by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author to this e-zine)
This vendor now also presents a wider array of some fairly popular choices. We got some samples and decided to have a real tea party… or two… or three. In fact, my humans got rather carried away, ending up a bit over-caffeinated (what some people tend to refer to as being “tea drunk” although tea contains no alcoholic content – at least not unless you humans add it in).
A – Chocolate Lover’s Rooibos Tisane
Rooibos (red bush, aka “red tea”) is a popular tisane (an herbal infusion) with many people, and adding little chocolate bits is even better. My humans are true chocoholics, so they were a good test of the chocolate quality of the flavor. The aroma when you pop the lid of that protective tin is full of chocolaty goodness (note the tiny little chocolate bits in the mix). Steeping in boiling water for 5 minutes produced a liquid that had less chocolate quality to it and more of the Rooibos quality (not one of my humans’ favorites, but the chocolate touch was a big help). Just to be silly and in response to a post on Facebook by one of our tea friends, my humans plopped some mini-marshmallows into the mug to see how it went. Surprisingly good and very close to the flavor of a cup of instant hot cocoa.
B – Holiday Delight
A delight indeed. Best of the bunch (not to give anything away ahead of time) as far as my humans were concerned. But then they are rather discriminatory. Where a lot of you humans like florals and other common flavorings in teas, my humans go more for fruity and a bit sweet or roasty and smoky or even malty. To each his own. This tea is on the sweetish side with caramel but also has a roasty almond quality. Small wonder they were pleased. No sweetener or milk needed and very much a tea that can take the place of those high-calorie desserts so popular during the holiday season. TOOOT!
C – Trimming the Tree
Great for sipping while you hang those lights and ornaments. When drunk straight (without any sweetener, milk, etc., added), this flavored tea is like a cup of those spicy candies known as “Red Hots.” It had my humans almost in a sweat. You lovers of all things spicy should be well-pleased. Goes great with Scottish shortbread cookies or other foods that tend to be milder in flavor.
Don’t miss Round 2 of our tea party!
Disclaimer: all items were furnished by the vendor but all opinions expressed here are totally unbiased.
© 2014 A.C. Cargill photos and text