Kucheninspirieret, in the grand German tradition of shoving words together to describe what you need, roughly translates to “pie-inspired,” and that’s the unifying principle of this astounding collection. It features four teas based on four of our favorite pies, our top-selling Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie, a beautifully spiced Pumpkin Pie, our went-to-grad-school-and-got-really-into-beat-poetry Apple Honey Thyme Pie, and our grandmother’s Michigan blueberry pie. With those flavors as our guide, we created Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie Tea, Spicy Darjeeling Chai, Apple Thyme Tamarind Sencha, and Baie Blueberry Rooibos. A truly unbeatable treat.
Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie Tea – Our most popular pie ever… but it’s tea. Hear us out — earthy 3-year-aged pu-erh soaked in real bourbon, blended black tea naturally flavored with Canadian maple syrup, and big pieces of maple-candied roasted pecan. Add a touch of sweetener (maple syrup, if you’ve got it, of course) for the ultimate dessert tea.
Spicy Darjeeling Chai – We start with black tea (2nd flush TGFOP) from Happy Valley Estate in India’s acclaimed Darjeeling region. Don’t let the name fool you, Happy Valley is actually the highest altitude estate in the region, at 6300 feet, with tea bushes ranging from 80-160 years old. The elevation and mature tea bushes produce a stunning tea with notes of muscatel, toast, wine and subtle peach. We augment this exceptional Darjeeling with a zesty blend of chai spices, plus whole pink peppercorns and cardamom pods. If you want a faster, bolder brew, lightly crush the tea in a mortar and pestle before infusing. And of course, don’t forget the milk and honey!
Apple Thyme Tamarind Sencha – Drawing inspiration from our famous Apple Honey Thyme pie and also from the old adage about “an apple a day,” we’ve created this wonderful tea that’s good for what ails you. The big pieces of dried apple impart a light sweetness, the tamarind leaf a subtle tartness like the memory of a granny smith apple, and the thyme a vegetal richness, all on top of a beautifully balanced green tea. Thyme tea is said to help soothe coughs and tamarind tea is used as a natural cough remedy throughout India, Africa, Mexico and some parts of the Caribbean. Our Japanese sencha-style green tea is loaded with antioxidants, for a brew that promotes healing and happiness.
Baie Blueberry Rooibos – In Afrikaans, the language of the Dutch colonists who arrived in South Africa in the 1600s, the word “baie” means “very” and that’s what this terrific blend is — baie blueberry. It features two continents worth of blueberries, elderberries, and currants, plus apple and hibiscus, all blended into South Africa’s terrific rooibos, a caffeine-free alternative to tea. We love this tea with a little bit of sugar and a splash of lemon.