Leaf Type: Black & Green Teas
Where to Buy: Empire Tea Services
Sencha green tea, Ceylon black tea, Almond slivers, and Caramel flavoring.
Learn more about this tea here.
I debated with myself about whether or not I should publish this review now, or if I should wait until it was closer to the holiday season, but decided that since this tea is indeed available year round (and certainly quite enjoyable any time you choose to brew it!) I would publish the review now.
I was also a little confused by the tea, because the sample I had received was called “Caramel” and I couldn’t find it on the website! Fortunately, though, the staff at Empire Tea Services is very friendly, and they got back to me to let me know more about this tea, including that it is also called Season’s Greetings!
Well, whether you call it Caramel or Season’s Greetings … and no matter what time of year you steep it … one thing that remains consistent with this tea is that it is AWESOMELY GOOD!
The base of this tea is a blend of black Ceylon and green Sencha teas. I infused it using a lower temperature water (175°F) to ensure that the green tea would not be scorched, and this made for a perfect cup. The flavor of the black tea was not quite as rich as it would be if it were brewed with boiling water, but, this allowed for the buttery nuances of the Sencha tea to come through.
And it was those sweet, buttery tones that really made this tea shine. The sweet, creamy notes of the caramel married beautifully with the flavors of the green tea, while the black tea flavors seemed to meld naturally with the sweet almond notes. Together it created a fusion of amazing flavors.
Normally, when I think of a “Christmas Tea” … this isn’t the combination of flavors I envision. But, I love this different interpretation of the holiday season … it makes for a perfect cup of tea any time of year.
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!