Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Empire Tea Services
Flavored high elevation Ceylon black tea. Fruits from the wood. A scintillating flavor with a lingering taste. Excellent!
This is a very interesting blend. I don’t think I’ve tried one quite like this.
The black tea base is a medium-strength Ceylon, brisk but not overwhelmingly bold. There is a fair amount of astringency, but no bitterness to the tea itself.
I do notice a faint bitter tone that doesn’t taste like “tea bitterness” though, and I attribute this bitterness to the fruit. The fruit is both sweet and tart, and just before mid-sip, I notice the faintest bitter tone. The finish is sweet and the aftertaste has a berry tartness to it.
What is most interesting to me about this blend, is that other than the berry tartness in the aftertaste, it is difficult to discern which fruits I’m actually tasting. The best way I can describe it as a homogenous kind of fruit taste, like a fruit smoothie made with a bunch of different fruits and blended in such a way that it becomes like a hybrid fruit of sorts. Even though it’s difficult to determine just what I’m tasting… I’m finding it tasty.
I like this best iced!
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!