March 2017 Featured Reblend: Rainbow Sherbet Black Tea!
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As some of you may recall, I conducted a poll last year (in June or July) to find out which teas you wanted reblended for the 12 Teas of Christmas box. Of all the teas that were in the poll - of all the teas that I didn't re-blend for the box - this tea received the most votes which is why I decided I needed to feature it as a reblend this year. It's a really tasty tea - and one that tastes amazing iced so I figured March was a good time to feature it - just before the iced tea season so that you have time to stock up on this little gem before it's all gone!
Tea Description: When I blended this tea, my tea studio smelled amazing for nearly a month! Strong, delicious scents of raspberry, lime and orange! Mmm! (Just one of the perks of having the greatest job on earth!)
Here's an exerpt from the original description of this tea:
We’ve blended our premium Indian black teas with real freeze-dried orange sections, freeze-dried raspberries and natural lime, orange and raspberry flavors (with just a touch of natural vanilla flavor to give it that smooth sherbet essence).
This tea SMELLS simply INCREDIBLE, like you just popped open a carton of rainbow sherbet, and the flavor is like someone melted a scoop of rainbow sherbet in your tea. Lime, orange, raspberry–who knew such an unusual combination would prove to be so delicious?
It's been a while since I've last tasted the Rainbow Sherbet, but I think I did it justice. Do allow some cooling time for this tea, when sipped very hot, it comes off a tad astringent. The astringency wanes after a few minutes of cool time and as an added bonus, the flavors really POP when the tea has had a few minutes to cool! This is really yummy!
organic ingredients: black teas, freeze-dried raspberries, lime segments, orange segments, vanilla bean & natural flavors
As I mentioned above in the tea description (from the first reblend that I did of this tea) my tea studio smells amazing when I blend this tea and it is a fragrance that permeates the space for many days to come.
This was one of my favorite teas back when I was a tea reviewer and subscriber to Frank's tea of the week - and I still adore it - perhaps more because I do prefer the teas that I use. The black base is a rich combination of teas from China and India. It's smooth and flavorful but still robust enough to serve as a early morning brew if that's what you're looking for.
The flavors of raspberry, orange and lime are bright and tart with just enough sweetness - a sweetness that benefits from the addition of vanilla bean. The vanilla adds just a hint of creaminess which lends itself to the 'sherbet' part of this tea.
to brew: don't overleaf this one! I recommend 1 teaspoon of tea to 12 ounces boiling water. Steep for 2 1/2 minutes, strain, and let cool for 10 minutes. The flavors pop after some cool time!