Berry Wonderful Root Beer Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Blackberry, Blueberry, Organic Black Tea, Organic Marshmallow Root, Organic Natural Flavoring, Organic Strawberry, Organic Vanilla Beans, Raspberries, Sarsaparilla
Flavors
Root Beer, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla, Wood
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
Certification
Organic, Vegan
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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  • “Sipdown! I like the root beer flavor here, but I think it needs a little something else. I don’t get any berries, unfortunately. Some creaminess and vanilla would be a lovely addition. I think I...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Another note I had saved from the Freeze. Thanks very much, AJRimmer!  A great concept here that doesn’t fail to remind me of my beloved ‘Berried Treasure’. Both blends are fairly similar — simply...” Read full tasting note
    74
  • “Wow, the dry leaf smells exactly like root beer – that’s so fun! The flavor is mostly just black tea with a bit of a tang that’s reminiscent of carbonation. This mix of black teas is a little harsh...” Read full tasting note
    65
  • “I tend to really enjoy “pop” flavours in teas… probably because I like them but rarely drink pop due to a) empty calories and b) fizz, which I don’t really care for. So this tea fit the bill...” Read full tasting note
    78

From 52teas

Tea of the Week for March 4, 2019!

One of the well-known fast food chains out there has a few exclusive soda choices on their fancy new cola dispensers – and one of those choices has become a favorite soda of mine. I don’t drink soda often (as I’ve said probably more than once) but when I do, I’m very selective about my choices. I rarely choose the simple Coke or Pepsi, but instead, choose a Wild Cherry Pepsi or a Dr. Pepper – something different from the top two. Or I’ll create some magical concoction by mixing lemonade with orange soda – a magic made easier these days with the aforementioned fancy new cola dispensers. So when I noticed these three exclusive flavors from one fast food chain, I was definitely intrigued. The other two (Cherry Vanilla and Orange Vanilla) were OK, but the one I really loved was the Root Beer with berry and vanilla flavors. I loved it – a lot. And that’s high praise given my usual indifference for soda in general.

So rather than visiting the fast food chain on a daily basis to get my fill on this lovely new beverage that I had fallen in love with and risk rotting out my teeth from all that sugar, I decided to save my teeth, not to mention the gas to travel to the fast food chain (as well as saving me from eating more fast food because, you know, since I’m there anyway, I might as well grab something to eat . . . ) and instead, create a tea inspired by the beverage and in the process, save my teeth, my health and the planet in the process. (I’m sure Marvel will be creating a superhero in my likeness for this deed any day now.)

I started with a blend of black teas – Assam for malt, Yunnan for depth, and a blend of Ceylon and Vietnamese teas to help round out the flavors and to add some smoothness – and added some root beer essence as well as a touch of vanilla extract and vanilla bean, plus some blueberries, raspberries, strawberries & blackberries. Then I added a little bit of sarsaparilla root and marshmallow root.

And – what do you know? I managed to create a little magic of my own without that fancy soda dispenser!

This magical tea is organic, VEGAN, gluten free and allergen free!

organic ingredients: black teas, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, marshmallow root, sarsaparilla root, vanilla bean & natural flavors

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At 52teas.com, you will find unique, hand-blended artisan loose leaf teas: a new limited edition creation every week of the year. We pride ourselves on offering truly unique, one-of-a-kind tea blends that you won’t find anywhere else.

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Sipdown!

I like the root beer flavor here, but I think it needs a little something else. I don’t get any berries, unfortunately. Some creaminess and vanilla would be a lovely addition.

I think I may need to order a taster of Root Beer Float to try, along with some other things, once Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha is back in stock…

Flavors: Root Beer, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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3217 tasting notes

Another note I had saved from the Freeze. Thanks very much, AJRimmer!  A great concept here that doesn’t fail to remind me of my beloved ‘Berried Treasure’. Both blends are fairly similar — simply replace bergamot with sarsparilla.  but this one isn’t distinctly berry or rootbeer to me, and hardly even has noticeable marshmallow root (though Berried Treasure has a ton more marshmallow root, which I love).  My tastebuds are simply demanding MORE berry and rootbeer.  This blend isn’t very old yet, so it’s a bit disappointing… next time it will be a sipdown.  I always appreciate trying things though!
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 18 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled //  4 minute steep
2020 Sipdowns: 67 (oldest sample of Tiesta – I Gotta Colada)

Mastress Alita

Now this sounds like a flavor combo I would really enjoy!

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Wow, the dry leaf smells exactly like root beer – that’s so fun! The flavor is mostly just black tea with a bit of a tang that’s reminiscent of carbonation. This mix of black teas is a little harsh for me. I think I’d prefer a different base since it was getting in the way of being able to really taste what this tea is going for. Even though I put several berries in, I couldn’t taste them at all. Also, I think this one tasted a bit more accurate to its name before I added sugar, as I guess the sugar smoothed out the carbonation element. I don’t know. This one is okay, but all I needed were a few sips before passing it along to someone else to finish. I love the idea, but the execution isn’t perfect.

52Teas

I personally like this one best cold-brewed.

AJRimmer

I don’t usually cold brews black teas, so that hadn’t occurred to me. I’ll certainly try it!

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I tend to really enjoy “pop” flavours in teas… probably because I like them but rarely drink pop due to a) empty calories and b) fizz, which I don’t really care for. So this tea fit the bill nicely, since I also enjoy berries in tea (and particularly blends from 52teas that feature berries!)

Oddly, though, despite getting plenty of delicious root beer flavour, and seeing plenty of delicious fruity chunks in the infuser – I wasn’t able to pick out much fruitiness. I did have a similar experience with Bird & Blend’s Vicky’s Sponge Cake (brewed at the same time), so I’m wondering if it’s a bit of a tastebud issue, e.g. I had eaten something that dulled them at that particular time.

Either way, I did enjoy the root beer flavour, so at the very least it’s a good root beer tea! Just hoping for some berries next time, and perhaps a bit more vanilla creaminess.

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