Thirsty Thursday #4
An Ocracoke TraditionThe other day, Melody found something interesting at the Ocracoke Preservation Museum gift shop - yaupon tea. I'm going to review it for you today.
The gift shop has it packaged plainly - stamped with the lighthouse and name on the front...
History and brewing instructions on the back. Since I'm using the tea tumbler for brewing,
Inside the bag is a smaller bag of the dried leaves.
Don't they look interesting?
They smell lovely. I hope they taste as good.
I've filled the mesh tea ball with leaves. Now to crush them with this spoon.
All ready for water.
Now the sprinkle of cinnamon...and we let it steep.
I'm going to use the powdered milk again. I'm sure it would be better with real milk, but you do with what you have on hand.
It smells wonderful.
Not quite the same amber color as regular black tea, but it has a full aroma. Not the same as the kind you get in your store...more woody. Has a different flavor too. I can't quite place it.
I've not added any sugar, just the milk.
Hmmm, now it tastes more like a Christmas tea. Very nice. I like it. Will make this again.
- We brewed the yaupon tea as close as we could to how it is/was enjoyed on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina.
- Yaupon tea comes from the leaves of a North American holly tree. It is known as the only plant in North America to contain caffeine. Yaupon tea is not an herbal tisane.
- It took a few sips for the flavor to settle in. As Kirsten noted, the flavor is interesting, but in a very pleasant way.
- Yaupon does not contain tannins and can not be over steeped.
- If you live in Texas you may be familiar with yaupon tea and it's many uses. You may even have it in a store or restaurant near you.
Stop again soon! Have a nice day!