This tea blend has been difficult for all of us to name. The fact is, the flavor is called American Black Walnut. But that doesn't seem like the name of a tea that people might try. We sampled it in our store. Everyone who tried it instantly loved it and wanted to purchase it. When I told them it was Black Walnut they looked puzzled. So we asked people to name it and no one could accurately sum up the flavor profile. Until Pam tried it.
Pam works in the office & store here at Simpson & Vail. Perhaps you've spoken to her on the phone. She perfectly summed up the essence of this blend. "It is delicious! It's like a "throw-back" tea….brings up thoughts of snuggling in a cozy comforter by a fireplace, or being a little kid snuggled in a comforter sitting on your Grammie's lap, wrapped in the comforter and her hugs. It's like watching cookies bake in the oven and drifting off to peaceful places on the aroma wafting from the oven. I would call it "cozy comfort tea"… It brings you to that safe, childhood place where you think all is right with the world… I love this tea! Hope you all can find a name for it!"
We did Pam. We called it Cozy Comfort Tea because you're right; it's all those things you mentioned … and more!
Ingredients: black teas, organic cinnamon pieces, orange blossoms and Black Walnut flavor.
Brew tea at 212º - steep for 3 minutes.
Banana Nut Bread with Cozy Comfort Tea
A delicious tea bread made with tea! Nothing says cozy more than this tea and the aroma of baking sweet breads. This bread is lovely and even lovelier when enjoyed with a cup of Simpson & Vail's Cozy Comfort tea :)
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup (4 oz) Cozy Comfort tea butter*
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/3 cup honey
1 1/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (3-4 medium)
1 cup walnuts, chopped
*Cozy Comfort Tea Butter
5 oz butter
2 tsp Cozy Comfort tea
Melt the butter in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Add the Cozy Comfort tea and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain out the tea and measure the tea butter to make sure there is 4oz. Chill until slightly solid.
Grease and flour a 9x5x3" loaf pan (I used small mini loaf pans). Preheat the oven to 350.
In a mixing bowl beat the butter and brown sugar until combined then add the eggs. When blended, add in the honey and mix.
In a separate bowl combine the flours, powder, soda and salt.
Alternate the mashed banana and flour mixture into the egg/sugar/butter mixture. Stir the walnuts in to the batter and pour into the prepared pan.
Bake for 45 minutes until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Cozy Comfort Cocktail
Cozy Comfort simple syrup:
½ cup water
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp Cozy Comfort Tea
Heat in a small saucepan over low heat for 3 minutes, then strain out the tea.
Orange peel (1" piece)
¾ oz cozy comfort syrup
4 dashes bitters
2 oz whisky (I used Crown Royal)
Muddle together the orange peel, syrup and bitters in a cocktail shaker. Add whisky and ice and shake until chilled. Pour into a small glass that has a couple of ice cubes in it. Top with an orange twist.
|This is a more subtle flavored tea, but one that I've found lives up to its name. It's become my go to in the snowy winter mornings here in the mountains; I find myself reaching for it over and over. It's a tea that quickly becomes comfortingly familiar, a daily tradition. The walnut flavor and orange blossoms form soft background notes for the black tea. I couldn't really detect the cinnamon listed, but for me this was a plus.|
|A pleasantly surprising tea. I was anticipating a stronger walnut flavor but this blend is perfectly balanced. Keeps you coming back for more sips.|
|- Stacy, PA|
|First had this tea with some pecan Sandies. The flavors so well complimented eachother, and I was so surprised to find its original flavor named was American Walnut that I have decided this will now personally be my nutty buddie tea to have with vanilla snacks and nutty treats. Delish!|
|- Bethany Giles, MD|
||If you need an ahhhhh in your day, this tea is for you!
|Ahhhhh-the stress just leaves your body and your mind can relax when sipping this tea. The flavors are subtle but perfectly blended--one does not take over another. The tea is aptly named as it makes you just want to sit around the wood stove in a rocker with a blanket.|
|I really love this tea. Its wonderful to sit and relax with a couple of cups.|
|- Nancy D, IN|
||A big hit with me too!
|Another delicious cup that I cant describe in a useful way. Nice and mellow.|
|- Anna C., WI|
|Joan recommended this tea and I am so glad she did! The flavor is really hard to put my finger- or should I say my taste buds- on, but it is mild and rich. Definitely soothing and perfect for damp, rainy fall days.|
|- Nancy, NY|