Review: California Tea House Lemon Meringue Pie

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Thumbs up!"Delightful! With just a dab of rock sugar, you would swear that you were drinking a lemon meringue pie."
Shaiha’s Teaview: 7.2/10
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californialemonmeringueWinding down after an enjoyable weekend, a pleasant rooibos is the order of the evening. Digging through my samples, I came across Lemon Meringue Pie from California Tea House. This is a vendor that I have tried a couple teas that I have been pleased with but this will be my first rooibos. According to their website, this blend is one of the most popular at the farmer’s market.

My sample consists of rooibos, lemongrass, lemon preserves and vanilla bean bits. Going by its aroma, the name Lemon Meringue Pie is a perfect fit. I do have to admit to being slightly confused though as to why they would pick the mood ‘Afternoon Delight’ for a rooibos blend. I tend to drink them more in the evening than any other time.

Going by their website, I used three heaping tablespoons for my tea-maker. I was surprised at the amount suggested of one to two heaping tablespoons per cup but I always try to follow the instructions at least the first time around. I used a temperature setting of 210 degrees and a steep time of 5 minutes. Once brewed that wonderful aroma is still present in force though also present is a nuttiness that is the trademark of the rooibos. It really is a draw as to which scent is stronger.

I was curious as too just how tart the lemon would be in this brew. I am pleased to say that the tartness is there but it doesn’t overpower the creamy goodness of this blend. With just a dab of rock sugar, you would swear that you were drinking a lemon meringue pie. I sure am glad that I did follow the brewing instructions to a tee. Otherwise if I used my usual amounts, I am sure that flavors wouldn’t be as pleasing.

All in all, this is a delightful blend to drink in the evening especially if one is having a sweet tooth attack. However I am not too sure if this is a blend that I would keep around because it is rather spendy for a rooibos and it takes a lot more of the blend than normal to get the desirable results. I might just toss some in my cart when I am in the mood to splurge.

— To purchase California Tea House Lemon Meringue Pie, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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