Tea of the Week for June 21, 2021!
When I was young, I called watermelon "Boy! Oh! Boy!" The exclamation meaning excitement - that is to say - I got really excited when I saw a watermelon - it was absolutely my favorite fruit when I was little. I still get quite excited about watermelon - so it's a flavor I try to incorporate into a tea of the week every year - at least once in the summertime.
This time, I decided to celebrate the watermelon in all it's splendor - watermelon - just sweet, delicious watermelon - without any other flavors. Oh, sure, I love combining flavors (Hey, we're 52Teas!) but sometimes, you want to enjoy the simplicity of just one flavor & the delightful flavor of tea, of course! Hey, let's face it, tea has enough complexity on it's own that sometimes, just one fruit flavor is enough!
So, here it is - a watermelon tea that is worthy of the moniker of honor from my youth: Boy! Oh! Boy!
This outstanding tea starts with a blend of Nilgiri tea and a first flush Darjeeling tea & ends with a bunch of freeze-dried watermelon chunks. That's it! Tea & watermelon - simple, but so delicious!
The blend of Nilgiri & Darjeeling makes for a crisp, refreshing taste. It is light & fruity on the palate - which makes a perfect accompaniment for the sweet flavor of juicy watermelon. So good. Makes an AWESOME iced tea that is also quite nice served hot!
It's also organic, VEGAN, gluten-free & allergy friendly!
Taster size is approximately 15g
organic ingredients: black teas, watermelon & natural flavors
Wow! I love this. A really fantastic balance has been achieved with this blend.
The crisp, light flavor of Nilgiri & Darjeeling is a really awesome pairing with watermelon. Sometimes, when incorporating watermelon into a black tea can be a tricky business - because a strong, bracing black tea can overwhelm some of the more delicate aspects of the melon's profile. Here, I find that the natural lightness & fruitiness of the tea blend - that crispness - works with the watermelon to enhance those flavors.
The result is a sweet tea that is refreshing & leaves the palate feeling clean & enlivened.
A serious YUM - this tea!
to brew: use 2 1/2 grams of leaf to 12 ounces of very hot water (not boiling - water temp should be 195°F - this is a Darjeeling & Nilgiri blend & they do better with a slightly lower temperature! They tend to become a bit too astringent with a hotter temperature.)
steep for 3 minutes. strain & allow to cool for at least 10 minutes to allow the flavors to develop. (Or allow to chill completely & enjoy as an iced tea!)
please be aware that watermelon is sticky & the freeze-dried version is even more so when utilized in a tea blend like this - so it's normal to have the black tea leaves stick to the watermelon. it's also normal to have the small chunks of watermelon clump together sometimes - when this happens, take a moment to separate the pieces while measuring so that you don't end up with too much watermelon in your measurement. this will ensure a more consistent flavor with each new steeping.
this blend is superb without any sweetener - however, I find that about 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar will bring out the flavors of the fruit a little more. it's also REALLY good with a drizzle of honey rather than sugar. For a real treat, try adding a teensy bit of salt (about half a pinch? enough so that the tea doesn't come out 'salty' but will enhance the melon flavors.)