|"Sublime, exotic, extremely delicious, and highly drinkable -- this is a tea that excels in just about every aspect."|
Tangier is a blend comprised of premium black tea from Sri Lanka, saffron, and apricot petals. The dried leaf has an intensely-rich pungent aroma, shrieking of fresh, succulent apricots. My mouth immediately begins to water when smelling this tea. The leaves are medium-to-large sized, generally wiry, and of apparent quality. The bits of saffron are evident and abundant, though I'm not sure if the "apricot petals" are in the mix, and if they are, I can't seem to locate them. My suspicion is that this tea is somehow infused with apricot.
ATR recommends a 4 minute brew with sub-boiling water. This generates a sublime coppery-hued cup of delicious tea, every bit as splendid as one would gather from the aroma of the dried blend. The apricot flavor is certainly present, but is not overpowering. It merely blends surreptitiously, being rather sneaky about its prominent boldness. There is a rose-like floralness to the cup as well, which plays nice with the naturally sweet flavor of the apricot.
A second infusion, brewed at the same parameters, results in a cup with much weaker and flattened flavor. The real pizzazz is definitely in the first steep. Though the cup is highly drinkable and still enjoyable, I would say future brewings will see me limit this to one infusion, simply because with flavors so decadent and quality so rich on that first cup, there's no sense in creating a weaker version to follow it up.
I can definitely see why this tea garners its high praise from a variety of sources - including its chief peddler. Easy on the pocketbook, decadently delicious, and extremely drinkable. It's a win-win-win. As if that weren't enough, this tea is currently on sale, making it even more perfect as a gift or a treat for yourself.
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