Here we’ve got a run of the mill black tea with a few red safflower petals thrown in. There’s a few pieces of fruit; I originally thought it was pomegranate, but it’s actually raspberry.
Speaking of raspberry, the leaves smell of raspberry, but in a really dark, full kind of way. Not smoky, exactly, but full bodied and complex. It’s interesting to smell raspberry like this without a chocolate addition of some sort. It must be the vanilla and creme that are giving the tea its interesting profile, though it’s hard to pinpoint those flavors individually. I like the smell quite a bit.
Unfortunately, that lovely raspberry smell is completely absent from the tea itself. It’s now 99% bergamot, which is very disappointing.
The flavor profile matches the tea’s smell, too. It just tastes like a diluted Earl Grey. A bit of sugar teases out some of the raspberry flavor, but it’s still covered up by the bergamot.
A copy of this review can be found on my blog, as well as a few pictures: http://lizkuba.com/tea-review-sagittarius-by-adagio/