Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: 52Teas
About This Iced Tea Series:
Here are FIVE unique iced tea blends we’ve created from high quality Nilgiri CTC teas. These are uber fine teas, so they are not as pretty as our whole leaf teas, but they steep up a bold, rich, flavorful iced tea. We’ve packaged them in one ounce pouches, which is just enough for one gallon of iced tea (more if you re-steep) so you can just rip them open, dump them out and steep. No measuring required!
This is the fifth and final tea in this iced tea series (and I am hoping that 52Teas will release another series soon!) Of the five teas, this one is probably my least favorite. That being said, it is still pretty darned tasty.
The root beer essence is strongest in the aroma, and it seems to lose a little bit of something in the taste. It has a root beer taste … it just isn’t quite as root beer-ish as the scent. Perhaps it is the lack of carbonation? I don’t know if that’s it, but as I type this, I am contemplating brewing a super concentrated batch, and using soda water to dilute it and see how that fairs.
The flavor of the black tea and the root beer flavoring are pretty well-matched. The black tea doesn’t overwhelm the root beer, although I must admit that with my first batch of this, I thought it did. Now as I reconsider that batch, I think what I was missing was the “bubbly” effervescence of root beer, rather than the actual flavor of it.
The black tea is strong but not bitter and has a bit of astringency that is lightly drying. The root beer flavor tastes very much… well, like root beer. It is sweet with a caramel-like undertone, and a spicy, almost licorice-like note. It’s quite yummy. Even though this wasn’t my favorite blend of this series (they can’t all be my favorite, can they?) it is still quite good and very refreshing!
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!