I still wrestle with the decaf demons of my past, having tasted far too many decaffeinated teas that just weren’t very good some years ago, I still experience a familiar cringe when I contemplate tasting another decaffeinated tea.
But, I really need to get past that (as I’ve said before!) because most (if not all!) of the decaffeinated teas that I’ve tasted in the past couple of years have been quite tasty. Serenity from Element Tea is a perfect example of that!
The flavor of this tea is rich and smooth and has a pleasant, full body. No thin tasting tea here! There is a moderate amount of dry astringency that hits the palate toward the end of the sip, and there is a savory bitter taste that hits just before the astringency. The astringency seems to clean the palate of the bitterness, so it is barely noticeable, but it does add a certain sense of depth and intrigue to the cup.
The fruity taste of the grenadine is sweet but not heavy, and is nicely complimented by the creamy vanilla tones. With these sweet tastes added to the decaffeinated leaves, it’s hard to believe that this is actually a decaffeinated tea. But it is! (or at least, that’s what they tell me!)
Element Tea describes this tea as:
This tea combines the decadent pleasures of delicious vanilla and grenadine. The warm and comforting finish will make this your tea of choice.
This was a very pleasant decaffeinated tea. It has a nice sweetness to it (taste it before you sweeten), and the creamy flavor can be intensified with the addition of milk if you wish. Because it is decaf, it is a tea you can enjoy any time of day. A really nice tea choice to serve to guests too!