Tea of the Week for August 13, 2018: Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake Green Tea!
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Raspberry Cheesecake with Lemon Swirl Green Tea!
Tea Description: August 18 is my youngest daughter's birthday so for her "birthday week", I let her decide on what tea I should make and this is the flavor combination she came up with. Not a surprise, really, since one of her favorite treats from our favorite bakery is the Raspberry Cheesecake with Lemon Swirl.
I felt that an organic green tea blend (Chun Mee, Gunpowder & Yun Wu) would make a good base for these flavors, because it's sweet and smooth with just a hint of bitterness that would compliment the lemon-y flavors well.
This is really nice - a forward cream cheese note with a sweet-tart raspberry and lemon finish - and it's organic, VEGAN, gluten-free and allergen-free
organic ingredients: green teas, raspberries, lemons, lemon balm & natural flavors
This is nice! I think that your best bet in brewing this one is to cold-brew it - it brings out all the flavors really well. If you prefer hot brewing, give it some time to cool so that the flavors develop before you start sipping - I find that the flavors start to pop after about 5 or 6 minutes.
The green tea base is smooth and not overtly vegetative. Maybe just a hint of grass-like taste there to remind you that you're drinking green tea - but overall it's a very sweet, lush kind of taste and not a bitter grass note. The cream cheese note is creamy and tangy. The raspberry and lemon work together well to create a fruity note that is both sweet and tart. The fruit is barely there until you get toward the finish and then it pops.
to brew: as I mentioned in the above tasting note, I really recommend cold-brewing this one - you can use the same measurements as you would a hot brew though. Give the tea a good shake before you measure to incorporate all the ingredients, and then measure 3g of tea to 12 ounces of water. If you're brewing it hot, go with a temperature of 175°F. If you're brewing it cold, use freshly drawn, filtered cold water. Put the ingredients in a mason jar and put it in the fridge for at least 4 hours (or overnight) and then strain. Enjoy!