When I first saw the ingredients of this blend, I was not sure how I’d like it, with the main ingredient being hibiscus. I have a “love-hate” relationship when it comes to hibiscus – I do not care at all for hibiscus on its own; it produces a sour syrup that I simply cannot stand to drink. However, I do really like hibiscus when it’s part of a well-balanced tea blend; I appreciate the tartness it brings to the party.
Some of my apprehension lifted when I smelled the blend – a spicy fragrance, heavily of cinnamon, with hints of licorice. And I was very intrigued when I saw the brewed tea, which was a beautiful, clear, plum-red color – it didn’t appear at all syrupy. It looked light and lovely.
Even though hibiscus is the main ingredient in this blend, it IS a very well-balanced blend. The cinnamon is the key player in the blend, and the hibiscus flavor is very mellow. The licorice is not overpowering at all, and complements the cinnamon very well. The flavor is very bold, slightly tart, full-flavored and lively.
What I think I enjoy most about this blend is the aftertaste, which leaves a lingering note of licorice, reminding me of the taste that is left in my mouth after eating black licorice which is one of my favorite treats.
Tea Forté describes Flora as:
A luscious, ruby red blend of hibiscus, cinnamon and licorice. As enticing to the eye as it is to the palate. Bold and flavorful.
Ingredients: hibiscus, cinnamon, licorice root
I really enjoyed this tea from Tea Forté. There is a delightful harmony that exists between the strong, slightly spicy cinnamon, the lightly tart hibiscus and the whisper of licorice. Delicious!