The wonderful Rabs sent me a package due to being one of the three finalists in her geek pride day give away. I must say, she has an excellent knack for packaging things. Everything was beautifully wrapped and neatly labeled. Thank you Rabs for putting on this contest, I am so excited to play the game!
After reading the instructions and noting that I must drink whatever I roll by the end of the day, I decided to try my luck.
First roll is: “1”
1 is the worst number in this game. I guess it shall be good to get it over with! (Trying to look at my bad look with a positive note). The tea to be tasted is Rishi’s Tangerine Ginger. A tisane…shoot, I could really use some caffeine as my husband and I have been running around all day and I am beat! Ah, well, thus it must be.
I’m a little scared of ginger, and these leaves smell like their is quite a bit of ginger present. But I do enjoy tangerine, and hope that this flavor comes through the strongest. Sniffing the leaves a little more, I am reminded a bit of sweet and sour chicken that was served two nights ago at the graduation party I attended. Not sure how this will play out in the wet leaves, or in the tea.
This tisane brewed up a deep crimson/blood orange color. I steeped it for 4 minutes at 205F. It smells mostly citrusy, but I’m still getting something that reminds me of chinese take out….
The taste is strong in the ginger department, almost a bit like biting into raw ginger and than following that ginger garnish with a blast of tangerine flavored hot water in the aftertaste. (Sorry if I seem to be tripping over my descriptions tonight, it’s been a long day). I don’t hate this tea, but it isn’t one I’d pick to drink again. It reminds me a bit of Teavana’s Wild Orange Blossom as far as the citrus taste goes, just add ginger to that and it would be about the same. I may try this tea iced next time, as there is enough for another large cup hot or an iced mug full. Maybe I’ll pair it with some fried rice :)
Thanks again Rabs for this fun tasting experience. I’m enjoying playing the game, and am hoping to do at least a tea a day :)