Been away a few days. I didn’t try anything really new until last night, when I finally broke into one of the two new bagged teas I bought at a Middle Eastern “specialty food” shop here in town. Since I am basically timid, the teas were not all that weird but I hadn’t seen them in my usual haunts. One was Rumi pure organic rooibos, which see, and the other was Ahmad Cardamon and that’s how they spell it on the box.
I had NO idea what to expect. I like both cardamon and cilantro, so I thought it was worth the try. And today I am having Amy’s frozen dal of some sort with rice and green peas and chickpeas and moderately spicy tomato sauce and a chunk or two of cheese.
This tea seems perfect with that meal. I brewed it strong and added half-and-hlf. It’s creamy and slightly aromatic. I don’t know that I would get the cardamon if I didn’t know it was there. It’s coming across as a slight nuttiness. Alas, I see that it contains “cardamon flavouring” rather than actual shaved or ground cardamon. But it does not taste artificial.
I’ll be happy to finish this box, especially pairing it with spicy food, and perhaps try a more exotic brand with actual cardamon mixed into the tea next time.