My very first JUST BECAUSE Tea!
What does ‘just because tea’ mean? It means this is a blend I created just because I wanted to! Not a tea of the week, not a special VIT – just something I created during a much needed ‘tea play time’!
Last month, I did something that I don’t often do. I went into the tea studio and I just played around with tea. I know that maybe some of you think that’s ALL I do – but really, when I usually enter the tea studio, I do so with a plan and a specific recipe in mind. This time, I didn’t – although, given how behind I have been over the past few months, I probably SHOULD have been geared with a plan. But I just decided that I needed a ‘free day’ – it was time to just do something fun.
And this is the tea that resulted from my play day. I combined an array of black teas: Yunnan Gold, Fujian, 2 distinctly different Assamica varieties, as well as some Assam and Ceylon. This combination creates a very rich, smooth cuppa – very flavorful!
After I finished putting these teas into my blending pan, I added bananas. Because – bananas. I love banana teas and I probably could make a banana tea every month and not get tired of it. YOU might get tired of it though, and I do need to consider you in my thought process – but since this was my play day, I reached for one of my favorite flavors – banana! Then I grabbed some coconut because coconut and banana play very nicely together (and because I love coconut almost as much as I love banana).
Then, because I can never leave well enough alone, I added some vanilla bean for an additional creamy element (because you know, bananas and coconut apparently isn’t creamy enough)! It wasn’t until I was finished blending all of these flavors that I realized that this would probably turn out to be very similar to our Banana Pudding tea except, of course, the black tea base is significantly different – so there is that.
Anyway, now that I’m finished processing subscriptions for November, I decided to go back to my play day pan and see what came of the blend I crafted that day.
YUM! I guess it comes as no surprise that this does remind me quite a bit of the banana pudding tea (as I thought it would). But this is different – and not just from the base. I added more coconut to this (which comes from going into the studio without a recipe in hand and just going freestyle). There’s a little less ‘vanilla/creamy’ and a bit more coconut and banana.
I really like this – and I made enough to share! (But not a whole lot!)
Taster size is approximately 15g
ingredients: black teas
organic ingredients: black teas, bananas, coconut, vanilla bean & natural flavors