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Jalapeño Tea from ManTeas

Jalapeño Tea from ManTeas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  ManTeas

Product Description:

Here’s our premium Indian black teas blended with real freeze-dried jalapenos and natural jalapeno flavor! Man up and get some while you can. This is a limited edition blend!

Taster’s Review:

This was a tea that for the longest time I was too intimidated to try.  In fact, I was so intimidated by it that I didn’t order this – it was a gift from a tea friend!   And like so many teas that have intimidated me in the past, I regret that I did not try this sooner.  It really is incredible!

The flavor is not so much “spicy-hot” the way you’d expect a jalapeño to be, although it does have a heat to it that develops as I continue to sip.  The way I’d describe this as more of the fruity essence of the jalapeño pepper, with an embracing warmth that offers a hint of peppery kick toward the end of the sip.  This isn’t the pickled jalapeño pepper flavor that you might find in a jar on the grocery store shelf – this is more true to a fresh jalapeño pepper that you might find in the produce section of the market.

And the black tea is not to be counted out here – it provides a delicious base for this tea.  It is a robust blend of Blue Mountain Nilgiri and Assam teas.  I like the way the flavor of the tea and the flavor of the pepper is balanced in this cup – it is a very harmonious combination.  The only thing that I can’t help but wonder is how a pinch of Lapsang Souchong might affect the taste.  I think that the smokiness of the Lapsang Souchong would add a delicious savoriness to the cup.

As it is, though, I really am enjoying this tea far more than I ever expected to.  As I said before, I was a little afraid to try it – not because I dislike spicy food, because I actually love it.  But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t proceed with caution when trying something that will no doubt be spicy.  And this is a spicy tea, it just isn’t over-the-top with a burning heat to the palate kind of spicy.  It is a savory-spicy that develops into a very-warm-spicy flavor, imparting a delicious heat that lingers on the palate.  It really is delicious and just goes to show that I shouldn’t judge a tea before I try it.

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