Art of Tea, an award-winning fair trade company that specializes in organic loose leaf teas, herbal blends and select botanicals, has created an exquisite mélange of organic rooibos, mint, apple, cacao nibs and chocolate. Forming a delectable dessert tea, the aptly named Velvet Tea distinguishes itself with its unique texture and mildly sweet chocolate flavor.
Open the package and an intoxicating fragrance fills the air, inviting a soft and soothing aroma into the room. Look closely among the loose leaf mixture as apple bits and mint lay intertwined within the mix. Find your “old school” tea infuser and pack in the blend. Art of Tea recommends a steep time of five minutes for the Velvet Tea, but allow this beauty another minute to brew for the flavor to fully bloom.
Once poured, let it sit — let each element mingle with the outside world, and let the center of that world be you. As the tea steeps, don’t feel embarrassed to waft the aromatic steam into your face. Finally, indulge in this luscious dessert guilt-free. The hint of vanilla complements the tea’s smooth texture and accentuates the mint and apple flavors.
As with each Art of Tea concoction, this handcrafted creation comprises carefully chosen ingredients purchased directly from growers. Although deemed a dessert tea, this offering can be enjoyed by both simple sweet-tooths and seasoned tea aficionados anytime, anywhere.
Recommended steeping time: 5 minutes
Price: $12.99 for 1 tea tin (3 oz. yielding about 45 cups)
For more information, visit www.artoftea.com