Tea Test Tasting: Holiday Sangria (Now Available in VERY Limited Quantities)
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Holiday Sangria Tisane (Green Rooibos, Fruit, Herb & Spice Blend)
Tea Description: This was one of my favorite tisanes that I crafted over this past holiday season. This is another that I crafted for Amoda Tea. It's a blend of green rooibos, pears, apples, cranberries, juniper berries, oranges, orange peel, cinnamon, cloves & hibiscus ... plus a touch of brandy & champagne essence to give it a touch of "Sangria". (Don't worry, it's alcohol free!)
The flavor is sweet, tart & fruity with just enough brandy & champagne notes to keep things interesting. The warmth of the cinnamon & clove is subtle, just enough to give it a holiday-ish flavor. The medley of fruit is delightful. When I sip on this, it evokes thoughts of a tasty holiday punch that would appear at holiday parties when I was a kid. You know, the kind that the adults would serve in the fancy punch bowl & they'd let you have just a little bit ... not too much because of the alcohol in it but just enough to give you a taste of something special.
This blend is VEGAN, organic, gluten-free, allergen-free, alcohol free & naturally caffeine free! It's a fun, sweet, delightful blend that'll bring a smile to your face.
organic ingredients:green rooibos, cranberries, apples, pears, oranges & orange peel, juniper berries, cinnamon, clove, hibiscus & natural flavors
Yum! I know I'm wayyyy behind in getting these blends on the website but it's been kind of fun revisiting them. This one kind of slipped through the cracks - I've been so busy trying to get caught up that I never got around to finding the time to add it to the website.
I absolutely love the flavor of this one. If you're familiar with my tea tastes at all, you know that I'm not a big fan of hibiscus, so you've gotta know that I would take great care in just how much I put in a blend. This is light handed with the hibiscus so it doesn't get overly tart, it doesn't get that funky syrupy taste or texture to it. It's just enough hibiscus to add a little bit of viscosity to it - because let's face it, rooibos & fruit tisanes can be a little bit on the lighter side as far as texture goes, particularly green rooibos. One of the things that I love about green rooibos is that light, crisp taste & texture, but since this was to be a sangria, I wanted a bit more thickness to the texture than what green rooibos would provide. The hibiscus does that perfectly for this cup - without getting obnoxious about it. It's just - delightful!
to brew: give the pouch a good shake to incorporate all the ingredients. You'll find that there are a whole lotta ingredients in this - & those tiny rooibos needles will shift to the bottom of the pouch while the fruit bits will float toward the top. You'll want to get a fair representation of all the ingredients in every measurement, so make sure that the measurement has some rooibos as well as fruit & the other ingredients so that you get a little bit of everything in every sip!
Then use 4g of leaf to 12 oz. of very hot water (I recommend 190°F) & allow to steep for 5 1/2 to 6 minutes. I don't advise going longer than that, because even though there isn't much hibiscus in there, hibiscus is one of those those things that - if left alone to steep in water, will just - turn into a thick, syrupy mess. I say - just don't! Instead, keep your eye on the timer & stop it at 5 1/2 to 6 minutes. strain & enjoy. A wee bit of sugar in this will help bring out the notes of brandy & champagne.