Today, we have a literal and figurative treat for you! DavidsTea's Peanut Butter Cup is a fruit infusion (no tea!) that will be released as a part of their Fall Collection on August 26, 2015. Built from Ink and Tea received a sample of this tisane from a DavidsTea promotion, and we are excited to be sharing our thoughts with you prior to its official release!
Opening the package, the smell nearly overwhelms the senses. Peanut butter cup is exactly what the smell embodies. Of interesting note is that the ingredients do not list peanuts! The blend contains almonds (as well as a number of chocolate-y ingredients), and it has some artificial flavoring (which might be peanut-related), but there are no actual peanuts. Yet, I love peanut butter, and this definitely smells like it. If one inhales deeply and closely contemplates the aromas, almonds are noticeable, but the combination of ingredients is rather spot-on to replicate the aroma of a peanut butter cup. I feel as though I could rave for a very long time about the smell. Suffice it to say, if you enjoy peanut butter cups (chocolate outside, delicious peanut butter inside), the aroma of this fruit infusion will be amazing.
I steeped my 5g sample in 12 ounces of water for 4 minutes, wanting to go for the low end of the time spectrum (they recommend 4-7 minutes). The resulting brew is an interesting color (see the picture below) with a smell of warm, roasted nut and some cocoa. Interesting, too, how the aroma differs to what seems like a great degree from dry leaf to infused drink. Eagerly, I await it to cool to a drinkable temperature.
The wait is worth it. Sweet, nutty, and delectable, my only regret is that I did not steep it longer. I feel as though this an herbal blend made better by long steep times. The cocoa does not overwhelm the flavor but goes well with the nuttiness. Interestingly, the nut flavors taste like sweet, roasted peanuts on the beginning and then more like almonds on the finish. A sweet, nutty aftertaste lingers on the tongue. The experience with this herbal blend nicely encompasses aroma and flavor together, which I really appreciate. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate this fruit infusion a 97/100.
Photo credit to Built from Ink and Tea.
DavidsTea's Peanut Butter Cup will be available online and in stores on August 26, 2015.
This review was unsolicited and uncompensated.
Text is copyright 2015, Built from Ink and Tea.