While in Traverse City recently I visited a wonderful tea shop – the Spice & Tea Merchants shop. It’s a cozy little store with wonderful smells of spices and teas. I probably could have spent hours just gawking at all the tea.
I bought a couple of teas while there, one of which was a “Canadian Ice Wine” black tea blend. The tea blends ice wine, black tea, white tea, and freeze dried grapes. I’ll admit I bought it just because it seemed very different and it was Canadian based even though it was being sold at a shop in the US.
The tea really smells strongly like grapes. The taste is a bit more subtle – the black tea is fairly prominent and is complimented by a fruity undertone. It’s an interesting combination. I’m not sure it would start buying it in bulk but I’m definitely glad I tried it.