Tea of the Week for May 28, 2018: Honeyed Strawberry Cream Black Tea!
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Honeyed Strawberry Cream Black Tea!
Tea Description: It's a little pricey but I just love this Formosa Honey Black Tea - however, because it IS a little pricey, when I use it, I want it to be a special treat. And one of my favorite treats this time of year is Strawberries and Cream!
Imagine a bowl of ripe strawberries drizzled with a little bit of honey and then topped with a dollop of vanilla whipped cream! Sound amazing? I think so too, and this tea takes those flavors to a whole other level because . . . TEA!
A rich, flavorful black tea base with hints of honey (Formosa Honey Black and Golden Yunnan) blended with freeze-dried strawberries & vanilla beans. This is sweet, it's creamy, it's BERRY delicious!
If this piques your interest - you should hurry because I don't think this one is going to sit around very long - and I only had enough of the Formosa Honey Black tea for one batch so this one won't be reblended any time soon!
ingredients: black tea
organic ingredients: black tea, strawberries, vanilla beans & natural flavors
Oh my - this is so good.
Over the past few days, I've been drinking a lot of green and white teas. Black teas are usually my favorite teas but when the weather starts to get warmer, I usually drink more green and white teas because they seem to be more 'cool' and relaxing. Black teas I tend to prefer in the cooler weather - and when it's warmer, I reach for green and white tea.
So this is the first black tea I've had in a couple of days - and WOW! It's really good. The honey is well-defined, as is the strawberry. The cream is somewhat subtle at the start, but as I continue to sip, I pick up on more vanilla notes. And more strawberry - complete with that berry tingle in the aftertaste. It evokes thoughts of a bowl of fresh strawberries drizzled with honey with a little bit of cream on top. Sweet, luscious berries, honey & vanilla - the very best tastes of summer in one cuppa!
And OH - this is amazing iced!
to brew: Before opening, you'll want to turn the pouch upside down and give it a gentle shake because the vanilla bean may have settled to the bottom of the pouch and you want that vanilla goodness! I used 3g (about a heaping teaspoon) of tea to 12 ounces of near boiling water (205°F) and let it steep for 3 minutes. strain and let the tea cool for about 10 minutes so the flavor can develop.
This doesn't need any sweetener - it's got a lot of natural sweetness to it - so I recommend tasting before you sweeten it. I do notice that just a teensy bit of sugar (about 1/2 a teaspoon) brings out the vanilla and strawberry notes just a bit.