Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: David’s Tea
Hot buttered rum is so delicious we want it all day long. Unfortunately, most employers frown on workplace drunkenness, so we came up with this rich and creamy alternative. Toasted coconut and vanilla beans mingle with black tea in a caramelized caress of flavours. Decadent hot or iced, it also blends perfectly with dark rum, brown sugar and a dash of milk – so go ahead and indulge your inner pirate, off the clock.
This tea has been at the top of the Steepster ratings for some time now, so I figured it was high time that I try it! And I’m really glad I did.
This is really good. The rum comes through nicely, especially at the start. As I continue to sip on this cup, I find that some of the other flavors make their way through, although I can still taste the rum notes… they are just not quite as dominate as they were at the beginning. The coconut is one of the nicest additions to this – it gives the cup a delicious sweetness and creaminess, and I like the way it melds with the rum flavor.
The “buttered” aspect is very slight in the beginning, but by about mid-cup, the flavor has developed nicely. In fact, I am finding it to be the dominating presence now, perhaps because it has united with the vanilla and coconut. By the time I’ve finished with the cup, I find that the cup is actually quite heavy in texture, coating the palate with a creamy- buttered presence.
If I were to offer any complaint about this tea at all, it would be that the black tea isn’t a strong presence in this cup. I think that if it were a slightly stronger tea (an Assam, perhaps?) it might have a bit of cleansing astringency which would make the finish a bit cleaner. But, then again, I actually quite enjoy the heavy creaminess of this tea. It is such an indulgent pleasure, but a guiltless one! The best kind!