Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"I think that the ratio of ingredients could be tweaked so that there was more pineapple flavor in this tea and perhaps less of the cloves that seemed to dominate the cup."|
This blend is a herbal concoction featuring blackberry leaves, dried pineapple, ginger root, cloves, and panela. I was unfamiliar with panela, but Wikipiedia tells me it is basically a sugar product resulting from boiling down sugarcane juice. The individual particles range from small broken bits of blackberry leaves to ground powder which I suspect might be ginger or perhaps panela. When I took a whiff of this dry blend, the cloves were by far the strongest component. I followed MyTeaShelf's recommendations and prepared this tea by infusing the leaves in boiling water for about 6 minutes. The resulting light tan liquid was both sweet and spicy, but I am afraid to say that the pineapple flavor was very weak and almost hard to pinpoint. As with the aroma, the contribution of the cloves was the most obvious element to this tea, although the ginger was also evident. As a hot drink, I found it decent but a bit thin on fruit flavor. When I drank it iced, a natural sweetness was more obvious, yet still I sensed that this tea was missing the more obvious pineapple flavor I was seeking. I think that the ratio of ingredients could be tweaked so that there was more pineapple in this tea and perhaps less of the cloves that seemed to dominate the cup. Pineapple is a relatively mild fruit and it appears that it was easily overpowered by the pungency of the cloves and ginger. This was certainly drinkable, but not something I would think to recommend to anyone specifically looking for a pineapple tea.
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