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My Tea Journey – Hibiscus

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Since my first two tries at creating drinkable tea flopped, I’m burrowing into a list of suggestions from friends. One of them told me that Hibiscus tea tastes like fruit punch, and so might be just the thing I’m looking for. Today I’m trying Republic of Tea’s Hibiscus…just the plain, unadulterated Hibiscus. This tea came in a round tea bag which means I can’t tell what it looks like without destroying the bag, which made me sad. However, there’s no measuring so at least I know I didn’t screw up that part.

I’m following the directions on this one. Boil 6 oz. of water (seriously, 6 oz? I think I’ve been using at least twice that), check. Place bag in cup, check. Pour water over bag, check. Steep for five to seven minutes. I set the timer and walked away. You know what they say about a watched pot? It applies to tea, I think.

***time passes*** ***alarm goes off***

I was waiting by the cup for the last 30 seconds, because I’m impatient. I have to admit, it makes the prettiest red color! It really does look like fruit punch. The scent is soothing…a light floral. Nothing overpowering. Nothing mouthwatering. More relaxing than anything. Did I mention it’s red? Very, very red. Stain-the-carpet red. Good thing we have wood floors.

Sip.

Consider.

Sip.

Smile.

I think we have a winner! It does indeed taste a bit like fruit punch! The flavor isn’t strong, but isn’t weak either. A bit dry..like a dry red wine. Not a fan of dry wine, so I figure this tea needs a bit of a boost. I’m squirting a bit of vanilla syrup from Starbucks in it. Hey, it’s all I have…don’t judge.

Sip.

Hmmm.  Now it’s a bit too sweet I think. And it’s quickly getting cold. I wonder what tea fans think about throwing tea back in the microwave to re-heat it?

I’m not sure sugar is what I need for this tea. I think perhaps a bit of cream or milk is called for. But now it’s cold (that sure happened fast) and there’s only a couple of swallows left, so I won’t bother this time. I think this would taste fantastic if poured over ice. I’ll have to try both that, and cream, in the future.

I’m adding Hibiscus to the list of “must try again”.

For those keeping score, the tally is now:

Not looking good: 2

Rooibos Vanilla Chai

Earl Grey

 

Try This Again: 1

Hibiscus

 

4 comments on… “My Tea Journey – Hibiscus”

  1. So basically, you like tea that doesn’t taste like tea? 😉

    Actually, there are quite a few floral ones. I love rose-toned teas as well. And if you have any of that rooibos vanilla chai left, send it my way; that’s my favorite!

    Best wishes with the Tea Journey.

  2. Wasn’t the Earl Grey you tried a Rooibos Earl Grey? Totally different animal. If the hibiscus was okay, you could try Passionfruit tea; it’s very like fruit punch (and also very RED). Starbucks sells the Tazo Passion Tea in bag form as well as an iced tea (I love it that way, with just 1 pump of sweetener). By the way, for hot tea I rest my mug on a plug-in mug warmer. Keeps it hot right down the end of the cup. They are pretty inexpensive. Get the kind with a regular plug, though – not the USB kind. Got that for hubs once and it doesn’t generate enough power to really keep the mug warm. http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/mr-coffee-reg-mug-warmer/1017912933 Good luck on your tea journey! 😉

    • I saw someone get a Passion Tea today and almost got one myself to try. I will have to do that, with one pump of…what? If I just say one pump will they know what that means? lol.

      I do need a mug warmer! Thanks for the link. I’m definitely buying that.

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