In a moment of weakness, I agreed to teach both hours of fifth grade Sunday school this morning due to lack of volunteers on a holiday weekend. (Individually, this group is full of a bunch of unique and lovable kids. Collectively, they’re a toxic mess of bad mojo. Too many large personalities in a small room.)

So, after a less-than-stellar night o’ sleep, I grabbed something I thought would boot me awake. This wasn’t it.

I’ve never known any Scots personally, so I am open to correction, but subtlety does not strike me as being a national personality characteristic. So the lightness of this tea surprises me. Not a bit of astringency. Makes me think of wheat toast crust. Plenty of flavor, just not the kind that conks you on the head with a caber.

I won’t delete my first tasting note on this one, but I’m going to retract it; I alluded to some heft that wasn’t there. May try doubling up on the bags next time.

ashmanra

If you want something Scottish to wake you up, maybe you should try Irn Bru. It is bad enough that even my teens won’t drink it, but it does have a good bit of caffeine! Scotland is the only country where another soda outsells Coke, and that is it. It is…an acquired taste.

Bonnie

Good for you tackling Sunday School for the wee 5th graders! Sainthood for sure!

Hesper June

I find this review quite interesting.
I just did a review on a Mark T. Wendell Scottish Breakfast and I had similar experience.
I thought it would be hearty and somewhat eyeopening, instead found it to be mild.
Is this how Scottish Breakfast teas are, perhaps?
I will look into Ashmanra’s suggestion.
Good luck with the kids!!!

gmathis

Thanks, Bonnie & Hesper June. It was a surprisingly fun morning. I’ve been working with this age group for (uh, an undisclosed amount of) years and it is so cool when they actually start to make the connection between what I’m teaching and real life. I saw some light bulbs pop on over their heads today. That’s why I do what I do with that wild bunch :) Of course, I still think I could have used something stronger than Scottish breakfast!

Bonnie

Try whiskey!

Hesper June

Maybe that’s how the Scots drink their breakfast tea. They add scotch!
So glad the morning turned out wonderful for you:)

Bonnie

The English Tea Store has a Scottish Breakfast thats not bad. Guess I’m getting spoiled too with more full flavored tea!

gmathis

I think my love for deep, dark, kicky black teas have burned off my taste buds so that I don’t pick up all those lovely little nuance-y things in greens and whites.

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ashmanra

If you want something Scottish to wake you up, maybe you should try Irn Bru. It is bad enough that even my teens won’t drink it, but it does have a good bit of caffeine! Scotland is the only country where another soda outsells Coke, and that is it. It is…an acquired taste.

Bonnie

Good for you tackling Sunday School for the wee 5th graders! Sainthood for sure!

Hesper June

I find this review quite interesting.
I just did a review on a Mark T. Wendell Scottish Breakfast and I had similar experience.
I thought it would be hearty and somewhat eyeopening, instead found it to be mild.
Is this how Scottish Breakfast teas are, perhaps?
I will look into Ashmanra’s suggestion.
Good luck with the kids!!!

gmathis

Thanks, Bonnie & Hesper June. It was a surprisingly fun morning. I’ve been working with this age group for (uh, an undisclosed amount of) years and it is so cool when they actually start to make the connection between what I’m teaching and real life. I saw some light bulbs pop on over their heads today. That’s why I do what I do with that wild bunch :) Of course, I still think I could have used something stronger than Scottish breakfast!

Bonnie

Try whiskey!

Hesper June

Maybe that’s how the Scots drink their breakfast tea. They add scotch!
So glad the morning turned out wonderful for you:)

Bonnie

The English Tea Store has a Scottish Breakfast thats not bad. Guess I’m getting spoiled too with more full flavored tea!

gmathis

I think my love for deep, dark, kicky black teas have burned off my taste buds so that I don’t pick up all those lovely little nuance-y things in greens and whites.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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