Tea of the Week for August 8, 2016!
Sometimes when I start blending, I don't have a clear idea of what the tea is going to be until I finish blending it - and sometimes it goes beyond that - sometimes, I don't have a clear idea of what the tea is going to be until I've conducted my final taste test on the tea.
Such is the case with this tea. I knew I wanted a black tea. I knew I wanted to combine blackberry together with citrus. Not a strong, assertive citrus flavor - just enough to add a really perky brightness to the cup. After my first taste test, I decided that this blend needed some spice. So I added a little bit of freshly shaved nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. After my second taste test, I thought a creamy backdrop might be nice, so I added some vanilla.
With my third taste test - this taste test - I can happily say that I'm pleased with the result. The blackberry is the star flavor in this cup - sweet and juicy - followed by warm, cozy spice. The citrus (lime and bergamot) adds some brightness to enliven the palate and round out the flavors. The vanilla is off in the distance, it's soft and sweet, and it gradually builds on the palate as I continue to sip.
Taster size is approximately 15g.
organic ingredients: black teas, blackberries, cinnamon, clove, vanilla bean, nutmeg, lime leaves, bergamot, lime & natural flavors.