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Tea of the Week for August 17, 2020: Tropical Genmai-CHAI!

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Tropical Genmai-CHAI!

Tea Description: As you may have noticed, I'm so ready for fall! It's my favorite season - I love the beautiful changing colors of the leaves, every time I step outside, there's a beautiful showy display of color in the trees! I love the smell of wood burning in the fireplaces & the scent of autumnal spices like cinnamon  in the air with people selling apple cider & scented pine cones everywhere you turn. I love the cool, crisp feel of the autumnal air & the sound of crisp leaves crunching underfoot & the crackle of the fireplace. Let's not forget about the flavors - & for me, nothing says fall more than a cup of chai! 

Of course, I typically turn to a cup of chai crafted with black tea - but that doesn't mean that I don't love the warm spices blended with the sweetness of a green tea. Here, I brought together the contrasting flavors of sweet & spicy with the lovely roasty-toasty goodness of Genmaicha, & the warmth of cinnamon, cardamom & ginger. Since we haven't yet said goodbye to summer either - I thought - let's bring a bit of summer into the mix with the tropical flavors of banana & mango. To enhance the sweetness a bit, I also added some vanilla & marshmallow root. 

The results are nothing short of extraordinary! This tea is seriously yummy! It's also all organic, VEGAN, gluten free & allergen free! 

organic ingredients: green tea, toasted & popped rice, mango, banana, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, marshmallow root, vanilla bean & natural flavors

OH! My! Goodness! Guys, I think you're gonna love this one!

It's warm but not overly spicy. At first, the sip seems to have a softer spice note to it - but as the sip progresses into the aftertaste, you feel the warmth blanket the palate. It is never super spicy - but it's warm enough to remind you that this is a chai! The green tea is soft & sweet & there's just enough of that roasty goodness from the toasted rice to give it that unmistakable genmaicha taste. The banana & mango lend a sweet, fruity, tropical note that is oh so delightful. 

A must try for chai lovers, for tropical tea lovers - not to mention for genmaicha lovers! This is the stuff!

to brew: give the pouch a really good shake. There's a whole lot of ingredients here & you want a fair representation of everything in your cup! use 3g of leaf to 12 ounces of hot water (175°F) & allow to steep for 2 minutes. strain & allow to cool for 5 minutes. 

sweetener is not required here, it's really delightful without. But because this is a chai, you really can't go wrong with a teensy bit of sugar or honey. It will bring out the spicy notes just a bit more. 

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