Tea of the Week for February 29, 2016: Retro Monday! - Lemon-Lime Meringue Kukicha
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Happy Leap Year! I just realized that I neglected to take a photo of this tea - so I will have to do that the next time I'm in the Tea Studio - my apologies!
Anyway - this year, February 29th lands on a Monday and gives February - the shortest month of the year - FIVE Mondays making it the first Retro Monday of 2016! And like I've done for previous Retro Mondays, I put it to a vote, this time listing some of the more popular green teas in 52Teas' history and the winner was (drum-roll please!) . . .
Tea Description: I was very excited when this tea won the vote for this Retro Monday, mostly because it was my first opportunity to blend with Kukicha! And after this very positive experience, I think I'll be working with it again in the future!
I don't think I've ever eaten a lemon-lime meringue pie. My gramma used to make lemon meringue pies quite often, though and when I first smelled this tea, it brought me back to one of her delicious pies. The citrus is bright and I find that as I continue to sip, I pick up on more of the meringue flavors and even just a hint of buttery pastry.
The original description went like this:
This is a Kukicha green tea blended with lemon myrtle and natural flavors.
We’ve managed to capture the essence of a slice of lemon-lime meringue pie, with a light touch of pastry-like crust, lemon and lime and of course, the meringue. Those of you who have the opportunity to try this are going to be blown away by it. Don’t delay, it’s not going to last long.
This was one of my favorites from Frank's teas and it's especially awesome iced. I realize that it's not quite iced tea weather just yet - depending upon where you are in the world - but you really should try some of this iced before your pouch is empty!
ingredients: kukicha green tea, dried lemon & lime segments, lemon grass*, lemon balm*, lemon myrtle*, lemon peel*, lime leaves, vanilla bean* and natural flavors*.
The aroma of this is absolutely delightful! Citrus-y, yes - but I can also detect a sweet, creamy, vanilla-y meringue-like scent too. The flavor is very much like the aroma - lemon-y lime and sweet. I don't know that the meringue notes are distinctly "meringue" but there is a sweet, fluffy note to this that is quite enjoyable.
While this was one of my favorites from Frank's teas, I did take some LiberTEAS with the recipe and made it my own. I added more lemon-y herbs and some lime leaves as well as dried lemon and lime segments. Then I decided that I should add some vanilla bean because I thought it would enhance the meringue-y notes.
I like this - I hope you do too! Please be aware that there are very limited amounts of this tea available because I had a very limited quantity of Kukicha - so if you want some - better get it quickly before it sells out.
To brew: I used my Kati (again!) Before you scoop out your tea, make sure you give the pouch an upside down shake to distribute the ingredients. There are quite a few leafy herbs in this and you want to make sure that you get all that goodness that has settled to the bottom! I used a heaping bamboo scoop because I wanted to make sure that there was an adequate ratio of tea to herbs - and then I added 12 ounces of water heated to 180°F and let it steep for 3 minutes. Let it cool another 5 minutes before sipping.