Thirsty Thursday #16Hi, again! I told you I'd see you again soon! Today I'm going to talk about a tea, well, herbal blend you can get at your local Target. It's the Simply Balanced Orange Spice.
It's a fair trade and organic blend. Since there is no tea or yaupon in the blend, it is caffeine free.
The box is filled with individually wrapped tea bags. Each package has the steeping instructions.
Tea bag in the tea pot. Wow! I can smell the spices already. Very exotic.
Setting the timer for 4 minutes.
We filled the tea pot. The pot holds two fancy tea cups or one mug of tea. Now we wait. (humming, tapping foot)
Have you ever noticed how long four minutes feels. (giggles) But if I had walked away to do something else it would have blinked by. Check out the gorgeous amber brown liquid.
And the spices! (takes deep breath) Yum! I hope it tastes as good as it smells.
First sip is plain.
Not bad. The spices are well balanced with the citrus of the orange. I can pick out cinnamon and clove. I bet there is a bit of nutmeg too. I'll have to check. (looks at box) Okay, it has orange peel, hibiscus, chicory, cinnamon, clove, and rosehips. So no nutmeg.
Second sip I'm adding some bamboo honey.
Mmmm, That's better. Just an extra, light touch of sweetness. But you have to be careful what honey you choose. Buckwheat honey would have been too heavy.
The Simply Balanced Orange Spice herbal blend is really tasty.
I think it would be best to drink on a cold winter day or a dreary day when you need a pick me up...not so much of energy boost, but brightness and warmth.
- It has been my experience that one should not over steep a citrus based herbal. They tend to get really bitter.
- The little teapot yielded great, robust, spicy flavor for the entire pot.
- We have not tried to re-steep at this time.
Taking over is fun, but you know I think I'm going to take a vacation tomorrow,
See you again soon!