I have been drinking tea for many years, but it has only been in the past 15 years or so, that I use only loose teas, from my favorite supplier. I like black tea with some sugar and once in a while with milk. I like very few flavored teas, Black Current, Dragon Pearl Jasmine, and a rose one from England that I can’t get anymore.
If I run out of tea before Harney delivers, (shudder at the thought) I go to a local tea shop in the mall. I walk in and say, “I want the strongest blackest tea you have.” They look at me funny and tell me all about their flavored froo-froo teas. Once I had another customer tell me how to mix the teas to get a dessert. I’m like huh? I simply told them black will do and if I want dessert, I’ll eat it. I left with Irish Breakfast, another fine tea. 🙂
I am telling you this because I am a changed woman. I now drink black flavored tea all the time. A special friend sent me a bag of dried spearmint. Oh it smelled so good.
I brewed my favorite tea All-India Blend. Rated briskness***, body***, Aroma***. That means it is some goooooood black tea. Before brewing I added a touch of spearmint to the tea leaves. Oh my, it smelled good, but I knew I wouldn’t like it because I don’t drink flavored teas outside the list above. I took on taste and I am now hooked.
Every single cup of black tea needs the spearmint now. To save the spearmint, I hide it from Sir Husband. I wouldn’t want to run out, because he drank some you know.
Now I have to grow a spearmint plant or my friend will have to supply my needs.