One rule of thumb, never let a man make you a cup of tea. JUST KIDDING! The rule of thumb should apply to anyone not passionate about tea. So as the story goes, yesterday I wasn’t feeling well and asked my sweet husband to make me a nice hot cuppa tea. Eagerly I anticipated enjoying yet another new tea.
Within minutes, my hubby placed the steaming brew in my hand and I took the first sip. Let’s just say, I drank the rest out of sheer appreciation of his efforts. My hubby is not a tea drinker and I am afraid he does not pay attention to minor details like steeping time or recommended serving sizes. My wonderful cup of tea was close to rancid. Thus, this morning, in an effort to redeem my new tea experience, I brewed a fresh cup of Cupid’s Arrow.
Composition: Chocolate flavored black tea with rose petals and strawberry pieces.
Dry Visual: Broken black tea leaves with lighter non-tea pieces. It is difficult to tell if the pieces are strawberry or rose petals.
Dry Aroma: Sweet and chocolaty – dark chocolate to be exact. Both the name and the chocolate flavor remind me of Valentine’s Day.
Flavor: A mild black tea with a distinct chocolate flavor. The two flavors blend well one complementing the other. According to the vendor, rose petals and strawberry pieces are included in the ingredients – I was unable to taste either of those flavors. Cupid’s Arrow has a natural sweetness, but not enough to eliminate the slight bitterness. After tasting both without a sweetener and then with sweetener, I definitely prefer sweetener. Today’s choice Sugar-In-The-Raw perfectly rounded out Cupid’s Arrow and eliminated the slight bitterness.
Liquor: I would classify the color as red with golden hues. Too dark to be amber, yet not truly red.
Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time 5 minutes. I brewed for the recommended 5 minutes.
Manufacturer: Tavalon Tea
Cupid’s Arrow is a unique blend of flavors. Perhaps I will add milk or cream to the next cup I brew. I am curious if the the will possess a creamier chocolate taste becoming more of a dessert tea. If you have enjoyed Cupid’s Arrow comment on your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!