Tea of the Week for September 25, 2017: Golden Mulberry Genmaicha!
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Tea Description: I think I've only utilized mulberry in one other blend - and it was with a combination of berries so you didn't really get much MULBERRY from that blend - well, this blend makes up for that! This blend packs a mulberry wallop!
I started with an organic Matcha infused Genmaicha blend and added lots of mulberries. Then I added some marshmallow root to add a touch of softness to the bright berry flavor. The marshmallow isn't meant to be a strong profile here, just a little hint of something sweet and creamy to the very vibrant mulberry flavor.
organic ingredients: green teas, toasted rice, mulberries, marshmallow root & natural flavors
Wowza! This tea surprised me! I don't have a lot of experience with mulberries - I can't really think of a time when I've actually eaten mulberries or anything with mulberries in it. I've had lots of other berries, but mulberries? Not so much.
So when I received the dried mulberries, I tasted a few to find out what I was dealing with. They're tart and tangy - and any of you who are familiar with my reviews of the past, you're probably well aware that I'm not the biggest fan of tart and tangy - which is why I decided to add some marshmallow root to the blend - to soften the tartness just a bit.
Even so, I wanted mulberries to be the main focus of the blend so I didn't want the marshmallow root to take over. This blend still packs a tart and tangy punch - especially in the first few sips. The first half of the cup was very mulberry followed by notes of warm, toasty genmaicha. By the time I reach mid-cup, there's a soft, creamy note from the marshmallow root and the Matcha.
I like this a whole lot more than I expected to! It's a goody!
to brew: give the pouch a good shake to incorporate the ingredients. Measure 1 rounded teaspoon of leaf to 12 ounces of hot water (heated to 175°F), steep for 2 minutes. Strain and let cool for at least 5 minutes. Enjoy!