Review: The Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee Co. Blood Orange Black Tea

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Thumbs up!"The water temperature for this tea is extremely important to get right - but when it is right, the tea is sweet, smooth, and heavenly! "
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kentsussexbloodorangeKent & Sussex is a British company, providing high quality tea and coffee. I think they have a great website, allowing you to find teas from certain places around the world. They also have a way for you to find tea according to health benefits. Their Blood Orange Black Tea looked like a very good blend to me. The second I opened the bag, I smelled a lovely, citrusy aroma. Consisting of Ceylon, orange peel, and red safflowers, the leaves smell strongly of oranges. The tea leaves are also very stunning with the contrasting Ceylon and red safflowers.

I steeped 1 teaspoon of leaves in one cup of water for 4 minutes. The water temperature for this tea is extremely important to get right. I had one cup made with boiling water that was more bitter and astringent. I had another cup with slightly cooler water that was sweet, smooth, and heavenly. Make sure the water you use is hot, but not quite boiling (around 200F).

This black tea is amongst the smoother blends I’ve had. It’s got the traditional astringency of a black tea with a hint of sweetness from the blood orange peel. It almost reminds me of eating a chocolate orange. I’ve had a cup of this tea everyday since I got it and I’ve yet to become tired of it. The blood orange flavor is just so refreshing and warming mixed with the Ceylon. I think this is a perfect breakfast tea or an early afternoon pick-me-up.

Along with the lovely flavor, there are some potential health benefits. The tea has red safflower which can help soothe nerves and can help strengthen your immune system. The Ceylon contains some caffeine that will help energize you as you start your day. All in all, I would say this is a delicious, high quality Ceylon. I highly recommend it.

— To purchase The Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee Co. Blood Orange 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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