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!