Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Talbott Teas
Juicy red strawberries with a kiss of dark coca -this black tea is all about you. Bursting with luxurious flavor, it’s decadence dipped in excess with a side of unbridled joy.
All natural premium ingredients: Full-leaf black tea, strawberry pieces, cacao nibs, strawberry leaf, chocolate and strawberry flavors.
I tried this tea back in December, but I held off on publishing the review until just before Valentines Day, because when I think of chocolate and strawberries, I think of Valentine’s Day.
The fragrance of the tea that sits before me is delicious – it is making my mouth water! I can smell notes of chocolate and strawberry, as well as a very pleasant-smelling black tea. The combination of these scents is fantastic.
The black tea base tastes like a Ceylon tea to me, it has a brisk flavor but a fairly even-toned taste to it. It has a smooth, clean taste with a light astringency that lightly dries the palate in the finish.
The strawberry flavor hits strongest in the aftertaste. I can taste the strawberry throughout the sip, but it is in the aftertaste where I taste the sweet yet tart tingle that is very strawberry-esque. It reminds me of a fresh, delicious strawberry.
This is a tea that should be served hot… but, should not be consumed until it has had a few moments to cool. The slight cooling will allow the flavors to develop a little bit, and I found that this tea was much more satisfying when it was still hot, but not directly-from-the-teapot-hot. The chocolate flavor is the reason I mention this about allowing the tea to cool slightly… I find that when the tea is still piping hot, the chocolate flavor seems almost… absent. But, as it cools a little (I’d say its now an easily sip-able temperature. That is, it is not so hot that it scalds my tongue) the chocolate flavor develops nicely.
Overall, this is a very pleasant cuppa. I would probably find it even more satisfying with a little more chocolate, but then, I’m a chocoholic, and I’m of the belief that more chocolate is always better. As it is, though, it’s quite delicious.
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!