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Gold Rush Black Tea Blend from Monterey Bay Spice Company



Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Monterey Bay Spice Company

Tea Description:

Abundant with tropical treats, Gold Rush Tea is as appetizing as it is visually appealing! Chunks of delicious mango improve your mood while bits of passion fruit inject vitality into your body! Amongst the high floral notes of the colorful and aromatic blossoms are cornflowers, blue mallow flowers, safflowers, and marigolds. Completing this blend is robust black tea that provides body and warmth to this savory selection! 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I first tried this Gold Rush Black Tea Blend from Monterey Bay Spice Company hot, and while it was enjoyable served hot, it is really best served as an iced tea!  It’s so refreshing and thirst-quenching!

The black tea base is strong and somewhat astringent.  I would classify the astringency as a “fair” amount of astringency, not overly astringent and this should not be confused with bitterness, but, there is that tangy sensation toward the tail of the sip.  This tea is not bitter when brewed properly, although I did notice hints of bitterness in the sip that suggest to me that if you were to over-brew this tea, you might end up with a bitter cup.  I brewed it for 2 1/2 minutes, and this was long enough to produce a fairly robust tasting tea without the bitterness that a longer brew time might have created.

The flowers in this blend provide a very colorful, appealing dry leaf appearance, but, I don’t think they add a whole lot of flavor to the cup.  I do notice the faintest whisper of a floral presence to the sip, but, it is very slight.

The flavors are very pleasantly tropical with lovely notes of mango and passion fruit.  Sweet and just a hint of tangy fruit taste.  The sip is primarily sweet and fruity … with the tangy notes coming through more in the aftertaste than during the actual sip.  The fruit flavors are delicious and sweet, but I like that they are not overwhelming the cup.   The tea comes first … the fruit is an accent flavor.  Just a little fruity note to complement the natural fruit tones of the black tea!

Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable cup – and as I mentioned at the start, this is much better iced than hot.  It’s still good hot, too – but it’s spectacular iced!

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