Tea of the Week for March 6, 2017: Something Different Green Tea/Tulsi Blend!
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Something Different! (A Green Tea & Tulsi Blend)
Tea Description: I was inspired to create this blend when I came across a recipe for a 'different' kind of fruit salad that included strawberries, pineapple and other fruits, tossed with lime juice and then seasoned with black pepper and a little bit of cayenne pepper for an added kick. I liked the idea of that kind of fruity blend combined with the kick of zesty pepper and spicy cayenne so I decided to create a tea that captured those flavors.
For a base, I went with a light, refreshing blend of green teas including some Zomba steamed green tea from the Satemwa Estate in Malawi as well as some Gunpowder and Sencha from China. Then I added a blend of Tulsi leaves (Green, Purple and Wild Leaf) to enhance the spiced characteristics of this blend.
I added some dried fruit (pineapple, strawberries and limes) and some black and long peppercorns as well as some cayenne pepper and natural flavors. The result is a sweet, fruity tea with some heat! The heat isn't overpowering - but it's enough to keep things interesting.
ingredients: green tea, organic green teas, organic tulsi (green, purple & wild leaf), organic pineapple, organic strawberries, limes, organic peppercorns, organic long pepper, organic cayenne pepper and organic natural flavors.
As I mentioned above, I was inspired to create this tea by a recipe for an intriguing fruit salad that incorporated sweet, juicy and tangy fruits and the heat of pepper and cayenne. I love the contrast of sweet and spicy - so this tea idea was something I NEEDED to try! I went with a green tea and tulsi base because I thought the natural sweet, light flavors of the green tea would play nicely with the fruit flavors while the tulsi would draw some attention to the addition of black pepper and cayenne.
The cup is definitely more sweet than it is spicy and that's what I was going for. The heat gradually builds on the back of the throat and eventually warms the whole palate without scorching it. By mid-cup, things are warm but not uncomfortably hot. The soft vegetal notes of the green tea weave their way in and out of the sip while the fruit notes remain present throughout. The tulsi enhances the spicy notes, offering hints of warm clove, basil and just a hint of cooling mint.
A really interesting cuppa! It's definitely something different - but not so different that you're not gonna wanna try it!
to brew: I recommend using 2 tsp of tea to 12 ounces of hot water (180°F). Steep for 3 minutes. Strain and allow to cool for 5 minutes before you start sipping!
I prefer this tea hot because it seems to work in favor of the spices - so you don't want to let it cool TOO much.