Today was a serious mail day. I got in 11 fancy French teas, and I kid you not, I picked this one over those. I have been so intrigued by the description of this tea that I just couldn’t wait to try it.
I first encountered Mountain Witch Tea Company back when we did secret pumpkin gifts in the fall. The name of the company sounded “Halloweeny” and several of the teas did too. I emailed the owner and asked if she could help me by sending the package with no mention of the sender, and she was great to work with and provided really personal service. Although, I don’t think the company can be named for her, she is far too nice to be called a witch.
So anyway, I have never had a prickly pear and had no idea what to expect. I purposefully went in blind and didn’t look up anything about it. The dry leaf smelled a little like peaches. Brewed, it is just intoxicating to smell. I get more melon now, still a little peach, and the slightest hint of citrus maybe? It also has a really nice aftertaste that reminds me of honeydew.
The steeping parameters suggested 2 to 3 minutes, and I used 3 but I think next time I will do 2 since it’s a tiny bit drying. Really, really nice tea and no artificial taste to me at all.