This was included in a swap on Ravelry, from a person from the Netherlands.
I don’t know what kind of tea this is, other than what Google translates it to – “Yellow Fruit Tea” On searching for “Gele Vructen Thee” and using Google Translate, I found one site that listed it in a box with 4 varieties, and said (in Dutch) “The yellow fruit tea has a refreshing, fruity flavor of lemon, apple and a hint of peppermint.”

It does seem fruity, like it’s an herbal tisane, not camelia sinensis. I’m not detecting peppermint. But I think I do detect lemon and apple. Plus there’s what I call the “wet washrag” taste I get on a lot of herbals.

I’m nervous that it might have rooibos in it, as it’s listed as an “African Original.” I guess I’ll know if I get a stomachache.

Brewed, it’s a deep reddish-brown liquid. It smells fruity, maybe similar to Orange & Spice from Bigelow.
It tastes all right, but not something I’d hunt down or request more of.

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When I was a very young child, I swallowed an ice cube whole. It got stuck in my throat, and my mother had me drink hot tea to melt it away. That started a love affair with tea that has never abated.

I dabbled with Celestial Seasonings and other grocery store teabags for awhile, in my young and foolish days. But a few years ago, I received a tea of the month subscription from Adagio, and I found that there was a whole other world of tea out there that I had never experienced.

I love drinking tea, and I love the personal ceremony of making a glass or pot of tea for myself. It’s like a meditation.


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