Tea of the Week for November 26, 2018: O Christmas Tea!
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O Christmas Tea! (Green Tea)
Tea Description: I crafted this tea for all those who (unlike me) are putting up their Christmas Trees after the Thanksgiving feast. (I'm usually doing the tree thing much later!) It's a festive orange-y chai-ish type of green tea blend of Chun Mee & Gunpowder combined with oranges, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, allspice, pink peppercorns, a few cloves and some juniper berries. It's very Christmas-y . . . very holiday-ish . . . and very tasty!
The spices offer not just an inviting fragrance but a warm, wonderful flavor as well. The orange brightens up the cup and the green tea is pleasantly sweet. The juniper berries add just a hint of holiday pine flavor.
Very tasty - this organic, gluten free, allergen free and VEGAN tea!
organic ingredients: green teas, oranges, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, pink peppercorns, cloves, juniper berries & natural flavors
This tea came about very organically - mostly because when I went into the tea studio to create this tea of the week, the original recipe that I had come up with . . . well, I didn't have those ingredients. So rather than going back to the drawing board and drafting a whole new recipe, I just kind of came up with this on the fly. I wanted to create something very Christmas-y (because 'tis the season) but also something that wasn't so holiday-ish that it could be enjoyed after the holidays because let's face it, I'm behind with my schedule. I have been working hard to get caught up, but I'm running really late and you all know that because - well, here it is nearly Christmas and I'm writing reviews for November's teas of the week.
This has a really nice punch of orange flavor that ties in really well with the chai spices of ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and clove. The allspice helps round out those spices and the pink peppercorn, well, I don't get a lot of peppery flavor (more of a ginger peppery rather than a pink peppercorn kind of peppery) so those are more for a Christmas appearance than anything. The juniper berries are really nice in this - offering a hint of pine flavor, but not a lot. It really ties this all together as a holiday blend. The green tea is soft and sweet.
Just a really pleasing holiday cuppa.
to brew: use 3g of tea to 12 ounces of hot water (175°F) and steep for 2 minutes. strain and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Enjoy! I personally prefer this cup to be served warm but it's quite good iced too.