Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Teapots & Treasures
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I received this tea as a Christmas gift from a dear friend who lives in Florida. Teapots & Treasures appears to be a beautiful tea house (or cafe, as they call it); a lovely place to enjoy the pleasures of tea with friends! If I ever make it to Florida (I’ve an irrational fear of alligators, so it would take a lot to entice me to go there), this is definitely a place I’d like to visit!
The aroma of the dry leaf of this tea is very inviting, smelling strongly of orange with hints of chocolate in the background. I don’t smell much from the black tea base in the dry leaf, but once it is infused, I can smell the black tea, as well as orange and chocolate.
The flavor is quite nice. The black tea is a mild-tasting black tea, I suspect it is a Ceylon. It tastes smooth and is somewhat astringent, which plays to the citrus-y tones quite well. It isn’t what I would call a particularly strong black tea, but it does its job very well – providing a pleasing base for the flavors of orange and chocolate.
The orange is the dominate flavor, but it is not quite as strong as the aroma of the dry leaf would suggest. The orange tastes sweet and tangy, very much like a fresh, juicy orange.
The chocolate could be stronger here, but then it should come as no surprise that I’d say such a thing, given my affection for chocolate. The chocolate flavor is somewhere between dark chocolate and milk chocolate, with hints of the bittersweet flavor of cacao. The bitter of the chocolate is nicely accented by the tangy flavor of the orange – I am enjoying the way these two flavors interact very much. As I continue to sip, the flavors really develop into an almost confection-y kind of treat. YUM!
While this would make a really good dessert tea, I think it would be even better at breakfast time. Who wouldn’t love to have a decadent chocolatey orange treat for breakfast?