Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Handmade Tea Oatmeal Raisin

Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
Leaf Appearance: small, dark
Ingredients: black tea, raisins, organic oatstraw
Steep time: 4 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: deep reddish brown

I've been so behind on tea reviews that I am several months late in getting to this intriguing shipment from +Handmade Tea. You all know that I'm not the biggest fan of flavored teas but +Caleb Brown's blends are a whole other animal. He blends whole ingredients rather than using artificial flavoring and preservatives. This particular tea features a black tea from Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka blended with mini raisins and oatstraw. The desired affect was definitely achieved. Imagine a really rustic, homemade oatmeal raising cookie. I could almost taste the molasses! The dry tea even smelled like one. Raisins are not something that I've seen in tea before (other than previous blends from Handmade Tea) but they added a really nice fig-like flavor. The base black tea was really aromatic and served as the perfect platform.

You can find out more about Handmade Tea here.