Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: ManTeas
Here’s our premium Indian black teas blended with real freeze-dried jalapenos and natural jalapeno flavor! Man up and get some while you can. This is a limited edition blend!
This was a tea that for the longest time I was too intimidated to try. In fact, I was so intimidated by it that I didn’t order this – it was a gift from a tea friend! And like so many teas that have intimidated me in the past, I regret that I did not try this sooner. It really is incredible!
The flavor is not so much “spicy-hot” the way you’d expect a jalapeño to be, although it does have a heat to it that develops as I continue to sip. The way I’d describe this as more of the fruity essence of the jalapeño pepper, with an embracing warmth that offers a hint of peppery kick toward the end of the sip. This isn’t the pickled jalapeño pepper flavor that you might find in a jar on the grocery store shelf – this is more true to a fresh jalapeño pepper that you might find in the produce section of the market.
And the black tea is not to be counted out here – it provides a delicious base for this tea. It is a robust blend of Blue Mountain Nilgiri and Assam teas. I like the way the flavor of the tea and the flavor of the pepper is balanced in this cup – it is a very harmonious combination. The only thing that I can’t help but wonder is how a pinch of Lapsang Souchong might affect the taste. I think that the smokiness of the Lapsang Souchong would add a delicious savoriness to the cup.
As it is, though, I really am enjoying this tea far more than I ever expected to. As I said before, I was a little afraid to try it – not because I dislike spicy food, because I actually love it. But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t proceed with caution when trying something that will no doubt be spicy. And this is a spicy tea, it just isn’t over-the-top with a burning heat to the palate kind of spicy. It is a savory-spicy that develops into a very-warm-spicy flavor, imparting a delicious heat that lingers on the palate. It really is delicious and just goes to show that I shouldn’t judge a tea before I 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!
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