Handmade Tea 2011 Wrap-Up

As we finish out the last few days of 2011, I wanted to do a quick overview of the first 3 months of Handmade Tea and what’s in-store for 2012.  I’d like to thank everyone that has supported Handmade Tea in any way.  Subscriber or not, if you’re reading this that means a TON to me.  Seeing a product that you create with your bare hands grow in popularity every month is one of the most rewarding feelings I’ve ever experienced.
In the past 90 days, Handmade Tea has created three blends and I’m tremendously proud of each one.  Here is a summary of our past blends.
Bodhi Brew (October)
Bodhi Brew featured a Chinese green tea from the Fujian Province.  The tea is complimented with Black Mission Figs which introduce a subtle, molasses-like sweetness and Coconut Chips that add a fresh taste and complex mouthfeel.  
Pomander (November)
Pomander’s base tea consisted of a rolled black tea from China’s Fujian Province.  Star anise was added to bring a sweet black licorice taste that refreshed the palate.  Whole cloves were added for an added rich kick.
Hark! (December)
Hark!, our first tisane, had a base of South American Yerba maté which I hand-smoked with whisky barrel oak for over 4 hours.  Saigon Cinnamon bark was added for clove-like notes with hints of citrus.  Lastly, peppermint was added for honey-like sweetness and a cooling wave across the palate.
So, Handmade Tea has three successful blends under it’s belt and I’m very optimistic about the future.  I learn something new with every blend and I’m constantly improving the process with the hopes of bringing my customers the absolute best tea blends that they really learn from.
My goal has always been to introduce as many people as I can to new flavors, and for them to take time to appreciate flavors they’re already familiar with.  For example, most folks know what cinnamon tastes like, but the second they take extra time to dissect it and realize cinnamon often has subtle citrus-like notes, I’ve done my job.
I gotta get back to working on January’s blend, I just wanted to take some time to do this 2011 wrap-up and to thank all of you for embarking on this journey with me.