Review: Merkaba Black Merlot

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Thumbs up!"It is very smooth and not very tart considering that it has the hibiscus and only a nominal amount of sugar. The berry flavor does taste mostly like blackberries as promised and is nicely done. "
Laura’s Teaview: 7/10
Other Teaviews: Vanessa gave it 6/10, Katie gave it 5/10
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blackmerlot.jpg"Black tea that has been blended with Papaya, Hibiscus, Currants, Bilberries, Elderberries, Strawberries and Raspberries. The result is an astonishing flavor reminiscing of a fine Merlot wine.  The fruit blend has a flavor somewhat similar to that of Blackberries. The good quality teas utilized are tippy and have similar characteristics to both Keemun and Yunnan teas, without as much smokiness and more sweetness. With light undertones of fruit and hints of grass, the tea provides the perfect compliment to the fruits added to it." --- Merkaba website.



So I have to be honest as I start this review that I do have a couple of reservations about this blend.  First of all, I don't like red wine.  I also don't like hibiscus.  I also to happen not be a huge fan of those berry blends in black tea cuz I find most of them that include hibiscus are just tart and nasty.  However, I really like the combo of the Keemun and Yunnan teas in the black tea base so I decided to give this a shot.  I wish it were actually those two blends used and not ones with similar characteristics. 



This blend is gorgeous to the eye inside my sample package with many pieces of dried fruits and lots of flower blossoms.  It also happens to smell surprisingly like red wine.  I steeped this using my regular black tea protocol:  boiling water allowed to cool for a minute and for 4 minutes.  Due to the presence of hibiscus, I automatically added a small amount of rock cane sugar---about half to three-quarters of a teaspoon. This brewed to a gorgeous berry red color typical of any black tea blend with hibiscus in it.  It also smells pretty typical of a berry tea with hibiscus in it.  However, despite all of these strikes against it, this is actually not half bad.  It is very smooth and not very tart considering that it has the hibiscus and only a nominal amount of sugar.  The berry flavor does taste mostly like blackberries as promised and is nicely done.  I didn't try this iced, but I suspect it is excellent and I would love this in the summer.



This was actually pretty good despite the hibiscus as an ingredient.  The berry flavor is well done, the black tea base mild and smooth, and it only took a nominal amount of sugar to tame the hibiscus down to a manageable tartness.  This will go on my list of teas to purchase when the weather warms a bit. 

— To purchase Merkaba Black Merlot, 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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2 Responses to “Review: Merkaba Black Merlot”

  1. Sterling Says:

    Laura, sounds like a fun blend even with the hibiscus. I’m intrigued by the papaya. Haven’t heard of papaya included in a berry blend before, but it sounds good.

    I will definitely try this iced. Thanks for the info.

  2. Laura Says:

    Hi Sterling,

    Hope you enjoy the blend. Let me know if you need some more suggestions from Merkaba (I have several).

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