Thursday, December 19, 2013

Taking Tea InStyle Ice Wine Delight

Country of Origin: not listed
Leaf Appearance: small, dark with visible grape pieces
Ingredients: black tea, freeze dried grapes, luxury white tea, Ontario ice wine, natural flavors
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: bright reddish brown

I work with wine for my day job so I'm always really curious when I see anything that combines wine with my love of tea. The freeze dried grapes in this blend looked good enough to eat. The tea was light, tangy and sweet with a finish that definitely came across as wine-like. It's hard to imagine a black tea tasting like white wine but that is what was accomplished here. There was just the right amount of refreshing, crisp astringency without bitterness. Although I've only tried it hot so far, this blend would make a fantastic iced tea. This is the first selection that I've tried from Taking Tea InStyle (who is automatically awesome because they are also based in New Jersey) and I am very impressed. I've got a few more of +Sharon Levy's teas waiting in the wings and I can't wait to try them.

Ice Wine Delight sample provided by Taking Tea InStyle.