Monday, March 5, 2012

Tea For Me

Sometimes, I can be adventurous in my food choices. Tea isn't necessarily one of those places where I wish to experiment, however. I like my teas dark and robust with a flavor that makes me take notice. So, in spite of the touted health benefits of green tea and caffeine free teas, if given a choice, I want something I can't read a newspaper through. And herbals? Well, steeped grass clippings tend to be my view of herbals. I've just never enjoyed them, not even the fruity ones.

My guild mate, Meredith, sent the above tea in a box she created for me in February. Herbal. Well, I'll give a tea a chance or two to make an impression. I loved the color and the aroma was unlike anything I'd had before. Two mugs later and I've decided I really like this tea. Something tugged at my memory and I remember I've had this before but it was a couple of years ago at a coffee shop near my friend, Tonia's apartment. The shop was new and the free tea was a green that looked like water or this. I had this and I remember liking it then but not enough to want more.

I did some digging and this tea is made from a bush in western South Africa. The red tea is made from oxidized leaves. The tea is high in anti-oxidants and is naturally decaffeinated. It's purported to be good for nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems. What? You're saying it could be good for me beyond the fact that it's tea? It's usually served with milk and sugar or honey but I think it has a naturally sweet flavor on its own and I rarely put anything additional into my tea.

So, what this means is that I'm going to have to get more of this. I've probably consumed half of the box already so it's off to the grocery to see if they carry it first of all and then I'll check other sources. Thanks, Meredith, for expanding my beverage horizons. Ironically, it's not the tea I made this morning.

Beverage:  Edinburgh's Finest tea


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