Hmart tea purchase
I got 2 *new* teas from Hmart to try recently, & I’ve had 3 teas from each box so far. I like both! A LOT.
When it comes to teas, I don’t like the fancy stuff. Not to throw certain brands/businesses under the bus, but I really dislike what I call as ‘decorated’ teas - aka, teas that contain a lot of random stuff. I like my teas plain & normal. .. In other words, just non-infused teas. (& yes, there is ONE exception, & that is coffee pu’erh. I haven’t restocked but I like this one!)
As a result, I tend to stick to my Asian teas. Black teas & green teas in particular.
In the last decade, I’ve grown to like ‘herbal’ teas. For example, ginseng tea, burdock root tea, barley tea, & of course, can’t forget about my corn tea! These aren’t ‘leaf’ form obviously but I love these!
Today I’m gonna introduce you to 2 teas, & I hope you’ll be able to try these out =]
The 1st is cassia seed tea.
Yes, I realized there is a best before date, & it’s currently past that but you know what, I don’t care :P we still have tea bags from China from 5 yrs ago in the basement. As long as it’s not open. .. I think it’s all good.
There are many benefits of cassia seeds, & you can find lots on the Internet on that so I won’t go into details here. The biggest benefit is it improves liver functions & eyesight. This is right up my alley, esp the eyesight thing -.-” Mine’s not bad, & *knock on wood* it’s not getting worse but eye strain for ppl of this century is an issue with the amount of blue light we expose our eyes to.
The box contains 40 individual tea bags. I just love how the illustration is on every tea bag too.
Here is my preferred way of drinking this tea. Yeah yeahhh I know it’s meant to be individual mug for x minutes.. . but sorry, I don’t do teas that way. I have a small tea pot, & what I found to be the best (for me, personally) was 1 teabag with 500mL boiling water, steeped for like an hour; drinking little by little. I did this on one of my day offs & I literally just left it there as I was reading, blogging, watching stuff. It probably was over an hr. My tea pot holds heat very well, so after an hr, the tea was still pretty warm.
Flavour wise, it was quite sweet. Had bitter undertones but overall, bitter-sweet (emphasis on sweet). Quite floral-y in aroma, which reminded me of perfumes. Or rather, scent pouches that you could find in markets in Asian countries lol I don’t know; it’s a familiar yet foreign fragrance, but it’s light & resembles something that you’ll smell when you put one of those aforementioned pouches up to to your nose haha
Here is tea #2: polygonatum tea. This has another name called Solomon’s seal (root) tea. Heard of it before?
I have heard of it in Chinese but I didn’t know its English name haha
Again, many benefits. .. I found WAY more things about it in Chinese than in English. Many of which just generically says “improves ‘qi’“. Now, I don’t know much about traditional East Asian medicinal practices; I take these ‘qi’ & other yin/yang theories with a grain of salt. .. however, something that I did find to be a common benefit from a number of different sources was that it improves digestion & circulation. It has similar compounds as ginseng, so like ginseng, rather than targeting specific organs or functions, polygonatum just has “overall health benefits”. Vague, I know. I guess, just think of it as overall well-being.
100 individually wrapped tea bags.
Not gonna lie, I thought the root-y taste would be stronger but it wasn’t. It was quite bland. I really didn’t add too much water to it. .. Both fragrance & taste was a bit corn tea-like so if you like corn tea, try this one bcos they are very similar!
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