Every month Handmade Tea creates a brand new, unique loose leaf tea blend. Take a look at our past blends, along with their tasting notes and don't miss the next blend!
Happiness is Hoppiness - Apr. '13
Happiness is Hoppiness consists of a pan-fried green tea which is subtle, sweet, and fresh. Next we added apricots for a fruity, sweet flavor. Lastly this blend contains common hops for a bright, grassy, and bitter punch to the palate. The hops and green tea work together to build that super fresh and bright flavor with the apricots sweeten the blend up and help round out the flavor.
Orange Peppercorn Breakfast - Mar. '13
Orange Peppercorn Breakfast starts with a base of Assam and Ceylon black tea. Next the blend contains a peppercorn blend (black, white, green, and red) to spice things up a touch. Lastly burnt orange peel is added to the blend. The caramelization adds a deep sweetness.
Sweet Potato Pie - Feb. '13
Sweet Potato Pie consists of a Taiwanese oolong base with a raisiny sweetness and leafy aroma and taste. The blend is backed up with sweet potato pieces. The starchiness of this tuberous root adds thickness to the mouthfeel of the liquor. Lastly the blend is topped off with dried marshmallow bits which rounds out the blend by tying into the base tea. On first glance this blend may seem a bit odd but the balance and harmony is nicely done and an absolute palate treat.
Kava Pawpaw - Jan. '13
Kava Pawpaw is a unique herbal blend featuring sweet African Honeybush (a sibling of Rooibos) as the base. Pure kava-kava root is added for subtle sassafras-like flavor. Lastly dried Papaya is added for a sweet and tropical finish tying in the sweetness of the Honeybush base. This blend is caffeine-free, great sweetened with a kiss of honey or totally untouched, and lovely iced (although not exactly the right season for it!)
Krampus Brew - Dec. '12
Krampus Brew starts with a base green tea referred to as 'gunpowder' as the leaves are rolled into little balls that resemble gunpowder. It's smooth with hints of smokiness - the flavor of this green tea often hits notes similar to a light oolong tea. The dried cherries sweeten the brew with a bright honey-like flavor as well as add a tart finish. Cloves and cinnamon rounds out the flavor with classic spice taste and adds boldness to the mouth feel.
November Bouquet - Nov. '12
November Bouquet is an interesting and delightful blend that begins with a base of black tea from Fujian, China. It packs a ton of fruity and chocolatey notes with a hint of damp leaves. A combo of rose petals and jasmine flowers are added to give a beautiful floral sweetness and add an incredibly fresh flavor to the blend. Lemon Balm adds traditional lemony citrus flavor with grass-like notes. It is smooth and subtle enough to fully round-out the blend.
Harvest Brew - Oct. '12
Harvest Brew begins with a nutty and malty base tea from Central Eastern Africa. Cinnamon chips add a tangy, sweet warmth to the blend. Finally, the combo of allspice and ginger root adds a peppery nutmeg-esque flavor from the allspice while the ginger adds more tangy warmth and much complexity.
Lamington Brew - Sept. '12
Lamington Brew consists of a base tea combo of about 80/20 black and oolong tea. The black tea offers a tart squeeze to the back of the palate while the oolong adds honey-like notes. The lemon peel and cacao nibs play backup with a mini lemonade mouth-party featuring rich chocolate notes. Lastly the coconut adds a tropical kick while also adding to the overall tea mouthfeel. Amazing both hot and iced.
Mighty Aphrodite - Aug. '12
Mighty Aphrodite starts with a base tea of lapsang souchong, a lovely black tea that has been dried over a pinewood fire. The pinewood gives the black tea a clean, menthol-like smoky flavor. This blend is lightly accented with rosemary. Rosemary has a subtle pine flavor, which mixes perfectly with our base tea. Finally, the blend is tied together with rose hips, adding a hibiscus-like sweet and tangy flavor along with hints of vanilla.
