Tea of the Week for October 4, 2021!
With one of my recent Tea orders, I purchased a first flush Darjeeling. At the time, I had an idea of what I planned on doing with it, however, somewhere down the line, I decided to postpone that idea but I didn’t want to postpone using the tea (I like to keep the teas we use as fresh as possible!) so I took the Darjeeling on a test taste & picked up on some lovely fruit notes that were reminiscent of apple – a crisp, light flavor that I felt would complement an apple blend really nicely. There were also some piquant spice notes that – while delicate – kept my palate intrigued.
Thus the idea of an Apple Gingersnap was born: I imagined a gingersnap cookie that was crafted using applesauce rather than sugar. Something lightly sweet, crisp with a delicate bite of spice that would warm the back of the palate.
This blend starts with the aforementioned first flush Darjeeling. I added some freeze-dried apples (both Fuji & Granny Smith), ginger root & candied ginger. The cup is apple-y sweet but not overwhelmingly so, with a peppery zing of ginger that is also just a bit sweet. A really pleasant taste – would make a really nice afternoon tea – perfect with biscotti or perhaps a spice cookie – or dare I say – a gingersnap!
This blend is organic, vegan, gluten-free, allergen-free & all natural!
organic ingredients: black tea, ginger root, candied ginger (organic cane sugar, organic ginger root), apples & natural flavors
to brew: shake the pouch well before measuring to ensure the ingredients are well distributed throughout. use 3g of tea to 12oz of near boiling water (195°F) & allow to steep for 2 ½ minutes. strain & allow to cool for 5 – 10 minutes to allow flavors to develop.
As this is a Darjeeling black tea, I recommend a slightly lower temperature than with other black tea types. Darjeeling tends to be a little more delicate & can become quite dry & even a little astringent if the water is too hot or if the tea is steeped too long. I find that by lowering the temperature by 10 degrees, the flavor comes through more smoothly with Darjeeling teas.