Ginger Cola Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Biting, Caramel, Cola, Dry, Ginger, Lemon, Lime, Spicy, Effervescent, Licorice, Candy, Root Beer, Smooth, Sweet, Malt, Citrus, Bitter
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Not available
Certification
Organic, Vegan
Edit tea info Last updated by Lupiressmoon
Average preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 17 oz / 498 ml

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  • “I enjoy how this tea captures of the idea of a ginger cola. It has this caramel-type scent that I’m not digging too much but I love that some lemon-lime pokes through, giving it the soda feel. ...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is the first morning in a while that I’ve craved hot tea — I’ve been making iced teas lately because it’s been so hot. But today it’s rainy and a bit chilly, and I’m feeling a bit under the...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This has that lovely soda essence that 52teas does so well. It’s not as spicy as a real ginger soda, but I definitely taste a little bit. Really, it tastes like cola with a hit of ginger in there....” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “Sipdown! (92 | 189) Finished off my second (and last) sampler of this one, which I received in a grab bag. Honestly I think this is one of my favorite teas from 52teas. The balance of the cola,...” Read full tasting note
    85

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Featured Reblend for March 2022!

This tea is one of my all-time favorites. It’s a rich, robust blend of black teas (Golden Yunnan, Fujian & Assamica grown in the Jing Mai Mountains) combined with cola essence & ginger (including some crystalized ginger.)

It’s just like drinking a ginger cola – but better because TEA!

It’s vegan, gluten-free, allergen-free & all natural!

ingredients: black teas
organic ingredients: ginger, candied (sugared) ginger & natural flavors

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I enjoy how this tea captures of the idea of a ginger cola. It has this caramel-type scent that I’m not digging too much but I love that some lemon-lime pokes through, giving it the soda feel. The ginger is the perfect touch — secondary to the cola but with enough zip to let its presence be known. Overall, it’s a pretty light-bodied tea and not necessarily sweet in taste but more dry, which I like. It does develop a bit of a bitter-tannic bite if left to steep too long.

Flavors: Biting, Caramel, Cola, Dry, Ginger, Lemon, Lime, Spicy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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This is the first morning in a while that I’ve craved hot tea — I’ve been making iced teas lately because it’s been so hot. But today it’s rainy and a bit chilly, and I’m feeling a bit under the weather, so… hot tea it is.

This was a good choice. I enjoy ginger overall, but sometimes ginger tisanes are a bit off-putting to me. So the black base here is quite welcome. I’d like to try it iced, too.

Flavors: Cola, Effervescent, Ginger, Licorice

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This has that lovely soda essence that 52teas does so well. It’s not as spicy as a real ginger soda, but I definitely taste a little bit. Really, it tastes like cola with a hit of ginger in there. It’s refreshing to drink this one cold – I’ll miss it! The resteeps taste wonderful as well.

52Teas

I’ll actually have a little bit of this within the next month or so – I’ve had a company that makes Kombucha order 10lbs. of this tea – so I probably will have a little bit left over after I finish the tea. :)

AJRimmer

That’s so cool to be contacted with a request like that! I bet it’ll make some great kombucha too!

Martin Bednář

10 lbs.? If was a tea vendor, I would think they made an error with a decimal point.

52Teas

They craft small batches of kombucha.

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Sipdown! (92 | 189)

Finished off my second (and last) sampler of this one, which I received in a grab bag.

Honestly I think this is one of my favorite teas from 52teas. The balance of the cola, the ginger, and the base tea is just perfect. I feel like I’m tasting some lemon or lime as well, but I don’t see that listed so I guess it’s just the interplay of the flavors. So to me, it ends up tasting like some lovely combination of cola, ginger ale, and Sprite. And yet it also reminds me of root beer barrel candies somehow. I like how the ginger tingles slightly on my tongue, which helps mimic the effervescence of soda.

Yummy! Will have to keep an eye out for more soda-inspired teas in the future.

Flavors: Candy, Cola, Effervescent, Ginger, Lemon, Lime, Malt, Root Beer, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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1403 tasting notes

And it’s another sipdown!

