Happy National Creamsicle Day! Today (8/14… who knows when I’ll actually get to post this to Steepster since the Dashboard is broken again) the prompt is to drink a tea with orange or vanilla flavor notes!
I’m actually getting to that point of sipdown-ness that many common flavor profiles are now missing from my cupboard… orange/vanilla being one of them. I knocked around doing an Orange Ginger Pu’erh or a vanilla black chai, but then I found I had this… The only orange+vanilla tea in my cupboard! Still in the category of "new"ness that I’ve been avoiding to focus solely on my oldest teas, but I decided to brew it up anyway.
I used half the 15g sampler (7.5g) for a liter of iced tea. I steeped the tea warm and then chilled it, as I like the flavors of black teas better that way than cold brewed. I also added a bit of liquid sugar to the cold tea and carbonated it… this is also the only “soda” tea left in my stash so I wanted to go all out.
With just that little touch of sweetness and the carbonation, this tastes spot on like a cola. Strong cola flavor, natural sweetness from the vanilla, and a hint of citrusy orange toward the end of the sip. I could do with the orange being a bit stronger, but perhaps the added sweetness is cloaking it a bit.
What I wouldn’t give for 52Teas to have a “rotating soda tea” as a D’s Teas permanent blend… I love them so much, and they are so hard to find! (Does anyone know of some good, readily available/easily accessible soda teas?)
Flavors: Citrus, Cola, Orange, Sweet, Vanilla