Tea of the Week for July 18, 2016: Banana Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha!
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I just took my first sip and WOW!
Tea Description: I've never had a banana Marshmallow Treat - I don't even know if such a thing exists. A quick google search yielded no results that appeared like banana marshmallow treat squares but I'll admit that I really didn't look very earnestly for it, mostly because I would think that the banana would be too slick and slippery and wouldn't stick to the marshmallow which binds the crispy rice cereal together. I would think that banana would really mess up the chemistry that goes into the crafting of a marshmallow treat.
Then again, since I've never actually had one (and thus, I've never tried making one) I don't know for certain. Perhaps it could be made with freeze-dried bananas (like the ones that I put in this tea blend) without much trouble.
Anyway, that lengthy introduction is my way of saying that this tea wasn't inspired by something I've actually tried but something I'd love to try should I ever be so fortunate to find such a confection. What inspired me is my appreciation for fresh, sliced bananas atop my crispy rice cereal. One day while eating a bowl of cereal, I thought, wouldn't a banana flavored crispy rice treat be awesome? At some point very soon after that, my thoughts turned to tea (as they often do) and I decided that I MUST create a Banana Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha.
And so I did!
I started with my organic matcha infused genmaicha and added marshmallow root and freeze dried bananas. It's a cuppa yum!
organic ingredients: green teas, toasted rice, freeze-dried bananas, marshmallow root and natural flavors.
OK, as I posted on Facebook recently (if you haven't liked our page, please do! Thanks!), one of the hardest things about being a mad tea artist is waiting for the tea to cool. This is true. Another difficulty is waiting for the tea to cure after it's been blended! See, once I've flavored a blend, I need to allow the tea to cure for a couple of weeks before I start tasting and it's not until I'm satisfied with the flavor of the tea that I begin packaging.
And after I blended this tea, I wanted to try it immediately because it smelled so good. But I was good and I was patient and I waited. But those weeks seemed to take forever to lapse so that I could finally test the tea!
This is really good. REALLY good.
So let me just say that if this tea interests you even in the slightest - GET SOME NOW because this will sell out quickly.
To steep: 1 perfect teaspoon to 12 ounces hot water (heated to 175°F) and let steep for 2 - 2 1/2 minutes. Strain and let cool for 5 minutes. Enjoy!