Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Culinary Teas
Imagine 18% cream cascading over fresh strawberries that is our Strawberry Shortcake Tea!
Learn more about this tea here.
Is there any dessert that says “summertime” quite like Strawberry Shortcake? When we’d visit gramma’s house in the summer, she’d usually serve strawberry shortcake for dessert. She’d buy fresh-from-the-vine strawberries from the strawberry field a couple of blocks away from her house, and she’d slice them, sprinkle them with a little bit of sugar to encourage the juices to emerge and then bake up shortcake biscuits (or my favorite: bits of cinnamon & sugar encrusted pie crust! Nobody made pie crust like my gramma!) and spoon strawberries over the shortcake, and top them with fresh whipped cream. It was so incredibly delicious.
So, I had high expectations when I brewed this tea. With a name like “Strawberry Shortcake Tea” it better do the dessert justice! And this one does! The strawberry flavor is bright and sweet, just like the luscious berry. The aftertaste has that hint of tartness similar to what you might experience after eating a fresh strawberry – it tingles!
There are also decadent notes of cream and as the tea cools, I notice a touch of pastry-like flavor to it too. This tea definitely gets better as it cools. When it is served hot, the flavors are not quite as distinguishable, but, as the tea cools, the strawberry flavors come alive, with notes of creamy vanilla in the background and a sweet biscuit-y taste.
Needless to say, this tea makes an amazing iced tea – perfect for this time of year! And while I’d rather eat the dessert (who wouldn’t?), this makes a nice alternative when you want to enjoy the flavors of strawberry shortcake but don’t want all the calories. This is one you’ll want to stock up on for the summer!
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!