|"The one thing I give The NecessiTeas credit for over anything else is the aroma of their blends. No superlatives necessary, they're wonderful."|
The one thing I give The NecessiTeas credit for over anything else is the aroma of their blends. No superlatives necessary, they're wonderful. I always feel like I'm whiffing a dessert topping with every tea I open. And it stays in line with their mission statement that all their teas are meant to be guilt free alternatives to sweet tooth sating. And, boy, do I have a sweet tooth. The aroma for this was predominately cranberry and vanilla with a citrus finish, sort of reminding me of a chocolate orange wedge dunked in Ocean Spray concentrate.
The green tea base looked as I would expect Chinese sencha to look, and I found pieces of dried orange and cranberry very visible in the fray. While it wasn't as overpowering in its desserty bang, I still had a feeling I would enjoy it. Brewing instructions on the bag echoed what I thought was appropriate for a default green tea as well; 1 tsp per 8oz, steeped for three minutes. However, they recommended the use of boiling water. I split the difference and went with 180F. It was still a green tea after all.
The liquor infused to a pale green with a mixed grassy/vanilla nose. Creaminess could be detected on the forefront, but the fruit elements held back on the aroma. I hoped that wasn't the case with taste. Thankfully, those hopes weren't dashed. It was alarmingly crisp on the forefront with a natural fruit lean from the green tea base. In the middle, a lot of the citrus elements came up to bat. The cranberry namesake only made itself faintly known at the start and toward the finish. I was okay with that, but as a result - given the name confusion - I would suggest "Citrus Berry Autumn" as a title. Sounds tropical like this blend.
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