Tea of the Week for October 14, 2019!
And Was Reblended in March 2020 by Special Request!
Our Second Tea from our "I Love The Pacific Northwest" Collection!
Ever hear of Salt & Straw Ice Cream? They have locations throughout California now, but they got their start right here in the Pacific Northwest. Their flavors are fun and unique. I mean, how many other ice cream joints out there have a chocolate caramel potato chip cupcake ice cream? (Yeah, that's for real - it's the scoop I got last time I was in there and it was so good!)
So with this tea, I decided to celebrate the Pacific Northwest by celebrating Salt & Straw. I was inspired by two of my favorite Portland flavors: Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper and Pear & Bleu Cheese. (Yeah, they sound weird but they are really amazing.)
I started with organic Chinese Sencha for it's sweet, buttery flavor and it's creamy texture. Then I added just a little bit of Green Rooibos to add lightness & enhance the fruity flavors to come. I added strawberries, pears, some black peppercorns & a touch of cream cheese essence (instead of bleu cheese), some honey essence & a hint of brandy essence (instead of balsamic - don't worry, there's no alcohol in this blend!)
It may seem like a really weird concept & yes, I'll be real: I was worried about it at first but it really works together nicely. Some of the flavors are a bit more subtle than others but they all work together in this very unique yet flavorful blend that reminds me so much of Salt & Straw. They make some really unique flavors that may seem a bit weird when you first read the menu but when you taste it - the flavors are sublime!
Salt & Straw is such an inspiring place when it comes to flavors - they are anything BUT basic! I like to think that 52Teas is similar in that regard & this blend is anything but basic! The pear & strawberry flavors are forward, with notes of cream cheese & honey in the background. A subtle bite from the black pepper lingers toward the end of the sip and into the aftertaste. A very subtle note of brandy that weaves its way in & out. Very unique. Very tasty.
This unique, only found at 52Teas blend is all natural & organic, VEGAN, gluten-free, allergen-free & alcohol free!
Large size is approximately 50g
organic ingredients: green tea, green rooibos, strawberries, pears, black pepper, calendula petals & natural flavors
Note: I test all my teas first without sugar & then with a teensy bit of sugar added to taste the differences in flavor. I must say that this tea benefits from the addition. The flavors really come to life with the addition of just a teensy bit of sugar (about half a teaspoon per 12 ounces of tea). Still good without the sugar - this tea tastes more like what I envisioned for the blend (which was a combination of the two ice cream flavors) with the bit of sugar.