Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: 52Teas
I’m tempted to start this post with, “You’re not going to believe what we did this week!” But we’ve created enough unique, one-of-a-kind blends, that I imagine our unique-ness is getting rather ho-hum.
But seriously? Who else would bring you a PANCAKE BREAKFAST tea? With the essence of hot, buttery, maple-syruped pancakes infused through our premium black teas (a bit heavier on the breakfast teas this week). Who else, really?
Well, it’s Sunday, and Sunday means pancakes! Well, it used to mean pancakes. I fear I have slacked off when it comes to fixing the big Sunday morning breakfast. But, as I sip this tea, I am not missing that stack of fluffy pancakes in the least.
The first flavor I notice is the maple. Sweet, rich maple. About mid-sip, a creamy, buttery taste comes through, while a bake-y, cake-y undertone continues to develop. The sip finishes with a satisfying sweetness. This tea has all the elements of a stack of golden brown pancakes topped with melted butter and real maple syrup except for the carbs and calories!
The black tea base is the 52Teas standard base of Nilgiri and Assam teas, and it seems to compliment the sweet pancake-ish, buttery, maple-y flavors perfectly. The flavor of the tea is strong and comes through well but without becoming too aggressive. There is some astringency to this cup but no bitterness.
This is a tea I prefer hot. I also prefer to eat my pancakes while they are hot. Some sweetener is nice here, as I find it brings out some of the more delicate flavors. I chose to sweeten this with turbinado sugar today as I like the way the molasses-y notes meld with the overall cup; however, if you really want to amplify the maple notes, try a drizzle of real maple syrup in this. YUM! I haven’t tried adding milk to this but I suspect it would take this addition well.
Definitely one of my favorites from 52Teas (I say that a lot, don’t I?), and apparently, I’m not the only one who enjoys this one, as it sold out in record time after the first blending, and it has been re-blended several times since, and each re-blended batch has sold out. I recommend joining the 52Teas mailing list (if you haven’t already) and watch for the next re-blending announcement so you can get some of this for yourself! You won’t be disappointed!
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!