Tea of the Week for June 27, 2016: Watermelon Houjicha!
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Tea Description: I'm not sure exactly what inspired me to combine the distinctive flavor of of Houjicha with the essence of watermelon except for, perhaps, hearing from customers that a) I don't make enough flavored Houjichas and b) I don't make enough watermelon flavored teas. So I guess I thought - why not combine them?
And really, why not? The warm, toasty flavor of the Houjicha may not seem like a natural pairing with the sweet, luscious notes of watermelon but I'm enjoying the flavor combination. It's definitely toasty but the watermelon is there too and it has adds a light, refreshing sweet taste to the warmth of the Houjicha.
Definitely interesting and tasty!
organic ingredients: roasted green tea, amaranth petals and natural flavors.
After I blended this tea, I really started to question myself. Like - what was I thinking? But after the tea has had time to cure (and the idea of a Watermelon Houjicha has had time to cure in my brain) - I brewed some and am sitting here enjoying the scent of warm, roasted tea and watermelon. It smells really quite lovely - unique? certainly! But also really nice.
The flavor is also quite nice! It's sweet, somewhat nutty and toasty with a delicate watermelon mid-note. And this one gets MUCH better when it cools too - you'll definitely want to try this on iced! The watermelon notes pop as it cools!
To Brew: use 1 rounded teaspoon of tea to 12 ounces hot water heated to 180°F. I actually used a teaspoon from the spoon drawer rather than the "perfect teaspoon" this time because the houjicha leaves don't really seem to fit well in the perfect teaspoon. Let it steep for 3 minutes. Strain, allow to cool at least 5 minutes and enjoy! As I mentioned above, this one gets better as it cools so definitely give it that time to cool!