Strawberries. Cream. Tea. Three things are that perfect on their own, but when combined create a whole new level of fabulousness. When Nuffnang put the callout for bloggers to review the new Oriental Teahouse Strawberry and Cream tea, I was all over that quicker that you can say 'milk with one sugar thanks!'
I pretty much had no idea what this particular tea was going to look like, then this cute little package arrived in the mail. Oriental Teahouse is situated in Melbourne and is not only a pro at the whole Yum Cha thing, but also sells over fifty types of tea. You can purchase their teas in-store or online, but I think I know where I'll be heading the next time I'm in Melbs...
I know, I know, it looks like pot pourri, the stuff that plagued every house through the nineties (peach scented anyone?) But, this tea smells absolutely amazing and is made up of strawberry pieces, apple pieces, hibiscus, rose-hip peel, pineapple cubes and elderberry. You're feeling all good and healthy just by reading that, aren't you?
I was a bit uncertain as to what to actually do with it as all the teas I'd drunk before I'd strained, but after reading the instructions I was pleasantly surprised to read that you simply left all the delicious edible fruit in it.
There are a few different options on how to drink this Strawberry and Cream tea. For a warm cuppa you simple add 2 teaspoons to 360ml, then let it brew for 3-5 minutes. The best part is once you've finished, you can refill up to three times before the flavour disappears. For a cooler option, you can whip up the tea (once brewed) with ice in a blender, then serve with a dollop of cream. Perfect for Summer!
Speaking of Summer, my gorgeous sister-in-law Summer had popped over while I was experimenting with the tea, and we brainstormed a whole lotta ideas for what we could do with it. We thought about adding it to trail mix, throwing it in with alcoholic drinks and then my fave which I had to test for blogging purposes of course...
..sprinkled over Connoisseur Vanilla Icecream. Soooo good!
The tea itself is fruity and refreshing, and I love that there are so many ways that it can be prepared. After browsing through the the Oriental Teahouse store and discovering the glass 'Tall Tea Pot' I now know what I'd like for Christmas. Imagine the gorgeous pinks and raspberry reds swirling through it! Divine!
Now, anyone want to pop over for a cuppa?