Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Handmade Tea Krampus Brew

Country of Origin: not listed
Leaf Appearance: tightly rolled, juicy cherries
Ingredients: gunpowder green tea, dried cherries, cinnamon, and cloves
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 185 degrees
Preparation Method:
Liquor: gold

I'm always raving about +Handmade Tea's blends but they really are just that good. The December offering was one I wish I could buy by the pound. It featured a smoky gunpowder green tea base. It was smooth and sweet with just the right amount of astringency. The cherries added a hint of tart sweetness. Although they were dried, they had a deliciously juicy look to them. I've only seen cherries used in a few teas but they worked really well in this one. The cinnamon and cloves added a comforting and festive touch as well as a cooling aftertaste. My monthly shipments usually keep me company at work and I have a feel this one will be gone very quickly. Oh and in case you didn't know, Krampus "is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish bad children during the Yule season."

You can find out more about this tea here.