Hey There Teacups! I hope you’re all enjoying my new posting schedule so far, I for one am really enjoying being able to write and post more. From the title you can probably guess that today’s post is going to be another Let’s Talk Tea Post – You all seemed to have loved this series a lot last year so I wanted to make sure I did even more for it this year.
Today’s lets talk tea post is all about a tea company by the name of Fox Tea Club. Fox Tea Club specializes in all-natural handcrafted tea. They are a small family-owned company based in Sarasota, FL. Unlike ‘big players’ on the market, They do not use any artificial colours or flavours. All of their teas are made from natural ingredients: herbs, flowers, fruit, and high quality tea leaves. They often travel to China, India and Sri Lanka to find the best tea leaves, while the rest of the ingredients are proudly made in the USA.
This post is Part 1 of a 5 part series that will run over the next few months. Each Post will feature one tea from Fox Tea Club and I’m going to do my best to be as in depth as possible with my reviews. This will be a format that most of my Let’s Talk Tea Posts will follow through this year, as I want to be a lot more in depth with my tea reviews without boring you with really long posts.
For Part 1 of my Fox Tea Club Featurette I’ll be reviewing their Gummy Bear Black Tea. The aroma of this tea made me feel incredibly nostalgic form some reason, I assume that’s because it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to eat gummy bears due to most of them having gelatine in them – From the moment I opened the cute little canister it came it I had the biggest smile on my face. The base of this blend is a rich Assam tea with fruity hints of pineapple, red bilberry, cherry, and calendula. Serve it with touch of honey and a few veggie friendly gummy bears on the side!
I absolutely adore the little caddies that Fox Tea Club have – just look at how cute those foxes are! I’m a sucker for adorable packaging you all know that. I also loved the added touch of the wax seal its a nice little aesthetic extra that I wasn’t expecting at all. They definitely get some extra points from me for such cute packaging.
So let’s get into the tea shall we! When Fox Tea Club asked me to choose some teas on their website to try I was drawn straight to this tea first. So it had to be the one that I tried and reviewed first. Who wouldn’t have wanted to try a tea inspired by gummy bears – I’m incredibly thankful that they were able to send me some.
Ingredients : Black Tea, Calendula, Cherry, Foxberry, Natural Flavour, Pineapple (Vegan Friendly | Suitable For Those With Nut Allergies) | Caffeine Level : Medium
• 2- 2 1/2 tsp. tea
• 16 oz. 205-210°F water
• 3 min.
• 2 steeps
The Dry leaves smell absolutely fantastic and incredibly fruity and sweet which is exactly what I was expecting. You can definitely tell that it was inspired by gummy bears it smells just like them. Aside from the sweet and fruity notes you definitely get a hint of malt and some underlying woodiness from the tea. I have to say I was very glad to see that the base of this blend was an Assam, because I knew it would be able to stand up for itself and not let the fruit and sweetness completely overpower it.
When I first tried this I steeped 2 1/2 tsps of this in 16oz of water for 3 minutes and for me that yielded the best results. When steeping it like this I was able to get 2 full steeps out of this and while I haven’t tried yet to see if it will do more steeps I can imagine it would do at least 3… maybe even 4. This is a rather naturally sweet tea and I wouldn’t suggest adding any sweetener to it but again that’s completely down to personal preference. – If you do add any sweetener I highly suggest using agave. (It really doesn’t need any added sweetness though)
It’s safe to say that I was in no way shape or form disappointed by this blend. The flavour replication is perfect and it’s so naturally sweet that it makes for a perfect replacement for a sweet treat – and is much better for you as well, considering all its flavourings are natural and there are no added sugars.
While steeping the strong exotic fruity notes from the dry leaves disappeared and left me really worried that they wouldn’t carry through to the tea at all. In terms of aroma even when steeping the sweetness still stayed around and stood strong and towards the end of the steep I got quite a strong berry scent in the aroma. The Assam really began to shine in the aroma with its classic malty & slightly woody notes filling the room and getting even stronger when it came to the end of the steep.
Taste wise I wish I could show you how big the smile on my face was when I took my first mouthful of this tea. The flavour replication is bang on and it was pretty much like I was eating a handful of gummy bears. I really wasn’t expecting it to be so true to inspiration and it took me by surprise a little bit. It has such a smooth mouthfeel and unlike other Assam based blends I’ve had before didn’t dry out my mouth at all.
Although the berry notes were the strongest in the aroma the main fruity notes taste wise definitely came from the pineapple (I’m a huge lover of pineapple so I was so happy about this). So far I’ve only tried this blend black with nothing at all added to it. I don’t think it would work well when paired with milk, but I do think it would make for a great iced tea. If I have any left by the time the UK finally gets some hot weather I’ll definitely be trying that out.
Overall Teacup Rating : 5/5
As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them too me on twitter (@teaisawishblog) and I’ll answer them as soon as possible.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley