Easy as Pie: Black Cherries and Sweet Cream from A Quarter to Tea

It’s getting to be summertime and cherries are in season.  You can see them in a glorious, burgundy bundle at the grocery store or the farmer’s market.  With summertime cherries on my mind, it seemed like the perfect time to try Black Cherries and Sweet Cream tea from A Quarter to Tea.  

The dry tea leaves and the first minute of steeping was all about the cream, wafting sweet waves of vanilla out of my mug.  As the tea cooled and I got my first taste, the cherries started to shine.  This tea is named for black cherries specifically, and you can taste the dark, full, fruit flavor in the tea.  This is certainly not the red cherry flavor of chewy candy or medicine, nor the syrupy maraschino cherry that goes on top of your sundae.  This blend truly tastes like fresh black cherries and a dollop of cream.  Even without milk and sugar, this blend is smooth and decadent, though it never gets too sweet.  

There is a distinct tartness in this brew, both from the natural fruit notes and from a tanginess to the cream. This tartness goes well with the astringent black tea base, matching the bright and sharp tone of the tea leaves.  This blend reminds me of the taste of fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt, with vanilla yogurt and burst of black cherries.  The vanilla is creamy, but has enough complexity to remind me of true frozen yogurt, or even a slice of cherry cheesecake.  

This is a great dessert blend to go with a cherry pie at that summer barbecue!  


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: A Quarter to Tea
Description:

Luscious black cherries with a medium body darjeeling base, paired with heavy notes of cream and vanilla. Decadent enough to make a magister proud.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

White Cherry from Tea and Absinthe

logoTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy: Tea and Absinthe

Tea Description:

Ingredients: white tea China Pai Mu Tan, green tea Darjeeling, green tea China -Fog Tea, -Lung Ching, -Jasmine Jade Pearls, cherries, coconut  chips (coconut, coconut fat, sugar), flavor, rose buds

Learn more about this tea here. 

Taster’s Review:

A couple weekends ago, my hubby and I had an amazing experience at St Louis’s Wizard World. My hubby had bought me a Doctor Who VIP package where I had my picture take with and met David Tennant and Billie Piper. I was crazy excited since they are two of my favorite Doctor Who characters and arguable the most iconic.  While wondering around the convention, I stumbled upon a tea shop. I couldn’t believe it.  Not going to lie, I think I squealed a little. It was a pretty neat set up and I couldn’t wait to check all of the teas out. I picked up a few and have started to finally dive into them.

Let’s start off with saying this tea is gorgeous to look at. Huge roses, cherries, gorgeous tea leaves. . .everything you would want to see in a tea, this has it.  The dry leaf mixture has a lovely sweet floral smell. One that I couldn’t want to steep up.

While steeping this tea, I could definitely still smell the same sweet smell with a hint of an almost kool aid smell as well.  Not offensive at all. Almost made this tea a bit more appealing. I was in the mood for a sweeter fruity tea.

I brewed this up per the package instructions, and about 4 minutes later, I was pouring the tea into my Doctor Who mug.  The smell of the tea had a lovely almost bakery smell to it with a fruity sweetness.  This is one of those smells that actually makes you hungry!

I allowed the tea to cool for a few and took my first sip. In the words of Doctor Who “Hello Sweetie”! This tea is incredible and a taste profile/experience I can’t say I’ve ever had before. And that is pretty crazy to say. I drink a crazy variety of teas each and every day and am always looking for something new. I can’t believe I have never came across a tea like this before.

Each flavor comes thru.  You can pick up the flora white notes, the distinct Darjeeling touches, a rich buttery green tea base, with a lovely jasmine hint here and there.  Throw in the sweet robust cherry (almost Kool-Aid like) flavor with hints of coconut all surrounding by again another sweet floral touch and you have yourself one amazingly complex tea. The tea isn’t so sweet that it is overpowering. I think the green tea and Darjeeling go a long way to tame the crazy sweet flavors down and bring a bit more vegetal feel to the tea.  In just about every other sip you get a nice tart almost wine like flavor.

I am insanely impressed with this tea and can not wait to see how many infusions this tea will provide. I’m also excited to try this as a lovely cold brew tea.  Especially for the summertime. I bet this tea will make a marvelous iced tea!

Really well done! If you haven’t checked out this tea company before, I encourage you too. So far I have had two of the 5 blends that I picked up from them and I’m impressed with both.

 

Cherry Fantasy Tea from TeaLyra

cherry-fantasy-792Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black, Green, Roiboos, Etc.

Where to Buy: TeaLyra

Tea Description:

Imagine bowls full of juicy plump cherries, a summer breeze and easy living, ahh, a Cherry Fantasy! Top quality black tea provides the perfect base to our favourite cherry black tea! We think our blend has the best combination of both sour cherries, and sweet acerola cherries, offering a truly balanced cherry flavour! This brews a robust black cup, with bright cherry notes and a subtle ginger flavour.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Cherry Fantasy Tea from TeaLyra is the tea of the day filling my cup!  Right off the bat I will tell you that I am overjoyed this doesn’t have hibiscus in it!  I find that hibiscus is overdone in fruity teas like cherry for example and often power the rest of the flavor.  So…thumbs up…already!

Black tea, sour cherries, freeze-dried Acerola cherries, freeze-dried fig pieces, and freeze-dried sour cherry pieces are the ingredients of this tea.  I love that they used freeze-dried fruit in this, too!

