Today has been a really trying day for me, tea wise. I’ve felt sick and just totally ill the last few days, but I didn’t really feel “stomach sick” (if that makes sense) until a few hours ago, and I’m not really sure what switched that over…
It’s kind of disappointing because I’d set a few new teas aside that I wanted to try out tonight and tomorrow on my day off, but now the smell of them – even though they smelled fine this morning – is making my stomach do flips. I even sat down to add the teas I received today to the spreadsheet I use to keep track of everything, and (despite everything smelling just fine individually) the pile of tea samples next to me was cumilitavely creating this nauseating smell that made me want to throw up.
Anyway, this one I received today from VariaTEA. It’s not something I would have picked out for myself, but she sent to me along with a whole bunch of other herbal teas since I had expressed an interest in branching out with that type of tea. I’m not sure exactly why I wouldn’t have picked this out for myself – there’s nothing in the ingredients list that I particularly dislike, to my knowledge (I have never had Juniper berries – so I have no particular feelings towards them). Ultimately, I feel like this one arrived just on time, what with my being sick and all.
Dry, this actually isn’t turning me off smell wise and actually it sorta is conveying what I was trying to go for earlier today with David’s Midsummer Night’s Dream (however, that failed epically – I started feeling really disgusted by what I was drinking, and eventually dumped the timolino out upon returning home). I really smell the orange and the peppermint. I’m not so sure what a Juniper berry is supposed to smell or taste like, so I’m not sure what I should be looking for, however there’s nothing particularly unidentifiable sticking out to me. I can see lots of them in the mix, though.
I ended up steeping 1 1/2 tsp. of leaf in 8 oz. of boiling water for 8 minutes. As it was steeping, the tea smelled very nice and I was really happy it wasn’t making my stomach turn.
Taste wise, I’m heavily reminded of two DAVIDsTEA blends: Midsummer Night’s Dream and Bravissimo, although more so the MSD. It’s funny because the too are quite similar, and yet MSD had me at the point where I wanted to throw up. I wonder why this one, instead, is easing my stomach (and sinuses) and making me feel so much better? I can’t believe this is something I never even considered buying for myself because – health benefits aside – it’sjust delicious! I could for sure see myself picking up more to drink ‘medicinally’, as well as just casually for the taste.