Review: The Persimmon Tree Vanilla Berry Truffle

Black Currant Tea, Herbal Tea, Rooibos Tea, The Persimmon Tree Tea Co, White Chocolate Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"Might be more accurately named "White Chocolate Berry Truffle." Still, it's tasty!"
CJ’s Teaview: 9/10
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Rooibos has done a lot to spice up the herbal tea world.  I remember the days when my only choices for tisanes (herbals are not technically "tea" because they contain nothing from the tea plant) were chamomile, peppermint, or hibiscus; alone or mixed with various fruits.   I liked none of them and wrote herbal tea completely off.

Today, herbal teas come in all sorts of tantilizing flavors like white chocolate truffle, root beer float, and peach cobbler.  The one thing these new-generation herbals usually have in common is a rooibos  base.

No company does a better job of showcasing these designer flavors than Persimmon Tree.  The graphics are clever (and most helpful for a reviewer,) displaying a little wine glass for each flavor depicting what the leaves look like, and what the brewed liquid looks like.

Their Vanilla Berry Truffle   looked awfully appetizing on the site and in the package.  It's berry-stained pieces mixed with little white chocolate "petals" was inviting indeed.  As was the smell.  Persimmon Tree's (PT)description made me even more intrigued:

...a rooibos base  infused with succulent black currants, organic hibiscus and creamy white chocolate blossoms.

I was surprised, (but happy) to see that vanilla was not listed in the ingredients.  Red (oxidised) rooibos has a natural vanilla taste. Add more vanilla  and the result is sickeningly sweet.  Apparently, PT didn't do that with this mix.  Instead they wisely sprinkled black currants  into their red bush; a nice, tart, fruit that cuts the vanilla--by half at least.

Once brewed, these leaves produced a buttery aroma which rivaled any milk oolong I've ever tried.  It must have been the white chocolate.  Indeed, this brew was creamy and fruity, but not too sweet and definately not vanilla, which is a good thing, except perhaps that it's named "Vanilla" Berry Truffle.

Despite the misnomer, I rate it a 9.



— To purchase The Persimmon Tree Vanilla Berry Truffle, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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