1389 Tasting Notes
I still hate how much I love this blend. But oh, I do. It got the depth and strength of a breakfast tea, but then it has a sweet fruitiness that just works so well.
It’s keeping me company on this snowy night. My poor, poor wife is caught out in the snow. She left work three hours ago and she’s halfway home. It’s usually a two hour commute. Gonna have the kettle ready when she finally gets here!
Brewed this up in the hopes that it will kill my cravings for both hot cocoa and ice cream. Dairy is the enemy, and while this does contain dairy, it is considerably less than a cup of cocoa or a bowl of ice cream.
And surprisingly, it does. YAY. It’s creamy and chocolatey and does remind me of an ice cream cake.
How have we never reviewed this tea? It’s so, so good. Easily one of our favorites. It really, really does taste like a blueberry crumb cake. This is part of a tea of the month club my brother signed us up for one Christmas. I really enjoyed it! It came with two big bags of tea, which is great in the case of this blend, but for the ones we didn’t like, well, it’s not so great. And I wish it said somewhere on the bag just what is in these blends, because they are no longer available online.
Regardless, this tea is an absolute gem of blueberry cakey goodness and it’s my hot toddy of the night with Jack Daniels Honey.
Picture it, DAVIDsTEA, October 2014. My darling wife, De, and I go shopping in store for the first time in a while. She looks up at the tea wall in shock.
“There are so many I haven’t tried!”
“So get some and try it.”
“Okay. 10 g of this, 10 g of that, 10 g of Currant Affair…”
“Seriously? You won’t like it. You don’t like black currants. You hate rooibos. In what world is the combination going to be tasty for you?”
“I think I’m going to like it!”
Cut to a few days when she finally made a cup.
“This is not good. It’s awful. It tastes like cough syrup.”
Anyway, I am loving the smell of this brewed up. There’s a little Asian grocery store we like to go to and pick up these huge bags of assorted gummy candies. The purple ones are black currant and I love them! My dad can be blamed for my enjoyment of black currant, it’s one of his favorites. I hope it lives up to the smell.
Meh. It’s okay. Nothing worth stocking up on, but I wouldn’t turn down a cup.
I’ll never forget the time I was home from college and sick as a dog. My throat was raw, I couldn’t stop coughing…much like I am now. Mom was away visiting family in Michigan (we lived in Tennessee) and my dad took me to a Chinese restaurant, ordered a big bowl of hot and sour soup, and told me to eat it. Sure that it would only make me sicker and I wouldn’t be able to taste anything anyway, I defiantly took a bite and nearly spat it back out. It was hot! And sour! Shocking, I know. But when I actually swallowed the mouthful, I was in heaven. It burned all the way down my throat and left relief in its wake. It warmed my chest and helped ease my cough….it was amazing.
Since then, when I’m sick, I want hot and sour. I want that burn.
This tea gives me that delicious burn and it’s a sneaky little beast. The mouthfeel is all sweetness and mango juicyness. The minute I swallow, though, the starts to burn and it is glorious. I am glad I stocked up before they discontinued it, and I’m taking some down to Tennessee to share with my Dad while we’re there over Christmas.
Now I’ve got to gather the courage to try the hot and sour soup I just made…I think I got a little red pepper flake happy and it was slowcooking for the last 7 hours, so you know it’s gonna be crazy spicy.
Wish me luck!
This was my hot toddy of the night last night with Fireball whiskey. My nose was so stuffed up that I could only barely smell the cinnamon, whereas my poor wife (who does not enjoy cinnamon) was across the house complaining about the smell XD.
It was…okay. I think the water temp was too low (my wife always leaves it on the lowest possible setting and I never think to check it) because the tea didn’t really taste like anything and there was only a slight aftertaste of cinnamon, not the burn I craved. Of course, my tastebuds are likely screwy as well. This will remain one of my favorite teas, but I don’t think I’ll toddy it again any time soon.
This tea is giving me the creamy sensation I crave, because I’ve cut all dairy products out of my diet until this chest cold heals up. My body is producing more than enough phlegm on its own, it doesn’t need help from milk.
Anyhoo, it is lovely. I am glad we stocked up before this was discontinued, and the vanilla orchid is nowhere near as good.
I realized that we are going to the US in a month….which means we can get US shipping on things. Which means I can get a tin of Ramona without paying an arm and a leg for shipping to Canada.
Life is gooooood.
This cup tonight is to make sure I still love it as much as I did when I first had it…and I do. Oh, I do. It’s just so yummy and blackberry-y and guh. I love it.
This is my hot toddy of the night and it’s blackberry heaven.
Definitely getting a tin.
Still sick as a dog, I seem to be getting worse, boo. So of course I traipsed downtown to celebrate my father in law’s birthday at Snakes and Lagers. For those of you not in the GTA or not familiar with Snake and Lagers or their brother shop, Snakes and Lattes, they are these awesome shops filled with board games. Snakes and Lattes is a coffee shop where you sit and play board games to your heart’s desire. Snakes and Lagers is the same thing, only with beer instead of coffee. It is awesome. If you are in the GTA, I highly recommend you check either place out.
Now, I’m sick, my wife is sick, and my in laws are sick. Before De and I left the house, we both made a carry travel mug of tea, just in case. It was an hour and a half subway ride downtown, but when we got there our teas were still too hot to drink. My mother in law tried to order a cup of tea, but they didn’t have any and the only warm drink they had was mulled wine (which was delicious! XD), but she doesn’t like mulled wine. De and aisling to the rescue! After getting mugs for the tables, she shared her Opposites Attract with her mom, and I shared my Blueberry Jam with my sister in law. After I poured my mug of Blueberry Jam, I ordered a shot of Wild Turkey to make a hot toddy.
It was the most delicious thing I have ever had…and it helped me keep my voice through another round of games. This tea is amazing and I am having it again tonight with a shot of Jack Daniels Honey. The blueberry goodness smooths out the edge of the whiskey and it is the best hot toddy ever.