My Cupa Tea for Today

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This is a rare thing, for me to post on Sundays.  Just for those that follow me to know, I normally take Sundays as my lazy day, napping and doing nothing all day except for what the family wishes.

I even cleaned up the kitchen last night, washing out stuff, putting the tea in the container and so on.  The Tea Pot all full of water, so all I had to do this morning was turn it on, empty the dishwasher, and enjoy Sunday.

Today’s blend involved taking some from my mom’s blend of Spiced Apple Cider and Caramel Almond Amaretto,  and since she has been asking me to find uses of her Honeybush Vanilla Herbal Tea, I tossed some of that in, as well as the Samurai tea you guys should be getting to know so well by now.

The bad news?  I could not find her tea on the Teavana site, so that is not good, not when I am finally drinking this and can tell you, it is perfect for a lazy Sunday tea.   It has that caramel flavor there, but it is a mellow flavor.  Her blend is a non-caffeine mix for when she couldn’t have caffeine after her surgery.

So while this is a new favorite of mine, for those days you need some caffeine and warmth, but not really wanting the spiciness of the chai’s, we will be seeing if we can find something like it soon.  But it is smooth, there is a hint of the almond and apple in it, but mostly a caramel taste with the others being a aftertaste.

So have a great weekend, and yes, the WordPress Whisperer is playing with the Tea Blog, since it was not giving me what I want exactly.  She has made the pages be a drop down menu for those that want to look at those.

I am off to work on some stuff until I become ready for my nap!

Wendy

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Good Afternoon!

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Sorry, had a late start today, then had Grandma and my niece visiting, so I spent some time with them.  I also have been struggling with the printer hook up for the last two days, so, its been fun!

Good news, my tea should be in on Monday, The new blends, as well as refills for some of my favorites.  This time has been messed up since I though it would be faster, but ah well.

Bad news, I used up all my Spice Apple Cider, so this may be the last of the Spice teas until Monday.

But I used the Spiced Apple Cider, the Samurai Chai Mate, and the Tulsi Dosh Chai Rooibos.  It This actually burns my tongue even though it is room temperature.  But has a creamy flow to it, not like cream is being in it, but smooth.  It is the vanilla, but it makes for an interesting combination of flavors.  The Samurai comes through more on this one, you get a hint of the exotic flavors, but still cannot put your finger on the pineapple and the rest that is in it, without being told.

This is a hit!  I will be using this one in the future, quite often.   For now, I am going to drink my tea, and be happy that I have some spice before Monday.   Maybe tomorrow I will toss in a Cinnamon stick into the tea I make.  I will Let you know!

Click on the pic above to go to the page for mix.

Wendy

Tea Expirement for today

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Sorry about yesterday, this blend was meant to be there yesterday, but instead I was not feeling like getting out of bed.  Period.  So I didn’t.

Last time I went to Teavana, the guy there suggested that I put the tea my mom was buying together with one I absolutely love together.  The Tulsi Dosha Chai Rooibos tea that makes my spicy chais have a hint of vanilla and somehow creamy, and the Honeybush Vanilla Herbal Tea.  I paired this with my Samurai Chai Mate Tea, since this is my base for most teas, my other base should be in on Monday (Thank GOD!!!).

She had purchased the Honeybush cause she is trying to cut down on sugar, well, this tea fails.  To me, but as noted, I love strong spicy teas.  I do NOT like black tea’s as much, I will drink a Earl Grey if nothing else is available, but that is all.

I added my normal amount of sugar, and winced as I realized what I did, with the fact that this tea should be sweet, cause I added the sweet teas together.  There was no worry about that.  This basically tastes like a lightly flavored warm drink.   I am not happy with this blend.

Ah well there will be fails and successes.  That is why I am playing with these right?  I will say the cooler it gets, it does get nuttier in flavor, which is a relief.  I just have to wait for the tea to be slightly warmer than room temp, not the gross cool, the temp that you can seem to drink it quickly.

Tomorrow I will try, try again.  I can’t wait until Monday with the new tea, and my Mahajra comes in.  We will do the first tea blend I ever did with that one.  Gotta catch up!

Click on the pick above for the blend broken down without my blabbing.  🙂

Wendy

Good Morning!!!

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I am quite excited to get this started!!!  When I have a chance, I will be making a page of all the teas that I have to mix from, and provide links to the Teavana site where you can buy them.   Or you can buy them through amazon.com which if you go to my main site, there will be a link for you to help support your local blabbering experimenter.  Just saying.

So it is cool here, and since I am out of my favorite tea, therefore one of my preferred favorites blends on a cold day, I made up the following tea yesterday.  Liked it so much, I figured I would tell you all about it. Right now the tea is hot enough to scald my tongue, so ouch!

I have a large tea steeper I bought through Teavana.  It is actually perfect for me.  You put the loose leaf tea in the container (It says you can sweeten at the same time, but I was told sugar could hamper the tea process).  This steeper, once you are done, can be used to fill individual cups without any leaves getting through it, one at a time.  Awesome!!! Even better, it fits on the top of my carafe, and I just put it on top, it drains, and then I make the second pot, and mix the two steeping’s together.

