Schisandra Juniper Five Flavor Blend
While the Aged Tieguanyin and Dong Ding Oolongs are a nod to the year of the snake, the lunar new year also represents new beginnings. The schisandra base of this blend is something we have been pondering all year. A potent Chinese medicine and a bizarre example of a fruit that naturally contains all five flavors in the Chinese flavor spectrum, the challenge of blending a harmonious tisane seemed like a perfect way to kick of the year of the snake.
Just as fine oolongs like the Five Year Aged Tieguanyin
and the Dong Ding span the spectrum of flavors and
deliver a complex multi-dimensional tasting experience,
the schisandra berry is sweet, spicy, sour, salty, and bitter.
This blend highlights every element of flavor while
maintaining an overall warm and comforting feeling. Try
this on its own in the evening for a caffeine-free tea, or
add a very small pinch to steepings of either oolong for I
full-bodied cou nter-flavor. This brings out the creamy
and elements in both oolongs.
STEEPING TIPS: Try this blend all on its own with two
teaspoons or about 5 grams of tea, steeped in 8-16
ounces of water for three minutes. Or, add just a one
gram pinch to an infusion of either oolong for a unique
Schisandra berry, juniper berry, burdock, cinnamon, hibiscus, coriander, lycii berry, clove, vanilla bean, frankincense.