Tea of the Week for September 2, 2019: Mermaid Green Tea!
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Mermaid Green Tea!
Tea Description: This tea is meant to serve as my final goodbye to this summer. At least, I hope summer is on it's way out. We had some really pleasant weather here in the Pacific Northwest (Read: it's been cool & we've even had some rain!) But then, we've also had a few rather warm days that leave me a bit worried about if I can start saying & be comfortably certain that fall is finally here.
But enough of that. As I was saying - this tea was meant to be my final goodbye to summer. I envisioned this tea many months ago - after trying a sample of my supplier's Japanese Tamaryokucha Green tea. I envisioned it as a tea to celebrate my daughter Lilith's birthday - "Mermaids" are something kind of special between the two of us & I wanted to create a mermaid tea for her birthday. However, I didn't yet have this Tamaryokucha in stock in time to blend it for August's teas, so I put it off until this month.
The Tamaryokucha is sweet & smooth. Mild! No astringency at all. It is just - wonderful. I find myself enjoying it far more than Japanese Sencha. It makes a delightful base for this blend of pineapple, coconut, blueberries & a hint of lime. A tropical flavor - but just a little different from your average tropical thanks to the blueberry notes.
A really delicious tea that is fantastic served hot - and even better cold-brewed & served cold! So refreshing! It is, of course: organic, VEGAN, gluten-free & allergen-free!
organic ingredients: green tea, pineapple, coconut, blueberries, limes, lime leaves & natural flavors
This is the first time that I've worked with a Tamaryokucha. I'm really happy how nicely it came out! It's so good!
The flavor is very tropical - with the pineapple & coconut being the two strongest flavors. The blueberry may seem a little unusual for a tropical tea, but I went with it because of the Mermaid thing - you know . . . blueberries are blue & so is the ocean. It made sense when I came up with the flavor combination & while it seems unusual in the context of a tropical tea - it adds a really nice note to the overall flavor profile of this tea. The lime is very subtle - but it does add just a hint of tangy flavor to the cup - just a hint of brightness. It's nice.
to brew: shake the pouch to incorporate the ingredients completely. use 2 1/2 to 3 grams of tea to 12 ounces of hot water (heated to 170°F) & steep for 2 minutes. strain & allow to cool for about 5 minutes. enjoy!