Review: KTeas Blood Orange Black Tea

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Thumbs up!"My sample was composed of smallish, somewhat broken black tea leaves generously leavened with the flower petals and bits of dried orange peel. It had a heady orange fragrance with subtle nutmeg undertones."
Lynn’s Teaview: 7.5/10
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kteaslogoKTeas lists its Blood Orange Black's ingredients as: Black tea from Ceylon and China, orange peel, safflower blossoms, and natural orange oil and states that they use less acidic Blood Oranges from the northern Mediterranean. This last was of particular interest to me, since some of the Blood Orange teas I have tried have been on the harsh side.

My sample was composed of smallish, somewhat broken black tea leaves generously leavened with the flower petals and bits of dried orange peel. It had a heady orange fragrance with subtle nutmeg undertones.

I steeped a generous teaspoon of the dry leaves in 8 oz of 208F water for four minutes, which produced a dark coppery cup that smelled of freshly cut oranges with some sweet notes of the tea itself, although the orange notes were by far the strongest. Flavor-wise, however, it was somewhat more balanced. The orange flavor was smooth and well-rounded and definitely the strongest, but didn't completely drown out the teas, which were also smooth. The finish was the same flavor blend, astringent and very drying without being bitter. As the cup cooled the orange flavor became more pronounced and the tea receded.

A second four minute steep produced another coppery fragrant cup, but the flavor was mostly of orange oil, and rather faded, though certainly drinkable.

All in all, while I'd like the black teas to have made a slightly better showing, this is a very nice smooth, citrusy tea and, as promised, is not harshly acidic at all.

— To purchase KTeas Blood Orange Black Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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