|"Similar to black currant tea, this blend is unusual and complex. "|
Today, Boston Tea sells all varieties of teas, tisanes, and tea ware under their own label as well as the British Label "Bentley's." They import their teas and herbs from all over the world.
Their Organic Pomegranate black tea is a combination of teas from India and China, “carefully blended,” it says on their website, “with real pomegranates.”
Through the veil of these large, silky pyramids, I can see nice chunky broken leaves, mixed with red flowers. I don't see any fruit, though. Perhaps it will plump and appear when water is added?
The tea smells like black currant tea--one of the few flavored teas I enjoy. Adding boiling water and brewing for five minutes (I like strong tea) intensifies the black currant aroma. It smells wonderful! But not like pomegranates, necessarily. After letting the tea cool to about 130 degrees, I sipped. It tasted like black currants and nice, strong black tea. At first, I couldn't tell the difference between this tea and a black currant tea. Of course the fruits are quite similar so its not the tea's fault, right?
The difference materialized in the aftertaste. While black currant leaves the taste buds with a fruity, almost tangy twist, this pomegranate tea was smooth. I tasted the fruit at the beginning. Then the flavor mellowed into vanilla/floral combination. Still, though, I saw no fruit. So I checked the website for more specific ingredients: Premium Blend of Organic Chinese and Indian Black Tea, Safflowers, Organic Rosehips, Pomegranate Flavor
So, there is no fruit in this tea, after all. Still, it is one of the best teas I've ever tasted. The flavor is smooth enough for everyday drinking with food, but complex enough to savor in a wine-like manner. I give it an 9.5.
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