|"As this cooled, the oolong flavor came alive. It is not dominating, but I can taste it. Again, I can't really identify the flavor as apricot with any accuracy--still think more peachy."|
Tea Guys is one of the online tea retailers that I order from regularly at this point. They have innovative blends that usually result in some great flavored teas. I have personally purchased their carrot cake rooibos, strawberry kiwi, coconut truffle, pomegranate pear, citrus burst rooibos, lychee black (ok not my fav), and schizandra black currant white. If you like flavored teas, this is definitely a place to check out.
All that said, this is my first go around with the Afternoon Apricot blend. The package indicates that the black tea used is a Ceylon tea is blended with Darjeeling. It also lists the ingredients in the this blend as organic black tea, oolong tea, dried mango, osmanthus petals, jasmine petals, natural flavors. Two initial thoughts cross my mind: first, I wonder if there will be an oolong taste recognizable in the blend; and second, I see mango, but where is the apricot?
When I ripped open the package, I was greeted by a sweet and inviting aroma, but I can't identify it as apricots. It really didn't smell like mangos either, but actually more like peaches. You can detect some floral in the aroma, but it is gentle and not overpowering in any way. I steeped this up and still found the tea to be very fragrant (in a peachy way). The floral is lost after steeping with subtle notes left at best. As this cooled, the oolong flavor came alive. It is not dominating, but I can taste it. Again, I can't really identify the flavor as apricot with any accuracy--still think more peachy.
Overall, I like the blend pretty well. I wouldn't be surprised if this didn't make it into my shopping cart on a future order from Tea Guys. I think the gentle oolong taste gives something different to the blend. Don't buy this if you are looking for an apricot taste only. However, if you think would enjoy something that is walking the peach/apricot line, then you will enjoy this. Love that I can taste a touch of oolong too.
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