by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author to this e-zine)
A member of our Tea Gang who doesn’t get out and about a lot is Ms. Fancy, a gorgeous bone china teapot that my ‘he’ human bought as a birthday present for my ‘she’ human many years ago. Ms. Fancy has had her eye on “Bob” the Blue Rose Teacup for some time now, so a “tea date” was only natural here. Well, it’s not quite a tea, more of an herbal infusion. The name is “Romantic Rose.” Time to get steeping. TOOOT!
As previously mentioned, “Romantic Rose” is an herbal infusion (aka an herbal tisane) and contains no Camellia sinensis. Ingredients: rose petals, lemon peels, roman chamomile flowers, mint, and turmeric. Certainly sounds “love”ly. The dry aroma was a mix, highlighted by rose petals and turmeric. It was steeped for 5 minutes using water that had been brought to a full boil. Ms. Fancy was determined to show “Bob” a hot time!
Well, things didn’t quite go as planned. While the mint was hardly noticeable in the dry mix, it dominated in the cup. And the turmeric seemed to clash with everything. My ‘she’ human took a quick sip and that was it. My ‘he’ human drank a full mouthful and said that the mint was overpowering, getting stronger every minute so that he had to drink some lemon water to cleanse his palate. I’m sure some mint-loving humans out there will find that aspect attractive, which reminds me that you humans are all different and have to go by your own preferences on these things.
While all did not turn out well in the taste department, “Bob” was so impressed with Ms. Fancy’s efforts to comfort him and make amends that they have another “tea date” planned in the future. A good sign… TOOOOOT!
Disclaimer: all items were furnished by the vendor but all opinions expressed here are totally unbiased.
© 2015 A.C. Cargill photos and text