||[Sep. 16th, 2005|08:03 pm]
Upon being directed this way by the brave and kind Tea Bunneh w0rdinista, I decided to make a little introduction to some herbal teas I've just recently found in the local health shop.|
They're called Health & Heather, and they comprise the majority of the tea pack which I've just posted for mscongeniality yesterday. ( thisCollapse ) is one of the teas that I sent MsConny, and it tastes really great. I tried it with honey, sugar and straight, and it was good all around. The peppermint is refreshing without being poingent, and even the smell itself helps to wake you up and brighten the eyes without making them water.
Another blend which I enjoyed was their Apple and Cinnamon. However this one carries a little bit of a warning; The taste of it is decently strong, and comes out the best when you add just that half a teaspoon of honey, but for me, personally, it had a totally soporific effect. Five minutes flat after I had drained the cup, I felt as though I'd taken a sleeping or relaxing pill. Checking the ingredients, I noticed that this tea contains Chicory Root and Hibiscus, which probably did the trick. It's also naturally caffein free, so if one can't sleep, this tea is absolutely wonderful.
An equally nice ninight blend from the same company is the Night Time Fruit and Herbal Infusion. This contains Camomille at 33%, Spearmint, Blueberry leaves at 15%, Orange Blossoms at 12%, Lime flower at 8%, Lemon Grass, Passion Flower Leaves at 2%, Rosebud and Rosehip. It didn't knock me out in the same way the Apple and Cinnamon did, but it tastes absolutely pleasant with honey OR sugar, and it's one of those teas that you'll make three or four cups up just to keep you company while you watch the rain.
( Sir Winston teaCollapse )
Another Tea Company that makes marvelous teas is the Sir Winston. Their Earl Gray is the mildest one I've tasted till now without being weak, letting the distinct flavour of lemon come up to the very surface where other Earl Greys usually bury it among other tastes. Also, their fruit black teas are fantastic. Even though Twinnings and Ahmed both make very good fruit teas, The Sir Winston ones manage to give you the feeling that you're eating one of the finest quality jams that you've ever tasted - without leaving you with that very annoying, gooey-tooth sensation jam makes. These teas, if sweetened, are better off with half a teaspoon of sugar rather than honey, because the honey tends to cover some of the finer after-tastes. They also have a great site here, which has some really precious recipes of pastries and on how to blend the taste of teas with other ingredients.