Tea of the Week for February 24, 2020: Kiwi Mojito Green Tea!
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Kiwi Mojito Green Tea!
Tea Description: I'll be real right now & admit that even though I've never actually tried the Mojito cocktail, I've tried 'virgin' forms of it (including my own blends) & I love them, so there's no doubt in my mind that when the time comes that I happen to try the alcoholic version, I will probably love that too. I think it's the combo of lime and mint - it just works ... & works beautifully!
This time around, I decided to go Kiwi with my Mojito! This blend starts with organic Chinese Gunpowder green tea, then I added a bunch of freeze-dried kiwi, some lime & spearmint, plus a touch of rum extract (don't worry, it's alcohol free!) The result is absolutely delightful! The kiwi is well-defined, the mint is crisp yet subtle, the lime adds just a hint of brightness to the cup without overpowering the kiwi & the rum note adds a touch of smoothness to the overall taste. It's really quite a refreshing cup - one that makes a winner of an iced tea - as well as an enjoyable hot tea.
I'm really happy with how this one turned out - it's nicely balanced. It's organic, VEGAN, gluten-free & allergen free ... & as I said above, it's also alcohol free!
organic ingredients: green tea, kiwi, spearmint, lime & natural flavors
I have been kinda into mojitos as of late. I recently discovered a new bubble tea place in our area & they make a really nice mojito green tea (without the "bubbles" - well, I guess you can order it that way, but I chose not to) & that drink is really quite nice. Not something I drink every day, but when I'm out & about, it's a nice refresher & it reminded me just how much I enjoy a mojito green tea blend.
So that's why I was really excited to create this blend. It has a very similar profile to the bubble tea I've been enjoying, but with the addition of the kiwi, it adds a whole new level of flavor to the cup that I really love. It's sweet, a little bit tart, a little crisp from the spearmint - it's also really smooth & just so nice to sip.
to brew: shake the pouch to redistribute the ingredients - the spearmint leaves tend to want to settle toward the bottom of the pouch! measure out 2 1/2 grams of leaf (a little more than a level teaspoon & a little less than a rounded teaspoon) to 12 ounces of very hot water (heated to 170°F - this is a little cooler than my usual green tea temperature of 175°F. I think it produces a better cuppa at 170°F for this particular tea.) steep for 2 minutes. strain & allow to cool for about 5 minutes. enjoy!
This tea is quite nice without sugar - it's got its own mild sweetness going on. I also like it with just a teensy bit of sugar, I find that it brings out the notes of kiwi just a bit more.