Tea of the Week for April 9, 2018!
This blend was inspired by a past episode of Top Chef - Mat and I have been binge-watching some old seasons of the show - and one of the contestants created a dish that had kumquat, orange, cucumber and chili peppers. I think that it was a cucumber salad with a dressing made of kumquat, orange and chili peppers, but I'm not sure. I just remembered these four ingredients - and a lightbulb went off in my head and I decided that I should try these flavors in a tea.
I started with a blend of organic black teas - a malty Assam, a rich Yunnan and a smooth Ceylon - and added cucumbers, oranges and kumquat essence. To this, I chopped up some dried, organic cayenne peppers.
This tea is a fantastic juxtaposition of flavors: it's sweet, it's savory, it's tart, it's spicy... and with all these interesting contrasts, a balance is achieved. The black tea base is solid. A truly lovely tea!
Taster size is approximately 15g
organic ingredients: black teas, cucumbers, cayenne peppers, oranges & natural flavors