Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Talbott Teas
Full-leaf black tea with cinnamon, orange peel and rose petals.
Wow! This one is a keeper! Definitely one of the best ones I’ve tried from Talbott thus far.
The balance of flavors here is so nice. When I first received a sampling of it I thought “Oh, cinnamon and rose. OK.” Because, well, I have a similar blend of my own (which is rose, vanilla and cinnamon), so I thought this would taste very familiar to me. I was wrong!
The orange and clove is a nice addition. The orange perks up the overall flavor without overwhelming the other flavors, and I like the way the orange and the rose work together – it’s not a flavor combination I would have thought of, but they really taste great together. The cloves enhance the flavor of the cinnamon so that the cup doesn’t come across as too “spicy-hot” cinnamon-y.
But what would a tea be without the tea? The black tea base here is a smooth, bright black tea that is not overly aggressive. It has a very even taste to it and a medium astringency that lightly “pats” the palate dry in the finish. The aftertaste leaves lingering notes of cinnamon and rose and a faint citrus tang.
A very pleasant tea to sip. One that would make a fabulous Valentine’s Day gift for the tea lover in your life!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!