The adventure started in January, and has continued through February. March is nearly upon us. Busy days, hectic schedules, and last week, my bout with “the plague”, has kept my boss & I from regularly engaging in our new morning tea time tradition. But we fortify ourselves as we are able!
Most of the next 6 teas were worth the wait!
Day 11: Alpine Punch is a rooibos, tea which also boasts coconut chips, coconut rasps, dried apple, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, black pepper, rose blossoms, and almonds. It was produced in Germany and is caffeine free.
Day 12: Coffee Pu’erh is one I’ve been raving about to Big Guy, sadly a lover of coffee (he will occasionally share a pot of tea with his Mom though)! Pu’erh tea is considered the “fine wine” of teas, prized by connoisseurs. It is popular as a natural metabolism booster, and like me, only gets better with age. This particular tea is mixed with roasted coffee beans, natural ground coffee, vanilla & almond flavoring. It is made in China, is kosher, and has a medium caffeine rating. Last Summer, I finally caved in and tried an iced cappuccino. Essentially, I’m still not sure if I like it, but I couldn’t stop drinking it, and I craved it more. This tea tastes just like a cappuccino…and I want more. In a big mug!
Day 13: Organic Cinnamon Rooibos Chai. This caffeine-free, rooibos tea had mixed reviews. It contains apple and, cinnamon, is kosher and FairTrade. Boss found it too sweet, while I loved it. The cinnamon was not overpowering, and the smell was divine. According to aromatherapy principles, cinnamon can enhance your concentration. A good thing to have at work!
Day 14 – Lemon Pound Cake. I want to bottle the smell! Typically, lemon teas can be overpowered by other flavours, or simply too weak. This oolong tea contained lemon grass, lemon peel, sunflower blossoms, white hibiscus blossoms, and artificial pound cake. While I would be tempted to add a dash of lemon juice to make it tarter, it had a pleasant lemon flavour and balanced hint of grass and flower perfume. It is made in China and has a medium caffeine rating.
Day 15: Raspberry Cream Pie was a mix of green and rooibos teas. It contained cane sugar, white chocolate chips, a pink sugar mix (including saffron, beets, and purple carrot), black berries, raspberries, gomphrena petals, hibiscus, strawberry leaves, and finally, blackberry and vanilla cream flavouring. The berry flavour was subtle but it wasn’t a big hit. While the rosy colour (and that long list of ingredients) was enticing, it reminded me of hot fruit punch. This American tea contains milk and soy, and it caffeine-free.
Day 16: Sleigh Ride. By the end of February, the desire for seasonally- flavoured teas starts to diminish. That’s why Sleigh Ride was a refreshing surprise. This caffeine-free German fruit infusion included apple, hibiscus blossom, pineapple, papaya, beetroot, cinnamon, raisins, coconut, roasted almonds, and popped rice. I’ve had tea with dried pineapple before but it was drowned out by spices. The hint of cinnamon was the only thing “seasonal” about this tea – the real heroes were the fruit, coconut and almond combination. This would be a treat sitting poolside in the Summer, and who wouldn’t want to dream of tropical climes in the winter.
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back. – Albert Camus