Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"Delicious...citrusy sweetness combined with floral undertones and an astringent finish"|
It seems that for my Culinary Teas experiences are either a complete hit or a complete miss. After recently finishing some samples that unfortunately fell in the latter category, I sampled their Grand Marnier Tea. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the end result was that this tea was a hit. The tea is described on the Culinary Teas website as a mix of "luxury" black tea, natural dried orange, freeze dried orange, sunflower and calendula petals, and natural flavors. I was pleased to see that the Culinary Teas website actually provides ample information about this tea, as I have found that information is often scarce and/or lacking for many of their teas. The black tea base is described as a blend of teas grown Sri Lanka, with all having a Ceylon-like quality. It's worth a note that the dried leaves actually are more green in color than black, and when I first handled my sample of this tea, I thought that perhaps it was a flavored green tea blend. The dry blend does give off an overall impression of freshness. The floral bouquet of the tea leaves themselves, combined with the sunflower and calendula petals, blends quite nicely with the citrusy aroma from the orange peels. I brewed the tea using just below-boiling water and a three minute infusion. The brewed tea offered a pleasant orange aroma that was noticeable but not overpowering. The flavor of this tea is intriguing and highly enjoyable. Consider it a mix of citrusy sweetness, floral undertones, and an astringent finish. The sweetness came through as a syrupy-like character, which made it somewhat more comparable to Grand Marnier, the tea's namesake. As with the orange aroma, the orange flavor remains present yet light and crisp. It provides a clean feeling to the tea. The tea base itself was probably ideal for the flavors incorporated into the tea. The tea was not at all heavy, and with it's naturally fruity-floral notes, it served as an excellent foundation for the addition of citrus and flower petals. In all, I was pleasantly impressed with this tea, and this is one I would definitely consider purchasing for myself. I think anyone who likes citrus flavors would enjoy this one, and I would also say that those that like Earl Gray teas may want to consider this as an alternative citrus-based tea.
— To purchase Culinary Teas Grand Marnier 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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