Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy: David’s Tea
As far as we’re concerned, the root beer float is king of the soda shop. The crackle and fizz of root beer, the cool richness of vanilla ice cream – what could be better? Well, what if we brought the malt shop right to your tea shelf? With black tea, vanilla, cinnamon and white chocolate, this sweet, lightly creamy black tea blend tastes just like the classic treat. For the full experience, try it as an iced latte with lots of foam.
Learn more about this tea here.
Steeped this tea certainly smells of Root Beer, however I am not detecting the creamy aspect of the “Float” portion of this tea. I remain hopeful that it comes across in the flavor.
Surprisingly it does!
I will confess, I am not a huge fan of David’s Tea. My Steepster friends are aware of this. For me their teas are a bit too hit and miss to purchase outside of having a sample before hand. Since there are no David’s Tea locations near me – most of my samples come from fellow Steepster’s in Trades. Thankfully I was able to get a sample of this one!
I do have a few teas from David’s Tea that I happen to love but only a few thus far. This one may be making it to that list but I will continue to sip here to find out.
You are on this discovery of decision with me as I have this cup still cooling a bit beside me. I would also have to confess that Root Beer is not necessarily a flavor that I would hunt down in a tea but it is nice to have different offerings, especially those of the more unusual or bizarre. Keeps things interesting. Regardless the aroma of this tea did not really have me all that excited.
There is something slightly off putting in the aroma itself. The flavor is alright. I absolutely get the root beer flavor, and a sweetness that tastes artificial which is not a plus in my book. I prefer unsweetened or naturally sweetened teas. Regardless the sweetener used in this tea, I could live without.
I do pick up the cinnamon which I have to say is done quite well! Its not over the top and allows the vanilla flavor to be presented. The white chocolate is subtle but does its job to add to the Root Beer flavor over all.
Its not as creamy as I would have liked it to be. Perhaps if this were simply named Root Beer it would be more pleasing, as Root Beer does have a creaminess of its own. Having “Float” in the name makes me think of ice cream obviously and I am not getting that much creaminess here to suggest that ice cream element.
Upon allowing the tea to cool more in hopes that more flavors would jump out at me I am still getting the same as before. The Root Beer flavors play a bit on the tongue for a sparse moment or two then dissipate leaving little to no after effect.
I would have to say that this is close, but not spot on for a Root Beer, let alone a Root Beer Float.
However, if you are a die hard Root Beer fanatic, I see no reason not to give this a try. That is if you desire to try all things Root Beer. I am very glad I had the chance to experience this tea.
In short: Its not awful, but its not making it to my purchase list either.