Sage and Daisy
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This tea was another find from the Sage and Daisy shop in Kansas City’s Crown Center mall. While the person at the shop was uncertain as to exactly which fruits are contained within this tea, I will attempt to discern this for myself as I taste it. As with the Blueberries and Cream tea from Sage and Daisy, this is the fourth or fifth time that I have actually made this tea, so I feel that I have a fairly strong grasp on its flavors and nuances now.
Using a two-cup teapot, two teaspoons of the loose leaf, and just-boiled water, a three-minute steep provides me with a smoothly drinkable cup of tea of moderate strength. The underlying Ceylon black tea can be tasted clearly, but the fruit flavors are just as prominent. Strawberry and raspberry are the two that seem most obvious to me, but there may well be more. The aroma is deliciously fruity, and it centers primarily around a tart scent (raspberry, perhaps). Having only purchased a small package of several ounces, this tea is already in danger of going extinct in my cupboard. I highly recommend for those paying a visit to Sage and Daisy. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate this tea an 87/100.
On a recent trip to Kansas City, I discovered Sage and Daisy, a small storefront in the Crown Center shops that sells soap, tea, and other aromatic products. This chance discovery (I was actually paying a visit to the wonderful pen shop across the way) led to the tasting of a few delicious new teas, this being one of them. One of the owners blends Daisy & Sage’s tea offerings herself, using botanicals acquired from a number of sources in the United States.
I have tried a number of blueberry teas in the past, but very few that were black teas (mostly whites and greens, which are delicious, I might add). This is now the fourth or fifth time that I have made a pot of this tea over the past few days.
My teaware of choice this morning is a two-cup ceramic pot, some just-boiled, filtered water, and two teaspoons of this delicious-smelling tea. I steeped my ingredients for three minutes, producing an aromatic and medium-bodied liqueur. Sipping through this first cup, there is a lot of creaminess to this tea. In a way, it is reminiscent of a well-blended Cream Earl Grey. The creaminess also comes through in the aroma, which is pleasant and smooth. The only trouble with this tea is that I find it hard to identify a blueberry flavor! There is a touch of fruitiness in the flavor of the tea, but I would tend to say that this comes mainly from the black tea itself.
Aside from this minor hang-up, this tea was delicious! If your travels take you to the Kansas City area, do stop by Sage and Daisy. The owners are quite pleasant and helpful, and they carry a lot of fun and unique products. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate this tea an 82/100.