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Tea of the Week for April 2, 2018: Strawberry Basil Lemonade Green Tea!

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 Strawberry Basil Lemonade Green Tea!

Tea Description: I'm often asked how I come up with ideas for the teas I blend. My biggest source of inspiration happens to be the internet - I'll often google flavor ideas for whatever season I happen to be planning for, or sometimes I'll just be on Facebook or Pinterest an I'll happen to come across an interesting recipe for a dessert or beverage.

For this particular beverage, I believe I found a recipe for a strawberry, basil and lemon infused water and I thought that combination sounded fantastic - so I decided I should try it as a tea. At first, I thought I might do a black tea blend, but then thought a softer green tea might be a better choice, so I went with that.

I started with my organic blend of Chinese Chun Mee & Gunpowder green teas. To these teas, I added strawberries, lemons, basil, lemongrass, lemon balm and lemon myrtle. The result is a lovely, lemony tea with hints of strawberry and the peppery, barely minty notes of basil. The green tea plays well with the variety of herbs and allows the flavors to come forward. It's bright, it's smooth, it's crisp, clean and refreshing, it's very spring-like!

A truly delightful cuppa!

organic ingredients: green teas, basil, lemongrass, lemon myrtle, lemon balm, strawberries, lemons & natural flavors

OH, this is really, really nice!

This has a really wonderful, bright lemony note to it - a note that is tart but not sour - and it's softened somewhat by the presence of the sweet strawberries - although the strawberry does bring a nice tart berry note at the finish like so many berry teas do. 

This tea has a really beautiful complexity - with the sweet strawberry, the tart and tangy lemon and the hints of savory pepper and a pale minty hint from the basil. So many contrasting flavors to keep the palate interested.

The sip starts out with an introduction of the lemony taste as well as just a hint of pepper. As the sip progresses, I pick up on the strawberry notes. Every flavor becomes more defined as the sip nears the finish - and in the aftertaste you get that tingle from the berry and something else - I notice the palate feels very refreshed. Like a clean and ready for another sip kind of feel.

For this taste test, I drank it hot - but I strongly encourage you to try this one iced because I suspect it will be even better as an iced tea!

to brew: start by giving the pouch a really good shake. There are a lot of different herbs in this blend and you want to make sure that you thoroughly incorporate all the herbs with the tea to get that flavor! Steep a little more leaf than usual - about 4.5g rather than 3g (again, there are a lot of herbs in this and you want to make sure you get an adequate representation of both tea and herb in your measurement) with 12 ounces of hot water (about 180°F).  Allow this to steep for 2 minutes (don't go over 2 1/2 minutes or you may encounter some bitterness). 

Let the tea cool for about 5 minutes before you start sipping. I noticed that the more the tea cooled, the more the flavors popped - so as I say - this will make a stunning iced tea!