Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: 52Teas
Organic cola and rum flavors combine with our premium black tea base to create a sweet-tooth treat with a twist. I’m very happy with the way this came out. I’m more of a 7 and Ginger guy myself, but this is delicious. I hope you will agree.
Learn more about this blend here.
Having tried cola flavored teas from 52Teas in the past, I was pretty confident I’d enjoy this Cuba Libre flavored Black Tea. I’m not a big alcoholic beverage drinker, but, I don’t hate rum and coke. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it. I can’t really think of any alcoholic drink that I really love … I’m just not much of a drinker.
But I used to be (there’s a time and place for everything and that’s college), and I’ve had a few rum and cokes in the past, and I enjoyed them.
This Cuba Libre blend from 52Teas is a fair representation of my memory of the rum and coke cocktails that I’ve consumed in the past. Granted, it’s been more than a few years, so, I can’t say that my memory is all that great … and we are talking alcohol here, so, maybe I’m way off. But, I am enjoying what I’m tasting in my teacup at the moment.
The black tea base is delicious and melds nicely with the flavors of rum and cola. It is smooth and flavorful, with a nice earthiness that contrasts well with the sweetness of the cola flavor. When I opened the package … I could really smell the cola … it was such a powerful aroma that I could almost “feel” the bubbles from the cola effervesce from the pouch!
The flavor of the cola is equally as strong, but it doesn’t overpower the black tea notes. It is sweet and caramel-y, and the flavor is very cola-esque. I can also taste the rum … and it has been a while since I’ve actually had rum so I can’t speak from recent experience here, but, it tastes like what I remember it to taste like, it tastes sweet, and has a slight sweet potato taste.
Overall, the cup tastes to me like someone took a Cuba Libre, took that “alcohol” warmth out of it, and then added the warmth of a good, strong black tea to it instead. It’s really quite enjoyable. I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected to.
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!