’t expecting much … I typically don’t with wine flavored teas as I’m not a big wine drinker anyway. But, this exceeded my expectations, and it tastes very much like a...” Read full tasting note
  • “Received this in a swap from Tigress Al. I am happy to try this one, I almost have just as much wine in my house as I have tea, and I have lots of tea. The dry tea smells strongly of super sweet...” Read full tasting note

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Here’s an extra special treat I’ve been working on for a while now, a sweet Merlot flavored black tea with real freeze-dried grapes. My wife and I just recently started getting into wine, and it seems Merlot is a good compromise for us. I’m not necessarily all about those uber-dry wines, but nor do I care for the super-sugary-sweet stuff either. A little sweet is good. Anyway, I think this strikes a nice balance, and more than that, it makes a great compliment to our premium black tea base.

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1184 tasting notes

This is my first tasting of my grab bags!

Dry leaf smells like wine but not very sweet.

Hot: no astringency, strong grape flavour.

Iced: this is where it shines! The grape comes out a little stronger with some dryness that might be associated with wine (it almost makes your mouth pucker, but not in a bad way). I also seem to be getting a tad of current flavour, but maybe that is just me. I wouldn’t have associated this tea with wine if it wasn’t called that, but I think it is a great tea nonetheless.

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1000 tasting notes

Tea 15 Great Canadian Traveling Tea box

I’m a little surprised at how much I like this one. I’m not sure Merlot is exactly correct, but it is sweet and grapey with a hint of black tea. This is really interesting, but a little strange. I think this would be one that would grow on you. I’ve put the rest back in the box, but enjoyed the couple of cups that I had.

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1627 tasting notes

I saw this in my sample box today. This is also from the Tea Box Pass B! The black tea leaves look very nice. They are medium length and slightly wavy dark brown leaves. Crunchy looking! Steeped, it was a dark brown color. I love the way it smells like muscat … err grapes! It does have the nice wine flavor. This one is more like a dry wine. It isn’t overpowering or artificial tasting. It is just right. There is a moderate amount of astringency at the end of the sip, and it increases as I keep sipping. It doesn’t need any additives either. Towards the end, I decided to try this with a little bit of sugar. I felt like it took away from the flavor more than added to it. Good tea! I miss wine so much, so I am happy to have stumbled upon this tea!

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1355 tasting notes

Thank you Kittenna for this sample.

Spring cleaning came early this year and I have spent the day cleaning, sorting and hoovering the downstairs of my house which did not come without my many grumbles and groans. I hate cleaning, but someone has to do it. I just polished off the last of my real wine to celebrate a job well done and after starting to feel a little tipsy I thought it was best to have a nice cup of tea. Then I had the thought..when in Rome… wine tea.

The loose tea looks like your standard bog standard black tea but it’s the aroma that is rather interesting. It’s a sort of fermentedly dark and fruity affair that is sweet and fairly potent.

After a 3 minute steep the water is a reddy brown colour similar to mahogany (not quite passable as red wine). It’s scent is still fruity but the strength has weakened, grape would be a reasonable fruit to compare with it’s scent.

And then there is the taste. It’s gentle, smooth, a little fruity with subtle sweetness and a slight maltyness. There is also a little dryness which becomes noticeable after a good few mouthfuls. Also the sweetness increases and picks up a floral hint. It really reminds me of a Yunnan tea as it has the same rich malty tones.

Well it’s certainly sweet and there is something winey about it so it does live up to it’s name but I’m sorry to say for me it does not substitute the real thing. It is pretty tasty though and a great novelty drink.

I will leave you with a poem.
“We had a kettle; we let it leak:
Our not repairing made it worse.
We haven’t had any tea for a week…
The bottom is out of the Universe.”
― Rudyard Kipling

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743 tasting notes

1.5 tablespoon for 375 ml

Aroma has almost savoury black tea notes which blend well with the sweet grape.

The grape flavour is quite deep and complements the black tea taste. The astringency of the black tea cuts the fruity-tangy edge of the grape taste and makes it more of a wine-like grape. Mild sweetness from the grape. Smooth overall flavour. This tea is what I wish actual wine would taste like.

Thanks to Kittenna for sharing this with me!

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Do you want more of this one? :P


Possibly… If you have some to spare! Keep letting me know which ones of mine you’d like :)

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149 tasting notes

Just got this in the mail today and made a cup of this tea to bring with me on my way to class. Steeped, it has a very sweet, grape-y aroma, sort of tastes like grape juice (more like grape-flavoured fruit snacks or something), and is slightly astringent. Being under the drinking age at the moment, I’ve never had Merlot wine, so someone else will have to do the comparing (I honestly got the tea because I was curious about the freeze-dried grapes!). Overall, I think I like it, but I’ll have to try this again some other time without being distracted by note-taking to give a proper rating.

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I am having a difficult time deciding about this one as well and I used to be a BIG TIME wine snob with merlot being my fav. Not that this tea is BAD or anything I am just not sure it is all that great.


Yeah, I really don’t know what to make of it. For me at least, I pick up the mug and expect and smell a grape-y tea, but when I actually sip it, I’m still surprised by the grape, if that makes any sense. Maybe it takes some getting used to? When it’s cooled down, it almost reminds me of grape-flavoured Skittles.

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93 tasting notes

This is a pretty interesting blend. The dry leaves smell a lot like grape flavoring, but not in a cough syrupy kind of way. I didn’t really detect the vinegar notes that other reviewers have mentioned. To me, the taste is somewhere grape juice and wine. The grape flavor is really bold, but there’s a very slight acidity that reminds me more of wine.

ETA: I re-steeped this for 3 minutes, but then got called into an unexpected meeting. I enjoyed this at room temperature after I got back. The wine flavor is definitely stronger after it cooled off.

Big thanks to KittyLovesTea for the sample!

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95 tasting notes

I have had this hot and iced. And, I feel this one works equally well either way. It really does give me the impression of drinking a red wine. I find it to be ever so slightly astringent, which lends to the dryness in the taste. It’s not sweet or sour or bitter. It tastes winey with a clean, but maybe ever so slightly sweet aftertaste. It’s a good and interesting tea that I can’t wait to share with friends, but not my favorite flavor. I rarely drink alcohol because I don’t much like the taste in general, but this tea has the best components of the red wine flavor.

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