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Oh me, oh my, oh Wellness!

cold brew ExperimenTEA Wellness

[caption id="attachment_705" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Dried Hibiscus: to drink or not to drink?"][/caption] For those new to this series I am taking one tea and "playing" with it to get it just right for me.  This week it is Wellness.  In all honesty it is more like this month...this is a favorite summer brew of mine. Wellness is actually not a tea but an herbal blend.  It has a little bit of everything in it, "apple pieces, carrot flakes, blackberry leaves, eucalyptus leaves, beetroot pieces, hibiscus flowers, lemon grass, flavoring, freeze-dried tangerine pieces, orange slices".  It's blend of sweet and tangy fruits make for a refreshing cool drink.  Hibiscus Flowers: to sip or not sip?  Every herbal blend drinker has to wrestle with this issue at some point in their sipping. I have learned that tea blenders like the hibiscus flower for its ability to add a tartness to a tea without overpowering its other ingredients.  I think the hibiscus makes Wellness any easy sipping tea. Because of its natural flavors Wellness is easy to drink with no sweeteners.  However while playing around with them I found that in a regular 8 ounce glass of Wellness (with ice) I like a 1/2 teaspoon of raw sugar.  The little bit of sweetness picks up the berry flavors.  I also tried honey but it just does not dissolve in cold tea as well as I would like. This tea is far easier to brew than any other tea or herbal blend I have ever had.  You simply cannot screw it up...I should know I tried!  I like to brew ice tea in my Mr.Coffee Ice Tea maker but in case you do not have one of those it can still be as simple as measure tea and add some hot water or cold water!  Water temps made little effect in my opinion. Boiling seems to do the trick every time.  Simply make a bag of  tea and pour boiling water over the top. Let it steep and then pour over a glass of ice. OR you can cold brew it.  Which means put  Wellness in a pitcher (bag or no bag is up to you), pour in cold water, let sit for at least 8 hours or as long as 2 days.  Just strain as you pour into your glass. Time does matter!  The longer you brew this one the stronger the hibiscus gets.  Brewing warm: If you like less tart go for the 5 minutes.  For me the perfect brew time was just under 8 minutes.  Not too tart, not too sweet.  Brewing cold: less time is a softer flavor, less tart, longer is a stronger brew, more tart.  Although for each glass of tea I tried at different times I never let a drop go to waste...good no matter what you do to it.

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