Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"I just felt like this tea’s flavor was incomplete and in need of an additional ingredient to pull everything together into a fuller-flavor brew."|
I decided to prepare my sample of Bentley’s Cranberry Blood Orange red rooibos tea as an iced tea using my handy dandy iced tea maker. This tea came packaged in standard tea bags, but in order to get the most out of this brew, I decided to cut open the teabags and have the contents be loose during the brewing process. As I opened the teabags, I did notice a subtle orange scent, but I was more focused on what I was not seeing, namely pieces of orange and cranberry. I had certainly expected to see pieces of orange rind and dried cranberries in this blend, but all I saw was pieces of rooibos, and I feel compelled to comment that the rooibos didn’t appear to be the best quality, being rather smallish in size. I checked the ingredients list and sure enough, while there are “blood orange and cranberry flavors” in this blend, there are no actual cranberries or blood oranges in the tea. Furthermore, it is not clearly stated if the flavors are naturally or artificially derived. Although I was disappointed, I prepared my tea and hoped for the best. The prepared tea had the characteristic reddish hue. The flavor of this tea was mediocre, at best. The rooibos’ nutty flavor was present, but not as rich and smooth as I have had elsewhere. The cranberry flavor added a hint of tang to each sip and the orange barely made an appearance. A little bit of sugar was good to round out the cranberry’s tartness. However, in all, the flavor was very weak and I think that if I didn’t know that this was a cranberry-blood orange tea, I would have had a very hard time figuring out what flavors were present. I just felt like this tea’s flavor was incomplete and in need of an additional ingredient to pull everything together into a fuller-flavor brew. This is drinkable, but I wouldn’t call it delicious.
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