Tea of the Week for May 21, 2018: Blueberrie-zzz!
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Blueberrie-zzz! (A Green Rooibos/Chamomile Blend)
Tea Description: As I've stated in the past, I'm not particularly fond of chamomile. Oh, I don't hate it, but I also don't love it. Occasionally, though, I do come across a blend with chamomile in it that I like - and in the past, I've created a few chamomile blends that I have really enjoyed. In fact, I feel comfortable declaring my adoration for a couple of chamomile blends that I've created that come to mind immediately: "At Play in the Fields of Love" and "April Siesta."
And now, I get to add a third blend to that list: Blueberrie-zzz!
I started with a base of green rooibos and added chamomile, lavender, marshmallow root, vanilla bean and blueberries.
The sip offers notes of creamy vanilla, sweet-tart blueberries, floral notes from the lavender, a honeyed apple-ish note from the chamomile, and just a hint of marshmallow-ish-ness. It's quite lovely! It's also all-natural, caffeine-free, organic, gluten-free, allergen-free and vegan. A perfect late-night cuppa!
organic ingredients: green rooibos, chamomile, lavender, marshmallow root, blueberries, vanilla bean & natural flavors
Wow! This turned out even better than I hoped it would!
Of course, whenever I go in to create a blend, I have the highest of hopes that I will craft an amazing tea. Even so, I'm so happy when the blend turns out to be just as good as I hoped - or better - and I don't need to tweak the blend. This is one of those times. This is just delightful!
The blueberry flavor is well-pronounced, introducing itself at the first, remaining until the finish and lingering into the aftertaste with that distinctive berry tingle on the palate. The creaminess of the vanilla bean marries perfectly with the marshmallow root to create a sweet, fluffy note that is sweet and creamy and plays well with those aforementioned blueberry notes. The lavender is strong but not soapy - instead, the lavender and the blueberry seem to offer the most delightful contrasting notes - I love the way they taste together. The chamomile is not overwhelmingly strong but does add a hint of its honeyed apple taste. The natural fruity tones of the rooibos enhance the overall fruity taste of the cup without being too strong a flavor on it's own.
I really like this - it makes for a lovely, calming cuppa! Perfect for when you want a late night cup of tea but don't want something that will keep you awake when you want to sleep!
to brew: I strongly recommend a good shake of this blend to make sure that the many herbs within are well incorporated. Use 4g - 5g of leaf (about 2 slightly rounded teaspoons) to 12 ounces of hot water (heated to 190°F) and let steep for 8 minutes (you can steep longer, if you like - it won't get bitter). Strain and enjoy.
Sweetener is not needed - this is plenty sweet on it's own - but a teensy bit of sugar will enhance the vanilla and blueberry tones.