Nikki’s Heat (Organic Spicy Apple Black Tea)

Close-up image of a small white bowl full of a blend of black teas, chile flakes, dried turmeric bits, and pieces of dried green apple. It is set on a textured green stone.

‘Nikki’s Heat’ came about even more randomly than is usual for us.

We’d processed turmeric, and I had a little extra set aside.  Too much to put into one of the going jars, but not enough to fill up the smallest jar we had on hand.

We’d also processed green apples, as we had discovered that they could, in fact, be a tea ingredient.

I’d also blended some ‘Baker Street Blend’ for a different experimental combo, and had a little of that left.

This meant I had a little Baker Street and a little turmeric in bowls.  Side by side.

I kept seeing them hanging out next to each other in the tea blending space, and started to wonder whether combining them was a good idea.

With a little bit of encouragement from the Twitterverse – I decided to dive in and see what brain wanted to do with it.

In the end I decided I wanted it to have some apple taste, and a bigger hit of spicy than the turmeric alone gave.  So I added green apples from our oh-so-recent stock, and some smoked chile.

It was pretty spectacular.

After the “whee I made the weird thing” glee subsided, I had to settle down to the more nitty gritty details.

Like a name.

Quite often this is the part of the process that takes the longest.

I’d shown the Twitterverse a sneak peek, of sorts.  The #365teas hashtag got me started on taking photos of bits and pieces of the sequence of in-process teas.

This turned into a conversation about what it should be named.  With one exception, we’ve decided our teas that have ‘Baker Street Blend’ as a foundation should be attached to detectives – only makes sense, given the character that blend salutes.

There were a number of different suggestions, but one individual gave me a fact that cemented the name.

Richard Castle’s safeword…  was apples.  That combined with the chile made us decide on ‘Nikki’s Heat.’

A small white bowl filled with a blend of black teas, bits of dried turmeric and green apple, and chile flakes. It is surrounded by an array of tea tins, a bag of tea, and a stiff paper packet of a size to hold a teabag. The labels read: "Nikki's Heat, Keemun, Earl Grey, Dried Green Apple, Russian Caravan, Turmeric, Smoked Chile, (All Organic)"

Organic Ingredients:  Keemun, Earl Grey (Black Tea, Bergamot Oil), Green Apple, Turmeric, Russian Caravan, Smoked Chile

Batch Size:  3.2 ounces, approximately 35-40 servings of tea

Options:  Loose Tea (Sample, Bag), Teabags (Single, Sample, Bag)

Purchasing:  Personal Shop, Etsy Store

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