Alfajores Yunnan Golden Needle Black Tea

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Black Tea
Black Tea, Calendula, Organic Coconut, Organic Natural Flavoring
Caramel, Coconut, Cream, Honey, Malt, Sugar, Brandy, Bread, Smooth, Vanilla, Root Beer
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 oz / 473 ml

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Tea of the Week for October 18, 2021!

Oh My Tea! This tea – this tea is so good!

When I ordered this Yunnan Golden Needles, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it. To be honest, I just loved the way the leaves looked. So pretty!

When I received the tea, I taste tested it & determined what ever flavor I decided to go with – it needed to have a caramel-y component to it because the unflavored leaf has a strong caramel note to it (but it should not be confused with the Wild Arbor Assamica from Yunnan – which also does have a caramel-y note to it, but this Golden Needle Yunnan has a distinct Yunnan quality to it – it has the smoothness of a Yunnan.)

For the blend that would include these beautiful Yunnan Golden Needles, I decided to go with a flavor profile I’ve been imagining for a tea for some time: Alfajores! Hints of buttery shortbread with a hint of brandy, lots of dulce de leche & coconut. This is sweet, smooth & delicious.

When you brew this tea, keep in mind that you need to wait to allow it to cool for just a bit. I know it’s gonna be hard to do – it’s hard for me to do too – but the flavors will come into focus with some time to cool slightly. Just wait about 10 minutes, the tea will still be nice & hot, but not quite as right-out-of-the-teapot hot. Trust me, your patience will be rewarded with an amazing flavor that is not only delicious, it’s also vegan, gluten-free, allergen-free & all natural!

ingredients: black tea, organic coconut, organic calendula & organic natural flavors

to brew: use 3g of leaf to 12oz of nearly boiling water (205°) & steep for 3 minutes. strain & allow to cool for at least 10 minutes. Enjoy!

As I mentioned previously, a little bit of cool time (10 minutes) will bring the flavors into focus. A wee bit of sugar will also enhance the dulce de leche & shortbread cookie notes just a bit.

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I have decided to adapt my cold foam recipe for a latte topper as the cooler weather will be here soon enough. Basically I take 2 tbsps each of flavour syrup (salted caramel for this) and milk and then fill the frother to the line with whipping cream. Added that to this steeped tea and it was so caramel-y and rich. Honestly soooo good!!

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Tea from crowkettle tea friends to the rescue with increasing the variatea in my cupboard while i wait for orders and to order. haha. I had this yesterday and forgot to take notes. soooo um thank you crowkettle! and more to come later hahaha

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Yes, delicious. Smooth and malty base, caramelly, coconutty; the flavours, coconut especially, really bloom in the aftertaste which is one of my favourite things about good teas. Also – I’m drinking this after eating a bunch of pita and garlic sauce, so it’s impressive that I can taste it this well! Looking forward to trying this with a cleaner palate next time.

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Creamy coconut custard. Need to revisit this.

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The weather is gloomy rain and I got my booster shot today. The two books I’m currently flipping between are both slowburn tales. (The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley is whimsical and slow; The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara is repulsive and slow, with a MC who has the hubris and “issues” of Victor Frankenstein x100, with extra content warnings.)

Mood: lethargic. I need to put together a parcel and pack up the Christmas decorations. Tomorrow. Tonight is for this tea and too many blankets.

Flavors: Brandy, Bread, Caramel, Coconut, Cream, Honey, Malt, Root Beer, Smooth, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Hurray for booster day! Hope the after effects are easy and mild.

I hope you have treats for today too.


Lots of treats, and infinite books! +300 unread ones on my kobo (my book hoarding is worse than my tea collection).

The side effects seem mild again (fingers crossed).


Glad to hear you got your booster! And yes, The People in the Trees is a disturbing book.

Evol Ving Ness

Good to hear that after effects are gentle. Yay!

My (Moderna) booster exhausted me. I slept and slept and ate and ate and then I was fine.

I hear you. Books and tea both happily crowd me.


@Evol Ving Ness. That sounds identical to my day. I took so many naps this evening, and ate so much food..

@Leafhopper, this is my first Hanya Yanagihara novel; it’s definitely compelling so far, despite the heavy themes, unpalatable narrator(s), and real-world tie-in with Carleton Gajdusek :|

Evol Ving Ness

Oh, in that case, you should wake up in reasonably fine form.

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