Selected for its fresh orange scent , this blend is also very appealing because of the dry leaf with these generous pieces of orange peel and the red filaments appearance mid flower mid saffron.
I follow the recommendations of The Merry Monk and infuse it 5 minutes at 90 ° c .
The wet leaves have a certain visual elegance.
The attack is fairly neutral , it is an extremely sweet tea without roughness, its texture is not particularly mellow but smooth.
The liquor is of a very dark amber .
The body of this tea is medium, but there is still a certain amount of malt. This base clearly makes a great place to flavours, present without being stuffy. Obviously orange is the star here and it is beautifully enhanced by some vanilla and a touch of spice . The aftertaste is dominated by vanilla , a very sweet vanilla , discrete .
Spice Imperial is a Christmas Tea but it is not one of those teas that exaggerates the flavoring by putting too heavily spices to gatch the spirit of Christmas. We are far from the mastery of Esprit de Noël of Mariage Frères tea but it makes particular tribute to the central figure of Christmas for decades : Orange. As such it is successful . A very discrete Christmas tea and very sympatic.
Pics are available here, the blend is really lovely : https://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/spice-imperial-lindfield/