There is actually a story behind that… would you like me to share it? Here goes…
As some of you may know, I not only drink teas and write about them for this blog, but I also flavor and blend teas. A few months ago, my husband suggested that I make bacon flavored tea. I was skeptical, to say the least. In fact, my reaction was more along the lines of disgust rather than skepticism.
I mean, don’t get me wrong. I like bacon. And, well, I obviously adore tea. But, I just didn’t fathom how these two delicious flavors would work together in one tea cup.
So, rather than go to work at trying to create my own bacon flavored tea, I decided to hit the web to find out if someone else has created such a… uhhh… unique flavor. I had mostly given up my search when I came across the announcement from 52 Teas — Maple Bacon Flavored Black Tea! I purchased some immediately.
52 Teas describes this tea as:
Our Premium Indian Black Teas blended with bacon bits and all natural maple and bacon flavors.
Ingredients: Tea, Imitation Bacon Bits, Natural Flavors.
While they do not go into detail about which teas they use for their Indian Black Tea blend, due to the robust nature of this tea as well as a somewhat malty note, I assume it is an Assam or Assam blend. It is full-bodied and has a strong amount of astringency, but so long as it is not over-brewed, it does not come off as bitter-tasting.
While I do enjoy this tea, I don’t really think it tastes much like bacon, to be honest. Perhaps it’s because bacon is better eaten than sipped. I don’t know. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad tea… my palate just doesn’t “get” the bacon in the teacup… it can, however, detect the maple essence as well as a slight smoky note, both of which mingle nicely with the strong black base. I do recommend some sweetener with this tea as it highlights the flavors amid the stout tea. (Real maple syrup would be an excellent choice of sweeteners here)
Even though it doesn’t taste a lot like bacon, it would be a great choice as a breakfast tea due to its bold nature – perhaps served with bacon and eggs? At the time of this writing, I noted from the 52 Teas website that there are only ten 2-ounce packages of this tea left, so, if you’re interested in trying this tea (it would make an interesting gift for the bacon lover on your shopping list!) you should get some right away, before they’ve sold out, because according to their website, “when it’s gone, it’s gone.”