Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Fava Tea Company
A full body black tea with a round, full maple flavor. Sweet without being overly so with a full body black tea and red peppercorn this is one to try. Looking for something different? Try this one iced!
Learn more about this tea here.
This is another tea I received from a friend on Steepster.
The aroma of this tea when steeped is quite lovely and smells just like maple and sugar, very close to a true maple syrup aroma. I am thinking this easily could have been named maple syrup except it would not have been quite as accurate because while there is a syrup aroma and even slightly a syrup flavor Fava Tea Company really hit it square on the head by going with Sugar in the name instead.
The issue I have with it is that I am not tasting sugar so much as a sweetener other than sugar. Stevia perhaps. The company website does not list the exact ingredients so I can’t be positive and while as a type 1 diabetic I can absolutely appreciate not putting pure sugar into their blends, I still am missing that true pure sugar flavor here. Which is something I was hopeful for from the name of the tea. There is just something slightly chemical like about this tea and while many may not even notice it – it is a bit bothersome to me.
The base tea is nice, perhaps not the most stellar base tea that could be used, there is a slightly malty note although I think it could be even a bit more malty with this blend. And I am not really picking up on the peppercorn all that much. There is a very slight “bite” to the tea but I feel that it is coming more from the sweetener rather than the peppercorn and I do so love peppercorn in tea when done right.
This is not a bad tea by any means and I am finishing my cup and enjoying it but the joy scale levels off somewhere around 5 on a 1-10 scale – right in the middle.
I think this tea would greatly appeal to newer tea drinkers who are easing out of bagged tea stage and into loose leaf. It is by far better than the typical bagged teas I started out on. Another thing that is awesome about Fava Tea Company is their selection. It took me a while to find this tea on their site and it was not coming up in their search function – which is not a great thing – however in looking for this tea I was amazed at the number of teas they carry!
Now I do want to add that Fava Tea does recommend trying this iced and I did notice as the cup cooled that it was more palatable, more enjoyable, however I am not generally an iced tea drinker with exception of now and then in the summer time.
Regardless, this is a nice tea, hot or iced, its just not one that is personally going to make me run out and get more. It is however good enough that I will explore Fava Tea Company further – with all of their offerings I am sure they will have several I will throughly enjoy.