Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tiesta Tea Passion Berry Jolt

Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: small, dark with colorful petals
Ingredients: black tea, marigolds, cornflowers, raspberry and passion fruit flavoring
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: dark brown

Although the name suggested a powerful sip, this tea was fairly mellow. The raspberry and passion fruit were definitely at the forefront of the flavor profile. It was fruity and sweet without being overdone or artificial. Assam provided a rich and earthy background but it wasn't bitter or overly astringent. Many berry flavored teas are overly tart and I was glad that did not happen here. The cornflowers and marigolds didn't add much as far as taste but they lent a nice punch of color to the leaves. A touch of sweetener might be nice but I wouldn't recommend adding any sort of milk or cream to this blend. All of the teas that I've tried from Tiesta have been great so far. Their packaging is fun and colorful. I really enjoy that they give the option of buying your tea in a pouch, tin or bulk bag.

You can find out more about this tea here.