Until tasting this tea, I had not heard of Ice Wine. It sounded like something I would enjoy, but I didn’t want to drink something without knowing what to expect. It smelled delicious, with a deep berry-like muscatel aroma. However, as usual, Wikipedia was glad to expand upon the subject for me, saying the following about Ice Wine:
Ice wine (or icewine, as one word, or in German, Eiswein) is a type of dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. The sugars and other dissolved solids do not freeze, but the water does, allowing a more concentrated grape must to be pressed from the frozen grapes, resulting in a smaller amount of more concentrated, very sweet wine.
With ice wines, the freezing happens before the fermentation, not afterwards…Due to the labour-intense and risky production process resulting in relatively small amounts of wine, ice wines are generally quite expensive.
I did not know this, but Ice Wine sounds like something I would adore! This tea from Design A Tea certainly makes one very optimistic about the flavor of Ice Wine. It’s a very crisp, refreshing flavor that tastes rather like Goji berries mixed with grapes. There is a very strong muscatel flavor about it, and it does indeed remind one of a sweet red wine.
Design A Tea describes this tea as:
One might ask…”Ice Wine Tea?” We sure did! We were asked to see what we could come up with- so we did a little research and found a great base recipe and added to it. This tastes just like iced wine. It’s a black tea base with ice wine flavoring (iced white grapes from Ontario) and organic pear flavoring. Together they leave a subtle sweet after taste of white grape wine. You won’t need to add sugar to this one, it’s sweet enough on it’s own
This tea is also delicious when served iced (as you can imagine it might!), but I don’t think I agree that it doesn’t need any sweetener. I drink my tea with sugar if it’s a flavored tea, and I enjoyed a bit of Turbinado sugar with this flavored black tea, and I thought it really made the more subtle flavors a bit more pronounced. However it is also quite refreshing without sweetener also.
A fantastic autumn beverage when served hot, with hints of cranberry and nuts in the background nuances of the flavor and aroma!