From 2017, still sealed. It’s daytime so I can finally break into my oldest 52Teas black tea stash!
This is delightful! I rarely taste cranberry flavor in tea, but this definitely tastes of the tart berries, but there is definitely a creamy/sweet element here that is keeping the tea from coming off too tangy/puckery (not that I would’ve minded that, but I’m a weirdo that takes tart/sour flavors like a champ). Also, I’m getting a strong cinnamon spice flavor; not that candy Red Hots-esque artificial cinnamon, but a very warming, sweet, pastry sort of cinnamon that I really like with the cranberry flavor. The result is a flavor that reminds me of this very tart cinnamon apple tea that is on a hibi base that I swear only a weirdo like me could like that I love during the winter, with the apple replaced with cranberry, and the tart as a natural part of that particular berry, though a bit more mellow due to that sweet creamy element. The base is very malty/bready, and it is just a touch drying after the sip; I’m not sure if that is a result of the black tea having a bit of astringency to it, or just the tartness of the berry itself. I wouldn’t say it is damaging to the cup. This is a flavor profile I really enjoy!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Cranberry, Cream, Drying, Malt, Sweet, Tart