Today’s tea is produced by an Italian brand, Neavita, which features an interesting selection of blends and tisanes. (Incidentally, they also produce my current favourite tea, which I will review soon :). Their infusions are sold by a shop nearby (along with natural beauty products and healthy snacks), and I was immediately attracted by their packaging. It’s absolutely beautiful, which makes them ideal gifts! I especially love their tins.
Unfortunately the company seems to be a little disorganized – their website is a Flash monstrosity featuring teaware and knicknacks for the house, but I can’t seem to find a Tea section or, God forbid, a list of retailers where all the products advertised on the website may be purchased. Or an email address. Oh well! You can have a look at their selection (as well as more lovely packaging) at Erboristeria Arcobaleno Online Shop.
The blend I will be reviewing today is a tea blend called Tea of Fortune that comes in a beautiful tin in shades of terracotta red and mustard yellow. The ingredients list is a little long: green tea, black tea, sugar butterflies, rose petals, osmanthus flowers, sunflower petals, cornflower petals. I love rose-flavored tea (I’m so bummed that I can no longer find the rose Twinings tea I reviewed here), and I love cornflower, and I love green tea. And I was really intrigued by the sunflower petals – what would they taste like?
The scent is strong and pungent, really fresh. But unfortunately, the taste turns subdued and really heavy – this tea is a bit of a miss for me. There’s just too much packed in, and the different flavours end up jumbled together, suffocating each other. The overall taste isn’t bad, per se – it’s just very heavy, and it brings to mind a dish where too many different spices have been tossed in the pan to the point of completely hiding the food’s taste.
I absolutely love the peculiar sharpness of green tea, but here I can’t even taste it; all that’s left of it is a light bitterness at the back of my mouth. There is no rose, except perhaps a sweetness lingering in the mouth (as this flavour always seems to do) only after the savoury mess has been swallowed.
I was intrigued by the sunflower petals, but the truth is, I can’t even distinguish which could possibly be their taste. Far from the flowery, spring-inspired flavour I was expecting, this tea is a heavy, dusty pout-pourrie, reminding me of old drawers with perfumed sachets.
I will be drinking this tea and enjoying the black tea base with its pout-pourrie of flowers when I feel like drinking something… filling, and strong, but I have to admit I expected better.