Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Art of Tea Brûlée Mint 2QT Iced Tea Pouches

Country of Origin: not listed
Leaf Appearance: small, dark brown
Ingredients: Organic Fair Trade Rooibos, Organic Spearmint, Organic Peppermint, Osmanthus Flowers, Natural Flavors
Steep time: 4 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker
Liquor: reddish brown

Up until now I've been cold brewing all of my iced tea pouches so I decided to try the directions using hot water this time around. It was one of the most complex and interesting iced teas that I have had to date. The taste started out as a strong but run of the mill minty flavor but the finish took a sudden turn towards an earthy sweet, burnt caramel note. No wonder this blend was named brûlée! A touch of sweetener might do nicely but it tasted just fine all on its own. I've enjoyed all of +Art of Tea's iced tea pouches but I think that this might be my favorite one yet. Funnily enough, rooibos and osmanthus are probably my two least favorite tea ingredients (after the bane of my existence, hibiscus).They just happened to work really well here. This tea is a great example of why I always keep an open mind and try new things, even if I don't think that I will like them. I would have missed out on something really great if I had listened to my preconceived notions.

You can find out more about this tea here.