249 Tasting Notes
The toddler is preoccupied by Zaboomafoo on netflix and the newborn is in the throes of a milk-coma… quick, write a tea review!!
I’ve been meaning to try the teapop recipe that DAVIDsTEA posted on facebook, but it requires a certain amount of planning on my part. It also requires a key ingredient—sparkling water—which isn’t usually on my grocery list and thus I kept forgetting to buy it in order to make the teapop actually pop! Well, today I managed to have all the ingredients assembled and made myself a glass of Pink Passionfruit TeaPop which was… quite delicious actually. Although I do get a mild headache from the potent passionfruit smell, it was still quite refreshing and fruity as a teapop.
Now to experiment with other flavours as well! I’m thinking Bamboozled, Honeydew Mate, Luscious Watermelon (what little I have left), Goji Pop, Big Apple, and Coconut Grove…
Sigh, oh motherhood.
I keep steeping this tea with the intent of writing a proper, full review, but then time gets away from me or the steeped tea gets cold or—hold on, the toddler just wee-ed on the floor (we’re attempting potty-training. Kill. Me. Now.) and slipped in it. And now, it is bath time. Such is life.
Anyways, where was I? Oh yes. This tea! Well, seeing as there are far superior and thorough reviews of this delicious cup-o-heaven I’ll just say this: I’ve had it hot, cold, lukewarm, and iced—with lemon & agave—and thus far it has been delicious in every incarnation I try it.
Now, if you’ll excuse me… the ominous sounds of a 7-week-old filling his diaper have reached my ears…
This tea sounded intriguing and refreshing, so I took a chance…
I cold-brewed it, since it seemed like it would taste better iced anyways, being from the summer collection and all. Unfortunately, like Alpine Punch this tea gives me a headache when I drink it and I’ve had it twice now. Maybe it’s the artificial flavouring?
Sigh, and I really wanted to like this one!
Things have finally settled a bit around here: the tot, newborn, & I are slowly finding a routine, the in-laws have gone back to Edmonton, and…
The weather has been on the plus side all weekend, which means that this dreadful snow is melting! It also means that there’s a bit of flooding in our basement, but nothing major, just soggy carpet in the one corner.
However, today I’m choosing to look on the positive side, which means juggling a rambunctious two-year-old plus her 2-week-old cluster-feeding brother and attempting to brew up some stove-top chai! This tea makes a lovely chai, plus the candies mean that I only need minimal sweetener (and am now wondering if I could’ve left the sweetener out completely). It’s delicious with milk, spicy, smooth, and warming. Yum, yum! Let’s hope I can maintain this positive outlook until my husband comes home late tonight!
I’m back! And boy, have I been busy since I last posted!
In baby news: a week after my son’s due date I finally went into real labour… after drinking gallons of raspberry leaf tea (to no avail) and going for a labour-inducing acupressure massage (which seemed to do the trick). Baby boy, Finntan, was born at 8am on April 12th. I won’t go into great detail about the labour, but it was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Thankfully we were discharged that night since:
a) my mom is one of the delivery Doctors and I used that to my advantage…
b) the hospital was short on rooms already, why keep us there when we had no complications?
c) it’s hard to relax and/or sleep when it seems like every time you settle down someone must check on you or the baby for whatever reason.
Settling at home, with a toddler and newborn has been smoother than expected, but my husband went back to work today and the in-laws leave tomorrow… so we’ll see how much of my sanity remains at the end of the week.
On our first excursion out we went to the mall and I just had to stop by the DAVIDsTEA to refill my Creme Caramel Rooibos tin (the tot has been drinking this one like there’s no tomorrow!) and pick up some others: Pure Vanilla and Bollywood Chai. Yet, lately I’ve been craving straight, pure tea and since I haven’t drank this since last year it’s about time I had some (plus it’ll probably get stale soon).
It’s smooth, lightly vegetal, hints of cream or butter, with a fresh, sweet finish that lingers and exactly what I’ve been craving during this crazy week of newborn/in-laws/adjustments.
Sigh… I’m still here. Baby is now 5 days overdue and I’m on day 6 of pre-labour contractions, but nothing regular enough to send me to the hospital to deliver this kid! I’m exhausted. I’m weary. I’m ready to meet this little boy of mine!
I’ve tried everything: walking, cleaning the bathroom, cleaning the kitchen, climbing stairs 40x, walking some more, driving on bumpy roads (effects my bladder more than my uterus), more walking, shoveling snow, eating pineapple, and now… drinking mug after mug of this tea.
I’ll be honest. This tea tastes… like… leaves, but not in a vegetal, spinachy kind of way. It tastes like vegetation. Not the most pleasant taste, but if it advances my labour then I’ll drink as much as I can stomach! Let’s get this baby out, shall we?
Made this into a London Fog, since I was gifted an entire tin of the loose-leaf tea bags. It’s alright and it’ll satisfy the London Fog cravings I occasionally get, but there are definitely better Earl Greys out there.