Why am I mentioning to you this?  I use a lot of tea when I do these blends, and a lot of them have dried fruit in them, that when expanded, did not let the tea leaves to expand to their full potential.  Buying this has changed the flavors drastically, there are now connotations to what I am tasting that were not there before.  Be patient, I am learning as I go!

I blended the Samurai Chai Mate tea as my base, since it is light, but where I get my caffeine for the day.  Then I added Zingiber Ginger Coconut Rooibos Tea,  for the Toasted Coconut giving this tea one of the unusual surprises I got with this blend!  To make sure I had the spices I enjoy, with the hint of apple also (It often seems to add that last part I am missing to my teas so often I put it in a lot.) I added the Spice Apple Cider Rooibos Tea, and lastly, my mom had decided to try the Honeybush Vanilla Herbal Tea.  I had wondered about this one since my favorite blend has it’s counterpart in it.

I poured my water before the tea whistled, just when the steam appeared.   I do this because it seems fully boiling the water ‘burns’ the tea.  This way, it is not boiling yet, and I never get the bitter flavor, and I have tasted that bitter flavor.  Not one of my favorites.   I turned on the trusty Teavana timers, (each base tea has it’s own music, and I like playing with the sounds.)  I often do my clean up of the kitchen, unloading the dishwasher, eat breakfast, feed animals if needed.   You know the normal.  I also fill my trusty carafe with 6 spoonful’s of that Raw sugar.   Its better for you than the regular stuff, and I will admit it has a different flavor to the teas.   I used to do 2 teaspoons per cup of tea (And since this make 4 8oz cups at one time… year you get the math) AS the teas finish, I put the steeper on the carafe, and watch the tea disappear, then add water, and repeat.

For those that love Chai teas, well the second steeping are never as strong as the first ones.  But I find that mixing the first and second, now that I get a richer flavor with the steeper, makes it just right.  I use a long wooden spoon, stir until I can no longer feel the sugar on the bottom.  Then I seal it up, grab the tumbler for today, and head into my office.  Connor, my dog, knows when I have that tea, where we are going.

Sipping this tea, I was surprised to get what tasted like a light toasted marshmallow.  Not the sickening sweet flavor. But you know when you toast the marshmallow in a fire and pull off the nicely brown part, eat and repeat?   That is what it reminds me of it.  My mom, who hates marshmallows, when she tried it, was surprised by the flavor, but she drank two large cups of it.  Agreeing that the flavor reminded her of it, but that was not sickening to her.  We think it is the vanilla and the toasted coconut coming through to give us this taste.  She is still musing what it tastes like to her since she hates to use the word marshmallow, it gives the wrong impression of the tea.

For a cold morning, without my beloved tea that I ordered, it is good.  I look forward to seeing what I can mix tomorrow.

Hope you enjoyed this delving into the my trials and tribulations! Feel free to leave me your comments!

For an easy breakdown of the teas used for this, please visit the Page for this post: http://wp.me/P4jPFC-f

Wendy

What is this?? Another Site?

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For those that have been talking with me, you may know I am a huge tea drinker now.  Kinda funny, I wrote a story about Tea, and then find out myself how soothing it can be to make your own blends.  I admit it, I go to Teavana.  I know they use artificial flavoring a lot of the times, but hey.  I like it, will drink it, and that is what counts!

I had gone to them when I could not find my chai tea for the Keurig, and was REALLY missing my morning shot of caffeine.  I got suckered at the one I went to, they sold me the Maharaja Chai Oolong Tea and the Samurai Chai Mate Tea together.  Told me it was a certain price for both teas mixed.  But, I had fallen in love with it, and gotten the Spice Apple Cider Rooibos tea also.  And that started my love of mixing teas.  With these three teas, I played with them until after Christmas.

For Christmas, my in laws, seeing my love of tea, bought me a pot, with tea ball that was bigger than the one I got at Teavana, and some awesome cups.  They also gave me $100 to spend as I wish.  What did I get?  More tea!!!  This time with canisters, since I would be leaving the dry air of Arizona for the humidity of Houston Texas.  I got more of my teas, and was told to not buy blends, since the Samurai Chai Mate Tea is VERY light.  As in weight.  I paid for the other tea, and while at the time, they did have a special price for it, I ended up paying for the Maharaja one.  Its spicey, and made up of heavier materials, therefore, costs more.

So I came home, with a new found joy of teas, and taught my mom all about the difference of Kuerig chai and what Teavana teas taste like.  Our Cousin had introduced it to her, but I had brought home experimenting!

As I experiment and try new blends (since I love blends better than plain old one type) I will talk about it here. I will start tomorrow, and make note of how much I use and what I think of it.  And if my mom tries it, what she thinks of it.  Tomorrow may be a double post, but I really am liking what I did today, so I may repeat, just to start this thing along.

Feel free to comment, to tell me what you like.  I have a new tea coming in, and am quite excited about it.  But, then, that will be a post for when it comes in.

Let me know what you think!  This is to allow myself to remember blends, since I like experimenting so much!  Right now they will be hot teas, except when I make my mom’s iced tea for her dry mouth.  Which actually works…

Wendy aka Kittyinaz

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