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!
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!
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