|"This is a decent tea, but overall pretty forgettable and nothing I would go out of my way for. There seem to be several other blood orange teas on the market that excel at flavor over this blend."|
The dried blend consists of mid-grade leaves of black tea - thin, wispy and brittle segments of broken leaves - sourced from Sri Lanka and China, with bits of orange rind and safflower, plus natural orange oil. The aroma is tannic and pungent, with a sour but definitively citrusy vibe.
A 3 minute brew with just-boiled water seems to yield a satisfactory cup. The aroma has a toned down, but still very evident, citrus nose. The black tea flavor is dominant here, and while some of the orange taste comes through in the cup, a lingering basic black tea finish takes control here. I was hoping for something with much more "wow factor", and the blunt lack of the blood orange flavor here is disappointing. This could be forgiven, were the tea leaves themselves something more memorable as well, but alas, I found the flavor to be merely average. The flavor gets slightly better, sweeter, and more intense as the cup cools, but I still found it to be unfortunately underwhelming. Perhaps it is better on ice, but I can't attest to that since I didn't try it as such.
This is a decent tea, but overall pretty forgettable and nothing I would go out of my way for. There seem to be several other blood orange teas on the market that excel at flavor over this blend.
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