Tea of the Week for March 18, 2019: Blueberry Mint Lemonade Green Rooibos!
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Tea Description: One of my youngest daughter's favorite restaurants is Buffalo Wild Wings - and when we do eat there, it's a pretty safe bet on what she'll order: Salt & Vinegar Wings and a glass of Blueberry Mint Lemonade! I have to admit, I love the Blueberry Mint Lemonade (and the Salt & Vinegar Wings!) so I decided it was something I'd have to try in tea form.
I determined the right base for this blend should be green rooibos - because it's got a fruity note to it (rather than the nutty flavor you'd get from either red rooibos or honeybush) - plus the flavor it does have is light and fresh and would work well with these flavors.
And YUM! This drink is really terrific - a delightful combination of these flavors. It doesn't taste exactly like the beverage from the restaurant - because the herbal leaves make for a somewhat different flavor experience. But it is really tasty - fresh, fruity, a little bit tart and a little bit tangy, with a nice, cooling mint note (but not too much).
This delightful, springtime cuppa tastes great served hot but it's even better iced - and it's all organic and natural, gluten-free, allergen-free and of course VEGAN!
organic ingredients: green rooibos, lemon verbena, lemon balm, lemon grass, spearmint, blueberries, lemons & natural flavors
As I type this note (and taste this tea), it's about 1:30 in the morning, so I have to fight off the urge to run into my daughter's room to get her to taste this tea! I know she's going to love it, so I'm going to have to set aside a pouch just for her!
This is really good - a nice, lemony taste thanks to the lemon & lemony herbs, plus a hint of spearmint (as I mentioned in the above description, the spearmint isn't a strong flavor as mint can sometimes be, I was careful to not be too heavy-handed with it), and blueberry. I don't really taste much from the rooibos - but as I mentioned in the description, the flavor of green rooibos tends to be light and fruity, so it seemed to have melded with these other flavors seamlessly.
This one's going to be GREAT served iced as the weather gets warmer - a lovely spring or summertime refresher!
to brew: you'll want to get a little more leaf for this cup than you would your usual camellia sinensis beverages for a couple of reasons: 1) the rooibos is lighter in flavor so to get a strong, well-flavored cup, you'll need a bit more leaf; and 2) there's quite a few different herbs - other than the rooibos - that displace the amount of rooibos leaf you're getting into your measurement.
first, you'll want to give your pouch a gentle shake to make sure the ingredients are well-incorporated. Then, measure out about 5g of fruit and leaf to 12 ounces of hot water (190°F) and let steep for at least 8 minutes. you can steep longer - the flavor will only intensify and not become bitter! strain after steeping and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes or so (or chill for iced tea!) enjoy!