Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: TeaScapes
This tea is a celebration of colors and mixed flavors. The blended tea is a beautiful melody of tea leaves, rose petals, almonds, cornflower petals, orange peels and more. This exquisite Black Celebration tea won an award at the 2008 World Tea Championship for having the best aroma and flavor. The brewed tea offers up a spicy taste for the palate. It infuses for just 3 minutes, allowing the flavors and aromas to intertwine to create a zesty golden liquor. The flavor is naturally sweet and uplifting.
When I first opened this package, I thought that this was a fruit and spice melangé rather than a black tea. There are huge chunks of dried fruit, herbs, and spices in this with some black tea leaves. It really looks more like a fruit tea than a black tea.
Taste wise, this has a lot going on. It’s a bit like a flavor explosion! There is a pleasant fruity background comprised mostly of orange notes but I can also taste hints of apple. The fruit provides an essential sweetness to the cup. A hint of nutty sweetness also contributes to the sweet aspect of this cup, and gives an interesting contrast to the spicy notes that dominate this cup.
Then there is the cinnamon. The cinnamon is the strongest flavor of this cup. It starts out rather mild with its a gentle, soothing spice. Gradually, the cinnamon flavor builds and by about mid-cup, the cup is quite zesty!
The black tea is not a strong component to this cup, and I do wish it were a little stronger. A little richer. That is not to say that this isn’t an absolutely delightful cup of tea, because it is. I love spicy-hot cinnamon flavors, and this tea has definitely got that. At the same time, I don’t think you can toss a few black tea leaves into a fruit and spice melangé and call it a black tea. This is a tasty cup of tea, but, I can’t help but wish it had a little something more.
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!