by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author to this e-zine)
A few years ago, my humans put their foot down and said no flavored tea samples would be accepted anymore. Well, this tea made them glad they had changed their minds when the vendor offered to send this one along (with several others that they now carry on their store site). I would normally tell you humans that flavored teas are just bad tea covered up with other stuff or that flavored teas were interfering with the experience of the tea. This one makes both statements inapplicable here. I also guess I should use the word “shocks” instead of “surprises” in the title. My humans had a look on their faces, well… but I’m getting ahead of things here.
The thing about flavored teas is that when you humans smell them in dry form, certain aromas are strong but when they are infused, the flavors are quite different from what those aromas would lead you to expect. Not so here. The dry tea has a peach aroma that dominates but also the tea aroma and ginger come through. They are still there in the liquid. This tea is so pleasant and relaxing, with the perfect balance of ginger, peach, and a very nice black tea base that it’s a shock for those humans (including mine) who have declared flavored teas as persona non grata.
Tip: When infusing any tea with such flavoring added, be sure to mix up the dry tea well in its container first and then spoon out a fairly even amount of tea and flavorings (or as well as you can manage). It really helps. As you an see here, we made sure all ingredients were well represented:
I guess my humans and I are going to have to rethink this whole “no flavored teas allowed” policy at our house. Several herbals have been turning out fairly well, too, as you may have noticed here. But that’s life. We learn, we grow, we try new things… and then we go TOOOOT!
Disclaimer: all items were furnished by the vendor but all opinions expressed here are totally unbiased.
© 2014 A.C. Cargill photos and text