Tea of the Week for March 25, 2019: Bacon Sticky Bun Black Tea!
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Tea Description: I love sticky buns - and the only thing I can think of that could make a sticky bun better is if it's topped off with some bacon - because everything is better with bacon. (Well, just about everything - I'm sure there are some things that you don't add bacon to, but nothing comes to mind at the moment.)
And the only thing that could make sticky buns better would be to try it in tea form because - tea. I mean, tea makes everything better!
To make this odd yet wonderful confection in tea form, I started with a base of organic black teas: Yunnan, Assam & Ceylon. I also added just a bit of Lapsang Souchong to the blend because bacon is best if it's smoked, amirite? Then I added bacon essence plus some VEGAN bacon bits, some cinnamon, cloves & just a hint of nutmeg, as well as some maple extract to create a uniquely different yet tasty bacon dessert treat for your teacup.
Please Note: The bacon bits are indeed vegan and nut free, but I'm not certain that they are gluten free.
ingredients: vegan bacon bits (Textured soy flour, soybean oil, salt, natural flavors, caramel color, red 3 and/or red 40)
organic ingredients: black teas, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg & natural flavors
OK, I'll say it. Even though I've loved the bacon teas that 52Teas has created - I still am just a teensy bit afraid to try them when I make them. I'm not sure why, just am. I mean, I eventually DO try them - as I am trying this one right now - but there's still just a teensy bit of fear that hits me before trying it - or perhaps it's a teensy bit of dread. Like: what if I don't like it?
But once I do finally try the bacon teas, I realize that all my worry has been unnecessary because the teas are delightful!
True story: the Maple Bacon tea (which was 52Teas first bacon tea) was the very first tea that I ordered and tried from 52Teas. Back then, I was still creating teas as LiberTEAS and Mat challenged me to create a bacon tea. I wasn't exactly sure how I was going to do this - so instead of doing it, I decided to do some quick google searches to see if anyone else had done it yet. I found a couple of custom blends on another website (you probably know which one I'm talking about) but they weren't really bacon flavored but bacon inspired, using Lapsang Souchong as their "bacon." 52Teas was the only one that I found that was actually bacon flavored. So I hastily ordered a pouch and told Mat that I didn't need to create a bacon tea because someone had already beaten me to it.
Which was kind of a relief, really - because truth be told, I was kind of scared to try to create a bacon tea.
And now, some 10 years later, here I am . . . creating bacon teas.
Interesting how life works out, isn't it?
And it turns out that bacon teas aren't really so scary - not to blend and not to drink either. They're actually quite yummy to drink. Different - yes - but yummy!
to brew: shake the pouch to incorporate the ingredients. use about 3g of tea to 12 ounces of nearly boiling (205°F) water. steep for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. strain and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. enjoy!
a wee bit of sugar will bring out the sticky bun flavors a bit. Also - patience will bring them out further. My first few sips (before the 10 minute cool time) were quite bacon-y but not really sticky bun-ish. After the 10 minutes, the sticky bun came through nicely.