|"The flavor profile on Casanova is still moderate at best and tastes lemony and vanilla creamy. Very well done. "|
This smells incredible! So good, in fact, that despite the late of hour of 11 p.m., I am steeping some up to review (and I AM caffeine-sensitive). If this tastes even close to how good it smells, then I am sure that I will have to buy some. My sample package contains black tea, tons of lemon myrtle shreds, flower petals, and little pieces of dried candied lemon. It smells very creamy lemon--yummy!
I steeped this for about 4 minutes and the aroma from the cup is also very creamy lemon, but not in an overpowering way. Shazaam! This is good. This is a blend by Dammann Freres and, if you have been following my posts and reviews, then you might have an inkling that I am fan of both Dammann and Mariage Freres. While I know of no relationship between the two, they both seem to be known for making signature blends that use a high quality tea base and the flavors used are subtler---more notes than true flavor profiles like you get with many flavored teas. Casanova is not as subtle as some of other Dammann Freres flavored blends. It still isn't a strong flavor profile, but definitely not as subtle as many of the others I have had tried. The flavor profile on Casanova is still moderate at best and tastes lemony and vanilla creamy. Very well done. If you have had the privilege of tasting SpecialTeas Lemon Chiffon Rooibos or its twin Teavana's Lemon Twist, then this is its black tea cousin. This does not require sugar, but the rock cane sugar that I added did kick the flavors up nicely. I soooooo wish I had some real creamer in the house, but since I am watching my waist line with the Holidays approaching, I had to settle for a splash of milk. I was afraid the milk might dilute the flavor too much, but it just made it creamier.
I love this! While the aroma that the dry leaves give isn't always capable of delivering the great cup that it alludes to, this one does! It produces an amazing cuppa. Casanova, I am hooked! I will definitely be ordering some and hoarding the remainder of my sample.
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