Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"This tea drinks as a crisp and clean cup of tea, but the tea base is really in the shadows compared to the pungent over-ripe fruit flavor that dominates the cup. "|
As I write this review, I an unable to locate any specific information about this tea on the In Nature website. This is a case where I really wish I could access some detailed information about the product under review because in addition to the tea leaves which make up the majority of the blend, there are dark yellow petals and small reddish flower buds present in the mix. I would love to know exactly what these flowers are. The black tea leaves are large and broad, and also very fluffy. Upon first whiff, I wasn't entirely sure I was going to enjoy this tea. The tea smells most strongly of fruits (particularly a lychee-like sweetness) and flowers; it is actually very difficult to smell the tea itself. I proceeded with the brew, using about 1.5 tsp per cup of water since the leaves are rather light and airy. I used boiling water and a three-minute steep time. The tea brews to a fully transparent brilliant reddish-brown color. The flavor of this tea is nothing short of interesting. As with the aroma, the flower and fruit notes trump over the flavor of the tea leaves. I pick up on a very strong fruit flavor that seems most comparable to lychee, but could also be described as a generic "very ripe" fruit flavor. The tea is very sweet yet it leaves the mouth feeling clean, not heavy with sweetness. While I usually entertain the notion of adding milk and/or sugar to black tea, I would strongly advise against it for this one, as the tea is naturally sweet, and milk just seems like a bad idea given the fruity-floral notes. The flavor tends to linger briefly in the mouth after each sip. This tea drinks as a crisp and clean cup of tea, but the tea base is really in the shadows compared to the pungent over-ripe fruit flavor that dominates the cup. With its strong fruity flavor and light-to-medium body, I found this tea best consumed as an iced tea. I have to admit that I didn't enjoy this at a hot tea all that much. I'm glad I sampled this tea, and while I don't see myself wanting to consume this every day, it is a nice selection to have for an occasional cup.
— To purchase In Nature Pure High Mountain 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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