Tea of the Week for October 21, 2019!
Our Third Tea from our "I Love The Pacific Northwest" Collection!
Portland is well-known as a foodie city. It's also known for the large number of food carts in the city. The very first food cart that I ever visited was called Donut-o-Rama, which is sadly, no longer operating (at least, not that I'm aware of). The thing that drew me to Donut-o-Rama is that I heard of their Crème Brûlée Beignet & I decided that was something I needed - yes, NEEDED! - to try. For me, it was love at first bite.
Sweet, yeasty donut 'crust' enveloping a creamy vanilla bean, five-spiced custard that is then sprinkled with sugar & torched for a crispy, crème brûlée type of experience - donut style. Seriously YUM. It would be difficult for me to list my top 10 favorite flavor adventures in Portland, but this one definitely would be considered for the list & if nothing else, biting into my first Crème Brûlée Beignet was a very memorable experience and one worthy of noting in my "I Love The Pacific Northwest" collection.
For this blend, I started with a base of organic Rooibos combined with some honeybush. To that, I added some essence to create a pastry flavor - as well as a creamy, custardy flavor. I added some vanilla bean & some cinnamon, clove, fennel & Szechuan peppercorns to create a five spice flavor. (Well, OK, it's only four spices, but I didn't want the focus to be on the spices as much as the beignet & custard flavors, so I omitted the star anise.)
I'm so happy with the result on this one. I am tasting the pastry notes as well as the creamy, vanilla custard & a nice touch of spice. I like the balance here. The spice is distinctive without being too aggressive. The base of rooibos & honeybush work with the flavors of the 'donut'. It's sweet, creamy, warm & delicious. It's also all organic, VEGAN, caffeine-free, gluten-free & allergen free!
Taster pouch is approximately 15g
organic ingredients: rooibos, honeybush, cinnamon, clove, fennel, szechuan peppercorns, calendula petals & natural flavors