What a slacker I have been… no new tea for the past few days. Just enjoying the old faithful teas. Of course today I promised myself that I would brew something new. After sorting through my secret stash of tea, I opted for the convenience of loose leaf tea in a silk sachet. Orange Dulce was my choice.
Composition: A blend of Ceylon and Chinese black tea with green tea, natural citrus flavors/bergamot, natural flavors, and jasmine flowers.
Dry Visual: A loose tea contained in a silken sachet – it was difficult to get an k texcellent visual of this tea other than the incredibly dark and twisted black tea leaves of medium size.
Dry Aroma: Very aromatic, the jasmine and citrus stand out to me with subtle hints of vanilla.
Flavor: A very flavorful yet mild and creamy black tea – the aroma and flavor are in direct contrast. While Orange Dulce carries a distinct aroma with strong citrus and Jasmine notes, I believe the blending of green and black teas create a complex yet milder taste. In addition the orange and citrus flavors add a mild sweetness whereas the vanilla brings a creamy full-bodied texture to the tea. During the second infusion, I could distinctly taste the floral notes from the jasmine. I tasted Orange Dulce both with and without sweetener and must say that I prefer to drink with sweetener – today’s choice Sugar-In-The-Raw.
Liquor: A dark brew resembling a rich chestnut brown.
Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time is 4 minutes. I brewed for the recommended 4 minutes during the first infusion and 7 minutes during the second.
Manufacturer: Mighty Leaf Tea
Orange Dulce is truly a unique flavored tea. It provides an alternative to black tea for someone seeking a change of pace. Some might even classify Orange Dulce as a dessert tea based upon its sweetness. If you have the opportunity to taste, I would love to hear about your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!