Review: Merkaba Black Merlot

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Its OK"The overwhelming flavor that came through for me was the berries, bringing with them an acidic and tart (but not too tart) zing. I typically don't go for fruity teas, so I wasn't exactly thrilled by the acidity, but it wasn't so bad as to turn me off from the tea."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 6/10
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blackmerlot.jpgWith a name like "Black Merlot", I assumed that this tea, offered by Merkaba, would be flavored with some sort of dark grape. In fact, although the tea blend has an impressive list of ingredients, grapes are not among the featured flavors. Merkaba's website states that this tea features papaya, hibiscus, currants, bilberries, elderberries, strawberries, and raspberries, all of which result to "an astonishing flavor reminiscing of a fine Merlot wine". While I am probably the furthest thing from a fine wine connoisseur, I can say without reservation that this tea is really not very wine-like, unless your wine goes by the name "Boone's Strawberry Hill". Now don't get me wrong, this tea isn't all that bad, it's just that the wine comparison was ill-fitting. The overwhelming flavor that came through for me was the berries, bringing with them an acidic and tart (but not too tart) zing. I typically don't go for fruity teas, so I wasn't exactly thrilled by the acidity, but it wasn't so bad as to turn me off from the tea. The hibiscus is certainly noticeable as well. If you tend not to like hibiscus teas, then this probably isn't the tea for you. On the website, Merkaba doesn't outright name the type of black tea used, but it is stated that the high-quality, tippy leaves have some qualities similar to Keemun and Yunnan. Both of those teas are typically pretty strong teas, but whatever tea leaves used here were clearly not that strong. In fact, this tea drinks like it's a tisane; it's almost easy to overlook the presence of any black tea whatsoever. Because of the strong berry flavor and the acidic zing, this tea worked better (for me, at least) in iced form rather than in hot form. In all, this is an interesting tea, and would probably be a big hit for those that tend towards berry and fruit teas and tisanes. While I love berries, I rarely find a berry tea that works. Merkaba's Black Merlot is probably better than most berry tea blends I have tried, but isn't something I plan to order myself.

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