Featured Reblend for August 2018: Cease & Desist Genmaicha!
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Tea Description: This is one that I get regular requests to reblend - and with last month's poll results, it's one that I would have reblended for the 12 Teas of Christmas based on the votes but I decided to instead reblend it now because - I happen to love this blend too.
This blend was originally crafted by Frank in 2014 and called a different name based on a branded alcoholic beverage - one that combines the flavors of Rum & Horchata. Shortly after he released this blend, he received a cease & desist letter from the company that makes that alcoholic beverage - so rather than name the reblend that same name (and risk receiving another cease & desist letter), we decided to rename the blend "Cease & Desist".
I've reblended this once shortly after we took over, so this is our second reblend of this popular flavor. My original description of this tea goes like this:
This tea is formerly known as - well, I can't say, because Frank was served with a Cease & Desist order for the name of it. So, imagine if you would, a liquor that is rum and horchata. (Horchata is a Latin rice drink that is sweet with a touch of cinnamon.) Now imagine those flavors with a Matcha infused Genmaicha! YUM!
I stuck pretty close to the recipe for this because I happened to love it just the way it was. Or is. Sweet, creamy - with a smooth note of rum. Delicious!
organic ingredients: green teas, popped rice, cinnamon, calendula petals and natural flavors
I do love this tea so I'm really glad that the votes in the poll last month convinced me that I needed to reblend this. To be honest, the reblend this month was going to another genmaicha blend but I didn't have all the ingredients that I needed for that blend and since this tea was doing so well in the votes, I decided to reblend it now.
This is so good! The cinnamon is on point: not too overpowering, but just enough to compliment the creamy 'rice milk' sort of flavor that is horchata. The rum notes are smooth. If I'm to be completely honest, the actual cocktail after which this blend was originally named is a bit stronger on the rum, but I like this the way it is and if I were the one working in that distillery making the drink, I'd go heavier on the horchata flavors than I'd go on the rum flavors because that's just the way I roll. I've never been much of a drinker (of alcohol, that is.)
So smooth, so creamy, pleasantly warm from the cinnamon, this seems like the right time to release this tea - because even though we've still got some summer to get through, autumn is right around the corner and I can't wait for it! This tea has such an autumnal feel to it! YUM!
to brew: be sure to give the pouch a good shake to make sure the ingredients are properly distributed. measure just under 3g of leaf (about 2.8g) to 12 ounces of hot water (175°F) and let it steep for 2 minutes. strain and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. enjoy!