The aroma of the brewed tea was very delightful. The prune smell was just as dominant. But there was something else. The smell brought back vague memories. I couldn’t place what exactly I was remembering. Perhaps the memory was from a past life? It was a very pleasant feeling and very calming.
The surroundings didn’t hurt this feeling either. The birds were singing, the air was cool and damp from the storms overnight. The new neighbor’s rooster was doing his wake up call. and the sound of the water dripping from the trees created a musical symphony of sound and sensation.
I decided not to add honey, although my mom had added her usual 3 drops of honey. My first taste was delicate yet full of flavor. Unlike many teas, I have tried over the years, this light brew first cup was not weak or watery. It did not have the sense of drinking hot water. There was a fruity but not too sweet taste to it. Some herbal teas I have tried, tend to smell more fruity than they taste. Not this one. The fragrance was not perfumy at all and the taste was medium-bodied and lingered in my mouth. There was no bitter after taste. I found this tea to be very enjoyable. I did not miss not using honey and my mom also thought that she probably didn’t need the honey she used in the end.
My mom saw that candied orange slices were in this tea. However, although her palate is rather receptive to underlying tastes and she did not taste any orange at all. I agree. The orange was not prominent It acted almost like a vehicle for the other flavors and hid among them. For me, the primary taste was one of prunes.