Gingerbread Coffeecake

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185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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Our cakey- and gingerbread-flavors were getting mixed reviews in our black tea blends, so I decided to give it a try with a lighter base, and oh man, did that do the trick!

Here’s a light, refreshing Young Hyson green tea base blended with cinnamon, ginger and organic flavors like gingerbread, cake batter, butter and brown sugar.

I wouldn’t normally think to pair something heavy like cake flavors with a green tea, but I’m sure glad I gave it a shot. This tea is delicious! But then, who doesn’t like coffeecake? Even if it does have “coffee” in the name. (I never touch the stuff, despite lots of requests from people for us to blend flavored coffees like we do teas. I would love to do it, but I just can’t stand the taste of coffee and I wouldn’t want to create products I couldn’t sample first and determine whether or not they are any good.)

Anyway, THIS is a thing of beauty. I sure hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

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June 17, 2013

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So I have to caveat this tasting note with the fact that any tea that contains ginger, cinnamon or a combination thereof, I am a sucker for. Add to the mix that this is a 52teas blend and I know I am in for a treat and will buy insane quantities of it. This is no exception to this rule. The choice of green tea base is very smart as the strong pungent base holds up against the bold ginger and cinnamon spices in the blend. What you end up with is a wonderfully balanced tea that tastes like liquid gingerbread – and I mean the REAL gingerbread flavor. If you enjoy spice teas this will be one you will continue to go back to as you will appreciate it more with each subsequent cup.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I’m not sure I like this base for this tea. The flavors are quite heavy, and while they are pretty accurate (right down to the icing!), it overpowers the green and I can’t taste it all that well. This has a strong molasses flavor that’s almost burnt, with some icing and spice. It definitely does taste like a pastry. This is personal preference at work, but with flavored teas I usually prefer them if I can taste the base, so this one is not my favorite.

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From the Here’s Hoping TTB, Round 4

Well… I didn’t look it up before I brewed it, and it was in the flavored blacks bag so I brewed it as a black. I didn’t really make the realization until I was emptying out my teaball. Even the dry leaf looked like black tea, but the wet leaf is green.

So 212F for 3 minutes, and surprisingly not entirely bitter. When greens are brewed like this some of them gain that utterly baffling in-between phase where it’s like a green, but like a black. It does taste a little burnt, but clearly that’s my fault.

It smells like a cross between a chocolate chip cookie base and a gingerbread cookie base. There’s too much vanilla and cream notes for me to think of it as purely gingerbread, but maybe that’s where the ‘coffeecake’ bit comes in.

I sure would like a recipe for gingerbread coffeecake. That sounds lovely.
The smell of this tea is also making me sleepy… interesting.

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HHTTB

52 blacks and I don’t get along so well and I kinda think this one isn’t an exception. I can taste a little ginger on the sip and in the long lingering aftertaste I get some coffee, but there isn’t much in the middle. I’m sure there is likely something spectacular that others can taste, but not me. :(

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

FWIW this one’s actually a green.

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This reminded me so much of chai. It was yummy, but to me did not really embody the “cake” aspect of things. I imagine a little sweetener might solve that. I didn’t expect the green tea to play nearly as well with the flavors as it did, this is normally a flavor I would expect in a black tea, or maybe a nutty oolong.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I was hoping for a variation on the Gingerbread Chai from a year or so back, and this didn’t quite deliver. It doesn’t have the spiciness of the chai. However, the sweet coffee cake flavor is delightfully apparent when the tea is not oversteeped, and there is a hint of spiciness. I recommend adding a little brown sugar — maybe next time I’ll be adventurous and try molasses. I would definitely recommend green tea steeping temps for this one (175F) to bring out the delicate flavors.

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