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“a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one’s life, to one’s home or homeland, or to one’s family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time”
Sometimes you taste something or hear something or see something that just takes you back to past times and brings long lost memories and feelings that were never really forgotten but just hidden away deep inside and maybe neglected a bit.
That’s called Nostalgia, We all know what nostalgia is because I’m sure we’ve all expeirenced it at some point in our lives. Nostalgia can be a good thing sometimes and may be healthy for our minds.
“Reliving past memories may provide comfort and contribute to mental health. One notable recent medical study has looked at the physiological effects thinking about past ‘good’ memories can have. They found that thinking about the past ‘fondly’ actually increased perceptions of physical warmth”
I’m at the dialysis clinic with Lance today and I brought this tea along to taste and make a little review on here for it, easy peasy right? It was supposed to be easy peasy but Nostalgia happened.
The taste of this tea is not the best but it’s not bad by any means, in fact it’s pretty good just not in the way I was expecting. I was expecting a Very Rasberry taste and it’s actually more of a Raspberry Candy type of taste. It is kinda tart and the tea itself is a bit bold for a fruity blend. I added a bit of sugar to try and bring the sweet fruity taste of raspberries out a little morebut instead it went even more candylike to me.
It actually reminded me very much of the way a Raspberry Tootsie Pop used to taste when I was a child, So much so that nostalgia kicked in and I went back in time to a much better place than sitting here in the dialysis clinic.
I was taken back to Halloweens 3 decades ago, my sister and I sitting in the floor of my moms house in the living room dressed up as werewolves and princesses or whatever cool costume that we wanted that year becuase Mom always made sure we would dressed up as anything we wanted to be. Every year different costume but always the same ole candy that we looked forward to every year, I remember the Raspberry Tootsie Pops being one of those favorite candies that I pesonally looked forward to seeing in my halloween bag.
I remember my sister and I eating these thing and swapping candies that we didn’t like with each other for something that we did like. I remember this now because the memories were provoked by the candylike taste of this tea. I would try to gather up all the raspberry tootise pop that my sister had and I would offer her like 4 of my Grape pops for like 6 or 7 of her Raspberry pops which wasn’t fair but as a child it seemed fair to me lol
I remember Mom stepping in and teaching us to share and be fair and would make sure that I did my sister right and made a fair trade with her and everybody was happy and content.
Mom was great even tho we went trick or treating She still would make up little goodie bags for us herself with some of the favorite candies that she knew we each loved with raspberry tootsie pops always sticking out the top of my baggie(man i still remember what those baggies looked like she must had a lot of them and used them every year lol). Mom would check all of our candies and pick out what she wanted and “trade” with us for it by giving us our baggies and She’d stick in a video with some Halloween cartoons and we’d sit and watch and eat candy and sing along “trick or treat, trick or treat, trick or treat for halloween!!” Oh the good ole days.
I miss my Mom so much she was very good to us and always made us the best halloweens, raspberry tootsie were always part of all of that(along with other goodies) While I say the nostalgia was about the Halloween memories maybe it’s even more so that it made me think of my Mom along with that, My memories seem to dwell on Mom.
Anyways this Tea reminds me of Raspberry Tootsie pops and provoked some good memories of halloween and my Mom and by doing so it kinda gave some of that time with her back to me for a little while, I really appreciate that :)
I got this as a sample for entering the photo contes last month, and with all the teas I’ve got in my to-try pile, I just now got to it. I steeped it double strength, sweetened, and poured over ice. This is delicious, fruity and juicy and mouthwatering. It’s really hitting the spot on this hot summer day. The Assam adds a dark depth and complexity to the background, and it lingers for a while. It works so well with the passion fruit. I know how I’ll be drinking down the rest of this sample.
This tea made me laugh. I expected the leaves to open up and put it in the cup infuser with the big holes. Then they just never got bigger and just slipped right one through! The infuser did catch the majority though, so not too bad.
This is what black tea is like in my head. Honestly I don’t drink much black tea at all and can’t tell an assam from a darjeeling from a …. is there more?
This is as it’s descried: a medium bodied black brew. No frills, and it doesn’t need them either. It’s bold and creamy and filling in all the right spots.
I don’t know if this would take sugar or milk well, although it probably will. I just associate those things with the teas I really don’t like.
Thanks to Piccolo for sending me this as part of the TEAcation promo. This is re-kindling my tea affair with Teajo teas. I haven’t reached for them in awhile, but this is reminding me why I was hoarding them.
So I drank this today, and it was black tea. That’s about all I can say since I can’t breathe or taste anything. I think it’s a combination of allergies and a cold, because at some point in the middle of the night I got up and fetched a ginormous fluffy comforter and added it to the bed because I was cold. … … … I don’t even know what to say about that.
I haven’t been posting reviews the last couple of days because the end of the month ate my brain and all I can manage is a drooling, “tea..tea” as a description.
So HELLO AUGUST 1! I might celebrate by stopping work at noon today. My husband wants to play a board game later and I told him I would IF he would do Gong Fu with me at the same time. Mua ha ha. So that’s the plan.
I can’t believe I got a sample of this and waited a year to review. I’m hanging my head in shame guys. This is what happens when you’re drowning in tea and always say you’ll write a review “later” .
This is my second to last serving. I wanted to make it proper style on the stovetop but then I realized that since we just moved I one—don’t have a proper pot, and two—have no sweetener. So I’m drinking it straight up.
It’s good. Not amazing but balanced spices and a solid foundation. This isn’t a fancy tea. It’s a no muss no fuss basic chai and it does it’s job well.
One more sample from TheTeaFairy bites the dust. I am running out of lots of favourites so this weekend when I’m downtown doing gay things during World Pride (yay, toronto!) I plan to use up my tea budget for a couple of months and stop at DAVIDs. In the meantime, no favourites means go through these samples I have around the house.
