A Berry Frui-tea July! This is one of the teas I grabbed a single sample of from the last Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox (thanks to all contributors and tea-sipper for organizing!)
Sadly, I didn’t really get any fruit flavor from this tea… it’s supposed to have raspberries, grape skins, and a touch of hibiscus petals, but it is just tasting like a standard black tea for me, so I think age has gotten the best of this one.
It is a fairly tasty black tea; very malty, a slight bit of a baked bread quality to it, and a little citrusy toward the end of the sip, with a mild astringency left after the sip. It isn’t quite as harsh as the experiences I typically have with assams; it reminds me a bit of a mix of a sweeter Chinese black with a Ceylon. But I was really hoping to get some of the berry notes in the cup, and there is simply not a hint of that flavor left here. One day when my cupboard isn’t so crazy I plan to try some Simpson and Vail teas and I’ll make a note to put a sample of this one in there at that time, so I can get a better read on it; until then I think I’ll leave it without a rating. The base is nice, at least?
Flavors: Astringent, Baked Bread, Citrus, Malt