Tea of the Week for June 29, 2020!
Retro Monday/Featured Reblend for June!
This is one that I had a fair number of requests to bring back as a featured reblend - and since I've also been on a bit of a coconut kick lately, I decided that this one should be reblended asap! I'm really happy I made that decision because this is so good! It tastes so much like coconut cream pie!
Frank's original description for this blend goes like this:
Sweet, caffeine-free African honeybush combined with our signature honking-big coconut flakes and organic flavors. Our Coconut Cream Pie black tea is one of our all-time bestsellers. I can’t fathom why we haven’t made a honeybush version of it yet, but I’m here to fix that now.
This is really delightfully creamy & coconutty. It's organic, VEGAN, gluten-free & naturally caffeine-free - so it's a perfect treat to help soothe those late-night cravings when you're wanting something sweet.
Taster size is approximately 15g
organic ingredients: honeybush, coconut, calendula petals & natural flavors
I really can't believe that I haven't reblended this before now. I thought I had, actually, but then I realized that I had reblended the Coconut Cheesecake Honeybush rather than the Coconut Cream Pie. But - both are excellent representations of creamy coconut goodness - so I'm happy to be drinking this now.
The coconut is really well-established in this blend & it lends itself well to the vanilla creaminess that is also present in the cup. The honeybush plays well to the hint of crust-like notes that I detect - but really, the focus here is on the coconut. Which is good because as I mentioned above, I'm on a bit of a coconut kick lately & really, it's more of a tropical kick - I find myself craving tropical flavors like mango, banana & yes, COCONUT! If you take a look at the teas I've crafted in the last few weeks, you'll notice that trend.
This is really quite nice. I'm drinking this cuppa in the afternoon, which is actually quite unusual for me because I tend to usually consume my caffeine-free tisanes in the later evening, but again, I was wanting something coconut AND I needed to do a final taste test of this tea, so it just kind of worked out for me.
Super smooth, creamy - silky, even! - and coconut-y! I'm glad to have this one on my shelves again after a very long absence!
to brew: use 4g of leaf to 12 ounces of very hot water (195°F) & steep for 8 - 10 minutes. really, with most honeybush blends, the longer you steep, the better for the cup. honeybush (& rooibos, for that matter) lack the tannins that other teas (made from actual tea leaves) contain - so the brewed honeybush or rooibos will not end up bitter with a good, long steep whereas a tea may end up really bitter if it's oversteeped. So with this blend - keep on steepin' on!
Anyway, after the steep, strain. Allow the tea to cool for about 5 minutes - this allows those flavors to develop. enjoy!
This blend doesn't need sugar, but I find that it ends up tasting a bit more dessert-y if I add just a teensy bit of sugar.