#long time ago internet hiatus sipdown

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1219 tasting notes

I love pop/soda/cola-flavored teas, and not long ago finished off a bag of Gourmet Root Beer that was fantastic. I actually had the coveted rare large 50g bag of this tea, still unopened, from 2017, and as I’m trying to finish off all teas in my collection from that year, it got moved over to become my next focus tea for cold/iced brew.

I tend to prefer black teas brewed warm and then iced, so that is how I prepared this batch — I steeped 7g of tea in 2 cups 205F water for three minutes, strained, and then added an additional 2 cups cold water (and two teaspoons liquid sugar to help add to the pop factor) to the mason jar, let it cool on the counter for about 15 minutes, then put it in the fridge to chill overnight.

Mmm! While I don’t think I like this one quite as much as the Gourmet Root Beer, this is still a very solid pop-flavored tea. I’m getting a typical cola flavor (I think adding the bit of sweetener may have helped bring that to the forefront), followed by candied ginger and lime zest. I’m not able to make out notes from the base as distinctly with this one as I could with the root beer tea, either, but it is very smooth and refreshing! I’m definitely going to enjoy going through my bag.

Flavors: Candy, Citrus, Ginger, Lime, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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This was one of my favorites from the 2018 12 Teas of Christmas. I love the soda product that inspired this tea and was surprised how well the taste was captured in tea form. The candied ginger adds excellent spice, heat, and sugary sweetness all in one go. The cola flavoring is spot on with out being cloying or artificial. The smell is amazing in the tin and in my mug, and always gets positive feedback from those around me when I brew it.

Flavors: Candy, Caramel, Ginger, Licorice

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Thanks so much for sending a bit of this to try, Annie! I must say, this one is one of the less intriguing blends from the Christmas advent. But that was some tough competition from many blends that sounded amazing or were old favorites I wanted reblended. Also, anything with ginger in the name will probably not appeal to me. A few days ago, a Steepsterer wrote a glowing note for this tea, so I wanted to try it sooner rather than later. I’ve also never tried ginger cola. Never heard of it! The dry leaves certainly have the fragrance of soda. However, the ginger wasn’t too bad here, as I was tasting mostly cola. This is the perfect base tea for cola flavors: light but not too light. There isn’t a chocolatey black tea flavoring with the cola… that would be weird. The base tea almost stays in the background, to not interfere with the cola at all. So definitely this is a nice base for the cola. It isn’t my favorite in the advent though.
Steep #1 // 1 1/4 teaspoons for a full mug // 18 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep

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Ok, just a small update on this one… last night I started a session of this, and got really tired before I had steeped it out. Unfortunately, my tea caddy was in the car and I wasn’t about to go and get it at 4 am. So instead, I brewed the tea out and stuck it in iced tea cups (I have two) in the fridge. So this is a review of the tea as iced tea. If you wondered why the steeping paramenters are weird, it’s because I’m reviewing the third steep of this tea session.

Wow, it tastes even more like ginger cola this way. That ginger is definitely prominent, and the cola is very noticeable. I added two splendas to this to give it some jazz and it really brings out the flavor. In fact, the “tea” part of this is barely recognizable. It just tastes like uncarbonated soda. I like that. Seeing as how I really can’t have actual ginger cola, this is a great method for replicating it that I will have to remember. Perhaps I can find a jug around somewhere and brew up an entire pitcher. It would probably take all that I have left though to do that and I don’t like that concept at all, so I doubt I will. But in the meantime, iceing the last cup worth of a session seems like a good plan. I will have to try that from now on. Very tasty.

Flavors: Biting, Caramel, Ginger

Preparation
Iced 6 min, 0 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kittenna

Sounds delicious! I always feel like cola teas would be best iced/chilled.

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It smells like China Cola! That’s a cola with added herbs and stuff.

It tastes like a sweet gingery cola. Umm, I can’t think of much else to say about it, but I really like it and wish I had more.

Flavors: Ginger, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Todd

It’s good iced too!

Mastress Alita

Did you prepare it warm first and then chill it, or cold brew it?

Todd

I prepared it warm, drank some, and stashed it in the fridge for later.

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