Strawberry Cupcake Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Simpson & Vail

Tea Description:

When you sip this delectable brew the strawberry taste first hits your tastebuds followed by the rich, creamy, chocolate “cake” taste. Some of our staff like this blend with agave or sugar, but I find it’s delicious (and less caloric) as is! The aroma is as enticing as the taste – sweet, baked strawberry cupcakes. Yum! The cup leaves a lingering creamy taste of fresh fruit that makes it hard to resist another and another and another sip!

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Taster’s Review:

Mmm… cupcakes.  I am very fond of cupcakes.  I can’t tell you what it is, exactly, about them that I love so much.  I think it’s just because it’s a little cake, all cute and adorable.  Just enough for one person.  I can eat a cupcake and not feel like I’ve overindulged (just don’t eat more than one!)  And with all the cupcake bakeries popping up all over, trying to win our business, they are coming up with so many new and tempting flavors.

And as much as I love the unique flavors that are coming out, I love the classics too.  Like strawberry cupcakes.  And this tea captures the joy of a strawberry cupcake so deliciously!

But this isn’t just a strawberry cupcake flavored tea.  It’s a strawberry chocolate cupcake flavored tea.  And… the only thing that can make a strawberry better is … chocolate, of course.  With my first few sips, I tasted strawberry.  After about four sips, the chocolate flavor starts coming through.  And it’s not just a little bit of chocolate, here, this is CHOCOLATE!

The strawberry is a sweet strawberry flavor, with a hint of berry tartness toward the end of the sip.  The chocolate has a creamy flavor (frosting?) to it … and there is a bake-y, cake-y kind of flavor to go along with it.  It’s kind of hard to tell whether or not it’s a strawberry cake with chocolate frosting, or a chocolate cake with strawberry frosting!

And the black tea is not overlooked here either, nor is it off in the background minding it’s own business.  It stands strong, tasting rich and even a little malty which really enhances the overall “cake-y” kind of taste.  It has a very bold flavor, and there is a moderate amount of astringency that seems to draw attention to the strawberry.

This is a really tasty tea, and it is rich and satisfying enough to serve as a breakfast tea, too.  Imagine:  strawberry cupcakes for breakfast!  Sounds like my kind of breakfast!


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

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!

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