Just finishing off my cup of this tea – which I’m taste testing. I think I finally got the heat just right!
My VIP who ordered this VIT wanted a lightly caffeinated detox type morning tea. So I started with a green tea base of several organic teas (Chun Mee, Gunpowder, Chinese Sencha & Yun Wu) and three types of tulsi leaf (Green, purple & wild leaf). Then I added lemon verbena, ginger root, red clover leaf & blossoms and cayenne pepper – all known for their cleansing abilities. I also added some dried lemon segments to add a little more lemony flavor to the cup. I used whole, dried cayenne peppers that I cut up into smaller bits for the tea.
And this tea BRINGS THE HEAT. The very beginning of the sip starts out sweet and herbaceous from the green tea, clover and tulsi. Less than a second later, I pick up on the lemon which is tart but also sweet. Almost immediately thereafter, the palate is hit with ginger and then the cayenne smacks my palate around with some serious heat.
It’s very warm – but not so hot that I’m running for the kitchen in search of something to cool the palate. It doesn’t bring tears to my eyes or sweat to my brow. it’s hot – probably the hottest teas that I’ve created thus far – but it’s still not an uncomfortable heat. I like that despite the heat of the cayenne, I’m able to enjoy the other flavors that this blend has to offer. I taste the ginger and the bright lemon notes. I taste the herbaceous tones from the other herbs and the green tea. I even get a nice buttery note from the tea.
This one will be available on the website soon!
Flavors: Butter, Ginger, Herbaceous, Lemon, Spicy