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Taste Testing: The Vanilla Marshmallow. (Black Tea)

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 The Vanilla Marshmallow. (Black Tea)

Tea Description: I crafted this blend as part of the black tea reblend trio even though it's not precisely a reblend. It's more like a re-imagined version of three past blends: Amethyst's Gold, French Vanilla Assam and Marshmallow Assam. I decided to bring these three teas together as inspiration for this, The Vanilla Marshmallow.

I started with an Assam tea and added some Assamica from the JingMai Mountains. Then I added some Yunnan & Fujian black teas to help round out the base a little. I wanted a rich, flavorful base to support this blend. Then I added lots of marshmallow root and vanilla bean and natural flavor extracts to create our most vanilla, most marshmallow blend yet. 

The flavor of this tea will have you thinking that you're floating on a fluffy, vanilla marshmallow somewhere near cloud 9! 

ingredients: black teas

organic ingredients: black teas, marshmallow root, vanilla bean & natural flavors

Oh wow! I am in love with this tea! 

Like so many of you, I love a very vanilla-y, marshmallow-y tea - and this tea is indeed just that. Very vanilla. Very, very marshmallow! It is THE Vanilla Marshmallow. (period.)

There has been quite a few requests to have a vanilla black tea as part of our D's Teas line (our permanent collection). And I might do that - but before I can even consider doing that, I need to first get this holiday season's tasks out of the way (I have a lot of teas to blend for it!) and get myself caught up to where I'm getting those subscription boxes out by the 1st of the month again, and ideally, it will actually be a day or two before the 1st that those boxes are on their way before I'm putting another tea in the permanent collection.

In the meantime, if you want a very vanilla-y marshmallow-y tea, you need to stock up on this while it's available because it won't be around very long!

to brew: I start with a heaping teaspoon of leaf (give the leaf a good shake before you measure to make sure that all the ingredients including the tiny vanilla beans are well-incorporated) and 12 ounces of near boiling water. (205°F) I go with a slightly less than boiling temperature because I find that sometimes herbals go just a tad bitter with boiling water - and marshmallow root is indeed something I'd consider an herbal. I find that the tea is just a bit smoother and even more lovely to sip when I start with the slightly lower temperature.

Steep for 2 1/2 minutes and strain. Let cool for 10 minutes. Enjoy! This is plenty sweet on it's own, so you don't NEED sugar, however, I find that with a teensy bit of sugar added, the marshmallow notes are enhanced just a bit because after all, marshmallows are sweet! 

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