Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: TeaGschwendner
Pure Sicilian lemon oil powers this classic black tea.
Ingredients: Black tea from South India, lemon peel and natural lemon oil
Learn more about this tea here.
Lemon flavored teas are not typically my “go to” flavored tea, mostly because they seem … so ordinary. You know? I mean, lemon is the traditional garnish for a cup of tea. You go to a restaurant, and they’re likely to put a lemon slice on your glass of iced tea, or serve you a small bowl of lemon wedges with your hot tea. So, when a friend sent me a sampling of this Lemon Black Tea from TeaGschwendner, I accepted it happily and with appreciation, but, I wasn’t all that excited to try a lemon flavored black tea.
But this lemon tea is quite refreshing! The lemon flavoring here is more sweet than it is tart, reminding me more of a lemon curd than of the freshly squeezed juice from a lemon. It has a bright, zesty flavor that I’d get from that freshly squeezed lemon, but, it doesn’t have the pucker-y tartness of it. I like that.
The black tea is a smooth, even-tempered sort of tea, which leads me to suspect that this is probably a Ceylon base. It has a good flavor and it is a pleasant, medium-bodied black tea. Sort of mellow, and perhaps it is this mild attitude that I get from the tea that makes the lemon seem less intense.
It’s a very tasty lemon tea – this is one I’d recommend for iced tea brewing because it has that really smooth, well-rounded flavor that would work well for an iced tea. It’s also quite nice served hot.