For some time I have had the idea of developing two new lines of tea. These would serve as inspiration for blending. Fast forward and here I am FINALLY getting around to releasing some teas!
My first idea stems from my clients, who more often than not, approach my table asking for teas from far away lands. I have a love of travel and so with each question about a tea from so and so place, my mind began to wander. I thought it would be a neat concept to attempt to blend teas similar to those found in the places I can only dream of at this point in my life.
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The first tea to be blended was my Moroccan Mint. Although my blend has a twist to it, I am always so surprised by how many people say it smells EXACTLY how they remember the tea smelling in Morocco.
I’ve been asked a number of times about Turkish Tea, specifically the apple tea. I searched high and low for information on what is possibly in a Turkish Apple tea and I found one mention. From that I made Tupelo Honey Tea’s version of a Turkish Apple Tea. It got RAVE reviews at all of the tastings and was actually the favorite from ALL the teas tasted. I’m pretty proud of this tea. I still am not sure it if it tastes like the true Turkish Apple Tea, but it is our version, which includes Apple Pieces, Sweet Cinnamon and Cloves.
My second line of teas comes from my love of the ‘Burgh. I’ve traveled, lived other places and during winters dream of moving to a tropical island, but the truth is I will probably never leave Pittsburgh. I am constantly pleasantly surprised by the city and the community of people who live here. This has inspired my next line of Pittsburgh teas called “Yinzer Teas”.
Yinzer Teas are teas based on our great city and its people. Each tea blended with a specific Pittsburgh thing in mind. We started in the winter time with our Yinzer Black and Gold tea which was blended just in time for the Steelers run to the Superbowl.
This week we are rolling out our two newest Yinzer Teas; ARRGHnold and The Jagoff. ARRGHnold is loosely based on the popular drink the Arnold Palmer, who ironically is from just outside of Pittsburgh. It is also a tribute to our Pittsburgh Pirates as a nice cool drink at a ball park is so perfect for summer. It is a Black Tea base with Lemon pieces and Organic Lemonade flavoring. I’ve tried it both hot and cold and think it is delicious!
The second tea is The Jagoff. To anyone not from Pittsburgh, this is a Pittsburghese term meaning “Jerk”. The Jagoff is a black tea base with spicy peppers in it. Your first drink tastes like black tea and the second wave of flavor is spicy pepper in your throat- JUST like a jagoff would do! This tea is not only to fool your friends, but also has medicinal properties for the up and coming winter. With a touch of honey, this tea can help open up your sinuses and sweat out a cold.
I have several other ideas for new teas in each line, but of course am always looking for inspiration. If you have ideas, email them to me!
I hope you enjoy the new teas as much as I have making them!
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