Did you know it was a thing? Apparently its as exciting as pairing wine with cheese, and chocolate with cheese... tea with cheese. Wine has many tannins which make it pair well with cheese and tea has the same tannins. While we feature mostly herbal teas, which don't have tannins, these teas still pair great because of their fruity quail-TEAs. See what I did there ;)
We are off to the Wedge of Portland to share our teas amongst a sea of wonderful Oregon creamery's this Saturday and so we thought we would share with you our picks for tea pairings. Grab some great cheese, and some other accompaniments (Perhaps some Mt. Hope Farm's fruit spreads) and make a platter that you won't forget.
Cherry City Chai & Decaf Chai Tea- Willamette Valley Cheese’s Brie, Comte Cheese, Sharp Cheddar. Other foods to pair with: milk chocolate, apple scones, hazelnuts, popcorn and plain beef jerky or used as a beef marinade.
Gingerbread Spice Tea - Brie, aged goat cheese, mascarpone and mozzarella. Don’t forget blue cheese- yes ginger snap flavors and blue cheese are a thing. Pairs well with other fall flavored foods especially cranberries, apples and pears.
High Desert Hibiscus Tea- Goat cheese (aged and fresh), & blue cheese. Pairs well with citrus flavors and mints.
Coastal Cranberry Spice Tea - Rouge Creamery’s Blue Cheese, Smokey Touvelle from Rouge Creamery, Mozzarella from the Urban Cheesecrafts, and Rouge Creamery’s Caveman Blue. Pairs with anything that mulled wine pairs with.
Oregon Harvest Berry Tea - Mascarpone, Cream Cheese, Willamette Valley Cheese’s Brie, Camembert, and Urban Cheese Crafter’s Mozzarella. Makes a great reduction sauce for baked fruits.
Three Sisters Kombucha Blend (served hot by the cup)- Aged Gouda from Willamette Valley Cheese Co., Sharp Cheddar and Chiriboga Blue. Pairs well with dark chocolate.
Mossy Rock Kombucha Blend (served hot by the cup)- Cheddar, Brie and Chevere from Willamette Valley Cheese Co.
Willamette Berry Pie Tea- Lavender Touvelle from Rouge Creamery, Mascarpone, Willamette Valley Cheese’s Brie and Camembert.
Rose City Repose Tea- Lavender Touvelle from Rouge Creamery and Plain Cheese Curds.
Which flavors sound best to you? Have you paired cheese with tea before? Tell us about it, we would love to hear your experience and your favorite pairings!
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