Tea of the Week for June 25, 2018: Strawberry Watermelon Green Tea!
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Strawberry Watermelon Green Tea!
Tea Description: Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits of all time. (Definitely in the top 3, along with Tomato . . . and the third one would be a toss up between Strawberry and Peach.) So a watermelon tea (or at least a melon tea) is one that I want to include every year around this time. I will most likely not meet this goal every spring/summer, but I will definitely try to do it.
I originally wanted to do this with a white tea base but I'm mighty low on white tea at the moment - and since I already had the dried watermelon for this blend, I decided to grab some organic Chinese Sencha and make this a green tea instead. Perhaps I'll do the white tea version of this next year.
In the meantime, this is a remarkable tea - fresh, sweet, and fruity! It's going to be a favorite for all you iced tea lovers out there - so I recommend grabbing some as soon because I think this one's gonna sell out fast!
Chinese Sencha, juicy strawberries and sweet watermelon - this one's all organic, gluten and allergen free and of course vegan!
organic ingredients: green tea, freeze-dried strawberries, dried watermelon & natural flavors
I just love this flavor combination! The green tea base tastes fresh and smooth, a little grassy and just a little bit creamy/buttery. The watermelon and strawberry seem to be quite balanced here, and I wasn't so sure that would be the case, to be completely honest. I was worried that the strawberry would overpower the watermelon which can be a somewhat elusive flavor when it comes to tea blending. But I do believe I managed to capture a good amount of watermelon flavor here - as well as a pleasing strawberry note - and these two fruits taste SO GOOD together.
The lightness of the Chinese Sencha allows these two fruits to be the forward flavors here - but I'm still getting a really nice, smooth, slightly vegetative note from that green tea. It's refreshing and sweet - without being too sweet. A perfect iced tea - but it also tastes splendid served hot too!
to brew: use 3g of tea to 12 ounces of hot water (heated to 175°F) and let steep for 2 1/2 minutes. strain and allow the tea to cool for about 5 minutes. You don't need sugar with this one because it's pleasantly sweet on it's own. However, with a teensy bit of sugar, the fruit notes pop!