Tea of the Week for April 24, 2017: Berried Treasure (Black Tea)!
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Tea Description: Most of our blends with marshmallow root are genmaicha blends and I love those, of course, but I also have a fondness for marshmallow root in other types of teas. Marshmallow root has become one of my favorite herbs to work with because it softens/lightens a tea and adds a really delightful fluffy marshmallow-y taste to the cup at the same time.
With this blend, I started with a base of organic black teas from China and India. To those, I added an abundance of berry flavor - strawberry, blackberry & raspberry! - and some vanilla bean and bunch of marshmallow root. Then I added just a kiss of bergamot and a barely there hint of bourbon essence. It may seem like there's a whole lot going on with this blend - but the focus starts on the black tea and then makes way for the berry and marshmallow notes. The other flavors add just a hint of something else in the background - like a little surprise "treasure" for your palate to discover!
This is a very tasty tea - bursting with delicious berry flavor with a soft, fluffy marshmallow background note.
organic ingredients: black teas, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, marshmallow root, vanilla bean & natural flavors
Wowza! This tea is keeping my palate dancing with delight!
The berry flavor is really nice - notes of strawberry, raspberry and blackberry are front and center of this blend - and they play together really well. They aren't competing with one another, instead, they come together to offer a really beautiful medley of berry flavor that's mostly sweet but a little bit of tart greets you toward the finish and into the aftertaste with that berry tingle on the tongue. The hint of bergamot doesn't really impose it's flavor aggressively here, instead, it works to enhance some of those tart berry notes just a little (but not too much!)
The marshmallow and vanilla work together to create a creaminess in this cup. I find that as the tea is hot, the marshmallow notes are more of a background note but as the tea cools a bit, the marshmallow/vanilla works to soften the berry just a little bit more - a bit evocative of ice cream but in liquid form.
The bourbon is barely noticeable - almost to the point where it's not really necessary to mention it except that every once in a while, my palate stumbles upon a very distinct bourbon-ness.
Overall, very smooth and tasty - If you're a fan of summer berries - this tea is going to delight your tastebuds!
to brew: I recommend going a little heavy on the leaf with this one because there is a lot of marshmallow root and berries in the blend and you want to make sure that you get a good amount of black teas leaves in the measurement. Go with a over-heaping teaspoon (or 1 1/2 teaspoons) of tea to 12 ounces of boiling water. Let steep for 2 1/2 - 3 minutes (don't oversteep!). Strain and cool for 10 minutes. This is really good hot or iced!