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!