Because I shared some of my new Scripture Teas in a giveaway the other day, I couldn’t sample the new flavors until I knew which one the winner would choose. She selected apricot, so then I knew which of the flavors it was OK for me to try. And since someone asked where on the teas the Scripture is printed, I wanted to be sure and show you one of the tea bag tags. This one featured 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” What a great verse to begin my day with!
The plum tea is the one I tried first, and oh my, what a treat! Yes, I was using sugar to make simple syrup just days ago, but to be honest with you I really like to drink teas that don’t require any sugar. This one had a lovely aroma and a fruity and sweet taste that was so rich, I can’t imagine adding sugar to it. This would make a fine dessert tea, and plum lovers should be in heaven!
Now I like blackberry as a fruit, but as a tea I can usually take it or leave it. This one, however, I really liked, but not for the reason you might think. As I steeped the tea and inhaled the aroma, I realized it was something recognizable and something good, but it definitely wasn’t blackberry. What WAS it? I asked a few co-workers to sniff. As they were doing so, it hit me what scent I was getting. Cherry, we agreed! I could almost taste the cherries in a cobbler or atop an ice cream sundae. The ingredient panel lists black tea and natural blackberry flavor, but my palate says cherries. (Delightful, by the way!) And the verse on this tag is one of my all-time favorites and one I have memorized, Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you … plans to give you hope and a future.” How many times has that verse comforted me with the news that God has plans for me, and they are good!
My final sampling was the raspberry flavor, which also contained the merest hint of cinnamon. That was a surprising, but enjoyable, addition to the raspberry flavor and made it not at all mouth-puckering as many raspberry teas tend to be. The Scripture tag on this tea was Psalm 30:5: “Weeping may endure for the night but joy cometh in the morning.” I can find Scripture Teas at my local Cracker Barrel restaurant store, but if you don’t have one nearby you can find them at Scripturetea.com. Do any of you have a favorite verse of Scripture you'd care to share? I'll be happy to see if any of your favorites are on these teabag tags as well!