On The 7th Day of Christmas . . .
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Happy 7th Day of our Christmas Tea Countdown!
The tea for today is a reblend - and it's the tea that got the most votes during the poll!
Tea Description: I was happy to reblend this tea - not only because it is a fairly simple tea to reconstruct but also because it's quite delicious! This tea was released shortly before we took over 52Teas and I think the timing of its release didn't allow me the time to review it for the SororiTea Sisters blog before taking over. So this is - I believe - my first time reviewing the tea!
Frank described this tea like this:
I thought it would be fun to pair a rich bold assam tea with marshmallow root and organic marshmallow flavors. This is sweet, soothing, and delicious.
What I remember liking so much about the original blend - and about this re-blended version as well - is that the natural malty flavors of the Assam paired so nicely with the sweet, fluffy notes of marshmallow. I didn't stray from the recipe a great deal - because why? The only real difference here is that the Assam I use is from a different supplier - as is the marshmallow root.
This tea makes for a delightful breakfast tea - it's sweet and comforting yet rich and robust with the gusto to get you up and at 'em!
organic ingredients: black tea, marshmallow root & natural flavors.
This is the first of the teas that I blended for the box for a couple of reasons. First, because it's a fairly simple recipe, it's one that I knew wouldn't require a lot of tweaking. I knew I just needed to blend it and let it cure before packaging it, and because time is tight, I wanted to get that kind of tea out of the way since I knew that would have to go to Chicago at the end of October.
And this tea is sublime! It's rich and flavorful - I'm getting plenty of sweetness from the marshmallow. It tastes light and fluffy, just like a marshmallow! But at the same time, there's this bold, assertive black tea base from the Assam. It's got some gusto to it - which would make for a good first tea of the day type of tea.
To Brew: Take care not to overleaf this one - the Assam can become overly aggressive if you go too strong with the leafing. A 'just barely' heaping teaspoon oughta do it. Steep in 12 ounces of boiling water for 2 1/2 minutes (and as it is an Assam base, you don't want to oversteep). Strain and let it cool for about 10 minutes. Enjoy!
This tea doesn't require sweetening to experience the sweet flavor of the marshmallow but a little bit of sugar will add definition to the marshmallow notes.