Review: Culinary Teas Grand Marnier Tea

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Thumbs up!"A delightful desert tea with the additions of cream and sugar. Otherwise it has a bitter aftertaste."
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culinary-tea-logoToday is being one of the strangest fall days in the Puget Sound. Thinking that it would be just like any other fall day when I got dressed I just tossed on jeans and a sweatshirt to do my running around in. I soon discovered the error of my ways as it was rather cold outside. And to add insult to injury, it is actually snowing. We don't usually get snow and if we do then never this early in the year. I have a funny feeling that it is going to be one nasty winter. Aw well, good for tea drinking.

So after the chill of the day when I looking for a sample to drink, I was drawn to a black tea. For some reason they just seem more warming to me. I grabbed Culinary Teas' Grand Marnier. According to their website "Our Grand Marnier has all the depth and character of the orange liqueur without the alcohol."

My dry consists of black tea leaves that are a very deep lavender in color. That kinda took me back for a moment. There is a light citrusy aroma but not one that screams Grand Marnier at me. I set up 4 teaspoons to brew using a black tea setting and a steep time of 3 minutes. The resulting brew is a medium golden brown in coloring and the citrus is much stronger in the wet nose.

As is my wont, I tried this tea first straight and just wasn't that impressed. The tea itself is very smooth but the flavoring, which I wasn't able to pin down as orange rather then a general citrus, has a bitter aftertaste. I added a bit of rock sugar and got the same response. Finally I added a bit of half-n-half. For some reason that was what it takes to really bring out the orange tastes and turns this tea into a delightful desert tea.

I am not the fence about whether I would pick some up for myself. With all the additives this tea is really good. One the other hand, I don't feel that I should have to add all of that to anything other then a breakfast tea. This is a tea that I would recommend picking up and letting me know that you think.

— 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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