Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Chambre De Sucre Mon Frère

Country of Origin: not listed
Leaf Appearance: tightly rolled
Ingredients: oolong tea, hazelnut pieces, natural flavor
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: bone china teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: pale amber

Chambre De Sucre has long been known in my tea social circles for their artisan sugars but did you know that they also have a line of teas? This particular blend called to me on a miserably cold and rainy night. Welcome to spring in the Northeast! The base oolong was super roasty with mellow floral notes. Flavored oolongs are usually not my thing but this one worked perfectly. There is something about the combination of hazelnut and vanilla that I found super comforting. Adding one of their sugar flowers made the sweetness of the vanilla really pop. It was late so I only got to enjoy one cup but I was so glad that I had taken the time to indulge a bit. It really helped me to unwind and get my mind off of the craziness that my life is lately. I love that the owner of the company, Lisa Kunizaki, names all of the teas after family members. This one was named in honor of her brother. No milk should be added to this blend but a touch of sweetener does very nicely.

Mon Frère sample provided by Chambre De Sucre.