On The Second Day of Christmas . . . (2017 Edition)
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Today is the 2nd day of Christmas - how nice it is to be counting down the days with TEA! We have a new tea today - one I crafted just for the holiday season!
Holiday Marmalade Green Tea
Tea Description: At the time of blending this, I didn't know if there's really any such thing as a 'Holiday Marmalade' but this tastes like what I think a holiday marmalade should taste like: bright orange with a creamy note to it - like orange curd. Then there are the spices that offer a warm taste to this citrus-y treat that isn't spicy, just cozy and comforting. (I guess there is a guitar 'jam' called Holiday Marmalade that I never knew existed until I googled "Holiday Marmalade". Kind of awesome!)
I chose our organic Chinese Sencha for this blend because I wanted to emphasize the creaminess here and I felt that the sweet, buttery profile of the Sencha would be perfect for that. Then I added orange wedges, vanilla bean, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves & nutmeg.
It's sweet, bright, warm and inviting. The kind of tea you want to serve to your holiday guests!
organic ingredients: green tea, oranges, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla bean & natural flavors
I think I'm in love with this tea!
I love how the creamy sweetness and the orange work together here - it tastes almost custard-y, evoking thoughts of a warm bread pudding topped with cream and orange sauce. Which sounds really quite lovely, doesn't it?
And while it does remind me quite a bit of the aforementioned warm bread pudding topped with cream and orange sauce, I didn't call it that because I don't really get 'bread' so much as I get an almost cake-like flavor, like cake was used in place of bread in the bread pudding. But, it's still not exactly cake-like. It's creamy and thick, but not quite as thick as a custard or pudding - it's more like a creamy curd, a creamy orange curd that's been spiced with warm holiday spices.
So, I hope that the name Holiday Marmalade covers all that for you! If not, I hope you'll excuse the name but still try the tea because it's really quite a delight to sip!
to brew: use a slightly rounded teaspoon of leaf to 12 ounces of hot water (heated to 175°F) and let steep for 2 minutes. strain and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. Enjoy!