The Assam region of India is well known for its strong, malty black teas and pungent green teas. To the powerful briskness of these teas we have added the sweet and vivid flavor of a bright cabernet wine. Heavily infused prior to drying, the full-bodied cabernet pervades the deep and dark Assam herbs, brightening a black tea that famously stimulates your afternoons! For wine lovers and tea lovers alike this wine infused tea is an ideal way to get the best of both worlds in one of the most flavorful unique teas available
Amount of Water: 6 oz
Amount of Tea: 1 Flat teaspoon
Water Temperature: Boiling
Steeping Time: 3 - 5 Minutes.
Hmm...I'm feeling some serious love for this tea. It smells like chocolate -- not like Assam, not like cabernet, but like chocolate. Malty? Yes, to an extent, but not to the extent that it bothers me (most malty things do) -- the flavors, paired together, are perfect. I really am NOT an Assam fan, due to the malty flavor, but man, this is incredible, and so interesting. Cya later, other wine infusions...if you want something really unique and standalone, this is it. I think the result of the dark wine infusion is this chocolate flavor, and I find that interesting, too...it's not a creamy chocolate taste, but more of the smell, the hint of melted dark chocolate in a double-boiler, in a fondue pot, whatever. This is very intriguing. Over time, while you're drinking this tea, the chocolate flavor transforms to this dark red wine flavor paired with black tea. This is really incredible. Hats off to Red Leaf -- their excitement over their wine-infused teas -- specifically Pink Sonoma and this one -- is well warranted. This is one of the most unique, if not THE most unique Assam tea I've ever tasted.
Posted by Jessica (AuthoriTea-Reviewer)
Admittedly, Assam is not my favorite tea base. I tend to find that the astringency that often accompanies it crosses over into area that I consider to be aggressive. I do like their malty characteristics and even some of their beer-like flavor profiles. However, I am not one that stocks an Assam as a plain black in my personal tea stash. That said, with this being a wine-infused tea an Assam base might make sense. Red wine is dry; Assam is rather dry. The aroma coming from my sample smells mostly like cinnamon with a touch of red wine for good measure. Red Leaf Tea lists the ingredients in this as Assam black tea, licorice root with cinnamon and cabernet flavoring. I prepared my cup using water brought to a full boil and allowed to cool for a bit and infused for approximately 3.5 min. The resulting cup is quite unique and delicious. As predicted, the Assam base marries nicely with a tea that is wine infused. It is malty and dry, but not aggressively astringent. The Assam provides a rich, full-bodied backdrop for the flavor profile. The flavor profile has nuances of red wine, cinnamon and even notes of a dark semi-sweet chocolate. I would pick the cinnamon as being the most dominate of those flavors, but it does not overpower the blend. The red wine is most noticeable in the aftertaste. I did find that the longer that I drank the tea, the more wine-like it tasted to me. Overall, I found this blend to be very sophisticated and well-done. I liked that the Assam brought the malt that I love and was dry like Red Wine. I would warn that if you are looking for a tea blend that really tastes like someone spiked your tea with wine, then you might find yourself disappointed. It is more wine-like and provides nuances of wine that make for an interesting cup of tea. This one is definitely worth consideration if you are intrigued by a red wine infused black tea. Thumbs up!
