by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author to this e-zine)
Well, it’s Valentine Tea Party Time with yours truly (Little Yellow Teapot, as if you didn’t know…TOOOT!) and my Tea Gang. Teapots paired up with teacups for some lovin’ good times trying several teas and herbal infusions (aka herbal tisanes) from a couple of great tea vendors out there doing their best to keep you humans saTEAsfied. We starting with “Plummy” Teapoot and his “date” – Ms. Wedgwood Teacup. He steeped up some “Passion Unleashed.”
Let’s start by being very clear: this is NOT tea. There is no Camellia sinensis in it. It is also caffeine-free, so you humans out there of a rather young age or expecting a human soon should have not problem with it. What it does have: passion fruit leaves and flavoring, hibiscus, and chamomile flowers. Pop open the tin and get a noseful of its fruity aroma with chamomile and hibiscus aromatic impressions following that. It’ll have you saying, “Aaahhhhh!” “Plummy” infused it for 6 minutes using boiling water and then poured out a cuppa. As you can see, the liquid is a beautiful cranberry color. What you can’t see is the aroma that is fruity and chamomile, which is also what it tastes like. Very restful!
In case you’re wondering, that pillow in the background is filled with tea (dry, of course!) and has quite an aroma to it. My humans received it a few years ago to write a review on. It’s supposed to be aromatherapeutic or some such thing. All I know is that my humans did not find it having any soothing (or was it supposed to be uplifting) effect on them. In fact, my ‘she’ human, with her ultra sensitive nose, had to leave the room when my ‘he’ human removed it from its protective box back then. Now, the aroma has faded quite a bit, despite being stored in it’s original protective packaging (including the plastic wrapper), so she could tolerate it for this and a couple more “tea dates” to come.
The red knot is a Chinese “forever” knot that people in that country have been weaving for centuries. We thought it very fitting to include this symbol of eternity (and thus eternal love) in this and the upcoming posts.
Disclaimer: all items were furnished by the vendor but all opinions expressed here are totally unbiased.
© 2015 A.C. Cargill photos and text