Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: SpecialTeas
Full-leaf black tea with apricot pieces.
Ingredients: Black tea, apricot bits (with sugar), sunflower petals, flavoring
I now live in the Pacific Northwest. I love it here, but there are some things that I really miss about life in sunny Southern California. One of the things I miss most is the summertime fruit! Strawberry stands and fresh peaches and apricots, picked right off the trees! Sure, I can get fruit here in the grocery store, but, it simply does not compare to the ripe, succulent flavor that comes from the fruit that has just been picked. (However, we do have awesome apples, cherries and marionberries here!)
This apricot tea is very bright and flavorful, much like a freshly picked apricot. The black tea is pungent but does not completely overwhelm the fruity flavor of the apricot. There is a little bitterness to the black tea, but I don’t find it off-putting, as it seems to cut through some of the sweeter notes of the apricot and gives it a smoother, more even taste.
This tea reminds me of afternoons in the late summertime when the apricots were in season. The flavor is juicy-fresh and inviting. It is stunning served iced – so juicy and delicious! Makes a really good sun-tea! – and it also makes a delicious hot tea – especially good served with a little bit of milk! Yummy!