Flavored teas are tricky. They require a good base tea that stands up to the added flavors. They also require a flavor strong enough to taste, but without a chemical aftertaste or overwhelming the tea. If these basic factors are not there, the tea drinker is faced with beverage whose flavor has little resemblance to tea and more resemblance to a liquid artificial dessert.
Fortunately The Tea Spot has avoided this. Once again they have come up with the perfect combination of quality tea and delicate flavor that makes their teas stand out. Love Potion No. 9 is a dessert tea, not liquified dessert.
Tea reviewed: Love Potion No. 9 by The Tea Spot
Ingredients: Assam black tea, butterscotch candy made from coconut sugar, cashew flour and baking soda.
Dry leaf: Small dark leaves, rolled tight. Tiny bits of yellow. The fragrance is mellow, rather woodsy.
The steeping: One teaspoon of Love Potion #9 steeped for four minutes in 8 ounces of spring water.
The liquor: Dark brown with red tinge. The aroma is woodsy and slightly sweet. The flavor is malty and smooth with the sweet caramel/butterscotch flavor as a delicate overlay on the tea. The flavors are highly complementary to one another.
The wet leaf: The leaves unfurl to nice pieces and seem to be processed in the crush, tear, curl method. The caramel fragrance is actually more apparent in the wet leaf, which has a fragrance resembling damp bark.
Overall conclusion: This is a great tea to have either with a dessert. However, for people who are not into heavy sweets, have sugar issues or are counting calories or carbohydrates, Love Potion #9 is a great substitute for dessert. It would also be good with a breakfast of pancakes, sweet rolls or oatmeal.
The Tea Spot supplied a sample for this review, but this did not affect the outcome of the review.
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