Scent in package: yummy, like fresh strawberries
Brewed in: unbleached filter bag
Steeped: 4 min@212 degrees
Cup: Café Mug
I know, odd to be drinking strawberry flavored anything in December, isn’t it? But it sounded good, and the smell reminds me of strawberry shortcake – which makes my mouth water! The dry blend really looks quite good too, comprised of black tea leaves, strawberry leaves, and bits of real strawberries. Very enticing, to me at least.
The brew itself is a golden brown, with a reddish cast that nods to the strawberry bits. The scent is lovely, sweet strawberry with an unassuming but strong tea scent in the background. Going on scent alone, I have the urge to reduce the liquor down to a syrup, and pour it over ice cream.
The flavor is surprisingly balanced and mellow. I half expected sort of a “fake flavoring” aftertaste, and was pleasantly surprised when I tasted none. Good black tea is the predominant flavor, with strawberry on the side, and a hint of pepper and smoke which make this cup very interesting to the palate, yet smooth and well blended.
It is slightly drying, but not unpleasantly so. All in all, a very nice flavored tea, and one that just might make a very promising summer iced tea as well.