Blood Orange

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea, Lemon Myrtle, Lemon Peel, Marigold Flowers, Natural Flavours, Orange Peel
Flavors
Bergamot, Citrus, Citrus Zest, Earl Grey, Lemon Zest, Musty, Pepper, Spices, Bitter, Blood orange, Orange, Tannic, Lemon, Grapefruit, Orange Zest
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Loose Leaf, Sachet
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Organic
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec 4 g 12 oz / 344 ml

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  • “Coldbrew on this delicious smelling flavoured black tea. It smells like grapefruit and orange. 2.5g leaf, 500 mL cold water, 1 hour Tastes of musty spices, dried citrus zest, peppery, strong...” Read full tasting note
    65
  • “I received a sampler of this from a friend and I actually rather enjoyed it but I can see it getting bitter if steeped for too long. Nice chunks of citrus fruit that shone through in the flavor....” Read full tasting note
    78
  • “Sipdown! Which brings me below 40 for the first time in who knows how long. This batch tasted more like blood orange than previous cups, which tasted more like a lady grey. This is bad news for me...” Read full tasting note
    40
  • “This had a real lightness and brightness to it – not what I was expecting from a tea labeled Noir. It almost tasted like a mandarin green tea. It was very good, but not what I was hoping for.” Read full tasting note
    65

From Tea Forte

This enlivening tea offers the distinct, sweet taste of Moro “deep blood orange”. Sourced especially for its ruby vermillion colored flesh, the Moro presents a crisp-tart cup, delicious hot or iced.

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11 Tasting Notes

65
1809 tasting notes

Coldbrew on this delicious smelling flavoured black tea. It smells like grapefruit and orange.

2.5g leaf, 500 mL cold water, 1 hour
Tastes of musty spices, dried citrus zest, peppery, strong bergamot, lemon/citrus bitters, marmalade. I would have called this spiced earl grey. It’s more bergamot than anything else.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Citrus Zest, Earl Grey, Lemon Zest, Musty, Pepper, Spices

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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78
231 tasting notes

I received a sampler of this from a friend and I actually rather enjoyed it but I can see it getting bitter if steeped for too long. Nice chunks of citrus fruit that shone through in the flavor. Sweetness with just a slight hint of bitter to remind you of the citrus.

Not terribly complicated but pleasant.

Flavors: Citrus

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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40
325 tasting notes

Sipdown! Which brings me below 40 for the first time in who knows how long.

This batch tasted more like blood orange than previous cups, which tasted more like a lady grey. This is bad news for me as I’m not really a fan of oranges, and I have a particular dislike of blood orange. It’s also quite dry, which again is not really a good thing for me. Having a very hard time understanding my previous rating of 80; lowering my rating.

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65
89 tasting notes

This had a real lightness and brightness to it – not what I was expecting from a tea labeled Noir. It almost tasted like a mandarin green tea. It was very good, but not what I was hoping for.

Flavors: Blood orange, Lemon

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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66
2815 tasting notes

Part of a recent tea flavored black tea sampler that I got from Tea Forte, which has gotten me to pretty much give up on Tea Forte as a company…

Anyway this is one of the better flavors in the bunch. It is very citrusy, with lots of tart orange, grapefruit and lemon myrtle flavor. It even stands up to soymilk okay (I was wondering if it would curdle). It has a slightly musty smell, in my opinion and also a slight bitterness. It does have oil of bergamot, which tends to not be my favorite flavor unfortunately. If you would like a really citrusy earl grey, check this one out. I’ll certainly finish the cup and the other samples, but I don’t think I will need to buy it anytime soon. I would have liked it better without the bergamot, I think.

Flavors: Bergamot, Blood orange, Grapefruit, Musty

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

I believe that was one of the teas in my Tea Forte advent calendar. On the whole I was disappointed by them.

Maddy Barone

I just went back and reviewed my tea log. Apparently this is one I liked better than the others. Wonder what I would think of it now?

TeaBrat

I would have liked this one better without the bergamot, but overall yes, disappointed is what I felt too.

gmathis

You know, nearly every orange or blood orange tea I’ve tried has a musty-bitter thing going on. Must just be the nature of the fruit when you have to dry it…

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80
415 tasting notes

Another tea from my Advent Calendar. I liked this one. No weird after taste, no bitterness. I drank it while eating cinnamon toast on a cold December day. It was a good experience for me. There was a time when I preferred herbal teas. Now I far prefer black teas.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
44 tasting notes

This was part of a sampler pack of Noir teas by Tea Forte. The aroma of this was very subtle but a true scent, not fake like some orange teas. The flavor was definitely a different kind of orange…the difference between blood orange and navel oranges is distinct. The black tea is dominant in this blend.

Flavors: Blood orange

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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75
255 tasting notes

Finding a single steeps sampler package from Tea Forte was a nice surprise. Finding the sampler package was of their latest Noir line of pan-roasted black teas was even more surprising. The best surprise was finding a blood orange flavor hidden amongst the other mediocre flavored teas.

From what I can recall, the best blood orange tea I have so far had was from David’s Tea, which was a pu’erh blend. Reminiscing on that blend, I do remember liking it quite a lot, namely for its flavor.

Tea Forte’s blood orange does give quite a powerfully citrus scent, leaning more to pekoe for my liking but not so much to become offensive. The leaves are thankfully generic loose leaf in appearance and color, with the citrus peel and flowers giving a lighter and softer texture.

This is my second time steeping this tea, as my first had given a fairly weak flavor at three minutes, so increasing the steep time with new leaves could yield a better brew.

The brew is a lovely deep copper, with a subtle citrus aroma.

The flavor is a lighter pekoe, more bergamot than citrus. Despite, the citrus that is detected jumps out significantly. Steeping a minute longer does give a more interesting taste. There is a slight astringency, and the black tea does round out the flavor eventually.

It is not quite the best, in fact quite far from it. What it is, in the best circumstances, is a pleasing morning cup.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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78
334 tasting notes

This is a nice surprise after the moderate disappointment of the last few Tea Forte teas I tried. It has a mild, pleasant aroma, and unlike many tea blends with citrus, doesn’t become too tart in the cup. The core of this is a strong and fairly good black tea.The orange is definitely there, and it goes well with the tea without overwhelming it. It’s a natural, orange-peel zest, and doesn’t taste like an added flavor. As a plus, I could see some of the orange peel pieces in the tea sachet.

It seems like with some of these flavored teas with fancy names, it’s high praise to say that I can taste the tea itself! Maybe it’s time to go back to pure teas for a while…

Flavors: Lemon Zest, Orange Zest

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