Just yesterday, I discovered The Irie Cup tea company while visiting the Goebberts Farm and Garden Center for the first time. They offered little bottles for scent sampling of loose leaf teas. So, of course I smelled them! And instantly fell in love with their Montego tea, bringing home a bag to sample.
This morning, as per my usual morning tea routine, I had to try my new treasure.
Even as I poured hot water into the hand-glazed mug I use most days, the aroma lifted my spirit. Then, the wait… Steeping time, as per most black teas, is 3 to 5 minutes for Montego.
Flavor Profile: A Sensual Experience
The Irie Cup Montego tea contains high quality, properly roasted black tea, with calendula leaves, sunflower petals, and organic “natural flavors.” I will admit, the “natural flavors” bit always frustrates me because you don’t know what that could mean. Thankfully, there’s little in the natural world that I’m allergic to, but for those who have allergies, it could be a problem.
Anyway, the natural flavors blend so perfectly together that even as keen as my nose is on scents, I’m actually having a difficult time identifying them. I would suggest some vanilla bean, the flowers mentioned, and some mystery ingredients, probably also florals.
I’m a bit surprised, to be honest, that I love this tea so much, since I usually don’t particularly love floral teas. However, the vanilla bean softens the sharpness of the florals and black tea together, combined with the gentleness of sunflowers. Possibly a bit of pumpkin flavoring (not spice) is mixed in, too.
Impressions of The Irie Cup Montego Tea
While I sat sipping this gorgeous cuppa, I felt myself drift all over the world in ecstasy. Memories of South Africa drifted in, sunflower fields of Georgia spilled over, daydreams in Australian gardens flooded my nose, my heart, my mind. The word that came was “sensual.” Not in the romantic sense, but in the spiritual sense. Every one of my senses was engaged.
As I took each sip, my nose lingered over the cup before and after, indulging in the glorious, floral-sweet aroma. My tongue danced through the flavor profile intrigued and enticed by the mystery of what it could contain and what I could definitively detect.
My hearing tuned into the natural world around me (birds, squirrels chattering). My eyes drifted from the remaining summer flowers to the first fruits of autumn.
Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars
If you enjoy black tea with softness and mild florals, I highly recommend The Irie Cup Montego tea to you. You’ll find joy in every sip, mystery revealed in each cup (each tasting will develop more intimate knowledge for identifying flavors), your heart will ease.
Need more tea? Check out these other reviews from our resident tea fanatic!
- Stash Southern Peach Tea
- Simple Loose Leaf Pecan Praline Tea
- Ahmad Strawberry Velvet Cake Tea
- Ahmad Lemon & Lime Twist Tea
Editor-in-Chief of The MockingOwl Roost, Rita Mock-Pike is the granddaughter of aviatrix, Jerrie Mock, first woman to pilot an airplane solo around the world. Rita has found inspiration from her grandmother’s life and flight and pursued many of her own dreams in theatre, podcasting, novel writing, and cooking up delicious food from around the world. She now writes on food, travel, pets, faith, and the arts. She’s happily married to Matt, and faithfully serves the very fluffy kitten queen, Lady Stardust.