Fruit De Bois from Empire Tea Services

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Empire Tea Services

Product Description:

Flavored high elevation Ceylon black tea.  Fruits from the wood.  A scintillating flavor with a lingering taste.  Excellent!

Taster’s Review:

This is a very interesting blend.  I don’t think I’ve tried one quite like this.

The black tea base is a medium-strength Ceylon, brisk but not overwhelmingly bold.  There is a fair amount of astringency, but no bitterness to the tea itself.

I do notice a faint bitter tone that doesn’t taste like “tea bitterness” though, and I attribute this bitterness to the fruit.  The fruit is both sweet and tart, and just before mid-sip, I notice the faintest bitter tone.  The finish is sweet and the aftertaste has a berry tartness to it.

What is most interesting to me about this blend, is that other than the berry tartness in the aftertaste, it is difficult to discern which fruits I’m actually tasting.  The best way I can describe it as a homogenous kind of fruit taste, like a fruit smoothie made with a bunch of different fruits and blended in such a way that it becomes like a hybrid fruit of sorts.  Even though it’s difficult to determine just what I’m tasting… I’m finding it tasty.

I like this best iced!

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