Leaf Type: Green Tea & Yerba Mate
Where to Buy: ESP Emporium
This blend of mellow Sencha and spicy, green mate is a real surprise. Richly decorated, it captivates not only with its striking look, but also develops a completely new and aromatic taste. The tempting aroma of Black Forest Cherry cakes, refined with a little sweetness and attractively decorated, make this blend a much sought-after specialty. An exceptional creation which proves that tea always has something new to offer.
Learn more about this blend here.
This Enchanted Forest Blend from ESP Emporium is a tasty blend, but, even though I’m not hating what I’m tasting … I’m a little disappointed. The description suggests “Black Forest Cherry Cake” and I’m not getting that from the aroma or the taste.
What I do taste is a sweet, vegetative green tea, and the earthy notes of yerba mate. It has a refreshing taste to it and I can definitely feel the invigorating effects of the yerba mate. It has a fresh, crisp flavor, and I taste very subtle hints of floral tones. It is a pleasantly sweet, vegetative cup with a light brothy texture.
But, if I’m supposed to be tasting cake-y flavors, well, I’m not. No black forest, no cherry, no chocolate, no cake. And there’s nothing in this blend that even suggests at these flavors except for a vague, indistinct tart note that could be very faint insinuation of sour cherry flavor. But even that note is something that is so barely there that doesn’t even seem worth mentioning.
So, I was hoping for a chocolate-y, cherry Black Forest cake dessert-y type tea blend … but what I got was a blend of earthy yerba mate and refreshing Sencha. Tasty, yes … but not something I’d recommend to others.
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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