Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: 52Teas
Premium Indian CTC black teas blended with organic flavoring. Amazing tea with a great cotton candy / carmelized sugar finish.
Learn more about the Southern Boy Teas series here.
I know I’ve probably said it before (somewhere), but I love cotton candy. I was really excited when 52Teas released their Cotton Candy Flavored Black Tea earlier this year, and I was very pleased to see that it was a flavor that was recaptured in their Southern Boy Teas series.
This does taste a little different than the original version that I just mentioned, but, it’s still VERY good. The black tea bases are different, so this leads to a different flavor. Also, I did cold-brew this super-sized tea bag to make the iced tea so that also contributes to the differences in flavor that I’m noticing.
The cotton candy flavor is very subtle. It doesn’t hit you upside the head with cotton candy flavor. But the tea is sweet and very delicious, with a hint of cotton candy weaving its way throughout the sip. It is at the finish where I notice the strongest cotton candy flavor… and then I start to notice a couple of other flavors, too … something I don’t remember tasting with the original blend.
Chocolate! Yes, that’s what I said: Chocolate. It just sort of took me by surprise when I first tasted it – I noticed the lovely black tea flavor with a lovely hint of candy sweetness, very smooth and delicious, and then as the sip neared the finish, there it was, as plain as day: chocolate! Hints of a caramel-y sweetness were there and the knee-buckling flavor of chocolate.
So far, I do think that this might be my favorite of the Southern Boy Teas… possibly dethroning the much loved Rainbow Sherbet! The flavor here is just amazing – so unexpectedly good. Refreshing. Yes, all of that. Very moreish, and very, very good!
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!