Tea of the Week for June 8, 2020!
My mom mentioned to me that she wanted a berry iced tea for these hot summer days - so I was happy to oblige her & create a mixed berry flavored black tea - created specifically for iced tea brewing!
For this blend, I started with an organic BOP Iyerpadi black tea. It's a crisp, bold, flavorful (with notes of fruit & malt) & remarkably smooth tea. It's a single garden tea grown near the Nigiri region of South India & it makes a stellar base for iced tea. To this tea, I added a medley of berries: strawberries, blackberries, blueberries & raspberries.
This makes a really flavorful cup. My first test of this tea was tasted as a hot tea & it was wonderful. My second test of this tea was served as it was intended: as an iced tea & it is AMAZING! An abundance of berry flavor - sweet & tart - with a smooth, slightly malty, flavorful base that melds beautifully with the fruit.
It's an organic, VEGAN, gluten-free & allergen free blend - perfect for your iced tea needs this summer!
Taster pouch is approximately 15g
organic ingredients: black tea, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries & natural flavors
This turned out even better than I anticipated. This is my first time working with the Iyerpadi BOP, but it won't be my last! The tea reminds me of a Nilgiri - but I feel like it's a little more 'solid' of a flavor - like something between a malty Assam & a fruity Darjeeling. Rich, flavorful & crisp. Smooth!
The base allows the berry flavors to shine - while still providing a presence of flavorful black tea taste. Really, really nice!
to brew: start with 2 1/2 grams of leaf & fruit to 12 ounces of freshly filtered, cold water.
hot brewing method: heat water to 205°F (near boiling) & steep with leaf & fruit for 2 minutes. strain & allow to cool completely before you refrigerate. For best flavor, do not dilute (or if you prefer to use the dilution method, use more leaf to create a concentrate).
cold brewing method: put the leaf & fruit in a glass jar or pitcher & allow to steep for at least 4 hours. I generally cold brew overnight (8 hours or so) & never experience bitterness with my cold brewed teas.