It's been awhile since I've done a Tuesday's Tea...
Our box of tea from the wholesalers arrived last night just as Sweetheart was getting home. Unfortunately, it was just one of the two boxes, so we have to wait on the rest of the order. I've ordered some of our favorites as well as a few new tastes to try.
Today I am sampling a Mango flavored black tea. I ordered it because I love to brew different flavors this time of year as iced tea. I have opened the container it came in. Oh, how I wish you were here! It's delicate fruity fragrance has filled the room. I've got the kettle on. I am planning to brew a pot of this hot, drink a cup (or two) and then refrigerate the rest for iced tea.
Sometimes I brew the tea directly in the pitcher for iced tea like sun tea, and sometimes I do it this way. It also works to brew a stronger batch of hot tea, then dilute it with cooler water and ice in your pitcher. Each way works, it usually just depends on how much time I have before I want to serve the tea and whether or not my pitcher is already filled with Peach Tea. :)
I just poured off the first bit of water to help reduce the amount of caffeine in the tea and now I have a few moments before it is fully brewed. The color is just what a pot of tea should look like: golden brown with some russet highlights and the smell is delightful. It even smells sweet. Now, I just drink my tea, hot or iced, plain letting the flavors of the tea come through. Sweetheart loves to bury his in large quantities of sugar. I think if I were to sweeten the tea I would do it now while the tea is hot so that the sugar dissolves. How do you do it?
The pot is resting for a moment as it is a bit too hot even for me to drink. I'm going to sit back down with Pumpkin and finish our apple and cheese snack.
Good thing I went back when I did! My cheese and apple both had mysterious, Pumpkin-sized bites missing...
After I finished (what was left of) my apple I started to drink the tea. Yum. This is sooo good! It has a wonderful flavor with a sense of fullness to it. Do you know what I mean? Not like an herbal fruit tea that always tastes watery to me, but like a real-fill-your-mouth-drink. The color is lovely, the fragance delightful, and the taste rich. Sounds like a winner to me!
Now, hopefully, we'll get something up and going soon so that I can share these new tea treasures with you all!
Wouldn't it be nice to have one of these to brew iced tea in? I love this!