Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: 52Teas
Here’s another extremely limited edition bonus blend. We have enough for exactly 24 1.5oz. pouches of this incredible blend, and when it’s gone, it’s GONE.
We started with a competition grade Ti Kwan Yin oolong for this blend and infused it with the flavors of sweet maple and tangy cheesecake. This is not going to last long, so get yours before it sells out.
Learn more about this tea here.
A few months ago, Frank from 52Teas posed a question in the Steepster Forum, asking for ideas/suggestions for flavors for a few very limited edition teas (or V.I.T. = Very Important Tea). One of the suggestions I made for the Ti Kwan Yin was Maple Cheesecake … and viola! Here it is!
And I have to tell you that this tastes even better than I imagined it would back when I suggested the flavor. The Ti Kwan Yin is sweet, creamy and possesses toasty notes that compliment the maple flavors perfectly. And I think what I like about this particular blend best is that the competition grade Ti Kwan Yin is not outplayed by these other flavors. It stands out, strong and proud, as it should.
The maple flavor is sweet and offers a certain warmth to the cup, giving it a very autumnal kind of taste. The “cheesecake” flavor at first seems a bit absent, but, as I near the end of my first cup, I find that it comes through very well, with a lip-smacking tangy flavor that is distinctly cheesecake-y. And … what was that? Yes, I did just taste a hint of buttery pastry-like flavor. YUM!
Yes, 52Teas is my favorite tea company, and yes, I say this often: this is one of 52Teas’ best blends yet! But, this really is one of their better blends to come out recently. Sadly, this is a V.I.T. blend which means it was also very limited and has sold out, and will most likely never be blended again.
But, if you were one of the lucky few that managed to get your hands on one of the few pouches of this blend, I recommend infusing your leaves at least twice. The second infusion is even better than the first – the cheesecake flavors really seem to POP. This tea is plenty sweet on its own, but if you want to bring out the flavors a little more, try adding a tiny pinch of sugar. Or … better yet … try a drop or two of real maple syrup.
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!