Tiramisu Oolong Tea from 52Teas

Tiramisu-OolongTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:  

This week we have a nice toasty oolong blended with cacao nibs, marshmallow root and organic flavors, including some coffee, chocolate, rum and vanilla cake flavors. That’s right, we made a Tiramisu Oolong. I have a feeling this one is going to go fast. It’s a special dessert blend with an extra special base tea. Get it while you can.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Mmm!  Yummy!  The moment I read the name of 52Teas’ tea of the week for the week of November 4 … I was confident that I’d love it:  Tiramisu Oolong Tea.  That sounds a little too delicious for words.

But words are what I write, so, I am going to have to come up with some as I sip on this teacup full of deliciousness.

52Teas does not say what type of Oolong they use as a base for this, but it is a darker Oolong and the toasted flavor that is mentioned in the description does come forward.  It is a roasty-toasty type of Oolong which makes me think of either a Formosa Oolong or a Red Robe Oolong.  The toasty notes of the Oolong meld beautifully with the roasted coffee notes to create a very harmonious taste.

The next flavor I notice is the rum.  This flavor sort of weaves its way in and out throughout the sip, starting just before mid-sip and imparting a wee bit of rum flavor in the aftertaste.  Because I’m seldom big on alcohol flavors, especially when other flavors are involved (we’re talking chocolate here, people), I am glad that the rum is not a really obtrusive note.

Of course, I’m wishing there’s more chocolate.  But when am I ever not wanting more chocolate?  As I’ve said before, I don’t think that I’d be a helper that Frank at 52Teas would want to hire:  I’d always be adding an extra scoop or two (or three) of cacao nibs to the batch when he wasn’t looking.  I’m a very trustworthy sort – except when it involves chocolate.

The creamy undertone of vanilla and marshmallow adds just the right flavor to elevate the cup and showcase the other flavors of this cup.  This is a sweet, decadent, dessert-y delight that is infinitely kinder to the waistline than the actual dessert would be (well, duh, right?)  Sure, it isn’t the dessert, but it does satisfy the sweet tooth craving.  If you like tiramisu, you’ll really like this tea!

Personally, I like this tea not only because it tastes like the dessert, but because it also tastes like tea.  Two of my favorite things in one teacup.  As I write this review, there is but ONE pouch of this tea left.  If I were YOU … I’d get myself here immediately and buy it before someone else reads this and thinks I’m talking about them.

Rooibos Tiramisu from Trail Lodge Tea

Tisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Trail Lodge Tea

Tisane Description:

Have desert in a cup! This rooibos tea combines the flavors of chocolate, caramel, and hazelnuts.

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

I’ve tried a few tiramisu flavored teas and tisanes, I even attempted to capture the flavor of tiramisu in a tea at one point.  This tisane comes the closest to tiramisu … at least of all the ones that I’ve tried … including my own attempts!

I taste the coffee notes, and it melds harmoniously with the flavor of the hazelnuts, to give it a roasty-toasty, nutty kind of undertone to complement the flavor of the rich chocolate and sweet caramel.  All the components of this blend marry very well, to create a very unified flavor that tastes like tiramisu.  It doesn’t taste like “deconstructed” tiramisu … it tastes like tiramisu that you might indulge in at an Italian restaurant.

The overall flavor is creamy, sweet, and decadent.  Really luscious!  It makes a perfect dessert tisane that you can enjoy any time of day because it’s *almost* caffeine free.  I say “almost” because I’m not really sure how much caffeine the coffee beans add to this, but, I can say that I don’t feel it over-stimulating me … it feels very comforting, actually, in much the same way as chocolate and caramel comforts me.

This is oh-so-delicious!  I’d recommend this one to even those who usually dislike rooibos, because I don’t taste a strong “rooibos” flavor, and what little I do taste seems to meld with the nutty tones of this tisane so well that it doesn’t really stand out.  An excellent dessert tisane!