Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Tea Forté
Combining fine black tea, Madagascar vanilla and coconut slivers produces a smooth and luxurious indulgence. Naturally sweet.
When I first received this tea from my SororiTea Sister (Tea Equals Bliss, of course!) I had thought that I had tasted this tea previously… but I hadn’t. I would have remembered tasting such an exquisite tea!
The dry leaf has a strong scent of vanilla with a lingering note of coconut. It smells deliciously exotic. It brews up to a beautiful coppery color. The liquor smells a bit more like coconut than vanilla, but still smells yummy!
The black tea base is smooth and robust. It isn’t bitter, and it has a light background note of cocoa and flower. It has a fair amount of astringency that leaves the palate feeling invigorated.
The vanilla is pleasant here. It seems that vanilla is difficult (sometimes) for tea companies to get just right – and the flavor of the vanilla is either too soft to be tasted or too strong to be able to enjoy the other flavors of the cup. But that hasn’t happened here. The vanilla tastes sweet and creamy, and perfectly accents the coconut essence.
The touch of coconut in this blend is so delicious! I can even taste that light “oily” taste of the coconut that should be there, but often isn’t there in coconut teas.
This tea gets the coconut and vanilla JUST RIGHT, and these flavors do not overpower the black tea base. It is a harmonious blend of flavors that creates one of the BEST teas that I’ve tried from Tea Forté. I highly recommend it!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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