Featured Reblend for April 2020: Grilled Pineapple Black Tea!
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Grilled Pineapple Black Tea!
Tea Description: Not only did numerous customers request this tea to be reblended, one of those customers purchased a reblend order - so I went ahead and blended a bunch of it so that it could be this month's featured reblend. It was originally slated for March, but because ingredients were not in stock (yet) & because I had a desire for the comfort of Breakfast in Bed, I held back on this blend for another month. It also makes the perfect segue tea to move us from our Celebration of Spring to the warmer summer months that lie ahead. For me, nothing really says 'summer' quite like grilled food & my favorite food to grill is PINEAPPLE!
This tea captures the idea of Grilled Pineapple rather beautifully. Bright, sweet pineapple flavor made even sweeter by the caramelization that comes of cooking the pineapple over a flame. That somewhat savory note that comes from the gentle smoky notes in the tea mimic the charred flavor you'll get from grilled pineapple. So good!
I first blended this tea back in 2018, here is my original description for the tea:
I absolutely LOVE pineapple - and my favorite way to prepare it is to grill fresh spears of pineapple over charcoal. The fruit spears take on a slight smokiness from the charcoal grilling while the natural sugars accumulate on the surface and become caramelized from the intense heat. Grilled pineapple is one of my favorite summertime treats!
So I decided to try to recreate it in tea form: I started with organic Assam and an Assamica grown in the Yunnan province and added just a bit of Lapsang Souchong to the blend for a touch of smokiness. Then I added a bunch of diced pineapples and a kiss of caramel essence.
This tea is true to the name: it tastes like grilled pineapple - only better because - TEA!
This tea is just as good as I remember it! It's organic, VEGAN, gluten-free & allergen free!
organic ingredients: black teas, pineapple, calendula petals & natural flavors
to brew: use 2 1/2 to 3 grams of tea to 12 ounces of near boiling water (205°F), steep for 2 1/2 - 3 minutes. strain & allow to cool for 10 minutes. enjoy!
I find that this tea does well with just a little bit of sweetener - about a half a teaspoon of sugar to the 12 ounces of tea will bring more definition to the caramelized pineapple flavor.