|"The berries come through loud and clear, against the tea's savoury, smoky backdrop. Highly recommended!"|
Often with fruity blends I'm disappointed when I see the tea in the sample, compared to the picture on the website. In this case, the pretty mixture posted is exactly what was in my sample bag! I can spot all of the ingredients listed on the website amongst the smallish, purplish-black tea leaves. Theses include: “organic Chinese black tea, organic currants , organic cranberries, organic strawberries, organic elderberries, organic calendula petals, and natural berry flavouring”. All this exudes an enticing berry aroma. As suggested by the steeping guide thoughtfully been printed on the package, I used one generous teaspoon of leaves in 8 ounces of boiling water, and steeped for 4 and a half minutes. The resulting cup is a copper-coloured liquor with a light berry scent. The Chinese black tea used is a very smoky one, similar to a mild Lapsang Souchong perhaps, that adds a lovely stoutness against the sweetness of the berries. Contrary to a Lapsang Souchong though, it does not show any signs of bitterness, even after fairly long steeps. It also provides an element of creaminess that is very decadent. Clearly this the premium tea promised by the writeup! The fruit flavour is well integrated, no one berry dominating the mix. The tartness of the berries is rounded off with a fair amount of natural sweetness. The fruit taste is very flavourful on its own especially in the finish, without the help of sweeteners. In fact, I found that while they didn't detract from the enjoyment of the cup, adding maple syrup and soy milk didn't really make this tea more exciting. Although I didn't try it this way, I imagine that it would be yummy iced as well. I steeped a second time for 6 minutes. Although less spectacular than the first, the berries still come through loud and clear, leaning more towards the strawberries this time around. Again, the tea provides its savoury, smoky backdrop that complements the fruit taste so well.
Although it's a little pricier than some similar teas, this product is definitely worth it in terms of quality, with the added bonus of contributing to eco-friendly development. I will certainly be adding it to my regular stash of teas soon. I would also recommend a visit to their fun and informative website, full of recipes and interesting facts about tea. This delightful tea is also available in a decaffeinated version.
— To purchase Arbor Teas Organic Mixed Berry 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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