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!
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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