I have been very happy with this sampler box and loving every tea that has been featured. But I don’t think I’ve been happier with a selection than I am with today’s choice … this tea was easily my favorite from the past year. (Exception: my Tomato, Basil and Black Pepper Tea was actually my favorite, but, I don’t think that 52Teas is going to include that tea with this sampler. So, I guess I should rephrase the previous statement to say that this tea is my favorite tea from the past year that didn’t include tomato.)
And it really surprised me at just how much I loved this tea. I mean, I wouldn’t be surprised if it were a chocolate tea. But, vanilla? I didn’t think I’d ever be choosing that as a favorite. I mean I like it, but, is it my favorite flavor? This tea certainly opened my eyes. And the biggest surprise of all was just how well the malty tones of Assam and the sweet, creamy flavor of vanilla meld together.
I guess by now it’s probably pretty obvious what tea I’m talking about, so let’s get this part over with: For the Eighth Tea of Christmas, 52Teas this to me …
As I said above, this is my favorite tea that 52Teas produced this past year that doesn’t include tomato. It is sweet, creamy and absolutely incredible. The Assam is rich and malty, has a moderate astringency. I am actually experiencing a tad more astringency with this cup than I remember from previous tastings of this tea. As you can read in my first review of this tea, I thought the astringency was lighter than with other Assam teas that I’ve tasted. Today, I experience more astringency, but, even so, it’s not an overly astringent tea.
Still no bitterness, still sweet, bold and malty. The malty tones of the Assam marry so well with the creamy notes of the vanilla, and create a caramel-ish taste that is incredibly decadent.
I love this tea.
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!