Tea of the Week for March 20, 2017: Mango Blueberry Crumble Honeybush!
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Mango Blueberry Crumble Honeybush!
Tea Description: It's been a couple of months since I've done a honeybush blend, so I wanted our next honeybush creation to be something spectacular! And yep, I do believe this tea fills the bill!
Your nose is instantly greeted with the strong essence of nut. Worry not - this is completely tree-nut free! Hints of blueberry and mango are also present in the aroma. The flavor is nutty, sweet and a little bit tangy. The nutty flavors remind me of the sweet pecan and brown sugar crumble toppings on a fruit crumble. Then I notice sweet blueberries and mango - together, these two fruits produce more of a 'fruity' presence than one that is distinctly blueberry and mango. There is a touch of warmth from allspice and nutmeg. If you're looking for dessert in a teacup - this tea will give you what you're looking for!
organic ingredients: honeybush, mangoes, blueberries, allspice, nutmeg and natural flavors
Yum! I was really excited about this blend because mango and blueberry is not a combination that you see everyday, right? But then after I told Mat what I had just blended - he was skeptical and thought it was one of the weirder combinations that I've come up with. (I have to disagree.)
But now that I'm sitting here, sipping on this - I'm so thrilled with how it came out. The blueberry and mango play together magnificently - it's sweet and just a little bit tangy with a hint of tartness that lingers in the aftertaste.
One of the comments I often see when it comes to 'nutty' flavored teas like this - is that the nutty isn't a strong enough flavor so I wanted to go a bit heavy on the sweet, brown-sugary, buttery pecan flavors to make sure that this flavor was not missed. It's definitely there! The honeybush provides a nice nutty foundation and I added some essence (it's still 100% tree-nut-free, I assure you!) to bring out a slightly buttery, sweet and nutty crumble taste. When served as a hot beverage, this ends up tasting a lot like a warm dessert - fresh from the oven!
to brew: I recommend using 1 1/2 to 2 tsp of leaf to 12 ounces of hot water (heated to 195°F) and let it steep for at least 6 minutes and up to 10 minutes. You can actually steep it longer than that - but I find that 8 minutes is enough for a strongly flavored beverage. Let it cool for at least 5 minutes to allow the flavors to develop. It's delicious without sweetener - but add a half a teaspoon of brown sugar for a taste that's out of this world!