Price: Sample (regular price - $6.00 for 50g. Also available in 100g and 250g packages)
Vendor: David’s Tea
Brewing Method: Per Instructed - 1 teaspoon of leaves, 1 cup of filtered water, heated to 200°F-205°F, steeped for 3 - 5 minutes
Overall Score: 3.8 out of 5
Black Celebration is a mix of black tea, orange peel, rose petals, apple, almonds, cornflower, cinnamon, papaya, pineapple, peach, cranberries, and rosehip – holy ingredients batman! The first thing I smell is the cinnamon and then a mix of different fruit flavors like orange, pineapple, and peach. Each time I smell the blend, a different fruity aroma hits me.
The blend reminds me of confetti. I think it is the most colorful blend I have seen yet. I can see chunks of pineapple, sliced almonds, rose petals, cranberries, and other dried fruits. I can barely find the black tea through all the other ingredients.
The liquor smells more like cinnamon than anything – it really overpowers the rest of the aromas. It is a pretty light brown color.
The cinnamon is front and center in the taste, giving it a spicy flavor. After I get over the cinnamon, I can taste the fruit, especially pineapple and cranberry. After I take more sips the cinnamon ends up being all I can taste.
I am kind of disappointed because I wanted to taste all or at least most of the fruit flavors, but the cinnamon just masks everything. Because of the cinnamon, the tea ends up being more spicy than sweet. Maybe milk would help mellow the harsh cinnamon out a little.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009