The flavor and aroma of this tea is so delightfully complex, not unlike the flavor and bouquet of the wine with which it has been infused – Cabernet. The fragrance is quite intoxicating, with hints of cinnamon and licorice (both were also used to flavor this tea) as well as subtle notes of ripe berries, and even a whisper of mint. Even more intriguing is the flavor of this tea. The Assam here is a fine quality tea with a distinguished malty flavor and a delicate note of spice in the background, which is pleasantly accented with the addition of the licorice and cinnamon flavors. But what is most charming about this particular tea is the Cabernet infusion. This has imparted a prominent black currant flavor that is even richer than some black currant flavored teas I’ve tried. There is a definitive tartness to the overall profile of the blend, which lingers in the finish. There is a notable astringency to this tea, in part, I suspect from the wine itself. The astringency leaves the palate feeling clean, with an aftertaste that possesses a tangy twinge that is similar to the aftertaste that remains after eating tart berries. As it is so cold outside, I found this to be quite lovely as a hot tea. However, as it cooled, I noticed that the flavors did not become extraordinarily muted, which communicated to me that it would make a delicious iced tea as well. Because of the tart character of this tea, I do recommend a little bit of sweetener to soften it. However, if you like tart teas, then you might want to try it first without sweetener to see how you like it. I also found that the small amount of sweetener (agave nectar, of course) perked up the softer licorice and cinnamon flavors in this blend, which I really appreciated. I would not add milk or cream to this tea, however, because it would just be weird. I don’t add milk or cream to my wine (on those rare occasions when I actually do drink wine) … and I can’t imagine adding it to this wine-infused tea. As it is that time of year… I would recommend this tea as a gift for the wine collector on your list. It may not be a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, but perhaps it is something that they would appreciate, and would certainly be much easier on the pocketbook.
By Dean & Deluca.
O.M.G. This smells AWESOME!!!!!! 50 points just for that! :)
If you are a Cabernet fan I don’t think there would be any guessing that this is EXACTLY what this tea smells like prior to infusion! Grapey-Cabernet sweetness – beautiful!
The infused tea you can smell more of the black tea AND the Cabernet smell with undertones of cinnamon…but not a fireball cinnamon…more like an Indian Spice type like in a traditional Indian Dish or chai. I’m thinking the licorice tones down the fruitiness of the Cabernet a little bit…but not a lot.
This ‘brews up’ VERY dark brown.
The taste is MUCH different that I expected based on the outstanding aroma. The black tea – Assam – pulls thru and is flavorful BUT bold and the Cabernet taste seems to be just as bold.
As it cools a bit the taste is becoming more astringent but in a good way…a way like some Cabernet can be.
Ahhh…CHEERS to Friday, eh!?
TeaEqualsBliss - Reviewer - Steepster.com
I drink my teas from a glass Bodum yo-yo tea cup, which shows the liquid off to fine effect. Through the glass this tea actually looks like a glass of red wine. There are notes of grape, cherry, some light spice and a slight cabernet fragrance. The assam tea used has a strong bitterness and astringency that I would normally dislike, but in this case it seems to go well with the red wine taste which is stronger in the taste than in the fragrance. It is a very slow sipper, partially because of the dryness and bitterness. On the whole, I like their champagne infused white tea better, but this has a nice pungency that I also enjoy.
Carolyn - Reviewer - Steepster.com
Normally Assam is not a favorite tea of mine as it comes off as way too malty in a bitter way but this one is actually very good. The tea comes off as lighter for an Assam with a wonderful Cabernet aroma and taste that goes with it. Even if you don’t think you like Assam tea, if you enjoy Cabernet red wine then this is a tea that is really worth trying.
John Grebe - Reviewer - Steepster.com
My mother and I used to sell candles in addition to our full-time “day” jobs. One of our best sellers was CABERNET. Yes, Cabernet – the wine! When I saw this wine infused tea from Red Leaf Tea I was very eager to try it!
If you are a Cabernet fan I don’t think there would be any guessing that this is EXACTLY what this tea smells like prior to infusion! The Grape-Cabernet sweetness really comes thru in the bold aroma of this Assam Jungle Cabernet!
Once the infusion is complete I could smell more of the black tea AND the Cabernet smell with undertones of cinnamon…but not a fireball-candy type cinnamon…more like an Indian Spice – the type like in a traditional Indian Meal/Side Dish. I think the licorice tones down the fruitiness of the Cabernet…but not all that much. It’s dark brown in color and the taste is MUCH different that I expected based on the outstanding aroma. The black tea – Assam – pulls thru and is flavorful BUT bold and the Cabernet taste seems to be too.
I have found I really like wine infused teas. I have mostly tasted white teas that have been infused with wine. I think this is my first black tea that has been infused with wine, tho…and I like it very much!
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