|Some explaining to do!|
Our host from T-Buds was great. He started off by explaining how blending became trendy in the last 10 years and is all the rage right now. You can see this with the dominance of tea shops like David’s Tea with their range of tutti-fruity, nutty, and colourful tea blends. I’ve always stated that I’m not a big fan of these teas, preferring the purity and true essence of the tea itself, but, I do understand the appeal. Some of them aren’t too bad. Others are way too overwhelming with everything but the tea!
|All available options.|
Upon the wrap-up of instructions on ratios, proper portioning, using items just for visual effect, and mixing in various spray essences, we began preparing 4 different blends as outlined in recipes with allowance to adjust and play around with items as we wished. As the evening wore on, the room began to fill with the intoxicating aromas of chocolate, mint, coconut, ginger, strawberries, and so many other wonderful scents.
|Are we doing this right?|
|Yeah, looks good!|
Once completed, each group gave funky names to their blends accordingly. My group came up with the following names for our blends:
- Sencha: Seduced By Sencha
- Rooibos: Rock Me Rooibos
- Masala Chai: My Chai To Die For
- Pu-erh: Pu-Rah-Rah-Rah
|Time for a taste test!|
We did get a chance to try a couple of our blends, the Sencha and Masala Chai, in our case. They were pretty good. Not really overpowering in ingredients outside of the tea, which is the star. However, blends do need time to settle and mingle before getting a true taste of them. I will try each one sometime in the future and give my review then.
Whew! So glad for a little breather as we enter a new month.