Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: 52Teas
Butter Rum was always my favorite flavor of Lifesavers. I’m not really a fan of rum itself, but butter rum candy is the stuff dreams are made out of, and so is this tea.
Learn more about this blend here.
I was very intrigued by this blend as it is inspired by the Butter Rum flavored Lifesaver candies. I am not particularly crazy about these candies, but I like them alright. I’d much rather have chocolate. (No big surprise there, huh?) But I was certainly interested in trying 52Teas version of the Butter Rum candy in this flavored black tea.
And I really like this … perhaps even MORE than I like the candy.
The black tea base is robust yet smooth, and again, I am finding myself very pleased with 52Teas black tea base. It is so pleasantly rich. It has a strong, solid flavor … and given 52Teas penchant for strongly flavored teas it’s a good thing that the black tea base used is a strong one, otherwise the tea might be overpowered by the flavoring. But that’s not the case here … sure, the flavoring is strong – no doubt about that – but, the black tea is bold enough to stand out and be tasted. It is not an overly astringent tea … there is some astringency, but I would classify it as a moderate astringency, and it seems to be mellowed somewhat by the hint of vanilla in this tea.
The vanilla also gives this a really lovely creamy tone that evokes thoughts of the smooth, creamy, buttery candy that inspired this tea. This truly tastes like someone dropped a butter rum Lifesaver in my teacup and allowed it to melt in the hot liquid. It’s quite yummy!
I prefer this tea sweetened because I think it brings out the butter rumminess of it. (Yes, rumminess is a word, I just made it up) I don’t add a lot of turbinado sugar to this, but, I find that just about half a teaspoon to my cup brings out the flavors and makes it taste much more like the candy. It’s delicious served straight (with no additions) as well … and it also makes a rather delicious latte if you’re in the mood for something really creamy and decadent!
A really well-crafted blend from 52Teas!
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!