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Tea of the Week for June 18, 2018: Stone Fruit Cobbler Honeybush!

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 Stone Fruit Cobbler Honeybush!

Tea Description: Nothing says "summertime" to me more than the flavors of juicy stone fruits - and my favorite stone fruit dessert is a cobbler, fresh out of the oven! My gramma made extraordinary cobblers and most were made from the fruit grown on her trees in the backyard. She made peach cobbler, apricot cobbler, plum cobbler and occasionally, she'd even make cherry cobbler. I'd be hard pressed to decide which of these cobblers I preferred, so rather than choosing just one of these fruits to craft a fruit cobbler inspired tisane this month, I decided to put all four fruit flavors into one cobbler: a Stone Fruit Cobbler! Yummy!

I started with an organic honeybush base and added lots of freeze-dried peaches & apricots, organic dried angelino plums & freeze-dried dark cherries. I added a touch of essence to give it a pastry note (because what's a cobbler without that pillow-y crust?) and some cinnamon pieces. 

The result is a cobbler-esque taste in a naturally caffeine-free cuppa. The combination of fruits creates more of a medley of fruit tastes - rather than one distinct fruit note, you taste an array of juicy summer stone fruits in every sip.

This one tastes nice iced and it also makes for a really lovely hot, nighttime cuppa! 

organic ingredients: honeybush, peaches, apricots, plums, cherries, cinnamon & natural flavors

When I first started blending this tisane, I was a little worried that the combination of so many fruits might create kind of a muddled flavor - fortunately, what I'm tasting isn't a muddled taste but a harmonious combination of the four fruits. It has that sweet, juicy flavor that I want from a stone fruit and there's a pleasing contrast of tartness to keep it from being too cloy or one note. The cinnamon offers a savory-sweetness to the cup and seems to complete the flavor - making this taste more like a dessert rather than a bunch of fruit. The honeybush plays well to the pastry notes. 

A wonderful, flavorful tisane that you can drink anytime of the day or night. It's a very satisfying treat!

to brew: shake the pouch gently to help redistribute the ingredients throughout the blend. There's big chunks as well as some smaller chunks of fruit as well as cinnamon - and you want to make sure that your measurement has a good representation of both fruit and spice. I'm not going to give a weight measurement for these brewing instructions because some of the fruit is heavier than others. I recommend using 2 rounded teaspoons of well-blended tisane to 12 ounces of hot water (195°F) and let steep for at least 8 minutes. You can let this steep longer without bitterness.

Strain and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. The cool time allows the flavors to develop. Enjoy!

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