Tea of the Week for October 12, 2020!
The Second Tea of our Trick Or Treat Theme for October 2020!
I know Pumpkin Spice can be somewhat polarizing. There are those that love it & those that detest it. I'm with the love it crowd - I don't drink a lot of pumpkin spice lattes because - coffee, not my thing - but I do drink quite a few pumpkin spice chai lattes this time of year & I like to create at least a couple of pumpkin blends each year. Here's my first pumpkin blend for fall 2020- a combination of the go-to pumpkin spice & the classic 52Teas favorite flavor Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha!
I'm loving how this one turned out! It starts out with our organic Genmaicha & our original Marshmallow Treat recipe - then I added some cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg & allspice ... & of course, PUMPKIN! The result: Nice pumpkin-y notes, warm spices & of course, that fluffy, marshmallow-y sweet from our Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha!
This tastes like what happens when you add pumpkin pie to your marshmallow treat recipe - liquified with some green tea! YUMMY!
Taster size is approximately 15g
organic ingredients: green tea, toasted/popped rice, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, pumpkin, marshmallow root & natural flavors
I wasn't sure what to expect when I went into the first taste testing of this tea. I knew what I HOPED would happen but it seems like - as with many things 2020 - blends don't always come out the way I hope they will with the first taste test. Fortunately, the pumpkin spice spirits were happy the day I blended this tea & they smiled upon me & gave this blend their blessing, because this turned out just the way I hoped it would.
It's light yet invigorating, with a pleasing warmth from the spice (but not too spicy) & a nice amount of pumpkin-y flavor - yet not so much that it overpowers the soft, marshmallow-y notes. Each of the flavors gets their moment to shine through here & I'm loving it!
to brew: give the blend a real good shake before you measure it. This blend has a bunch of spices in it and you want a good representation of everything in the blend when you steep it!
use 3g of leaf to 12 ounces of hot water (175°F) & allow to steep for 2 minutes. strain & allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. enjoy!
I do recommend serving this with just a teensy bit of sugar. I think that a little bit of sugar always enhances teas with spices - & that's no exception here. The spices are nicely defined with the addition of the sugar, as is the marshmallow and the pumpkin.