December's Featured Reblend: Pomegranate Green Tea!
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Tea Description: I decided to reblend this one because I had several requests for it and it's one of the highest rated teas for 52Teas on Steepster. I wasn't able to find a review that I had written for this tea - so I suspect that it must be a tea that Frank crafted prior to my becoming a dedicated customer and subscriber. I don't remember trying it either.
However, it's a fairly simple recipe so I felt pretty confident that I could reblend it. And right off the bat, I took a different route with it - using a blend of organic Chun Mee and Gunpowder rather than Chinese Sencha.
Frank described this tea as:
Pomegranate flavored green tea with real freeze dried pomegranate arils and our naturally buttery-sweet Chinese sencha green tea.
I still went with freeze-dried pomegranate arils because - well, it was either that or air-dried pomegranate arils - which are incredibly sticky and messy. Freeze-dried pomegranate arils are also sticky, but not nearly as sticky as the air-dried stuff.
I love it! The green tea blend has a sweet flavor that's somewhat grassy, but not overly so. It melds nicely with the fruity notes of the pomegranate that's tart but also pleasantly sweet. It has an aftertaste that reminds me of the aftertaste I'd experience after eating a fresh pomegranate aril - so I think I achieved what I set out to achieve!
Tasty stuff - this!
ingredients: organic green teas, pomegranate arils & organic natural flavors
I love pomegranate and I do think that this is a tea I would have bought even if I wasn't yet a subscriber to 52Teas, had I known of 52Teas - so I'm thinking that this tea may have come into existence before I knew about 52Teas. I had heard of them while doing an online search for bacon tea - and that's how I found them. Of course, I ordered some bacon tea!
As I've said many times before, flavored tea benefits greatly from a slight 'wait' time after it's been steeped. Just a few minutes - long enough to allow it to cool to a comfortable drinking temperature. This allows the flavors to really develop and pop! And after about 5 minutes, the flavors here really have POPPED!
A bright, sweet-tart fruity note of pomegranate washes over the palate as I sip - and it tastes amazing with the smooth, sweet flavor of the Chun Mee and Gunpowder. I think that I actually would prefer this combination over a Chinese Sencha base (although, as I said, I don't think I actually tried that one) because I find my blend tends to taste crisper and more refreshing. And it works with the refreshing taste of pomegranate quite well!
to brew: a level to slightly rounded teaspoon of tea leaves to 12 ounces of hot water (175°F) - let it steep for 2 minutes. strain and allow to cool for 5 minutes or so. Enjoy!