Review: Boston Tea Company Bentley Cranberry Blood Orange Red Rooibos Tea

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Thumbs up!"Cranberry dominated the aroma as far as I could tell. Citrus may have been present, but it was hiding behind the brew bleachers, avoiding eye contact. "
Geoff’s Teaview: 7.2/10
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cranberryorangebentleybostonThe blood orange is so named because of the ominous hue of its citrusy flesh. According to some sources, it bears a resemblance to tangerines in flavor. Their are three types; Moro, Sanguinello, and Tarocco. The last of which has three sub-cultivars. That's a lot of labeling for a citrus fruit. I've never had one of any delineation, but I want one. Someone compared it to a tangerine. I love tangerines. Sounds like a winner.

Boston Tea Company presents a Bentley's blend that - on first whiff - seems to live up to the citrus majesty described in the profile. I was a little let down, though, to discover that no actual blood orange or cranberry pieces were blended in with the rooibos base - rather, flavoring agents. That said, it smelled excellent. I felt like I was ten again, eating a Fruit Roll-Up.

Since it was a bag, and an herbal, I didn't have to adhere to strict brewing methods. However, I did decide to at least go for a standard rooibos prep regardless - 1 bag in 8oz of boiling water, steeped (and covered) for six minutes. Might as well go for broke in brewing this fruit-filled puppy.

It brewed to a vibrant, dark red - par for course for a red rooibos. Cranberry dominated the aroma as far as I could tell. Citrus may have been present, but it was hiding behind the brew bleachers, avoiding eye contact. Taste-wise, this was decent. The flavored elements masked the natural nuttiness of the rooibos base, but I didn't care. I was in it for the fruit, and that's what I got. Sure, it was more cranberry than blood orange, and I have no clue where that went or what it would taste like. Overall, it worked. It wasn't a game-changer, but it at least had a score card.

This was like heated cran-apple juice. With nuts. And I was strangely okay with that.

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