Today’s tea is Black Orchid, and it is a flavored vanilla black tea from Mariage Freres.
I can really smell the vanilla as soon as I open the familiar glossy black tin. The tea itself is very black, with a slight variation in color. It has a sweet, malty scent as well.
I have used this tea in a blend that I make called Springtime in Paris. It is one teaspoon each of Earl Grey, Jasmine Green Tea and Black Orchid to make a standard size mug of tea. It is quite tasty, and I prefer it to this tea alone. Try it sometime.
The flavor of this tea is rich and malty with quite a kick of vanilla. It’s good, overall. Adding milk makes it creamy and taste dessert-like. This would make a very nice afternoon tea.
You can find it here: http://www.markethallfoods.com/products.php?product=Mariage-Frères-Black-Orchid