Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: 52Teas
Our newest tea of the week was suggested by one of our long-time customers. Here’s our premium black teas blended with freeze-dried strawberries and orange peel. In addition to the sweet strawberry and tangy orange, we’ve infused this blend with the flavor of warm, freshly baked scones. I have a feeling this one is not going to last long.
Learn more about this tea here.
I had my doubts about this one. Strawberry and orange? Sure, I like them separately, but I wasn’t too sure how I felt about them together, and then combined with scone flavors. If I saw a strawberry and orange scone at a bakery, I’d probably pass on it in favor of a lemon scone or my favorite, a cranberry white chocolate scone.
But it only took one taste of this tea to fall in love with the idea of a strawberry and orange scone. The orange flavor is prominent, and it lends a sunny sweet yet tangy note to the cup. There is also some of that bitter orange rind flavor to this – the pith of the orange – something that I probably wouldn’t appreciate in most cases but somehow it works with these other flavors, lending an interesting dimension to the overall cup.
The strawberry comes in just underneath the orange, and it tastes sweet. It is in the aftertaste where the strawberry becomes more pronounced, offering a sweet yet tart berry flavor that tickles the tongue.
The scone flavor is there too. It tastes very pastry-like, like a fluffy biscuit. I think one thing that I find myself missing – and one thing that Frank from 52Teas is quite famous for – is more of a buttery flavor. The pastry flavor possesses a hint of the buttery element, but when I eat a scone, I usually spread some clotted cream on the scone. If I happen to be out of clotted cream, I top the scone with butter. So, I find myself missing that additional element to this scone-inclusive tea. However, this is easily remedied with a splash of milk, and this gives it that clotted cream element that the overall cup is missing – ties it all together, so to speak.
Another spectacular tea from 52Teas – I should not be surprised that I love this as much as I do. Sadly, this tea has sold out, but who knows, perhaps Frank will re-blend it. This is one you should watch for in the re-blend updates!
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!