Offbeat Tea & Tea Treats

BisTea (screen capture from site)
BisTea (screen capture from site)

I’m still not sure what the make of the name Teagurt, if I do say so myself. Is it clever or just plain dopey? I guess that’s not for me to decide. In any event, if you weren’t tipped off by the name, you might want to know that Teagurt was described in a recent CNN article as “an iced tea flavored with peach yogurt.” Although the writer claimed that the tea “definitely gets the short end of the stick.” This curious treat comes to us from the land of the rising sun and clam chowder Doritos. You know the one.

If that’s not enough tea-flavored goodness from that quirky nation otherwise known as Japan, then consider a certain delicacy known as the Sakura Matcha Kit Kat. As this recent article notes, the Japanese are quite fond of Kit Kat bars and of course they are well known for their cherry blossoms and their green tea, including matcha. So when spring rolls around – which is cherry blossom season, as well as the first tea harvest – Kit Kat fans are treated to a limited run of this cherry blossom and matcha flavored concoction.

From Malaysia, here’s a product that combines used tea leaves (which sound a little less than appetizing) and biscuits (cookies, to us Yanks) to make a product called BisTea. It’s the brainstorm of a few college students there and is reminiscent of Biscottea, a shortbread and tea mix that I seem to recall writing about in these pages some time ago.

Ready to switch your morning cup of tea (or coffee) for a Coke? Me neither, but according to this article from the Indian media, that’s a goal that Coca-Cola bottlers in the UK are striving toward. If you’re committed to sticking with tea, rather than coffee or Coke, but find yourself grumbling about the relatively modest caffeine content, then the makers of Zest Tea have got just the thing for you. It’s a line of teas that are said to contain as much caffeine per cup as a cup of coffee.

See more of William I. Lengeman’s articles here.

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