Review: SerendipiTea Colonille

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Thumbs up!"The overall taste is alternately infused with malt, caramel and vanilla, making it a great choice for a desert tea, but what really stands out is the creamy texture of the blend. Yum!"
Sophie’s Teaview: 8.5/10
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serendipiteacolonilleThis unfortunately named tea is my first foray into this company's offerings. Their website describes this tea as a mixture of Vietnamese black tea, which is also a first for me, and vanilla. It's touted as having a distinct chocolaty taste to it, which definitely piqued my interest.

Dark wiry-looking leaves of varying sizes, from full leaf to dust particles, are pleasantly scented with a creamy vanilla perfume. It smells more like vanilla ice cream than vanilla alone. Following the web site's directions, I heated 8 ounces of water to a full boil and then steeped a teaspoon of leaves for 5 minutes. A deliciously combination of malt, biscuit and vanilla aroma wafts from the cup. The dark, chocolate-coloured liquor looks rather robust. I was a bit worried that the 5 minute steep would be too long but the tea base shows a surprisingly light touch, carrying only a hint of astringency to the finish. The overall taste is alternately infused with malt, caramel and vanilla, making it a great choice for a desert tea. I can pick out the chocolate notes they describe but they are not what stand out. Although the vanilla flavouring is evident, it's not overpowering or cloying, blending seamlessly with the taste of the tea. Naturally sweet, it does not need the addition of a sweetener. This tea also has a fair amount of body to it, it's creamy texture lingering pleasantly on the palate. Although they didn't detract from the flavour, adding some maple syrup and soy milk surprisingly did not make for a more decadent experience. A second 5 minute infusion leads to a much lighter cup in terms of colour, body and flavour. It is certainly enjoyable but lacks the pizazz of the first steeping.

Well balanced and expertly blended, I must say I'm impressed with this rich and decadent tea. What stands out to me is the overall effect of creaminess to the infusions. This is a tea one would be tempted to guzzle compulsively any time of day but its definitely a must for desert tea lovers!

— To purchase SerendipiTea Colonille, 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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