|"While bergamot, orange, vanilla and jasmine can all be powerful flavors in their own right, they balance fairly nicely in this cup with no one ingredient overwhelming the flavor profile. "|
I have been dreaming of coming home all day and indulging in a delicious cup of tea. When I walked in the door, I was actually thinking that an oolong would be my tea date tonight, but then this Orange Dulce caught my attention. Mighty Leaf sells this blend in both tea pouches and in loose form. While I am not a fan of bagged teas, Mighty Leaf is one of the few companies that offers "bagged tea" done right via the use of their clever tea pouches. It is really loose tea in a silken pouch that offers sufficient room for the leaves to expand. In other words, it isn't tea dust in a traditional tea bag.
Mighty Leaf's website does not include the ingredients for this blend, which is a bit unusual because they do include them for most of their blends. One immediately noticeable ingredient aside from those in the description is bergamot. It was actually the most noticeable ingredient in the aroma coming from the dry leaves inside the little silken tea pouch. I prepared this using water brought to a full boil and allowed to cool for a min and infused the tea pouch for 4 min. While I may be crazy, I would say that the black tea base used in this blend is of a higher quality than in some of Mighty Leaf's other flavored blends. The aroma coming from my cup and the wet leaves is quite fragrant and smells delicious. While bergamot, orange, vanilla and jasmine can all be powerful flavors in their own right, they balance fairly nicely in this cup with no one ingredient overwhelming the flavor profile. I would say that the bergamot/orange are probably the most dominant flavors in the cup, but they are nicely underscored by some delicious, creamy vanilla. The jasmine contributes just enough floral to the flavor and fragrance to make this special. This blend is naturally sweet, but I did enjoy it best with a just a couple of rocks of German rock cane sugar.
If ever there was a dessert tea featuring bergamot as an ingredient, this is it. I'm not a big enough lover of bergamot that I'd want to drink every day, but this is quite delicious. I really loved the smoothness of the black tea base. I also liked the combination of the bergamot/orange with the vanilla and jasmine. The star of the blend for me was the vanilla, which was very creamy and natural tasting. In fact, it kept me wanting more and, if I were to have this tweaked to my personal taste preferences, the vanilla flavor could be brought up just a bit more. However, this truly is a solid offering from Mighty Leaf and one that I would recommend that you add to shopping cart when making an order with Mighty Leaf. Further, at just $8.95 for a 4 oz bag, this is a great value. Thumbs up!!
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