Thursday, May 30, 2013

Handmade Tea Iced Lemon Mint

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: small, dark with lots of lemon peels and bits of mint
Ingredients: Panyang Congou black tea, lemon peel, peppermint, spearmint and wintergreen
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: reddish brown

I am a complete mint addict, especially once the warmer weather comes around. Caleb at +Handmade Tea  must be a mind reader because this blend was right up my alley. The base black tea was sweet and earthy yet mellow. It provided the perfect stage for the lemon peel to add just a bit of citrusy zing. The mint really came through at the end. The refreshing and cool finish lingered long after each sip. I loved how he used three different kinds of mint because they each added something different. Wintergreen is not something that I've experienced in tea often but I'd recognize that brisk freshness anywhere. This tea was very enjoyable hot but I could not wait to try it iced. I used my Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker and it was absolutely perfect. The mint really popped once the tea was cold. You could sweeten this a bit if you wanted to but it isn't necessary at all.

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