Tea of the Week for August 31, 2020/Retro Monday/Featured Reblend for August: The Firebolt Black Tea!
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The Firebolt Black Tea!
Tea Description: Earlier this year, I was planning on revisiting the Harry Potter theme for October, but due to certain positions that Ms. Rowling has taken recently, I don't feel right doing that. I love the stories, I love the art - but I cannot advocate the positions of Ms. Rowling & therefore will not celebrate HP.
But I can still celebrate fandom teas I've made in the past & as this one is one that has been requested quite a bit, I thought I'd reblend this tea.
My original description of this tea said:
The Firebolt broom was a significant object in the Harry Potter series as it was an anonymous Christmas gift (after his Nimbus 2000 was destroyed by the Whomping Willow) - from his godfather Sirius Black. No doubt it was a pretty sweet ride!
The tea base is a Wild Arbor Assamica grown in the Yunnan province - and it's appearance is actually what inspired me to create this blend and call it "Firebolt." When I first saw the leaf, my immediate thought was that the leaves looked like the bristles of a broom. Not the modern brooms with the plastic bristles or even one of the old corn bristle brooms like my gramma used to have - but one of those cool witch-y brooms with the brown, twig-like bristles (as well as the bristles on the Firebolt).
The Wild Arbor Assamica tea has a natural warmth (slight peppery tone) and has a sweet flavor with notes of roasted cacao and hints of flower. This profile seemed to lend itself well to the caramel and cream essence that I added to the tea (because, as I mentioned above, the Firebolt is a pretty sweet ride!) and to enhance those peppery notes, I added a little bit of Ceylon cinnamon (to give this firebolt some FIRE). But I wouldn't say that this is a spicy-hot cinnamon blend, I didn't want it to be - I wanted this to be more sweet than spicy - but there is enough cinnamon in there to offer a pleasing heat to the cup.
An awesome autumnal tea!
I stayed true to the recipe and was able to get my hands on a small amount of the Wild Arbor Assamica to reblend this - but supplies are EXTREMELY limited - so if this is one you've been waiting for, I recommend grabbing it while you can because once it's gone, it's gone & I'm not sure that I'll be getting more of the Wild Arbor Assamica in any time soon!
ingredients: black tea
organic ingredients: cinnamon, calendula petals & natural flavors
I'm going to keep this part short & sweet: I'm really glad to be sipping this tea again! Delightful contrast of warm cinnamon spice & sweet caramel-y notes & creaminess. So good!!!
to brew: Use 2 1/2 grams of leaf to 12 ounces of nearly boiling water (205°F) and steep for 3 - 5 minutes (I steeped for 3 1/2 minutes). strain & allow to cool for at least 10 minutes. enjoy!
This is great without sweetener - but if you want to bring out the caramel-y notes - & do I need to say more than caramel? - add just a bit of sugar to the cup. a half a teaspoon of sugar (or brown sugar!) will bring out the caramel flavor just a bit & really, when it comes to caramel, a bit more caramel flavor is always better!