Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Harney & Sons
John’s first flavored tea. It has “big” fruity, berry flavor. This full-bodied tea has become a traditional favorite in fine restaurants all over America.
Learn more about this tea here.
I have tried quite a few different currant flavored teas, but I don’t think I’ve tried this one until right now. And as I am sipping it, I find myself wondering what it is that kept me and this tea apart for so long! This is lovely!
The overall flavor is very nicely round. The black tea base is brisk and mildly sweet. There is a bit of astringency at the tail but I find that the astringency really enhances this tea experience – it does not detract from the enjoyment. I like that I can taste black tea here, and rather than it attempting to overpower the flavor of the black currant it instead melds almost seamlessly with the black currant to create a very mellifluous taste.
The black currant here is true to the fruit: tangy, tart, but with just enough sweetness to keep me from feeling the urge to pucker after taking a sip. It’s got that berry tingle at the finish, and it lingers in the aftertaste.
This is really a very lovely tea!