Leaf Type: Rooibos
Where to Buy: 52Teas
Did you think we were done playing with bacon teas?
So did I. But check this out: I was thinking about how much I enjoy a Hawaiian pizza or just a nice ham with a pineapple glaze and nice juicy pineapple rings baked on it… My wife is of the opinion that meat and fruit should not be mixed, but… well, nobody’s perfect, right? Anyway, I was thinking that if ham and pineapple is good, pineapple and BACON would be even better. And when I was thinking about what base tea to use, it occured to me that the woodiness that I personally somewhat dislike about rooibos might go well with pineapple and bacon, and oh boy does it! Juicy pineapple, salty bacon and refreshing rooibos are an amazing combination. Not to mention that it’s a guilt-free indulgence.
Learn more about this tisane here.
I was kind of excited about this Pineapple Bacon Flavored Rooibos Blend from 52Teas because I did enjoy 52Teas’ Bacon tea as well as their Chocolate Bacon Tea, so I had high hopes for this tisane. And … I LOVE pineapple on my pizza. I’m not big on ham and pineapple on pizza, but, I love bacon on just about … well, anything, I mean, if it’s something that I enjoy eating, bacon can only make it better. It’s kind of like chocolate in that respect. Everything tastes better with chocolate … and everything tastes better with bacon.
And while … I’m not hating this Pineapple Bacon Rooibos … there’s just something that’s not quite singing a song that is making me want to get up and do the happy dance. The bacon … is missing something. I think it’s the smoky element that I miss. If there was some way to add a smoky taste to this … perhaps with just a teensy bit of Lapsang Souchong … this might be better. Or it might be better with a little more maple flavoring to enhance the bacon. Or perhaps both additions might improve this one a bit.
The flavor of the pineapple is definitely noteworthy here – it tastes sweet and juicy and I like it. The bacon is also there … it’s just not there … enough. I even added a pinch of salt to the cup to bring out that saltiness of the bacon and that just didn’t do quite enough to bring out the smoky flavor of the bacon that I mentioned in the previous paragraph, and that’s what is missing.
The rooibos is tasted here too, and even though I don’t usually love rooibos, it works together with the pineapple and the bacon pretty well. And overall, this is pretty tasty. But, it just tastes a little … odd. It almost tastes like bubblegum. Pineapple bubblegum. Pineapple bubblegum with artificial bacon flavoring. Yeah. That’s what I taste.
Not horrible, but, not exactly what I was hoping for either. Maybe I’ll have to try some of it with a little bit of Lapsang Souchong to see if I like it better like that.
And while we’re on the subject of bacon flavored teas … hey, Frank, how about a bacon and candied pecan pancake with caramel drizzle flavored tea. Now that … would make me do the happy dance!
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!