On the Eighth Day of Christmas . . . (2017 Edition)
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Hello - it's Day 8! Happy, happy day 8 to you! For our Eighth TEA of Christmas, I created a new blend!
Creamy Eggnog Dusted with Nutmeg Green Tea!
Tea Description: Last year about this time, I discovered custard pie that had been dusted in nutmeg. It tasted like eggnog in pie form. I ate way too much of this amazing discovery because OH.MY! it's so good!
This year, I decided I needed to make something like this in tea form if for no other reason than to help me *hopefully* curb my obsession with the pie. See, my thinking is this: if I'm drinking this, my tea equivalent, I hopefully won't be craving the pie and I won't put said pie into my shopping cart.
I wanted to focus primarily on the creaminess of the custard and the egg-y flavor of it so I went in an eggnog direction rather than custard. To help highlight the creaminess, I chose an organic Chinese Sencha for it's light, buttery notes. Then I added eggnog essence and freshly shaved nutmeg - as well as a light scattering of calendula petals for some color.
So here it is, my tea substitution for the custard pie without the pie crust (because really, when I ate the custard pie, I wasn't thinking about the crust, only the creamy, dreamy custard that had been dusted with just the right amount of nutmeg): Creamy Eggnog Dusted With Eggnog!
And yes, it's VEGAN, gluten-free & allergen-free!
organic ingredients: green tea, nutmeg, calendula petals & natural flavors
Yay! This tastes so yummy and it definitely does evoke thoughts of the aforementioned custard pie. I think it's close enough to the flavor to satisfy that craving for something sweet and creamy without being so similar to it that I might decide I'd rather have the real thing because - seriously folks - I need to stay away from that pie! It's evil disguised as decadent bliss.
And you know, this is really very tasty. It has that egg-y kind of custard flavor. It's sort of 'heavy' - it's thick on the palate, providing that gustatory perception that I might be enjoying custard pie without actually indulging in same pie. It's very egg-nog-gish!
And then there is the nutmeg! I love the level of nutmeg here! Slightly nutty, sweet with just a hint of bitterness - it's quite lovely.
to brew: I recommend giving the pouch a gentle shake before you open it just to make sure that any nutmeg powder might redistribute throughout the leaves. Measure a slightly rounded teaspoon (or scoop) of leaf to 12 ounces of hot water (heated to 175°F) and let steep for 2 minutes. strain and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Enjoy!
PS: I used freshly shaved nutmeg in this tea but anyone who is familiar with the spice is probably aware that the flavor of nutmeg can diminish in time - so if you feel that the nutmeg has softened after your first cup of this tea, add a little bit of fresh nutmeg to the finished cup (not a lot - it's potent stuff!)