Don’t let the generic name of this tea deceive you. This seemingly obvious blend comes alive with a variety of delightful flavors! I apologize for sounding like a flavor snob, but the phrase ‘strawberry vanilla’ typically elicits from me a sigh of boredom and a ‘been there, done that’ attitude. This usual reaction is exactly what occurred when the owner of Tin Roof Teas named the Strawberry Vanilla as one of the most popular green blends. True to form, I didn’t even have a trace of a tea of this name on my carefully prepared list of teas to purchase. However, after one whiff of the alluring aroma my disinterest began to waver. My stance against this tea completely changed to curiosity after a quick glance at the dry leaves themselves. This tea is truly a beautiful vision for the eyes, with good-sized pieces of gorgeous green leaves and chunks of dried strawberries. After brewing, there are stems displayed among the full, wet leaves and the strawberry pieces darken to a beautiful red color.
I steeped this tea at the recommended temperature and time of 1.5 minutes and found it a touch too weak for my liking. Brewing it for a full 2 minutes brought out much more of the charming flavor. After experimenting, I also found that just a tiny drop of local honey is the perfect sweetener to accompany each subtle flavor hiding in this tea.
The liquor of Strawberry Vanilla itself is a perfectly bright, clear yellow. The taste is very faint, with a light body. After just one sip, the flavors fly about all at once, so it is a tea that requires several thoughtful sips to pin down the exact description of each ingredient that creates the exquisite tang. The main taste is a slight strawberry flavor. The hint of vanilla is very miniscule, almost like a wisp that darts in quickly and then flutters away again. The aftertaste is most definitely vegetative; it almost suggests scenes of fresh-picked, overly ripe strawberries and sunshine. Perhaps my imagination is on free rein after the surprising swell of flavor from this inconspicuous tea, but I daresay you will also share my visions after a cup of Strawberry Vanilla.
Tin Roof Teas describes this tea as:
A captivating composition of strawberry and vanilla that is sure to warm your world.
I couldn’t agree more, Tin Roof Teas! This blend captivated me with its enchanting aroma, and I can foresee many relaxing, warm afternoons spent in the sunny company of this blend. Bravo to this exquisite little tea for transforming the boorish image of ‘strawberry vanilla’ from a stereotype into a notable blend that will be a favorite again and again!