Tea of the Week for July 31. 2017/Retro Monday/Featured Reblend for July: Sun & Cloud Mist Green Tea!
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For this week's tea, I decided to conduct a poll - first among my subscribers, then I decided to also ask tea drinkers on Steepster and Facebook what blend they'd like to have brought back for July. At first, it looked like it was going to be a landslide for the Blueberry Zabaglione, but when all the votes were counted, Sun & Cloud Mist won out. (Worry not, Blueberry Zabaglione fans, I'll be reblending that one soon!)
Tea Description: I just realized that I didn't really have much of a description the last time I reblended this (as part of our start-up Kickstarter incentive program) - as it was about 2 years ago, I can't remember what was going through my head as to why I write much of a description, perhaps I thought that this one was so loved that it didn't really require a prose-y description.
My original description went like this:
Sorry, our label doesn't have a cute kitten on it. But we kept to the original, much-loved recipe for the tea inside the package.
Yeah, see what I mean? Not very fancy. Frank's original description went like this:
Don’t let the silliness of this week’s label fool you. This is a serious tea: Seriously delicious. We’ve combined a premium Yun Wu (Cloud Mist) green tea with marshmallow root and all things lemon for a smooth, refreshing lemony green tea with some extra marshmallowy sweetness added in. Plus, you get a package with this cute kitten on the label!
So I stuck pretty close to the original recipe - organic Yun Wu tea with marshmallow root, lemon myrtle, lemon verbena, lemon balm and lemon grass - and I even added some dried lemon wedges to it this time around. I love this combination because lemon becomes a whole lot less pucker-y tart with the addition of sweet marshmallow.
A vegan, gluten-free & allergen free organic tea!
organic ingredients: green tea, marshmallow root, lemon myrtle, lemon verbena, lemon balm, lemon grass, dried lemon and natural flavors
This is one of those teas that I really adored when Frank was at the helm. When I'm drinking straight (unflavored) tea, I generally like to add a little squeeze of lemon - but I sometimes squeeze a little too much lemon into the teacup and I end up puckering from the tartness. This tea has the lemony component built right in - and it also has a puckery-tart safeguard too - with the marshmallow root! It softens up the flavor just enough to give it a fluffy sweetness to curb the lemony tart.
The tea base is Chinese Yun Wu - which on it's own can be a somewhat bitter. It's actually a rather lovely tea on it's own, with a wonderful complexity that's both sweet and bitter, astringent, smooth and nutty. It has a cleansing quality to it - and when I think of a green tea and it's complex notes, Yun Wu usually checks off all of the qualities I expect from a straight green tea.
The bitterness seems to work with the lemon here - because lemon can have a tart, bitter bite to it and the crisp, clean flavor of the Yun Wu seems to showcase the lemon very well. The marshmallow offers a pleasing contrast to keep that pucker at bay - so that you get the bright lemon flavor without too much tartness or bitterness - and you get a nice, sweet, fluffy finish of marshmallow.
to brew: this one doesn't require over-leafing - not even a little bit. I thought it would because there are quite a few herb-y leaves in there along with the Yun Wu - but I guess the Yun Wu is strong enough to hold it's own with those herbs. So the first time I brewed this, I over-leafed and I got a way-to-strong brew. So don't do what I did!
With my second taste test, I used just one scoop (about a heaping teaspoon) of tea to 12 ounces of hot water (175°F) and steep for 1 1/2 minutes. I found that two minutes is a bit too long for this one too! The Yun Wu tends to be a trifle more bitter than other green teas - so you want to use extra care when you steep it. At the end of 1 1/2 minutes, strain and let cool for about 5 minutes. The longer it cools, the more those flavors develop which means that this one is GREAT iced - but it's also quite nice when hot too - just give it that five minutes cool time so that the flavors can make themselves known.