Tea of the Week for January 21, 2019!
Another candy that I absolutely adored from my Handy Candy Haul were the acid drops. And this time, the adoration was completely unexpected. I admit the name was something that scared me - I'm not a big fan of very sour candy (or drinks for that matter) - and with a name like "acid drops" it told me that this was going to be extraordinarily sour. After tasting the candy though, I realized just how misleading the name was. Acidic - yes, but in a good way. It wasn't sour or even overly tart. Tart - yes. Tangy - yes. But not what I'd call sour. Nothing that made me pucker - not once. (And I had several of the candies). It was just a tangy, acidic citrus candy - it was bright and had a nice, palate-cleansing effect - very different from a typical candy because it had that nice contrast between sweet and tart. It was definitely more sweet than it was tart . . . and it was really quite lovely.
So I decided that this was a candy that I could interpret as a tea!
I went with organic Chun Mee for a base because it tends to a be a little less sweet than typical green teas - and it also tends to have a somewhat acidic, citrus tone to it - making it the perfect choice for the base for this particular blend. For a tart & tangy character, I added grapefruit, lemon, lime & lime leaves. To soften the acidic blow (just a little) of these tart & tangy players, I added a little bit of orange and lemongrass.
So please note: this tea - despite its somewhat deceptive name - is not overly acidic. It's not sour or even terribly tart. It does have a tangy edge to it - it is tart (but again, not overly so) and it has a pleasantly sweet note that cuts through some of that tart for you. It's a really nice citrus tea - but not your typical citrus that tends to focus on the sweet flavors but instead, this one's more about the bright tanginess of the fruits. If you've ever had an acid drop, you'll know what I'm talking about - because I feel like this one comes pretty darn close to its candy inspiration.
Organic, VEGAN, gluten free and allergen free!
Taster size is approximately 15g
organic ingredients: green tea, grapefruit, lemon, lime, lime leaves, lemon grass, orange & natural flavors