Tea of the Week for February 19, 2018: You Are My Sunshine! (Green Rooibos)
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You Are My Sunshine! (Green Rooibos Blend)
Tea Description: Not too long ago, our featured reblend of the month was the very popular "Sun & Cloud Mist" which is a green tea blend with lemon and lemon-y herbs and marshmallow root. Shortly after I released it, one of my customers suggested that I do an herbal (naturally caffeine-free) version of the Sun & Cloud Mist. I put my mind to it and here it is - my naturally caffeine-free herbal version of Sun & Cloud Mist: You Are My Sunshine Green Rooibos!
I started with organic green rooibos which has a light, crisp flavor with a natural fruit note to it. Then I added a bunch of lemon-y herbs, including lemon grass, lemon balm, lemon myrtle, lemon verbena and lemon thyme. Then I added some dried lemon wedges and of course, I can't forget the marshmallow root!
This tastes a little lighter in flavor and has a lighter texture than Sun & Cloud Mist, otherwise, it's pretty spot on! It's sweet and tart and I love the creaminess from the marshmallow. Really nice!
PLEASE NOTE: On the labels, I have the lemon verbena incorrectly labeled as lemon myrtle. I'm sorry for the confusion!
organic ingredients: green rooibos, marshmallow root, lemon grass, lemon balm, lemon verbena, lemon thyme, lemons & natural flavors
This is really tasty! It reminds me a lot of the first time I tasted Sun & Cloud Mist - the bright, vibrant flavor of lemon with the smooth, creamy notes of marshmallow. I love that sweet-tart combination. The lemon is tart and tangy - but the marshmallow softens it just enough so that I'm not puckering. Very pleasant.
The lemon hits the palate right away - unmistakably lemon! The marshmallow comes in almost immediately afterward to sweeten the palate. It's lemony and fluffy and really quite a lovely cup!
to brew: I recommend using about 4g (I weighed it without the lemon wedge in the measurement - just the leaves! - to come to 4g. Allow a little more to make up for the weight of the lemon wedge as you'll get more flavor from the leaves than you will from the wedge) to 12 ounces of hot water (heated to 190°F). Let it steep for at least 8 minutes (you can steep it longer without worry - this won't become bitter!), strain and let it cool for at least 5 minutes before you start sipping.