Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: 52Teas
If anyone from General Mills is reading this, please don’t sue us. My wife suggested we rename this tea Frank’s Berries so as not to get in trouble with the cereal company, but (and maybe this is just my dirty old man mind, but) “Frank’s Berries” just doesn’t sound right to me. ‘I like Frank’s Berries hot with a drizzle of honey…’ Uh, yeah, just doesn’t sound right. This tea, on the other hand, is nothing but right. We’ve paired our premium black teas with freeze-dried strawberries, marshmallow root and organic flavors, including a touch of malt to give it a cerealistic (ie realistic cereal-like) flavor.
Learn more about this blend here.
I am a huge fan of the General Mills Halloween cereals, although my favorite is Count Chocula. COUNT CHOCULA, FRANK!!! Every time I’m in a store and see those cereals, I’m grabbing at least one box, because they don’t last long. (I seem to recall when I was young that they were available year round.) So, when 52Teas announced Frankenberry Black Tea as their tea of the week for the week of October 21st, I was happy. (It also indicates to me that maybe, just maybe the tea next year might be Count Chocula.)
Having tried the Boo-Berry and the Boo-Berry Cotton Candy flavored teas from 52Teas, I was confident that Frank would do this Frankenberry justice. And, yeah … this is better than I remember the two Boo-Berry teas tasting and I think it might have something to do with the malt addition. This really gives it that cereal-ish type of flavor. It tastes like someone liquefied some of one of my favorite childhood cereals and added it to a cup of black tea. YUM!
The black tea base is robust and full-flavored, and the malt not only gives the tea a “cereal-y” sort of flavor, but it adds a “roundness’ to the overall flavor. The strawberry is sweet and it tastes a bit candy-like in this blend, but, I guess for a tea that is channeling a children’s marshmallow cereal, perhaps a sweet, candy-like flavor is the way it should be. I’m liking it!
But it’s the marshmallow that really makes this tea taste like the cereal, because let’s face it, when one is sitting down to a bowl of Frankenberry cereal, they’re doing it for the marshmallows! The marshmallows make the cereal something special, and the marshmallow root in this cup make this tea something special too.
A delicious, fun, sweet and fruity tea.