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