I left this toward the bottom of the pile because:
chai: could be bleah, depending on mood”
I read someone’s tasting note and the person liked it cold better. I decided to go for broke and use the entire 2-cup sample. I tried it hot in a mason jar. Then I put a couple of ice cubes in to attempt “warm” and finally more ice for the “cold” version. I added sugar, it is a bit astringent. I’m also not getting much chai in the traditional sense, but that’s bonus tonight.
Really, a somewhat cranberry tasting astringent average black tea. Meh.
Thank you TheTeaFairy for your generosity!
Definitely more mint than chocolate. I couldn’t taste the chocolate till after sipping, more like an aftertaste? The leaf totally puffed up in steeping, I was a little worried it’d taste horrible because I had too much leaf but it was alright. Not going to be one of my favorite teas so far but it’s not bad. Not really what I was looking for right now, need something sweeter…
I wasn’t too impressed with this hot, but the mango popped in the overnight fridge steep. There’s a nice combination of ripe and tart mango, with possibly a touch of cream.
When I initially received my teas I didn’t think I’d be sad to finish up all the fruity teas from my Teajo order; instead I learned to appreciate (and love) cold steeping in the fridge. I only wish tea didn’t run out so quickly this way.
This was different in a good way. Green tea with chocolate and mint is a surprising yet successful combination. This is more mint heavy, with the chocolate delicately in the background. It’s still there, it’s just more there for support than for taking center stage. Another yummy chocolate mint tea.
Thanks MissB for this one too!
TheTeaFairy was kind enough to send me a sample of this tea.
I really, really like the peach flavor in this. Unfortunately there is something in the black base that doesn’t work for me. I know, I know she said “love in the summer cold brewed”. It’s not quite summer here, and I drank it hot.
Nice peach tea, is probably better cold than hot….
A sample of this from the lovely TheTeaFairy. merci beaucoup! Smells delicious and it is true to its name (I see iPad is having trouble with “its”, doesn’t want to let it go, keeps switching to “it’s”).
I much prefer Dolce Vita from rivertea when it comes to raspberry. Because that’s like raspberry juice whereas this is more… Chocolate raspberry. However, it is entirely a mood thing. Like, occasionally I wish for Love Tea #7 from DAVIDs, because of the chocolate and strawberries. But if I wanted juicy stuff, I’d go for Bear Trap or something.
Is this good? Yes. But you have to want chocolate more than raspberry.
TheTeaFairy who gave me this sample wrote “delicious cold brewed”. So I took her word for it and dumped the entire sample in a 500 ml mason jar the day before yesterday. I strained it this morning, maybe 36 hrs have passed, and took it with me to this Mother’s Day lunch where I was invited as guest (it was my brother in law’s house) but ended up practically cooking the entire thing except for the steak. Nobody told me when I became a chef that it would be the end of my days as a dinner guest. Now people either don’t invite me or of they do invite me, I end up prepping/cooking. Like “oh good, you’re here, can you do the potato salad?” And “I was planning to caramelize onions, can you do that?” And I’m handed a bag of onions. Umm… No, I’m the guest?!? I just got in the freaking door, thanks, maybe offer me a drink first? Anyway, that’s my beef. (Pun intended)
So I took this cold brew with me because I knew there was nothing but wine or water there as drink choices. So so so good. Peach Snapple has nothing on this puppy! This is full on peach juice you guys. I should have sweetened it more for full pop but I didn’t have time to make simple syrup. I have to buy this somehow, it would be a huge tease to just have this sample. Thanks for introducing me to Teajo, TheTeaFairy and with such a tasty one to boot! Shipping to Canada is $10 flat. Hmmm…
I took two teas to work today. This black for the morning and some oolong for the afternoon. I was anticipating liking this one, but not the oolong. As it turns out I liked the oolong better (see previous note in my log).
This did not work for me at all. First cup was WAY TOO STRONG, WAY TOO ASTRINGENT – suck the moisture out of your mouth – bitter coffee ish. OK – need to adjust.
Second cup – less leaf, way shorter steep time. Not as offensive, not as in your face, but still not to my liking.
This might be a really nice tea, if you are into this style. I prefer China blacks. I’m not the correct judge for this – all I know is that it’s not for me.
Thanks TheTeaFairy for sending this my way, but it was a miss. Weird that I would like a green oolong better than a black. Something strange is going on in my world…..
The wonderful, generous TheTeaFairy sent me a sample of this. I know she loves it, and wrote “by far my favorite raspberry tea”. I just got my Lupicia order and now have their raspberry chocolate tea too. I wanted to try them close together to see how they compare.
I steeped some of this one last night – don’t listen fairy – and I didn’t like it. I know it’s dark chocolate – but it was TOO DARK for me, bitter chocolate (I don’t think it was the tea being bitter) – I actually added some sweetener to try and back the chocolate down. Yes there was raspberry but I couldn’t get past the chocolate. Nope, not for me.
Today, I made the last bit of the sample, and it is MUCH better – I don’t know what I did different. It’s still dark chocolate but not in your face bitter like it was last night. The raspberry is nice, not overly sweet.
I’m just confused now – two days, two totally different experiences. I’m voting – I don’t like this – too fussy but would be willing to try it again if I had the opportunity. Sorry fairy. :((
I’ll preface this with the acknowledgement that I’m not generally a big fan of chocolate in my teas…but with that said, this is a damn tasty tea.
The raspberry comes through cleanly and the chocolate sits as a sweet little background note that fleshes out the robust, earthy tones of the black tea base. A little added sugar keeps the flavours mellowed out and it’s a surprisingly enjoyable cup.