Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: 52Teas
Here’s an amazing malty Assam tea blended with organic vanilla bean pieces, cornflowers and natural French Vanilla flavors.
I have just three words for this:
De – li – cious!
Oh, yum! Oh yummy yum yum yum!
This may just be… wait for it… Frank’s (aka the Chief Zoomdweebie at 52Teas) BEST blend to date. Yes, yes, I know I’ve said that before – probably more than once. But, this time, I mean it! And it’s a vanilla tea! What one might consider rather ordinary, or shall I say it? Kind of “vanilla” is actually quite scrumptious!
This tea has a really delightful texture to it. The combination of the malty character of the Assam and the authentic vanilla flavor give this tea a chewy quality that is unlike any other tea I’ve encountered.
The Assam base is bold and rich. It has a very deep flavor to it, which really isn’t surprising since it IS an Assam. But, what does surprise me is how well the Assam and vanilla flavors work together. The vanilla is sweet, creamy and decadent.
There is no bitterness to the Assam (although, I’m sure if it were oversteeped it would get bitter, I watch the timer very closely when it comes to Assam teas, having been bit by that bitter note far too many times). There is some astringency, but really, when compared to some Assam teas I’ve tried, it really is what I’d consider a light astringency.
Overall the flavor is smooth and luxurious. It may sound a bit odd, but it almost feels as though I am eating this rather than drinking it… that’s how satisfying this tea is. It could probably work as a meal substitute (note: please consult your physician before implementing this as your dietary plan).
I love this tea. If I were to pose any complaint about it at all, it would be that it is sold out. I propose we storm 52Teas on Twitter and Facebook and demand that Frank install this tea as part of his permanent collection. A tea this awesome deserves 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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