Taste Testing (Part 9) . . .
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First up today:
I was excited when this tea was suggested by the customers of 52Teas as a campaign reblend. This is one that I've always really enjoyed and I was interested to find out how my black teas base would work with the smooth, creamy, sweet and fruity notes of this blend.
To brew this, again I reached for my trusty Kati Tumbler. I love this device! I added a bamboo scoop of tea to the basket and 12 ounces of boiling water and I let it steep for 2 1/2 minutes. Then I let it cool for about 10 minutes. I know I've said this before, but the cool time is very important for flavored teas - it helps the flavors develop.
Mmm! The black tea base is rich and malty yet smooth. I like the way the smooth character of the black tea melds with the sweet and creamy notes of the vanilla and 'ice cream' notes. The mango is sweet and adds a really nice flavor to the tea. If I could go back to change anything, I think I might add a touch more mango. Oh, I taste plenty of mango, don't get me wrong, but I guess I'm finding myself a little 'obsessed' with mango flavors these days (as will be evidenced when August arrives!)
A very tasty blend, I'm anxious to find out what you guys think of it!
The last tea I'll explore today is . . .
This tea represents the last of the campaign reblends! I'm so happy to have those fifteen teas blended! And about a month ahead of time! There are a few things that I need to get caught up on and then I'll start working on the special blends that were purchased during the kickstarter campaign.
So, even though the tea itself doesn't look all that exciting (I debated with myself again and again on whether or not I should add calendula petals to this blend, ultimately, I decided not to. If you look really closely, you can see the cinnamon pieces in the photo. But mostly it looks like a bunch of honeybush.
But don't let the appearance fool you - this tea has it where it counts - in the flavor! YUM! This tastes like cinnamon roll! I get a nice punch of cinnamon flavor, but it isn't that candied "red hot" type of cinnamon. This tastes like the cinnamon you'd have in your kitchen cabinet. The kind you'd use to make a cinnamon roll. I also taste notes of a bready-cakey type of flavor and some notes of cream cheese frosting. Delish!
To brew this, I used my Breville One-Touch. Why the Breville instead of the Kati? Well, because one of my hubby's guilty pleasures is a cinnamon roll, so I thought I'd treat him to a cuppa Cinnamon Roll! I used 750ml of freshly filtered water in the jug and added 3 heaping bamboo scoops of the tisane into the basket of the Breville. With the thermometer set for 195°F and the timer set for 10 minutes of steep time, I let the machine do its thing.
I let the tea cool for at least ten minutes before I took my first sip (mostly because I got distracted and pulled away from what I was doing and I came back to the tea about 12 minutes later). Mmm! This is so good. The honeybush offers just the right nutty note to the cup to accent the cinnamon roll. Really good. Even if you're not a fan of honeybush, you should try this because it's not overly "honeybush" - the cinnamon roll flavors take front and center here.
This is a cup of YUM!