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!