Saturday, February 27, 2016

My Cuppa: The perfect after dinner mint!

About a month ago, I volunteered at the Toronto Tea Festival. The great thing about volunteering is that you can add the experience to your résumé for enhancement, rub elbows with industry professionals, and gain further tea knowledge. Upon completing our shifts at this year’s event, show organizers provided all volunteers with a package of tea to show their appreciation to us and just say “thank you”. How nice!

This year, we were allowed to pick the tea or tisane of our choice, from a company called The Chai Palace. I decided to go out of the norm and selected a tisane for a change. Hey! I’ve got so much tea at home they are just pouring out of my cupboards. Besides, I really liked the sound of the combination of the ingredients in the tisane I chose. It’s called Cinnamint Tea, and it contains a mixture of peppermint leaves, cinnamon, and cardamoms. It’s almost like a traditional Masala Chai minus the tea leaves, and yes, its name is incorrect. Cinnamint would’ve been just fine, no?

Cinnamint.

Opening up the package released an intoxicating aroma of spicy, minty freshness. I was instantly transported to a spa! The blend contained nice large pieces of each ingredient. I prepared the tisane according to the instructions on the package, and received exactly what I was expecting: a refreshing and aromatic, golden infusion. It tasted just like it smelled. I found it to be the perfect drink to have after a big meal at night. Soothing and relaxing.

After dinner mint!

The great thing about most tisanes is that they are not as sensitive to quantities used and brew times like many teas are. They also work very well combined with various ingredients. Even the leaves may be used a few times over. The results are just as good. Experiment with what works for you and enjoy a tisane once in a while!



3 comments:

  1. I haven't tried this tea from The Chai Palace, but I've tried other blends from them that are so wonderful. Happy to read your tasting notes :)

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    1. So glad I've discovered this company. I'm looking forward to trying their other products.

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