new tea tuesday: the green teahouse creme earl grey princess

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My nickname as a child was Princess.

My Granny gave each of us kids a nickname.  My older brother is Sport, my sister is Muffin and my little brother is Bug.  I am Princess.

Watching every Disney movie imaginable as a kid I always thought the princess in the story was so beautiful and strong. Battling something that was often much bigger than her but finding the right people to ultimately help her get it done. Luckily for me, the movies always ended happily- which isn’t always true in real life. Anyways that is a story for another day!

When I found this Earl Grey at The Green Teahouse in West Hartford, I knew I wanted to try it out partially because it was an Earl, but mostly because it said Princess 😉 . The first thing I noticed about this organic black tea, was that the flowers added were not the typical blue cornflower you see peppered into many high end teas these days.  Instead there were dried yellow flower petals from the osthmanthus blossom, which I admit I had to google to understand more about that plant.

Since this was my first encounter with osthmanthus in a tea, I wanted to look into it and understand more about it so I found this very helpful article on Livestrong.  Quickly I learned that this Chinese flower, which is not very common in the US, is a possible appetite suppressant (!) rich in B-3 as well as antioxidants.

The tea itself is an organic Sri Lankan black tea which is accompanied by french vanilla, osthmanthus blossoms and bergamot oil. I found the vanilla to be a lovely addition to the flavor and made it a treat to enjoy compared to my other typical Earl Grey’s.

 


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