Yerbaberry Mint - Jul. '12
Yerbaberry Mint starts with a base of roasted yerba mate from Brazil. The roasting process brings out a chocolatey sweetness along with a tobacco-like aftertaste. The elderberries play an important backup role by adding subtle but sweet blueberry/raisin-like notes. The organic chocolate mint ties the blend together, adding the classic cooling sensation along with the sweet chocolate hints that fold into yerba mate, bringing the blend full circle. This makes an excellent iced tea!
Smoked Lemon Thyme - Jun. '12
This brew starts with a base of green tea from the Zhejiang province of China which is a delightfully mellow tea with hints of mint. The thyme follows up with a clove-like spice and a mint flavor that folds beautifully into the base tea. The thyme also finishes with a mouth-cleansing feeling. Finally, the lemon peel wraps the blend with a classic citrus taste. As the blend brews, the lemon oils will extract which enhance the flavors of the other blend ingredients.
Chase-Mallow - May. '12
This brew starts with a base of black tea from Sri Lanka (in the tea world Sri Lanka is still often referred to as Ceylon) which has a bright tangy citrusy taste (think grapefruit) and finishes with a mellow astringency. The hibiscus follows up and folds perfectly into the tang of the base tea that hits strong on first sip and eases up as the tea passes to the back of your palate. The St. John's Wort hits mid-palate and finishes out with a lemon pepper-esque spicy herbal flavor reminiscent of dried citrus rind, cracked pepper, and hay.
Garden Rooibosch - Apr. '12
This brew starts with a base of green rooibos. Traditional (red) rooibos is oxidized, whereas the green is not. The process is similar to that of making green tea. The green rooibos has a delicate sweetness with a nutty taste and buttery mouthfeel. The Elderflower brings bright waves of honeysuckle and tangy citrus across the palate. Lastly, the orange peel ties the entire beverage together with a citrus kiss that hits the tongue on the first sip. Great hot or iced!
Balche - Mar. '12
The MVP of Balche is an earthy and smoky black tea from the Yunnan Province of China that finishes naturally with a touch of cocoa. It is then followed up with diced Guajillo chile peppers adding a sweet fruitiness and just a kiss of heat as they are only rated 2,500 to 5,000 on the Scoville scale. Finally, in traditional Mayan fashion we added a combination of Saigon Cinnamon and organic Cacao Nibs, not only to keep up with Mayan theme, but to compliment the base tea as well.
Murmur - Feb. '12
Murmur starts with a white peony base which features the signature unopened tea bud and two accompanying leaves. This tea has beautiful delicate notes of juicy honeydew drizzled in honey, with accents of darker fruit and chocolate. Next, the strawberries are added to accent the white peony's fruity notes and add a little tartness to the back of the palate. Lastly the cacao nibs contribute to the rich, classic chocolate taste that pops mid palate.
Gavati - Jan. '12
Gavati starts with a base of jade oolong from the Fujian Province of China. It is a lightly oxidized tea with beautiful floral and honey notes. A peppery black tea from the Yunnan Province of China compliments the base by adding an earthy flavor while remaining crisp. Finally, the lemongrass is added to tie the blend together, adding citrus-like notes and more hints of pepper.
Hark! - Dec. '11
Hark! starts with a Yerba Mate base which has been hand-smoked with whisky barrel oak for over 4 hours. This brings a woody, nutty and delicate smoke flavor. The blend is then complimented with a loose peppermint to add cooling honey-like notes. Lastly, the Saigon cinnamon from Vietnam brings a clove and subtle citrus-like wave across the entire palate.
Pomander - Nov. '11
Pomander is an aromatic blend that starts with a rolled (notice the tea looks like tiny balls which will expand) Chinese black tea for the base which is delicate with a subtle smoky flavor. This full-bodied tea is complimented with whole cloves that bring sweetness and hints of black pepper. Star Anise completes the blend with it's warm fennel-like taste and leaves the palate feeling fresh.
Bodhi Brew - Oct. '11
October's tea blend starts with a chinese green tea which brings a sweet vegetal taste to the table. It is then complimented by black mission figs which introduce a subtle, molasses-like sweetness. The blend is then topped off with coconut chips giving the overall blend a fresh coconut finish while adding a more complex mouthfeel.