November's Featured Reblend: Cranberry Creme Black Tea!
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Tea Description: This past summer, I ran a poll on our website to determine which teas would be featured in the 12 Teas of Christmas box - and this tea was among the teas in the running. Well, here's a spoiler alert: this tea won't be in the box!
That's because we decided to instead make it the Featured Reblend for November. This tea had a very strong showing in the votes but didn't quite earn enough votes to win - but still enough for us to recognize that people wanted this tea reblended - so we decided to reblend it now. Besides: it's a fantastic tea that we're happy to have back in stock!
Our original description of this tea was:
I wanted to create a cranberry flavored black tea - but I didn't want to go for a straightforward cranberry black tea because that's been done. At first, I was going to go with a cranberry custard pie flavor but my initial taste tests of that blend proved to be underwhelming. So instead, I went with a cranberry tea with a creamy custard-y flavor. It has a tangy cranberry note but the edgier, tartier flavors of the cranberry are softened by the sweet, vanilla creme notes. It's tasty!
I stayed true to the recipe with this one and I think it's every bit as lovely as I remember our first batch being: tangy cranberry notes, a kiss of warmth from the cinnamon and creamy vanilla. A truly fantastic winter blend!
organic ingredients: black teas, freeze dried cranberries, cinnamon pieces, vanilla bean and all-natural flavors
This blend offers memories of my first Christmas as 52Teas mad tea artist. It was one of the first teas that I needed to be a bit creative with - because my original concept didn't quite work out the way I had planned. But it worked out beautifully anyway, because I really loved the tea - even though it didn't quite taste the way I had originally planned. Fortunately for me - this early 'mishap' was easily remedied, I just needed to change the name because that was really the only 'mistake' - the blend tasted delicious, it just didn't taste like a cranberry tart to me. It tasted more like cranberries and cream with cinnamon.
This is pleasantly tart (and I'm not a big fan of tart - so it's something for me to call it "pleasantly tart.") with a lovely, creamy sweetness from the vanilla. The cinnamon adds a touch of spice to it and complements the two main flavor profiles very nicely. Glad to have this one back in my stash for a while!
to brew: don't overleaf this one - I found that the cup would end up rather astringent when overleafed. I used a rounded teaspoon of tea to 12 ounces of hot water (almost boiling: 205°F). steep for 2 1/2 minutes (don't oversteep!), strain and let cool for about 10 minutes. I haven't tried this one iced - but it sure is lovely hot - I like it served as a latte but if you do want to go latte with it, be sure to brew it strong so that you don't wash out the flavors with the milk!