It was a super busy day for me today. I drove from Ottawa to Kingston to visit with my cousin who is visiting from Calgary, then it was back home to Ottawa. Then I got news that there were problems replacing the hard drive in my work laptop, so I have to pick it up at the office tomorrow, and then take it back on Friday to have the hard drive replaced next weekend. Needless to say, it’s been a bit of a stressful day, so I was glad when I finally arrived home, and was able to sit down for my evening tea.
Today’s tea is Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait. Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait is a fruit infusion, and contains a blend of rhubarb, strawberry, and yogurt bits. It also has some apple, hibiscus, raisins, carrot, beetroot. Beetroot you ask? Yes, you’ll see in a minute why they add it.
This mixture is a sweet smelling infusion, which smells strongly of strawberries. It smelled like I had just opened a bag of some kind of strawberry candy, and the smell made my mouth water.
I steeped the infusion for 5 minutes, and the smell afterward reminded me of the smell of strawberry Jello, after you’ve added the hot water. Not too bad, and I still had my hopes up for this one. As you can see, the beetroot makes this infusion a gorgeous dark pink colour, which seems appropriate for this time of year. I often try to steep these pretty teas in a clear teapot so that I can enjoy the bright colour.
I try to avoid adding any kind of additional sweeteners to my tea (natural or artificial), and while this drink was good without, it was on the tangy side. It definitely did not taste as sweet as it smelled. After drinking most of it I just wanted to see what adding bit of some kind of sweetener did to it, so I added a bit of stevia, and ithelped to bring out the strawberry flavour. I think this one needs that something extra to make it more appealing.
I did enjoy this tea, but I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it since there are other fruit infusions that I like more.