1320 Tasting Notes
So we recently went through our tea stash and set aside all the teas we didn’t like or we were just “meh” about. It has been kinda nice to go to our tea-filled expedit and know that whatever I grab, I’ll enjoy. I don’t have to force myself to sip down something I don’t like, I can enjoy the teas I love.
This is one of them. I love the strawberry and the grapefruit. It’s caffeine free, which is great tonight, because I am exhausted and I need to be able to sleep tonight.
All in all, this is a hit for me.
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.