|"This blend wasn't strong enough for me, and it had an unpleasant spicy undertone that was something of a turn-off."|
Anyway, on to the tea at hand. This tea has a strange smell and a strange undertone for this type of blend. As far as the aroma goes I couldn't detect any blatant citrus notes, though my fiance (who drinks at least a cup of Adagio's Blood Orange a day) swears it is there. Oddly enough we both agree the predominant smell is that of spices you'd cook with - smelling strangely of a soup we often prepare. I didn't think that would carry over into the taste of the tea, but it does. It's only a discreet undertone-a whisper of a cool spice, like maybe fennel or tarragon, but I must admit it bothers me that it's there at all. Perhaps it's something in the tea that I'm not familiar with, and it's supposed to taste that way. Regardless, it's not appealing to me .
Undertones aside, you still taste orange in this tea. It's not as strong as it should be, being an herbal tea, but it's obviously there. You can tell by the light orange color of the cup that it's not as flavorful as it could be. In my head I immediately compared it to Adagio's. Its a deep, red-orange hue that packs a refreshing punch of flavor (it smells phenomenal, too!). This tea looks like a watered-down version of Adagio's, and tastes that way to boot. Add that to the undesirable mystery undertone, and it makes for a mediocre blend at best.
I wasn't so turned off by this that I didn't finish my cup, but I won't be making another one. It's entirely too watery (and I took special care to make sure I used enough), I would think even someone that likes a light flavor in their tea would agree. I tried, honestly, not to compare the blend to Adagio's, but inevitably doing so coupled with the "cooking-spice" undertone really made for an unpleasant cup overall.
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