Cherry Fantasy Tea from TeaLyra is nicely done and can be enjoyed hot or cold as-is.  The Cherry Trio is at the prefect flavor intensity.  I have to say that this is one of the best (if not THE best) cherry flavored black teas I have had to date!  This one really surprised me and I am very happy about that!  If you are a fan of natural cherry give this tea a try!

 

Acerola Cherry Fig Black Tea Blend from Tea & All It’s Splendor

acerolacherry&figTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Tea & All It’s Splendor

Tea Description:

THIS. TEA. IS. RICH! It’s full of flavour, body and mouth feel. It’s like drinking a great red wine. We were blown away by just the smell of this well made blend. It was so amazing we had to check to make sure that it was all natural. Raelene assures us it is (along with all their other teas).

The rich sour cherry flavour, is sweet and fruity. The fig, adds a sweet and mellow brown sugar finish. This paired with a high quality black tea means you’re left with a warm cuppa that is perfect for novice and advanced tea drinkers.

Learn more about subscribing to Postal Teas here.

Taster’s Review:

My eleventh edition box from Postal Teas has finally arrived!  Happy day!  This eleventh edition focuses on a new-to-me tea purveyor:  Tea & All It’s Splendor and this Acerola Cherry Fig Black Tea Blend is the first that I’ve tried from this collection of teas.

I mean, how could I resist?  They had me at the word fig!  And as I’ve confessed previously, I’ve noticed a trend in my tea drinking.  When I’m given a selection of different teas, the type of tea that I’ll reach for more often than the others is black tea.  Don’t get me wrong, I love other tea types.  I’m crazy about Oolong teas and Yellow tea is my favorite, but there is just something so comforting about black tea.  It appeals to an almost instinctual need for me.  That need for tea and it’s caffeine.

And this tea is quite lovely!  There is a tasty balance here between tart and sweet.  The fig is sweet – almost sugary sweet and it’s a pleasing contrast to the jarring tartness of the acerola cherries.  Beneath the cherry top note I taste the smooth black tea that’s not bitter nor overly astringent.  I’m really glad about the lack of astringency here, I think that astringency would kill this blend for me because the cherry flavor is quite tart and a tangy, dry sensation would be a bit much for my taste, I think.

But even though the tart is very strong here, I’m not finding it off putting the way I tend to find tart flavors.  I think this has more to do with the fact that the cherry flavor tastes so authentic.  This is not your average cherry flavoring that ends up tasting like cough syrup.  NO!  This is a really tasty, true-to-the-fruit cherry flavor that tastes as though I’ve just bitten into a tart cherry.  Except that thanks to the fig notes, I’m not puckering.

This.  This is good tea.  And as fantastic as it is served hot, it’s even better iced.  Wow!  What a great way to get back into the swing of things with Postal Teas!

Black Forest Tea Blend from Naked Teas Galore

Black-ForestTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Naked Teas Galore

Tea Description:

This tea shares aromatic notes with merlot wine – chocolate, cherries, dried fruit and flowers. To taste, this blend is classic chocolate and cherries. Ceylon makes for a light black tea base – the backdrop for a fudge-y chocolate start and cherry on the finish. Add a splash of milk and a little sugar to mimic the whipped cream topping.

Learn more about this blend here.

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Taster’s Review:

When I read the name of this tea:  Black Forest Tea Blend from Naked Teas Galore, I got excited.  Black Forest to me means the cake – you know what I’m talking about, right?  The dark chocolate cake that’s topped with a glazed cherry topping and whipped cream.  YUM.

But then I read the ingredients.  Carob?  Ick.  Why carob?  Why not cacao shells?  Such an amazing chocolate flavor can be extracted from cacao shells.  I’m a chocoholic and I don’t like carob because carob DOES NOT taste like chocolate … at least not a good chocolate.  It tastes like carob.  It tastes like a poor man’s chocolate.  It tastes like imitation chocolate.  Ugh.

So, now my expectations are not all that high when it comes to this tea.  I’ll still try it and hope for the best.  Let’s see what happens.

OK … so this isn’t too bad.  It’s actually kind of tasty.  The chocolate flavor is a little weak (then again, this is a usual complaint of mine when it comes to chocolate teas, right?)  The cherry flavors come through nicely.  It’s not a super strong flavor, but, it’s enough to let you know it’s there.

The juniper berries offer a sharpness to the cup, again – not an overly strong flavor, but it does add some “focus” that I think this tea would lack if it wasn’t there.  I am also enjoying the rose notes that I taste.  Not something I’d normally expect in a Black Forest cake, but, I enjoyed it in the tea.

The black tea base is smooth and flavorful.  There is a sort of creaminess to the cup that develops as the tea cools, and I find this particular aspect of the tea quite enjoyable.  It is a medium-bodied black tea, so there’s not a lot of gusto to it, but, the flavors and tea meld well together to create a palate pleasing taste.

Overall, it’s not a bad tea.  I taste cherry, I taste a creaminess, I taste black tea.  I even taste a hint of something that could be chocolate if you don’t try to hone in on that particular note.  It’s certainly not as terrible as I thought it might be given that it’s flavored with carob rather than chocolate; I was able to finish the cup without grumbling.

I do still wish that Naked Teas Galore chose to employ cacao shells or nibs rather than carob, but, this tastes alright.  Not something I’d buy again, but I’d drink it again if it were offered to me.