I started off 2016 with a cold that just won't let go, so I've been taking things easy the past two weeks. I finally ran out of soup, so I tried to sneak into the kitchen a few days ago to test out the new knives that Santa brought me for Christmas and only ended up cutting myself—a clear sign that I should go back to bed until I feel 100%. It looks like soup and everything else will just have to wait until I feel better.
Since then I've spent my time chowing down on oatmeal while doing back end work on the blog (outlining future posts) and playing around on Pinterest looking for organizational tips. I'm trying to come up with a better way to organize our tiny house, although for the last few days I've given up and started shoving the random piles of clutter in trash bags to be hauled off to Goodwill at the earliest convenience. This is a chore I always try to tackle when I'm sick because I have a tendency to get rid of more stuff that way. I'm already tired and crabby, so when I see the clutter instead of keeping it I'm more apt to decide it needs to go. It's a great strategy, but I may have overdone it a little because today I feel worse than I did a week ago.
So much for progress.
Since I'm back to feeling sick I decided to spend the day bumming around drinking green tea with honey until I'm feeling better again. Golden Tips Tea recently sent me several packages of tea for review, including their Organic Premium Green Tea which I'll be reviewing today. I've only recently dipped my toes into India's tea market, most of the tea I purchase still comes from China or Japan, but I've been very impressed with the teas I've tried so far—especially those from the Darjeeling region. This particular tea can be very astringent depending on what temperature water you use for brewing (Golden Tips suggests anywhere from 194°F - 212°F.) After preparing a few cups I've found I prefer a lower water temperature because boiling water brings out the astringency quite a bit and hides the subtle citrus flavor of the tea. Adding a small amount of sugar or honey helps balance things out (and feels really good on a sore throat) so I feel like this is a good tea to keep on hand for cold season.
Would I order this again? Possibly. I prefer a less astringent green tea for every day drinking, but this is a great choice if you enjoy your tea with sugar or honey.
Where to Purchase
A smooth & blissfully delicate organic green tea sourced from the finest plantations in Darjeeling, facing the mighty Himalayan peaks. Characteristic of fresh greens and hints of natural citrus in the aroma, the tea offers an intensely refreshing experience. With absolutely no bitterness and a delicious trail of astringency in the background, the rich grassy flavor combined with intriguing floral notes engulf your taste buds heroically. The green-yellow liquoring cuppa is bright and energizing. The leaves are beautifully light green in color with select tips spread evenly. The sweet and long finish is exhilarating. An extremely healthy and delectable choice of tea for anytime of the day.
Suggested Brewing Tips
Serving Size: 1 teaspoon per 200ml (6.8 ounces)
Water Temp: 194 - 212°F
Steep Time: 3 - 5 minutes
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that Golden Tips has provided me with a sample at a discount for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own.
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