Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Bentley’s Finest Tea/Boston Tea Company
Dark, bountiful blackberries tartly sweeten our premium high-grown blend of Chinese and Indian black tea. Brew this fruity tart tea and get a taste of nature’s wild blackberries. Keep your tea fresh for many breaks to brew with this beautiful and reusable black tin; that’s portable too! Drink a cup of royalty with Bentley’s Finest Tea!
This tea makes me think of my little girl (who is not so little anymore – she’s 9!) because while she enjoys most types of fruit, blackberries are her favorite. In the house that we lived in a few years ago, we had a blackberry bush and she would eat them fresh off the vine!
The aroma of this tea is much what I would expect with a blackberry flavored black tea – it smells like blackberries and black tea. No big surprise there. That being said, it is a very pleasing fragrance – sweet, fresh and fruity.
The cup possesses a very nice balance of flavors. The black tea is a medium-bodied tea with a somewhat mellow presence. It is not overly aggressive and yet it is able to hold it’s own and isn’t overpowered by the fruit. There is a light-to-medium astringency. By that I mean that it starts out quite light, to the point of being barely there. But by mid-cup, the astringency becomes a little more prominent and provides a dry finish.
The berry flavor is sweet but not overly so, with a twinge of tartness that arrives upon the palate in the aftertaste. It has a very distinct blackberry taste to it; that is to say that it doesn’t taste like “berry”… it tastes like blackberry. And it tastes good!
There is a wine-like essence to the cup with the berry flavor and the somewhat dry finish. But I think I’d rather sip on this than a glass of wine! Especially during chilly days such as this – I am finding it very comforting. And as delicious as this is hot, it is just as refreshing iced.
Another fine tea from Bentley’s Finest!