Leaf Type: Black
Ingredients; black tea Assam, lemon bits flavoring, rosebuds
I received this tea as a free sample with my order that I placed a while back – I always appreciate it when companies are generous with their teas and send free samples with orders! It’s like getting the bonus prize in a box of Cracker Jacks – only better, because this is TEA!
The dry leaf is quite beautiful. Big chunks of dried lemon and whole, red rosebuds are scattered throughout the Assam black tea leaves. It smells quite good too – I can smell the lemon, the bergamot and even a hint of vanilla.
Taste wise, this is a very unusual Earl Grey Cream. It’s the lemon in this that makes it so different. The lemon is a very strong component, and it aggressively attempts to take over. The bergamot is there, but it is hidden beneath the strong lemony notes. I think that this tea would be more appropriately named a lemon cream tea or a citrus cream tea rather than an Earl Grey Cream.
The Assam in this tea is also quite dominating in this blend – I steeped it for just three minutes and there is quite a bit of bitterness to the tea. Much more than I typically would get from an Assam for such a short steep time. The Assam does have some redeeming qualities, though. It is bold and malty. It would be much more enjoyable, however, if it weren’t so bitter and astringent.
As it cools, some of the stronger flavors temper somewhat, and it becomes a smoother tasting tea, but it still has that bitter tone that is a difficult obstacle to overcome with this tea. I don’t think I would classify this as a horrible or undrinkable tea, and I don’t want to dissuade anyone from trying it. I would love to hear from you if you have tried it and experienced something different. And while I doubt I will ever order this tea for myself, I am glad that I had the opportunity to try 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!