8th Tea of Christmas: Peanut Butter & Raspberry Jelly Black Tea!
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On the 1st Day of Christmas, 52Teas has for you: Peanut Butter & Raspberry Jelly Black Tea!
Tea Description: I first blended this tea back in February 2016 - it was one of our start-up Kickstarter rewards. It hasn't been reblended since & it hasn't been requested - that is, until I announced earlier this year that it was time to start working on putting the poll together for teas to reblend for this year's holiday box. At that time, it was requested to include this tea on the poll, so I did. I didn't expect for it to do as well as it did! But here we are & here is this tea - after coming in 3rd for black teas. Not too shabby for a tea that I've not really received requests for until it was time for the poll.
My original description of this tea went like this:
I'll disclose a little secret - this tea made me very nervous.
You see, I'm one of those unusual people that don't like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I felt very much the oddball growing up - everyone else liked peanut butter and jelly. I like peanut butter. I like jelly. I just don't like these two together. I like peanut butter and banana sandwiches. I like peanut butter and marshmallow creme sandwiches. I like peanut butter and butter toast. I even like peanut butter sandwiches. Just not jelly. And I like jelly toast and I probably would like a jelly sandwich if I were so inclined to make one although it doesn't sound like a very satisfying sort of lunch.
So what I'm trying to say is that peanut butter and jelly just isn't my thing. So when one of my Kickstarter backers who purchased the "Be a 52Teas tea of the week creator" incentive and selected a peanut butter and jelly tea as his tea of the week flavor - I got just a wee bit nervous and I hoped that since it's a tea maybe, just maybe, I'll like these flavors together.
And I do! This has a really pleasing raspberry flavor. The peanut butter is a softer note - and really, if I were to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I think that's how I'd make it for myself - light on the peanut butter with a big smear of raspberry jelly! Sweet tart raspberry, a smooth, nutty peanut butter note atop a blend of Nilgiri and Assam teas. Way better than I could imagine peanut butter and jelly tasting!
This time around, I did change the recipe only slightly. Due to an overwhelming negative response to the addition of sunflower seeds in my blends, I've stopped using them so this blend doesn't have the sunflower seeds. Otherwise the recipe is the same.
So here it is: a blend of organic Assam & Nilgiri black teas, combined with peanut butter essence & freeze-dried raspberry bits. (Don't worry, the peanut butter essence is peanut free/nut free). It's raspberry forward with a smooth peanut butter background & it's really quite tasty, even to this girl who is not too keen on the combo of peanut butter & jelly (at least, not in sandwiches. I do enjoy it in tea though!)
Oh & it's VEGAN, organic, gluten-free & allergen free too!
organic ingredients: black teas, freeze-dried raspberries & natural flavors
This is so nice! It's different - to be sure! Not the usual cuppa I would sit down with, but that doesn't mean that I'm not enjoying it as I sit here now & compose these tasting notes. I love the way the smooth, savory notes of the peanut butter meld with the sweet-tart notes of the raspberry. It's really quite tasty!
The combination of the Assam & Nilgiri works well with the combination of peanut butter & raspberry flavors too. The malty notes of the Assam marry well with the creaminess of the peanut butter flavor while the fruity notes of the Nilgiri accent the raspberry flavors quite nicely.
Overall, a really satisfying cuppa!
to brew: measure 3g of leaf to 12 ounces of nearly boiling water (I heated the water to 200°F this time around, it's slightly cooler than usual for a black tea - because I feel the Nilgiri tastes a bit better with a slightly cooler temp) & steep for 2 1/2 - 3 minutes. (I steeped it for 2 minutes & 45 seconds.) strain & allow to cool for about 10 minutes. enjoy!
I tasted it first without sugar. It was quite nice like that. Then I tried it with a 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. I found the addition enhanced the peanut butter notes a little bit.