Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Lupicia
Black tea flavored with sweet strawberries and champagne. Perfect as a festive gift.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I am very pleasantly surprised by this tea. Until now, most of the champagne flavored teas I’ve tasted has been with a white tea base and because white tea is so light and delicate in flavor, I thought it was a perfect match with the sparklingly light taste of champagne. I was skeptical about how well the champagne flavor would translate in a black tea.
But, I am very impressed! Not only does the champagne flavor sparkle through but it is so nicely infused with the strawberry flavor. This is so delicious – like a New Year’s celebration in a teacup!
The black tea base is robust and bright. There is a slight (very slight) bitterness at the tail end of the sip, but I find that it is a very intriguing contrast to the sweetness of the strawberry and champagne flavor and lends a certain savory element to this otherwise sweet tea.
The strawberry tastes sweet and offers a hint of tartness, while the champagne tastes like … well, champagne! This is tea and not a sparkling wine, so it doesn’t have the bubbly aspect of champagne, but it does have a certain grape-like taste to it with a clean, almost tannic quality that is very representative of my limited experience with tasting champagne. (err… that is to say, I don’t drink champagne very often!) It is not strongly astringent, but there is a hint of that wine-like characteristic that expresses itself as champagne-like. This is also really good iced!
This is one of the best teas that I’ve tasted from Lupicia – and I’ve tasted quite a few. I wouldn’t go so far as to say this one is my favorite from Lupicia, but it is probably in the top 5. VERY GOOD!