Time for another tea quiz, all you fellow tea lovers. Let’s see how it goes. This time around it’s all flavored teas (sometimes misnamed as “tea blends”) where you need to identify not the tea itself but the “stuff” added to it.
First, the question in the title can be said several different ways. There’s the joyful way where you just tasted something wonderful and want to know what it is. There’s the way where there’s a tinge of almost horror in your voice as if the flavor leads you to think there’s something most terrible in what you just drank. Then there’s the “I’m allergic to some things so I gotta know what’s in this before drinking” way of asking. And of course, the merely curious and/or polite asking. Whichever you choose, the answer is important. It could surprise you, please you, annoy you, or even make you very worried. Best to ask this question before drinking. Better yet, get to know how things look in the dry tea mixture so you can know whether or not to imbibe. [Note: not everything can be detected visually.]
I know that none of you peeked at the answers here before making your own guesses (it’s the honor system) and some of you did not need to guess but knew the answers. See which you got right and give yourself a gold star for each correct answer.
A. Per the vendor, this mix consists of Chinese Chun Mee green tea and jasmine blossoms.
B. An unspecified black tea with plenty of dried peach and apple bits plus dried rose petals.
C. An Oolong tea flavored with basil, lemon granules, marigold blossoms, and other unspecified flavorings.
D. This is a Chinese oolong with honey melon, guava pieces, barberries, tea flowers and sunflowers (per the vendor’s web site).
E. A fruity tea, based on black Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka and flavored with sunflower petals and large chunks of dried ripe mango.
F. An unspecified black tea with a ton of other stuff added in. The vendor’s web site lists the additions as: cranberry, orange peel, apple, papaya, pineapple, apricot, almond, rose hips, cinnamon, rose petals, cornflowers, and flavoring. Tea takes a real backseat with the majority of the content being the fruits and other stuff.
Now it’s time to pick one, steep it up, and enjoy!
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