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Tea of the Week for July 9, 2018: Grilled Pineapple Black Tea!

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 Grilled Pineapple Black Tea!

Tea Description: I absolutely LOVE pineapple - and my favorite way to prepare it is to grill fresh spears of pineapple over charcoal. The fruit spears take on a slight smokiness from the charcoal grilling while the natural sugars accumulate on the surface and become caramelized from the intense heat. Grilled pineapple is one of my favorite summertime treats!

So I decided to try to recreate it in tea form: I started with organic Assam and an Assamica grown in the Yunnan province and added just a bit of Lapsang Souchong to the blend for a touch of smokiness. Then I added a bunch of diced pineapples and a kiss of caramel essence. 

This tea is true to the name: it tastes like grilled pineapple - only better because - TEA! 

organic ingredients: black teas, pineapple, calendula petals & natural flavors

Yes! This tea is awesome! I love it!

The pineapple and caramel essence work together fantastically to provide that flavor that you get when you grill a pineapple (or broil one - like I do in the winter months when it's too cold to cook on the grill) and there's just enough smokiness to give this that charcoal grill flavor that I was hoping for with this blend. It's smoky, but I don't find it to be overwhelmingly so. I get pineapple, I get caramelization and I get smoke - PERFECT!

I'm also getting a lovely note of black tea. The Assam and Yunnan work really beautifully together. It's smooth and it's strong and there's a pleasing malty note.

This also makes a wonderful iced tea!

to brew: be sure to give the pouch a gentle shake before you open it to measure it out to make sure that the ingredients are well-incorporated. Don't overleaf this one because you have some very strong teas here - and too much leaf will give you an astringent cup. Not more than 3g of tea to 12 ounces of near boiling water (205°F) and steep for 2 1/2 minutes - not longer than 3 minutes. I found that when I strained at 2 1/2 minutes, the cuppa was perfect for my palate, but when I pulled at 3 minutes, it ended up being just a tad bitter - so experiment for your own taste preferences but I'd recommend starting at the 2 1/2 minute point.

strain and enjoy! Be sure to try it iced!!!