Is less more or is more more? Perhaps it’s neither here nor there? This feels as if it’s going to be a philosophical tea tasting. Is there such a thing? Has it ever been done? I don’t know, but I’m not a philosopher so it won’t be done today. Now what?
So my mint tea challenges have slowed down. I have almost exhausted all the mint teas Stash offers that I can get my mitts on. I actually had to switch tea companies for one last go at this mint tea challenge, and I believe this new contender is going to go to a T Tastes Tea Challenge. The bat’leths (Klingon weapon) are out. Who will destroy? Now back to this regular tea tasting…
This one got me curious: Earl Grey tea with extra bergamot. My first thought was, Bergamot? What IS bergamot and does more of it make tea taste better? Let’s take question number one to Mr. Google because he knows everything, right?
This is bergamot. It’s believed to be a probable hybrid of lemon and bitter orange. The oil of this citrus is used in teas, food and beauty products.
I have to say, the first thing I noticed about this tea is that it did have a bolder fragrance. Taste wise, however, I messed this challenge up royally; I tested a decaffeinated tea against a caffeinated one. Oops. I can taste the difference in that sense, but the caffeine threw my taste buds off. I can’t tell you if double bergamot makes tea better. My bad.
The two teas are distinctly different, but interestingly enough I think I’ve grown accustomed to the milder flavour of decaffeinated tea. (Auto correct wants to change this to decapitated tea. Maybe it’s right.) However, caffeine adds a bit of a bitter element for me now. Have I become a weak tea drinker? Have I been transformed to the ways of this new herbal tea life? This definitely feels like a segue… The force is strong in this one…
The Old and the New Life
“I tell you this in the name of the Lord: You must not live any longer like the people of the world who do not know God. Their thoughts are foolish. Their minds are in darkness. They are strangers to the life of God. This is because they have closed their minds to Him and have turned their hearts away from Him. They do not care anymore about what is right or wrong. They have turned themselves over to the sinful ways of the world and are always wanting to do every kind of sinful act they can think of.
But you did not learn anything like this from Christ. If you have heard of Him and have learned from Him, put away the old person you used to be. Have nothing to do with your old sinful life. It was sinful because of being fooled into following bad desires. Let your minds and hearts be made new. You must become a new person and be God-like. Then you will be made right with God and have a true holy life.”Ephesians 4:17-24 (NLV)
(Bergamot Photo credit goes to inactive Pixabay.com user 41330.)