Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tea Review: Monk's Blend (Marco Polo Tea Shop)

Advent Tea Calendar Day 10

Monk's Blend
Marco Polo Tea Shop
Type:  Flavored Black
Origin:  Not Provided
Product Description:  Caffeinated; very flavorful with a combination of vanilla and grenadine.

Temperature:  208° F
Amount:  3 grams
Steeping Time:  3 minutes

The dry leaves are blended with grenadine and vanilla.

The orange infusion has an aroma of sweet cherries and vanilla with a mild dry cherry flavor and moderate astringency.

My first encounter with this Monk's Blend was at an Afternoon Tea where it paired well with  sandwiches and other light and savory fare.  It is best at one steeping as the flavor, aroma, and color are all significantly diminished by a second steeping.

Marco Polo no longer appears to sell loose leaf tea.




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