I know, I know. But Real Life has been way too busy and I barely had time to make tea, much less play with it. And when a story has me like this one, yeah, it is almost painful not to be writing, but I have so much to catch up on!
I also ran out of much of the tea, and the stores along with me. So a lot of stuff waited for this past Friday, and even then, I had to order a lot online.
One of the things I had shied away from is Black Teas. They have a two minute seeping, and when they warn you from overseeping, they are NOT kidding.
Like me, most of you have been exposed to black teas. And found that they are bitter. This, my friends, is because black teas are not to be seeped more than 2 minutes. If you follow this, most black teas become actually sweeter, smoother.
Now the ladies (and gents) in my local Teavana in the Baybrook Mall here in Houston, are VERY helpful. I think they cheer when they see me coming in, since I usually spend a lot of money getting teas. They listen to me, and when I tell them how I mix, and even that I have this blog, they try to help me find stuff to blend, and we talk about flavorings and so on. Other customers think I am weird, but when that store has none, all of them get into it with me.
They had been trying to coax me to try the black teas, and I finally gave in when they told my favorite tea could be mixed with the Black teas, and be used more than once. Am I glad I listened!
This is a three blend tea, and the smells were heavenly. The first taste was a bit too hot, but dang were the smells tempting. When it cooled to drink (About after I was done updating the teas I had bought and were in, or coming in). My first drink was heaven. Sweet, but no bitterness at all, in fact it was smooth. Yes, I use Sugar in the Raw, but this tea is a lighter sugar content. (As is the Tulsi I love so much).
So if you are wanting a quick tea with some spice, check out today’s recipe under March’s blend.
Yes, I know summer is coming, and while I probably won’t give up my morning cup of tea, I will be making cool teas. I don’t like Icing down teas, I rather make them full strength and then cool in the fridge. You have to double the recipes I give for iced teas.
Until tomorrow (Since I have another recipe to give you then)!