Tuesday, February 16, 2016

TEATIME TUESDAYS: PEANUT BUTTER CUP

I am a bit of a tea fanatic. I always have been. In fact there is nothing better than a good book, a blanket, and a pot of tea. I drink tea when I need to be soothed, when I need a pick me up, or I just need a little bit of natural caffeine. Sometimes when I can’t sleep I will have a cup or when my throat hurts in the winter cold season. Strangely enough, though, I am not a big iced tea fan. It’s weird I know.

Now I am a bit of a tea snob. Loose tea, not the tea bags you can buy in the store of inferior quality. Not only does it give you the power of creating the strength of your tea, but you can make some amazing blends. Steeping is so important as is the heat of your water (fancy huh?) and everyone has their own way of brewing tea. I like my tea fairly strong and I love tea blends. Adiago Teas are great because they have a ton of tea blends that are just waiting for me to gobble them up. Seriously I could spend all my monies and half of my day either creating blends or choosing all of the fandom blends. Though I like strong black teas, I will try anything once. Maybe it is because my mom used to have actual tea parties with me. Who knows, but I love tea not coffee.

Since moving to California my favorite place to go shopping for tea is David’s Tea which is where this lovely peanut butter cup tea is from.

THE DESCRIPTION
Whether you’re looking for an afternoon pick-me-up or a sweet treat on the go, nothing beats peanut butter and chocolate. Sweet, rich, salty and addictive, it’s a classic combo for a reason. And with this smooth and satisfying blend, you can indulge your sweet tooth anytime, guilt-free. With almonds, cocoa beans and chocolate chips, it tastes just like the real thing. And since it’s completely peanut free, you can take it with you everywhere. Want to take it to the next level? Try it as a latte with frothed chocolate milk. You heard it here first…

THE INGREDIENTS
Apple, cocoa bits, cocoa peel, almonds, chocolate chips (sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa beans, cocoa powder, soy lecithin), safflower, artificial flavouring.  

FIRST IMPRESSIONS
One of my favorite things in the world is chocolate and peanut butter. I kind of think it is a match made in heaven. When I saw this tea I had to try it. It smells amazing like a cross between a Reeses and Peanut Butter Crunch. There are no peanuts in it, but there is almond and soy if you are allergic to those and it may contain milk. It was part of the David’s Tea Fall 2015 Collection, but I haven’t really had a chance to drink it until now.

It is a chunky herbal tea and it kind of reminds me of chopped up peanut butter cups. Like I said it smells amazing even when steeping. After a four minute steep, it was ready. I both love and am slightly disappointed about the tea. It has a great peanut butter flavor, mild and not terribly sweet. The chocolate part of the tea is very watered down though which is, like I said, a little disappointing. And yet I am digging it as a peanut butter tea with a slight apple taste every now and again. While I wish the chocolate was kicked up just a tiny bit, I like it.

For me this is a great tea when I need something a little sweet, a comfort tea. The peanut flavoring is really creamy and with a second cup I tried some soy milk with it which made it even better. I also steeped it for a little longer…just shy of six minutes. I think it helps it a little bit. It is not a bold tea, but one I enjoyed very much. I will say though it is not a great second steep tea as it is a mild tea already.

OVERALL
If you like peanut butter this is a great tea. Mild, nutty, and slightly sweet. A perfect little pick me up tea especially on chilly nights.

3 out of 4 teacups

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