Happy Wednesday my tea drinkers! How is everyone doing out there? Anything new going on in life? Well, some of the latest for me is planning my wedding! As you know, I am happily engaged to a man named Rodney. We actually have been engaged for 3 years now. Yes, i know, 3 years! We got engaged pretty quickly in our relationship, but we decided to allow time to pass and just enjoy being engaged. Now that we have been back in Seattle for a bit, we have decided to set a date and officially start seriously planning a wedding. Any other brides to be out there? How is your engagement experience going for you? Let me know in the comments.
So of course today’s post is not about my wedding planning, but I like to talk to y’all and become friends!
Anyways, the only reason I bring up Rodney is because the tea that I am reviewing strikes a memory of the early days in my relationship with Rodney. Today’s tea review is Tea Madame’s Strawberry & Cream Black Tea. This tea is so tasty and surprisingly refreshing. For every sip that I take, it reminds me of when Rodney and I first started dating. Rodney’s favorite fruit is strawberries, so I often try to make something strawberry for him during the warmer months. Back in April 2016, we took a day trip to central GA and had a blast at Lane Southern Orchards U-pick strawberry field. Not only did we share the wealth of strawberries, but we took some time to bond over my passion by making a strawberry swirl cheesecake together. To make it even better, we recently found the video of us baking this cheesecake together-hilarious! Let me know in the comments if you would like to see the strawberry-swirl cheesecake recipe soon!
Another great memory is when we would go on picnics when we first started dating. I personally believe that it is not a meal without dessert. Considering we were going on a picnic in the middle of the summer, I would make something simple that I knew Rodney would love. I always would go with the tried and true cheesecake stuffed strawberries. Have you ever had them? Well, surprise, I will include the recipe at the end so you can make them for your next quick dessert!
So about this tea review. As I mentioned, this tea came from the lovely Tea Madame tea shop. This tea was found during my winter tea haul I did recently that Rodney joined in on. I have mentioned in my tea adventures post that this tea shop is one of the best ones I have ever been to (no wonder they are ranked number 2 in WA!) ! As you can imagine, he picked out this Strawberry & Cream blend (he also found a fruit punch, and orange cream-sicle blend–leave it to him to find it) One day we are going to do a tea tasting together with these teas, but until then, I am just tasting them on my own.
Each tea that comes from Tea Madame comes with a label on how to steep the specified tea. It is extremely convenient to be able to see the proper way to steep right there, with no fuss on trying to google it. It’s also great to constantly be learning from Tea Madame considering the owner is one of the few tea educators in the state of WA.
When you first pour your boiling, hot water over this tea blend, you instantly are graced with a beautiful amber color and surprised by a plumping strawberry rising to the top. As directed, I allowed this blend to steep for about 3 minutes as I watched in awe over the fun ingredients swirl around. Once my timer goes off, I immediately pour my tea into my mug with a touch of sugar. At first sip, you notice that this tea blend has a nice medium-body to it, with a plain black tea base. At second sip, I catch a juicy, tartness on the tip of my tongue that is obviously from the strawberries. It is then finished with a smooth creaminess to balance out that touch of tart. Many of us seem to have this expectation of fruit like strawberries due to it being a heavily used artificial flavor. Thankfully, this tea blend tastes as natural as can be and there is not one ounce of artificial flavor.
As time passes by, I end up with a small amount left in my cup that is now cold. Although skeptical, I take a sip with a wondering mind. Bingo! This tea blend tastes better cold. In my opinion, it is hard to find a black tea blend that can taste good cold with barely any added substance. But this blend has done just that for me. I think I have just found my latest favorite black iced tea.
Do you have a tea blend or a food that brings up great memories? Does it make you warm and fuzzy? Let me know in the comments so I can try that blend too! Or you can chat with me on Twitter @ForeignTasteBud !
Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberry
This recipe is a simple as 1,2,3. It is great for a quick oven-free dessert or a treat to make with the kids.
- 1 lb Strawberries
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 tspn vanilla
- 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar until combined and fluffy.
- Hollow out the center of each clean strawberry and cut off the tip in order for it to have a flat bottom.
- With a piping bag/ tool, fill each strawberry with your “cheesecake” filling. Top with drizzle or graham crackers for garnish.