|"Wonderful over ice. Too bright when its strong, too flat when its weak, I wouldn't serve it hot."|
I really like the smell of this blend when I opened the package. It was an appetizing mix of vanilla and that wonderful, grassy aroma of tannin. It looked funny, though, for a tea labeled basic "black tea" There were twigs in it, and yellow leaves. It rather resembled an oolong blend.
After brewing it for 4 minutes in boiling water, I noticed the vanilla smell was gone. The odor became fully astringent, grassy, and rather flat. The brew looked delicious as it turned a shade of dark amber honey. But the taste was not so delicious. I like my tea with a element of astringency, but this blend was too bright. The grassiness was tasty, but it didn't mellow enough to satisfy my taste buds. It's not bitter, but it just had too much "zing."
I wagered my self that this tea would taste great iced, so I tried it. Like my hot tea, I drink my iced tea plain. Still, watered down and cold, that astringent, grassy taste was too strong. I added lemon and some sweetener. That did the trick. While most iced teas are too mellow to stand up to cold, sour, and sweet, this Teatulia Black broke through all those barriers. Iced, it reminded me of those old "Nestea Plunge" commercials where hot, sweaty people fall backward into a swimming pool after tasting iced Nestea. (Too young to remember? Check it out here:)
After watching that video, you'll suddenly feel a deep need for iced tea. Teatulia Black is a brand I can recommend. Cold, it's refreshing in a way few teas can hope to match. Hot, the flavor is too one-dimensional for my taste. Overall, I rate it 7.5.
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