Monday, February 25, 2013

Handmade Tea Sweet Potato Pie

Country of Origin: Taiwan
Leaf Appearance: small and dark with lots of marshmallows and sweet potato pieces
Ingredients: oolong, sweet potato pieces, marshmallows
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: dark amber

The Formosa oolong base of this tea was earthy and sweet with no bitterness or astringency. The tasting notes that accompanied it described the taste as raisiny and I can definitely see that connection. The sweet potatoes added a meaty thickness while the sweet marshmallows rounded out the flavor profile. I was worried that they might make things too sweet but this blend had great balance. The only other time that I've had marshmallows in tea was when I reviewed the Toasted Marshmallow from David's Tea. This blend is probably one of the most unusual that I've tried. Though, I've come to expect the unexpected when it comes to Handmade Tea. I normally share my Handmade Tea tins with everyone at work since I always have so many tea samples to get to but I think that I'll be keeping this one for myself.

You can find out more about Handmade Tea here.