Thursday, February 28, 2013
A Pox On Flavored Tea Bags!
The first was Lipton's Island Mango and Peach White Tea. The tea came in a nice large bag, big leaves and additions. I brewed it around 150 degrees, for about 3 minutes. It was a delicate pinkish yellow - peach or mango color, surprise, surprise. It had a vaguely fruity taste, pleasant for what it was. However, I considered it basically tasteless and surely a waste of money. I am not a great fan of white tea, being more a black tea person, but I can easily appreciate their delicate flavors. I really do not understand adding any flavoring to it - there is no possible way you could discern the gentle flavors and aromas of white tea.
The second was a tad more successful. It was Stash Tea's Ginger Breakfast Black Tea. I used boiling water, 3 minutes and was rewarded with a fairly decent cup. The tea was strong enough to have some flavor and the ginger was not overwhelming.
Much as I appreciate my friend's efforts to have tea for her non-coffee friends, (and I really do) this was just another nail in the coffin of tea bag teas, as far as I am concerned. Maybe I should say flavored tea bags, because I do find PG Tips and Typhoo to be pretty good. In fact, I got some Typhoo Decaf from another friend and I must say, for having 2 strikes against it, it was quite decent.
Yippee! - Spring is really going to come - the sun is finally shining in my kitchen window. As it makes it swing through the seasons, I hate to see it disappear from there and rejoice when it is once again dancing across my counters.