There’s something about strawberry shortcake that makes me think of summer, or at least makes me think of flowery tea parties. Maybe it’s just the fact that strawberries are at their height in the summer, or the fact that strawberry shortcake is often served with everyone getting their own little cake on a doily or saucer. Either way, drinking Strawberry Shortcake tea from the Necessiteas felt like the right thing to do on a beautiful summer day.
This tea smells decadent even in the dry leaf, with lots of strawberry and vanilla fragrance. The scent is supremely sweet, almost like strawberry Starburst candies. The blend brews up gold in color, and continues to be berry-sweet and incredibly fragrant.
In taste, the most forward tastes are strawberries and cream, with a bit of the earthy white tea to balance all the dessert-flavors. There are yellow cake notes at the back of each sip, reminding me of birthday cake ice cream. These cake flavors combine with the white tea, bringing an almost buttery, savory feel to the tea that gets creamier as the brew cools.
Three things go into strawberry shortcake: berries, cake, and cream, and this blend has all three essential elements in tea form. This is a must-try blend for any dessert-tea fans, or for any fun summery, strawberry occasions in your schedule.
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: The NecessiTeas
Description: Angel food cake perfectly combines with a light layer of sweet cream and juicy strawberries to create this guilt-free dessert. Enjoy hot or poured over ice.
Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!
Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Culinary Teas
Imagine 18% cream cascading over fresh strawberries that is our Strawberry Shortcake Tea!
Learn more about this tea here.
Is there any dessert that says “summertime” quite like Strawberry Shortcake? When we’d visit gramma’s house in the summer, she’d usually serve strawberry shortcake for dessert. She’d buy fresh-from-the-vine strawberries from the strawberry field a couple of blocks away from her house, and she’d slice them, sprinkle them with a little bit of sugar to encourage the juices to emerge and then bake up shortcake biscuits (or my favorite: bits of cinnamon & sugar encrusted pie crust! Nobody made pie crust like my gramma!) and spoon strawberries over the shortcake, and top them with fresh whipped cream. It was so incredibly delicious.
So, I had high expectations when I brewed this tea. With a name like “Strawberry Shortcake Tea” it better do the dessert justice! And this one does! The strawberry flavor is bright and sweet, just like the luscious berry. The aftertaste has that hint of tartness similar to what you might experience after eating a fresh strawberry – it tingles!
There are also decadent notes of cream and as the tea cools, I notice a touch of pastry-like flavor to it too. This tea definitely gets better as it cools. When it is served hot, the flavors are not quite as distinguishable, but, as the tea cools, the strawberry flavors come alive, with notes of creamy vanilla in the background and a sweet biscuit-y taste.
Needless to say, this tea makes an amazing iced tea – perfect for this time of year! And while I’d rather eat the dessert (who wouldn’t?), this makes a nice alternative when you want to enjoy the flavors of strawberry shortcake but don’t want all the calories. This is one you’ll want to stock up on for the summer!