Holiday Tea-son! So today my advent calendar is another Bird & Blend that I have reviewed before, which you can peruse here if you so wish: https://steepster.com/mastressalita/posts/379065 . I’m not a huge fan of jasmine teas because they tend to get too “perfumy” for me and irritate my head, and while I did enjoy this one more than the majority of jasmine teas I’ve tried in the past thanks to the blend of spearmint, it was still a little too strong on the jasmine notes to really be my kind of tea, so I figured I’d throw this one in the pile of advent teas I’m going to send to my friend because they just aren’t for me (of course there was banana in my 52Teas one, and if anyone knows anything about me, banana is my most hated food ever, so that one was right out…)
But when I saw B&B’s e-mail today, there was a recipe for making rice with this tea, and I have used various teas to make Minute Rice in the past, so I figured, why not? Their recipe was of course much larger and more complicated than what I typically do, but I’m a one-person household, I don’t need much tea or rice to feed a single person. When I do Minute Rice, I do the smallest portion, which is 1 cup water/1 cup rice, so I brought a cup of water to a boil on the stove, dropped in the sachet, let it steep for a few minutes, removed it, then dropped in the rice, lowered the heat and covered the pan, and let the rice soak up the tea.
And… I actually really like this! It actually makes the jasmine note subtle rather than really aromatic and overwhelming on my senses. I can taste that slight jasmine floral flavor on my rice, but there is nothing “perfumy” about my meal like I would get from a tea. This may just be what I have to do with the free jasmine tea samplers that end up in my orders from various tea vendors from now on. The only bad thing is the spearmint in this blend didn’t come through in the rice at all, which was a little disappointing.
Increasing my rating since this has actually given me a use for what will no doubt be other Nearly Nirvana free samplers that will show up in future B&B orders in the future, and this Minute Rice is delicious!
Flavors: Floral, Jasmine