From our 2018 12Teas of Christmas Box!
I'm so happy that this one got the votes to be reblended (and it won the distinction of being the MOST requested ... other than the Oolong teas) because this one happens to be one of my favorites. Now, I have quite a few "favorites" but if I had a list, this tea would be somewhere in the top 10 and possibly in the top 5? It might even crack the top 3! I love this tea!
And I'm especially happy now because I can't find the soda by which this tea was inspired anywhere! I don't drink soda often - I don't like that thick syrup-i-ness (Yes, it's a word, I just typed it, didn't I?) that goes along with most soda drinks. Which is one of the reasons I think I enjoyed this cola because it wasn't quite as syrupy as most of the soda drinks on the market. But even so, I only drank the soda maybe once or twice a week at the most because it was a bit more expensive than other drinks - which is why I was inspired to create the tea in the first place, and now that I can't find the soda, I'm even happier to have this tea back in my pantry. Yum! Just yum!
My original description of this tea went like this:
I have a confession. I have been cheating on tea with a cola. Not like all the time - not even every day . . . but every once in a while, I'll crack open a can of the ginger cola that's made by one of the 2 big cola giants. I'm not going to name names because I don't want to get a 'cease and desist' order - but it's in a slender, tall, bright copper-orange can and it's sold by individual cans rather than by the 6 or 12 pack.
Anyway, I originally only bought one can of this stuff - you know - just to try it. Curiosity. But I was hooked after my first sip. It's so good - that little touch of ginger cuts through the syrup-y sweetness that usually turns me off when it comes to soda.
I happen to like the cola flavored teas (in most cases, more than I like cola itself) so I decided I should try to craft a ginger cola black tea to get me over my affair with the cola because I like it better when tea is the main beverage in my life.
So I started with a base of black teas from China (Golden Yunnan, Fujian & Assamica grown in the Jing Mai Mountains) and added ginger as well as some candied (sugared) ginger and some cola essence. And WOWZA! I'm loving it! This is tasty as a hot tea but it excels as an iced tea!
Due to availability, I wasn't able to get *all* of the teas that I used for the original blend, so I did have to re-write the recipe just a bit and use Assam, Ceylon, Golden Yunnan and a Jing Mai Assamica. Other than that, I stayed pretty close to the original recipe, but I did use just a little more ginger to this one because I wanted just a wee bit more bite to it.
Despite the change in the base, this is still quite like what I remember from last year - but as I said above, just a little more ginger so a little more heat, a little more bite - and I like it like that! It's VEGAN, allergen-free and gluten free!
Taster size is approximately 15g
ingredients: black teas
organic ingredients: black teas, ginger, candied (sugared) ginger & natural flavors