Syzygy is ones of the teas that fits into one of my long-term projects.
I want to have tasty teas that fit into a couple of categories. One set that will be helpful for colds and flus – which dovetails well with my goal of “combine elderberries with All the Things!” – and one set that involves the array of tonic herbs available to me.
Rooibos became a priority after we started interacting with PupofTea and Teasla.
It is also one of the ingredients we use that I am still learning.
I do like rooibos, but it has a fruitiness and a sweetness inherent to it, and it is a bit strange to work with. Though I do love the way it takes to vanilla.
I actually approached this idea with some trepidation, because while rooibos and raspberry had worked amazing well, I wasn’t sure about the darker nature of the elderberries in combination with rooibos. Tea is sort of like painting, that way, if you look at it right. Just because something is fruity doesn’t mean it will work well with all other fruits – just like not all reds are going to look right next to each other.
It did take a couple runs to get right. Rooibos and cinnamon have a far different dynamic than cinnamon and most teas, and adding the elderberry in added an additional layer of complication.
Rooibos is a very stubborn flavour. It likes being what it is and doesn’t really feel like being adjusted – not by anything that is at all belligerent about it, anyway. It almost always takes more than I initially gauge to get it to mesh well – except, so far, vanilla and the fruits closer to its basic nature.
However, I got it to where I was happy with it, and Teasla declared that it most certainly passed muster, and that it was a thing he would be more than willing to drink if he were sick – or if he weren’t sick, for that matter.
We named it with one of his favourite words, especially because the tea itself was the proper alignment of three things – it just happened to be tea things, not celestial things.
Organic Ingredients: Rooibos, Dried Elderberries, Cinnamon
Batch Size: 4.2 ounces, approximately 30-35 servings of tea
Options: Loose Tea (Sample, Bag), Teabags (Single, Sample, Bag)