Tea of the Week for November 2, 2020!
My favorite way to prepare pumpkin pie is to top the pie with candied (praline) pecans. This tea is kind of inspired by that idea, but instead of pecan essence, I used Hazelnut essence because - why not? It sounded yummy when I was coming up with the recipe, so I went with it.
The base is a blend of several Yunnan grown black teas: Bu Lang, Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong & Menghu Assamica. Together, they create a very rich yet smooth tasting base - I'm noticing very little astringency here & absolutely no bitterness. Just smooth, deliciously rich flavor. To this blend, I added a bunch of freeze-dried pumpkin, a little bit of cinnamon & nutmeg & hazelnut & praline essences to create a rather delectable cuppa. Truly a delight!
Because of the base I used here - this particular blend is a one-of-a-kind blend & one that I'll not likely reblend anytime soon (if at all) - so it's one that you need to grab while it's here because once it's gone, it may not return. Supply is EXTREMELY limited. Despite the Hazelnut essence, this IS nut-free. It is also VEGAN & gluten-free!
Taster pouch is approximately 9g
ingredients: black teas
organic ingredients: pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg & natural flavors
Oh my goodness - this tea is heavenly!
The pumpkin with the praline notes is simply delightful. The spices add warmth without overpowering the cup. The hazelnut notes are nicely defined. The black tea base is quite lovely. Every sip offers a wonderful moment.
I really don't know what else there is to say about this tea - except that quantities are EXTREMELY limited so this is something you should grab while it's here.
to brew: you're gonna need a scale for this - there's no other way to say it. you can eyeball it, of course, but because of the size of these leaves, I highly recommend a scale. give the pouch a gentle, upside-down shake before you measure it because some of the nutmeg and cinnamon will sift to the bottom of the pouch. use 3g of leaf to 12 ounces of nearly boiling water (205°F) & steep for 3 minutes. strain & allow to cool for 10 minutes. enjoy!
This is one that a wee bit of sugar does help to enhance the warmth of the spices as well as the praline notes. Not a required ingredient, but it does help bring out those flavors. It's a different cup with the addition.