Tea of the Week for April 30, 2018: Retro Monday/Featured Reblend: Breakfast in Bed Black Tea!
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Tea Description: Some of you might remember that I blended this within the first year that we took over 52Teas - but I'm not sure how many of you know the story behind this blend. It actually started out as a LiberTEAS blend that I created - inspired by a friend of mine who wanted a rose black tea with vanilla and cinnamon. We came up with the name "Breakfast in Bed" because it was one of those teas that tasted a little bit romantic, something sweet and cozy and completely lovely - something that you'd want to linger over while enjoying a wonderful breakfast in bed.
I officially closed LiberTEAS back in 2009 - at at that time, I thought I had blended my last batch of Breakfast in Bed. But in 2015, when we took over 52Teas, we had a Kickstarter campaign to help us out with the start-up costs of taking over and some of our supporters happened to be customers from my LiberTEAS days - and one of those supporters wanted me to bring back Breakfast in Bed for her. So I did!
That blend sold pretty well - and as it turns out, I've had a few requests to bring it back. One request, in particular, happened to be one I couldn't refuse: My daughter, Amethyst! (Well, she does own the business, after all!) She told me that one of her co-workers loved the blend and wanted more of it. Like I said, I couldn't refuse.
So, here it is, back once again! A delightful blend that starts with a blend of black teas: a Rose Congou and a rich, smooth black tea from Vietnam. To this blend, I added lots of vanilla bean and some cinnamon stick (the real stuff, not Cassis!) The result is a deliciously different "breakfast blend" - the kind of black tea that you want to sip while curled up under your most comfortable blanket - the kind of tea that you'll want to sip when you have time to enjoy your morning rather than rush through it.
My original description for this tea went like this:
As you are probably well aware by now, we held a Kickstarter campaign to get everything we needed to take over this company. One of the incentives for our start-up Kickstarter campaign was to create a VIT blend. I was so thrilled with a few of my customers from my LiberTEAS days pledged their support for this 52Teas venture of ours. And one of my previous customers wanted to create a VIT blend - but here's the cool part: She wanted me to recreate one of my blends that I created in my LiberTEAS days!
I was so excited and proud! (Thank you!)
So here is that tea! I call it Breakfast in Bed because it tastes like the kind of tea that I'd want to sip if I were so fortunate to enjoy a breakfast in bed sometime. It's the kind of tea that makes you feel pampered and indulgent. It's the kind of tea that you want to sip slowly and linger over because you never want the cup to end!
I blend two different teas for the base: A Chinese Rose Congou and a Vietnamese black tea. Then I flavor this tea with vanilla and real vanilla bean and I add a generous sprinkling of cinnamon. Because I only use cinnamon pieces in this and not cinnamon flavoring, the cinnamon doesn't take center stage. It offers a warm yet delicate cinnamon note that doesn't interfere with the other flavors of the cup. It's sweet, it's creamy, it's pleasantly floral. It's luxurious and indulgent.
I love it!
I stuck true to my original recipe because hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it!
organic ingredients: black teas (including rose congou), cinnamon, vanilla bean, roses (including rose buds & petals) & natural flavors