Tea of the Week for January 29, 2018/Featured Reblend for January: Fruit Salad Green Rooibos!
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Tea Description: This tea was featured as the tea of the week a year ago - and I brought it back because it's one that's been very popular with our customers!
Here's my original description of this tea:
This tea is inspired by a family joke of sorts involving this song.
Unlike the song - which can become rather annoying if you listen to it more than 30 seconds - the tea is quite tasty. I started with organic green rooibos which has a natural fruit-like taste to it. To this, I added apples, oranges, strawberries and bananas.
The result is a sweet, fruity tasting tea that will have you singing "yummy, yummy!"
I stuck very close to the recipe on this one, except that I added a few additional fruits to this blend: grapes, pear & peach - mostly because they sounded like a yummy, yummy addition to an already yummy blend. Very sweet and fruity!
organic ingredients: green rooibos, apples, bananas, strawberries, pears, peaches, grapes, oranges & natural flavors
When I started planning out January's tea menu, I had a pretty good idea that I'd be reblending this one for the featured reblend/Retro Monday blend for a couple of reasons: 1) it's one of Mat's all-time favorite blends that I've created and January is his birthday month, and 2) it's been highly requested by our customers.
This is just as deliciously sweet and fruity as I remember it - but I do really like the hint of peach in this. I can't really taste a note of pear or of grape that stands out here - but I definitely notice a hint of peach. Then again, with the abundance of fruit flavor to this - it's not really meant to be a tea where you can pick out the individual flavors. It's supposed to be a harmony of fruit - like a fruit explosion in your mouth. (That sounds suspiciously like a fruit candy commercial, doesn't it?)
My gramma used to make an ambrosia salad that was made with a bunch of different fruits, some mini marshmallows and non-dairy whipped topping. Sometimes she'd add some shredded coconut to it. I loved that stuff - and this reminds me a lot of a bite of that but without the whipped topping and coconut - it just tastes like a big burst of fruit flavor: orange, apple, peach, banana and strawberry. I don't get much from the rooibos at all, however, green rooibos, on it's own, offers a very light, fruity flavor so I think that the green rooibos is the perfect base for such a big fruity taste.
to brew: be sure to give the pouch a good shake before your measure it - there's a lot of fruit in this blend and you want the various ingredients to be well-incorporated! Don't expect to get one of each fruit in each measurement - because that probably won't happen! You want to get about 4 - 5 grams of leaf & fruit to 12 ounces of hot water (heated to 190°F) and let it steep for at least 8 minutes. You can let it go longer if you'd like to, it won't become bitter.
strain and let the drink cool for at least 5 minutes before you start sipping. This will let the flavors develop. No sugar necessary - and I'd recommend tasting before you sweeten as it's already quite sweet without the sweetener.