Everyone likes dessert, but most people don’t want the calories. So next time you crave a sugar rush, forgo pies, cakes and other tantalizing options and instead, try a rewarding tea that mimics this part of the meal. For one, teas are pretty much calorie free, and two, instead of busting your belly at the end of dinner, these teas help digest food and alleviate your need for a sugary goody. From brews that mimic chocolate cake to a tisane that replaces an end-of-day treat, these blends will help satisfy your sweet tooth without the cavities.
Name:Mélange du Cap
Blender:Palais des Thés
Type: Tisane with rooibos, cacao and vanilla
Aroma: Despite lacking fruit, this brew gives off an aroma of a freshly-baked berry Danish with just a dash of vanilla frosting drizzled on top.
Taste: Bright and juicy, this uplifting blend has a freshness not found in most dessert teas. Still, with notes of floral vanilla and an undertone of heady dark chocolate, it’s a blend that can easily replace a sugary treat, especially if you are looking for a lighter brew.
Tips: Easy to drink, this buoyant, caffeine-free blend is good any time of day when you need a little sweetness to keep you going.
Name:Peach Rhubarb Preserve
Blender: Tea Forte
Type: White tea with rhubarb and peach
Aroma: It’s as if someone just took a fruit crisp out of the oven and you’re getting the first whiff.
Taste: Colored a deep pinkish-red, this bright tea has a deep fruit flavor that mimics sweet jams or a rhubarb pie. Light traces of stone fruit round out the tangy essence of the rhubarb making this the perfect blend for someone who prefers desserts more on the earth-candy side.
Tips: Drink this tea any time, even if you aren’t craving something sweet. And, for those looking to add a little more sugar to the cup, try adding a dollop of honey to give this blend even more dessert-like qualities.
Blender: Rishi Tea
Type: Organic pu’erh with organic peppermint, cinnamon, vanilla bean and licorice root.
Aroma: Cool and minty with a hint of chocolate-vanilla, this brew smells like someone melted a York Peppermint Pattie into a cup.
Taste: Though a bit of cacao comes through on the nose, it’s the vanilla that sings with a refreshing breath of mint to help tame the earthiness of the blend. It’s smooth and creamy tasting, with an opulence you find in a high-end mint ice cream, but of course, this version comes warm.
Tips: Add a dash of cream to make this tea taste even more like a luscious dessert.
Name:Salted Caramel Mate
Blender: Stash Tea
Type: Black tea with yerba mate, monk fruit, salted caramel flavoring, cocoa shells
Aroma: Warm and sweet, the nose has a strong scent of silky caramel and bread straight from the oven.
Taste: levitra for sale, acquire lioresal You wouldn’t mistake this blend for the real thing, but oddly it does still exude a sense of salted caramel with just the slightest tinge of dark chocolate. It has a sweetness that doesn’t come across as saccharine, and a consolatory warmth to the flavor that makes this tea more of a comfort beverage than merely a pick-me-up.
Tips: True, this dessert tea is great after a big meal, but try it in the morning too. Given that this blend comprises two types of caffeinated tea in it, it will definitely help wake you up.
Name:Black Forest Cake
Blender: Stash Tea
Type: Pu’erh with cherry pieces, cocoa nibs, hibiscus, almond and vanilla
Aroma: With rich, dark undertones, there is a trace of amaretto and freshly baked cake on the nose.
Taste: You definitely get the essence of juicy, cooked maraschino cherries that makes the black forest cake what it is, and of course, chocolate also rules the flavor. Oddly enough, it really tastes like someone liquefied the original dessert, in the most pleasing way.
Tips: With one sip you can easily see how this tea can replace a calorie-filled dessert. It has enough body and flavor to satisfy you at the end of the meal.
Name:Pumpkin Spice Brulee
Type: Oolong tea with cinnamon, white chocolate, pumpkin pieces, chocolate flakes, ginger, cloves, allspice, nutmeg and chicory root
Aroma: Take a pumpkin pie, liquefy it and pour it in a cup; this is exactly what this blend smells like.
Taste: There’s a lot going on in this heady cup of tea. First, the pumpkin pie spices come in strong, only to dissipate with a bright sugariness speckled with creamy white chocolate and the earthy taste of squash. It’s definitely a sweeter blend, but still maintains a bold structure.
This time of year, I think of “Oh my? It’s fruitcake weather!” — one of the memorable lines in Truman Capote’s wonderfully incisive portrait of his alter ego Buddy’s time in the South baking with his eccentric cousin Sook in “A Christmas Memory.” However, reading the story sets me to … Continue reading
We’re going back into the archives to revisit these classic posts by James Norwood Pratt. This post includes “China Black”, “Keemun – Splendor of Flavor and Perfume”, and “Yunnan – Among the Grandest of the World’s Black Teas”. We have added a link to the end of each one to … Continue reading
The post Tuesdays With Norwood, Re-Steeped: China Black, Keemun, & Yunnan appeared first on T Ching.