Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: TeaGschwendner
These lovely summer berries are immensely popular in Europe. Ready for a continental treat?
Ingredients: Black tea from India, black currant leaves, black currants and flavor.
When I first opened the package of this tea, my nose was met with a lovely berry aroma. It smelled juicy and delicious!
But I was a little disappointed with the first couple of sips. I wasn’t getting nearly the currant flavor that the fragrance led me to believe I would. The first few sips tasted mostly of black tea with mere hints of black currant flavor and a slightly tart finish.
However, as I continued to make my way to mid-cup, I found that the flavor intensified. It is still a little softer than I had hoped but it is much nicer now than at the start.
I believe the black tea base is a Ceylon. I base this on the flavor – it is very even-toned, with a smooth and mellow taste. It is not an aggressive flavor, but, I happen to think that is a good thing, because if this were a stronger tea, it would probably overwhelm the black currant flavor altogether.
The black currant flavor is delicate but pleasant. It has a delicious taste that reminds me a bit of my favorite tea cake (which I haven’t had in quite some time) which is laden with black currants… it leads me to believe that this tea would be a fantastic choice to serve with shortbread cookies or some other butter-rich pastry-like treat.
Overall, I quite enjoyed this cuppa, but it isn’t one that I would consider a favorite.