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Honeyed Lemon Black Tea - Taster

$4.50

Honeyed Lemon Black Tea - Taster

$4.50
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Tea of the Week for March 1, 2021!

This flavor combination may seem rather ordinary, at least when compared to some of the blends we're known for like Pancake Breakfast, Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish & who could forget our Tomato, Basil & Black Pepper tea? 

So, yeah, compared to those flavors, this does seem rather ordinary. However, my mother asked me for some tea for a friend who liked honey & lemon black tea, so I decided, hey, why not? If I can make really extraordinary tea blends like Ginger Cola black tea, then why not make an ordinary tea flavor like the classic lemon & honey combination - extraordinary?

Perhaps it's just my ego talking here, but I do find this blend to be rather extraordinary, indeed. Sure, it's honey. It's lemon. It's black tea. But I think I did this classic flavor combination justice in this blend!

I started with a blend of Pettiagalla Ceylon & Thiashola Nilgiri black teas. To this unique blend of organic, black teas, I added lots of dried lemon wedges & some vegan honey essence. Finally, I added some lemon verbena to enhance the lemon-y character of the blend. 

The result is a blend that brings together the classic tea flavors of honey & lemon to create a spectacularly delicious blend that's bright & lemon-y, sweet with just a hint of tart. This is a perfectly delightful sipper when served hot & a smooth, refreshing thirst-quencher when served iced. Oh, & it's VEGAN, gluten-free, allergen-free & organic!

Taster size is approximately 15g

organic ingredients: black teas, lemon verbena, lemon wedges & natural flavors

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Oh - yeah! I'm loving this!

As I mentioned in the description above, this is a flavor combination that I would usually overlook in favor of the more flashy, unique flavors. But, my mom asked me for a blend for her friend's birthday - so why not take this ordinary flavor combination that you can find just about anywhere & make it something special? I can do that, right?

As it turns out, yes I can! I'm really loving how this tea came out. There's a nice, bright lemon-y note here - but it's not too tart. The honey-ish notes soften the tartier notes of the lemon just enough to offer a smoother, sweeter lemon note that reminds me a bit of lemon curd. The honey has a really nice tone to it that tastes - well, it tastes like honey. But - worry not, it's VEGAN - so those of you who love honey teas but choose a vegan diet can now enjoy the delightful taste of a honey tea without the honey! 

to brew: this is a black tea & I ordinarily suggest a temperature of 205°F for my black teas but because of the Nilgiri in this blend, I recommend dropping the temperature slightly to a still very hot but not quite "nearly boiling" temperature of 195°F. You can go with the higher temperature if you please, but using a slightly lower temperature will help curb the bitter tones that may result from a hotter temperature. 

shake the pouch before you measure to ensure that the ingredients are all well-incorporated. use 2 1/2 grams of leaf to 12 ounces of very hot water (195°F) & allow to steep for 3 minutes. strain & allow to cool for at least 10 minutes. 

this tastes nice straight, without sweetener - but please note that there isn't actually HONEY in this blend, but a honey essence - which isn't - in & of itself - sweet. It tastes like honey, but it doesn't add sweetener of any type to the blend - & to enhance the flavors of the cup, you may find that a wee bit of sugar brings out the honey notes & the lemon-y tones of the cup to make it taste a bit more like honey & lemon. Don't over do it, though, I usually add a little less than half a teaspoon for a really flavorful cuppa.

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