Tea of the Week for January 11, 2016: Maple Almond Cream Black Tea
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Tea Description: I love maple. And I love tea (that's probably pretty obvious at this point, right? I'm more like fanatical when it comes to tea.) When it comes to flavored teas, I have a few favorite flavors and among those favorites is maple.
So this tea is strong with the maple. The almond and vanilla notes are more accent flavors to add some depth and richness to the cup. The result is a serious cup of yummy maple-almond-creaminess.
Tree nut allergies? Not to worry, the flavorings we use are tree nut free - it tastes like almond but doesn't contain almonds. And just to add a nutty appearance to the cup, I've added sunflower seeds instead of almond slivers so you can drink this without allergic reaction!
organic ingredients: black teas, sunflower seeds, vanilla bean, calendula petals and all-natural flavors.
Most of the teas that I create, there's usually an inspiration behind it. Even if it's something as simple as having found an intriguing recipe photo on Pinterest, there's usually some story behind it. I don't know that there is any real inspiration behind this tea except MAPLE. Maple is one of my favorite flavors, especially when it comes to tea.
But I didn't want to create a solely maple flavored tea (maybe someday I will, maybe I'll find the ideal base for something that inspires me to do a maple flavored tea but today isn't that day) so I thought about what other flavors might go nicely with maple. The first thought was doing a maple and vanilla cream tea but then I thought - this needs almond. So it became Maple Almond Cream.
And OH my goodness is this yummy.
Maple-y with just the right touch of nutty almond and vanilla. This is dessert-y enough to drink as a dessert tea and rich and robust enough to drink as a breakfast tea should you wish for a sweet, decadent way to start your day!
To brew: I used a bamboo scoop of tea in the basket of my Kati tumber and 12 ounces of boiling water - steeped it for 2 1/2 minutes and let it cool for 10 minutes. Then I started sipping one of the tastiest maple experiences I've ever had.