You know that credit card commercial that says, "What's in YOUR wallet?" Well, today you may be wondering, "What's in YOUR teacup?" and the answer is that I honestly do not know.
Actually, I do know what's in my teacup, and it's all this stuff shown here — it's just that I don't know what all "this" is. You see, my friend Janet recently traveled to the Holy Land. When she joked beforehand she might have tea with the Bedouins, I laughed and said great, bring me back a teabag. Instead, she brought me back two huge bags of tea from Israel and Jordan. This is the tea from Israel, which is obviously some sort of spice blend. I get a strong sent of cardamom, but beyond that, I have no idea. Do you recognize anything in the blend? I'm especially curious about that beige pod-looking thing shown at front left. The steeped tea, pictured up top, is the color of honey and tastes like a great spiced tea, the sort of thing you see a lot at Christmas. There's also a bit of zip I am guessing comes from ginger.
And here is the tea from Jordan, which was a minty tasting blend and has more little black particles which I think might be traditional ground tea leaves. I have greatly enjoyed sipping these new teas from my friend's travels. Since so many of us are "known" tea lovers, do your friends bring you back tea from their travels? If so, what have you sipped that came from afar?