Some rather crazy herbal infusions have popped up over the years. I'm used to some interesting pairings from Frank over at 52teas. However, this Jello Bello jelly bean blend from The East Indies Tea Company is something else.
|Company||East Indies Tea Co.|
|Blend Name||Jello Bello|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Price per Package||$??.?? USD|
|*Flavor, Aroma, Boldness|
It's pretty odd an idea to put jelly beans in a tea. At least to me. But this blend pulls it off. Blended with what looks like cherry chunks, hibiscus and other fruit pieces, this blend smells mighty sweet and looks very red with an occasional colored jelly bean adding to a vibrant visual mixture.
The liquor brews up a deep vibrant blood red. It's really quite attractive. Add the fruity scent and you've got a nice hot party punch on your hands.
Speaking of fruit punch, that's exactly what this blend tastes like. Given the relative penchant for fruity teas to sometimes come out sour, this blend really does "punch" well. Though I'm not sure that was the intent here.
Jello Bello does dry the palate a bit, but not a whole lot. If it were any less the dryness wouldn't be noticeable at all. The sour flavor from the cherries hangs around through the finish while the sweetness fades.
Not overly bold on the palate this tea comes out actually quite soft. I'd recommend it for fans of fruity teas, fruit punch and anyone who likes to try new teas. Othodox tea fans aren't likely to like this one though, and may not want to give it a go.