Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Herbal Infusions
Premium Ceylon tea hand blended with organic coconut shred and natural flavourings. Thanks to everyone that came out to our Yelp! Speakeasy tea event to help name this tea. We would like to think we definitely hit a graham slam with this tea.
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OK … this Graham Slam Black Tea Blend from Herbal Infusions is an interesting blend. I can’t say that it’s my favorite cuppa from them, because it isn’t, but I’m not hating it, and I think I just may have had a different idea of what this might be than what I’m tasting.
The name suggests to me something that might taste s’mores-ish. And I do get a sort of toasty flavor here, and maybe even a hint of something that tastes graham-like. But I don’t get any chocolate. And you know how I am when it comes to chocolate-y flavors.
I taste the black tea. The Ceylon is even-tempered and mellow. It has a moderate astringency to it, and it’s not bitter. Toward the finish I taste hints of citrus.
As the tea cools, I taste more and more of the graham notes. This is a tea that – if you’re looking for graham cracker taste – let it cool for a few moments to get to a drinkable temperature. The flavors will emerge. I taste hints of coconut in the distance, but these are less obvious than I think I’d like them to be.
Overall, this is tasty, but it’s just different than what I was expecting. It’s a pleasant, cookie-ish kind of taste: graham cracker, tea, with a toasty, nutty flavor in the backdrop. A pleasant cuppa.
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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