Today we have been blending up some custom teas for an event the end of this month. In the process the teas must be blended, sampled, then mixed up in bigger batches to be hand bagged into sewn tea bags.
In this process I have drank many cups of tea today. I try to make a "regular" batch up for a cup to get an idea of how much of each ingredient into the batch. Now, I do not like to waste, so I have been on a tea high for this whole afternoon!
But I certainly did enjoy the process as we sat outside at our little table with my tiny tea-pot sipping from a dainty white cup. What a fun way to spend a work day!
I did not need to sample the white-green lavender-peppermint tea because I already know how that one tastes! And I know what goes in it.
I whipped up a lighter citrus white tea with silver needle tea for the base, and orange, lemon, and nectarine/peach added.
Also a fruited black tea. that was a blend of Organic Assam estate tea, berries, peach/nectarine, orange, pear, and apple.
And I did a new batch of curious spiced black tea. this is a mix of Ancient trees Pu-erh black tea and a Kenyan black tea (the Ancient trees is a deep earthy tea with a mellow flavor) while the Kenyan is brighter and stronger in the cup. To this base I added a LOT of fresh cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, anise, a bit of ginger, and orange, then to make it have a little umph threw in some vanilla bean and saffron sugar.
It is not a very strong tea, but with great notes.
I have so much energy from the tea I am even typing this ridiculously detailed account of the teas themselves for the unsuspecting readers looking for Curiously Creative ideas.
Now if I could just get to sewing those tea bags up!