Why? I love flavoured black tea and can not have decaf. The only way to have it is to make it myself. So I did! Also, decaf apricot black tea is my favourite and I need some extra comfort from tea these days. Plus, I just wanted to see if I could do it!
I wanted to use the best decaf black tea there is. For me? That is King Cole. It really does taste like regular orange pekoe tea unlike most other brands. I do have to be careful. I can not have it every day because there is still a tiny bit of caffeine in there that can trigger migraines but all decaf black teas are like that.
Yes, I could just put a few drops of the oil directly into my mug but that would make the flavouring oil disappear way too quickly. The idea was to flavour the actual tea.
I wanted to be sure that it would be the same amount of tea when I brewed it so I cut open a tea bag.
One bag measured just under 1 tsp of tea.
I put out 3 little mason jars and put 3 bags of tea in each one.
Then I added 3 drops of the oil to the bottles, closed them, shook them around and let them sit for a few days.
Making the Tea
I was hoping I could use a tea strainer but the King Cole tea was just too fine.
No worries! I got out one of my coffee filters.
I tied it up with butcher’s twine.
I added boiling water as usual.
Steeped for four minutes like I usually do.
My first mug of tea was the biggest experiment of all. What would chocolate tea taste like?!
Unfortunately, very subtly chocolatey. I immediately knew that this would have worked much better with coffee, it is more of a natural fit but still very interesting. I am going to add some raspberry oil to the remaining tea which I think will work much better.
The next tea I brewed was the peach. Oh, it tasted like summer! So pretty, lovely and a tad feisty… I was so relieved. Not to mention absolutely impressed. It was delicious!
Apricot was the final tea and the one I was most nervous about. The other two were just experiments but I went through years of drinking decaf apricot tea and I needed that comfort. And, I got it. Oh man, did I ever! It tasted just like the tea I used to buy at the mall near our home at a store I loved dearly. It made me feel at home and like life was going to be OK.
Sometimes you just need a taste from your past. To make it happen, you need to be proactive and inventive. It is also fun to go the extra mile and experiment to see what happens. I am thrilled with these results and will be making a ton of my own flavoured teas. Super exciting.