Thursday, 7 October 2010

Tea of the Day!

Today's Tea of the Day comes to you directly from my Wicked Witch of the West mug (it being Halloween season and all)! It is:

Hibiscus Delight (Wellcat): 3.5/5

Hibiscus Delight is an herbal tea blend (meaning there is no actual Tea in it (meaning the leaves from the Tea plant), meaning there is no caffeine!) (I made this batch! Seriously.) It contains Hibiscus Flowers (one would hope), Rosehips (heaven forbid one is without the other), Lemongrass (out of witty comments), Orange Peel (you have all heard me go on about how annoyingly overpowering Hibiscus is, it was actually the combination of Hibiscus and Orange Peel that convinced me to try this one), Spearmint, Rose Petals, and a pinch of Stevia (the natural sweetener - in leaf form. ooooooooo.)

The label says: The red flowering tropical hibiscus plant gives this infusion (the technical term for the drink. Refer to its lack of actual 'tea') drink its unique taste and wonderful color. Delicious hot or cold with a slice of lemon. (It is too cold in my apartment tonight for the iced tea version. And I have no lemon. So we'll come back to that another day.)

The strongest smells are the Hibiscus and the Spearmint, though the Lemongrass adds to the sourness of the Hibiscus smell. It's quite pleasant. And the color is a nice rose, rather than the deep dark red of Hibiscus based berry teas. It is a rather good tea. It is sour, again due to the Hibiscus, but not overly poweringly Hibiscusy (yay!) due to the Spearmint! I cannot actually identify the Orange Peel at all. The Lemongrass is also very strong - tasting like lemon, and it goes very well to calm the Hibiscus, and the hint of Spearmint strongly ties it all together. Overall, an excellent tea on a cold day when you just don't want another apple/pumpkin/orange spiced beverage!

Extra: Herbal Teas
Tea is the drink made from the leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. Drinks made from other plants, herbs, or flowers that are not tea; they are herbal infusions, or, as the French call them, tisanes. Their history is more ancient than tea's, and they can be healthful and refreshing. Tisanes are brewed from the leaves, roots, bark, seeds, and/or berries of herbs and spices such as borage, chamomile (given to Peter Rabbit after his episode with Mr. MacGregor), elderberry, ginger, lavender, lemon verbena, and mints of all kinds. They are often marketed in blends. Hardly any tisanes contain caffeine; yerba mate is an exception. Many herbs used to make tisanes are easily grown in a garden or on a windowsill, and easily brewed, fresh or dried, in boiling water.

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