Tea of the Week for April 1, 2019: I Drink & I Know Things (aka The Imp's Delight) Black Tea
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I Drink & I Know Things (aka The Imp's Delight) Black Tea
Tea Description: Our first "Game of Thrones" themed tea!
Confession time: I didn't really watch Game of Thrones until very recently. I watched the first season, but when Ned got beheaded, that was it for me. I hated Joffrey so much that I couldn't bear to watch it anymore. I finally decided to watch it (Including re-watching the first season) after much pleading from Mat - who declared it the best show ever. So I decided to give it another chance.
And I'm so glad I did. I finished watching seasons 1 - 7 and decided that I must make "Game of Thrones" my theme for April's box to commemorate the beginning of the 8th and final season.
My favorite character of the series is Tyrion, so I knew I had to make something wine-ish in his honor. One of his most quoted lines is "That's what I do - I drink & I know things." He also said (I think it was in season 6?) that he wanted to start his own wine and call it "The Imp's Delight." So this tea is "I Drink & I Know Things" aka "The Imp's Delight."
I started with a base of black teas (Heavy on the Yunnan, followed by Assam, with just a wee bit of Ceylon to offer some balance). Then I added some wine essence, some spices (in honor of the 'spice king' from Qarth) - broken star anise, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom - and some orange peel to create a spiced wine tea that I believe Tyrion would enjoy!
Don't worry, this blend is alcohol free! It's also VEGAN, gluten free & allergen free - and very yummy!
ingredients: broken star anise pieces
organic ingredients: black teas, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, orange peel & natural flavors
As I mentioned in the description above, Tyrion Lannister is my favorite character from the Game of Thrones series and as I binge-watched the show, I determined rather quickly that I needed something wine-ish for him since he's rarely seen without a glass of wine in his hand - and during those rare moments where he isn't drinking wine, it seems he's in search of wine. But I didn't want it to be just a wine flavored tea - I wanted something more to it - so I decided to make it a spice mulled wine tea.
The first few sips were very orange spice - reminding me a bit of a holiday spice tea. But after those first few sips, I started picking up on wine/brandy notes. The spices compliment this tea perfectly.
Really, really good!
to brew: shake well to incorporate the ingredients. there are a lot of spices to this and you want them equally distributed throughout the pouch so that you get some in every measurement. You'll want to use just a little more leaf than usual because the spices are plentiful and you don't want a weak tasting tea - so use 4g of leaf to 12 ounces of nearly boiling water (205°F). allow to steep for 3 minutes. strain and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. enjoy!
This is tasty without sweetener, but I found that a little bit of sugar or other sweetener makes this cuppa really special. Especially nice with a drizzle of honey!