|"I have tried several blood orange teas prior to this, and none of them come close to being as good as this one."|
Blood orange is one of these flavor profiles that I can go either way with. If you have never tried it before, it is kind of like someone made a pulp-free orange juice from a concentrate and didn't add enough water so the orange juice is pretty intense. Blood orange is not a sweet flavor, but more of a penetrating, rich citrus flavor. It is much more unsweetened orange juice than orange Kool-Aid. My sample package smells pretty much like I expected---like someone soaked my tea leaves in orange juice. It also contains a number of thin flower shreds, which I would guess to be safflowers? They provide a nice pop of color against the dark black leaves of the Sri Lankan black tea.
At the advice of the Drink the Leaf website, which is worth checking out btw, I prepared this with water cut just short of boiling and infused for close to 4 min. Based on the aroma and my previous experience with some blood orange blends, I kinda braced myself when it came time to take a sip. However, instead of being greeted by a super intense blood orange that is tart and in-your-face, I found a rather delicious blood orange profile. It does taste like blood orange, but it is a very well done blood orange. It is not over-the-top and too intense though. It tastes like someone spiked my black tea with a splash of orange juice. Oh, and speaking of black tea, you can actually taste the black tea. Don't get me wrong, this has a fairly full flavor profile, but the black tea is rich and full-bodied itself. It is a bit brisk and holds it own. I could primarily taste it on the finish. I also suspect that this might make a fine iced tea.
Overall, if you like blood oranges or are just looking for a great adult breakfast tea, then you can't go wrong with this. I have tried several blood orange teas prior to this, and none of them come close to being as good as this one. It has a rich, deep citrus flavor and is delicious. I found this blend to taste invigorating and I find myself wanting another cup already, suggesting that this is one better made by the pot than the cup. Thumbs up!
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