Tea of the Week for January 23, 2017: Lemon Coconut Green Tea!
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We're releasing information on this tea just a little bit early because we had quite a month this month! The other teas of this month were released late (except - arguably - the tea of the week for January 16) so it only seems fair to release one early, right?
Tea Description: Why should limes get all the coconuts?
I took lemons and coconuts and mixed them into a single garden Zomba Steamed green tea from the Satemwa estate in Malawi. I like the way the coconut cuts through the sour, bitter bite of the lemon - leaving just the softer, sweeter side to the sunny citrus fruit. Mere hints of the tartness of lemon emerge and weave their way in and out of the sip - never in a pucker-y way - instead serving as a hint of brightness to this cup.
The coconut is definitely the stronger of the two flavors here - and that's what I was going for because lemon can be very dominating! I wanted a strong coconut presence and a soft *hint* of lemon and that's what I feel I've achieved here.
This cuppa is like a bright, warm hint of sunshine in the middle of this cold winter! A very welcome taste!
ingredients: fair trade green tea, organic lemons, organic unsweetened coconut and organic natural flavors
This month has been an adventure for me - after having finished getting all the 12 Teas of Christmas boxes out and on their way at the end of November and the subscription boxes out and on their way for December, I started working on the teas for January and a couple of the teas needed a bit of tweaking so despite my best efforts, my subscription boxes didn't get shipped out when I planned (I always shoot for the day or a couple of days before the first of the month but it would seem that 52Teas is very much subject to Finagle's Law except that I might like to include a "probably" in that law because those things that could go wrong don't always go wrong - just frequently and at what seems to be the worst possible moment for me in my own little tea world.
Hopefully this month's bunch of yummy teas will make up for the tardiness of the box. This was one of only two teas that didn't require tweaking this month. The fair-traded, Rainforest Alliance certified Zomba Steamed green tea from the Satemwa estate has a natural citrus-y tone to it that I felt would work well with this combination of lemon and coconut. I wanted to go fairly easy on the lemon because as I mentioned in the tea description above, lemon can be a very dominating flavor in tea and I wanted a nice, sweet, smooth coconut flavor to emerge. I felt that too much lemon would cut right through the lovely coconut nuances so I started off very lightly with the lemon, thinking that if I wanted more lemon I could add a little more after the first taste test. You can always add more but you can't very well take it away once it's in there. It reminds me of the Mad Tea Party in Alice in Wonderland when the Mad Hatter offers Alice more tea and she says, "I haven't had any yet, so I can't very well take more." To which she is reminded that she can always take more of nothing but she cannot take less.
Yes, I am in a bit of a mood this evening, aren't I?
Anyway, this tea is lovely! A very smooth, sweet coconut flavor with bright notes of lemon weaving their way in and out of the sip. The Satemwa base is remarkably smooth and almost buttery when mixed with these flavors - everything came together just as I wanted it to!
To brew: These leaves are large and bulky, so I don't think that the usual "perfect teaspoon" would offer a very accurate measurement for this tea. Instead, I recommend going to the cutlery drawer and using a teaspoon like you might use to stir your tea and go with a somewhat heaping spoonful of the tea to 12 ounces of hot water. (180°F) Let it steep for 2 - 2 1/2 minutes (I went with 2 1/2 minutes). Strain and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Enjoy!