Tea of the Week for November 6, 2017!
When it comes to writing these tea descriptions, I try to recall what my inspiration was to create the blend. That's proving a little difficult at the moment, because I really don't recall what it was that inspired me to create this blend. I knew I wanted to create a white tea & houjicha blend. I wanted something that works well with the sweet, smooth yet toasty flavor that comes with this combination of tea leaves. My first thought is "Maple!" Because - maple. Do I need to explain or is "because maple" a good enough explanation on it's own?
Earlier this year, I crafted a "Maple Forest" blend that was houjicha & white tea, in that case, it was a shou mei white tea. This time around, I am using an air-dried "Moonlight White" (or Yue Guang Bai) which has a softer flavor than the more assertive shou mei and I think I like it better than the shou mei. I like the way the lightness of the Yue Guang Bai unites with the houjicha for a flavor that's both sweet and toasty as well as a smooth, silky texture. And I went heavier on the white tea than the green this time around - so that the roasted flavor from the green tea was more of an accent note rather than a strong flavor profile.
Despite the difference in white teas here and the lighter touch of houjicha - I wanted something else to make this stand out as a distinctly different blend from the Maple Forest so I decided to add some spice. Why not, right? So, I added some cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg for a little warmth and because of the smooth, silky texture of this blend, I decided to add some creamy vanilla notes to the Maple.
This is a deliciously maple, creamy, cozy kind of tea experience! Very yum!
Taster size is approximately 15g
ingredients: white tea
organic ingredients: roasted green tea, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla bean & natural flavors