Sample Sipdown (158)!
I just finished having a scalding hot shower to hopefully help me feel better. Whilst showering, my teeth didn’t hurt at all and my sinuses were perfectly clear. After leaving the shower – immediate tooth pain but still clear sinuses. I suppose that’s better than nothing, though it makes me want to stay in the shower for the rest of the day and get all wrinkly and pruny.
I raided the kitchen whilst raiding my tea cupboard (well, closet). I decided to use up the sample of this that I swapped for with Kittenna just yesterday. She was able to find me a one cup size amount of this to brew up. While preparing the cup (whole amount of sample, 10 oz. of boiling water steeped for 5 minutes) I found a bottle of pure brandy extract and dabbed a cotton ball in it which I then stuck in my mouth by my sore tooth. It’s actually quite significantly numbing the pain, though as a result I keep drooling all over myself like a total idiot. It doesn’t taste too bad though, considering it’s quite concentrated and I am not a fan of the taste of brandy to begin with.
Dry, the tea smells really good. Very sweet and heavily creamy rootbeer; like rootbeer candy (I immediately thought of A&W Rootbeer flavoured suckers that the chain used to give out). It even almost smells fizzy. Steeped, this loses any “fizzy” quality it might have had but retains the super creamy rootbeer smell.
I’ve tried a fair bit of “rootbeer” teas lately (Butiki and Della Terra’s versions, 52Tea’s Butterbeer which is like a rootbeer tea) and this is actually quite good. Taste wise, it’s probably the most “pure” tasting one (no chemical or heavily artificial taste) on the initial sip, and it has a thick, weighty creaminess to it – likely contributed by the white chocolate. I also get flickering notes of anise and cinnamon.
The liquor itself is fairly thick and pleasant in that way, though it does have an oiliness to it that is a little unpleasant. That’s to be expected though when you’re dealing with chocolate in tea (the other blend with white chocolate in it that comes to mind is White Chocolate Frost, which is a total oily mess too). There are some floaties in the cup too, but that’s never a problem for me. The aftertaste is less tasty and has a mildly unpleasant and kind of vaguely chemical tasting, so that’s a little bit of a disappointment.
I think I may like this better than 52Tea’s Butterbeer despite the oiliness and slightly unpleasant aftertaste, though not by leaps and bounds. I have a whole pouch of Butterbeer to still enjoy though, and this was the first and last of this blend. And ultimately, Butiki’s Honeybush take is the best one I’ve tried – still!
Mmm, so many fun rootbeer teas to explore! Thanks Kittenna for giving me the chance to do that with this one!
… And now back to sticking brandy soaked cotton balls in my mouth.