Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: 52Teas
I decided to try to create one of our very popular cheesecake blends with a GREEN tea this week. Our buttery sweet Chinese sencha seemed a good fit for a cheesecake tea, and wow did it prove out. This is light and delicious and decadent all at once. Enjoy!
Have you ever just poured yourself a cup of tea that was just so tasty that you didn’t even really stop to think about the tea? I mean, for the usual tea drinker, that is a good thing, I mean… good tea, can’t go wrong with that, right? But, for one who reviews the tea (that would be me), it can prove to be somewhat of a challenge to review a tea when it is gone before I am able to sit down and consider the tea and compose my thoughts.
Well, this tea is guilty of challenging me in that way. I finished off what I brewed before I could sit down and write about it. Fortunately, I can make more . . .
The green tea base that is used here is Frank’s (aka the guy at 52Teas) usual: a Chinese Sencha. It is sweet and buttery and makes a wonderful base for the cherry cheesecake flavor.
I drank my first cup of this tea without sweetener, and it was really delicious like that. But for my second cup (this cup), I decided to add a little bit of turbinado sugar. And WOW… that really made the cheesecake flavor come to life. I can taste the tangy cream cheese flavor and the buttery pastry crust.
The cherry flavor is a sweet cherry flavor. While it does have a somewhat “candied” cherry kind of flavor (like the glazed cherry topping of a cheesecake), it doesn’t taste artificial nor does it give off that cherry cough drop kind of taste.
This tea manages to disappear from my teacup just as fast as a slice of cheesecake on my plate would.
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!