by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author to this e-zine)
Those of you who follow me on Twitter and track my latest adventures on Facebook already know what a flirt I am. Being a ‘he’ pot, I just can’t help myself. And with Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I was unabashedly wooing Ms. Teacup with some “Cup of Goodness,” a flavored green tea.
A great flavored tea starts with a great tea and then enhances it with great ingredients. Here’s the lineup:
- Zhen Mei green tea – a green tea from China also known as “precious eyebrow” since the small lightly twisted leaves resemble human eyebrows, has a similar character to gunpowder green tea but with a flavor that is less likely to be bitter.
- Siberian ginseng root – (Eleutherococcus senticosus) a root said to have similar herbal properties to those of Panax ginseng; see some medical claims about it here.
- Lemon myrtle – also called “sweet verbena” (Backhousia citriodora F. Muell. Family Myrtaceae); has a lemony character to the flavor and is used a lot in various teas for both that and reputed health benefits (see some here).
Because of the green tea base, we used water heated to only 170°F but since it had the herbal ingredients yours truly also steeped for 3.5 minutes. A bit long for green tea but needed for the other stuff. The balance seemed just right: the flavor was subtle and nice, with a lemony character and no bitterness. Ms. Teacup seemed pleased. So did my humans. Love all around!
The tea-filled pillow was again on hand to create the right mood for my wooing and my humans’ sipping. And I’m hooked on that Chinese forever knot for a bit of eternal love. TOOOT!
Disclaimer: all items were furnished by the vendor but all opinions expressed here are totally unbiased.
© 2015 A.C. Cargill photos and text