1473 Tasting Notes
Ah Bear Trap. You were one of the first teas in my cupboard based completely on your name. My wife was just beginning to find herself as a bear and be accepted into the Bears of Toronto group, so we went into a bit of bear frenzy. Hence the bear paw on the back of my neck and an immediate love of this tea.
And we still love this tea. It’s funny, every time we use up a package, we replace it, but only in 26-50 g amounts. We’ve never really wanted a tin of this, because we don’t drink it that often, though it is amazing in pancakes. But when we do have it, it’s a lovely little berry tea that never fails to make us smile. Yes, the hibiscus is strong, but it’s tamed easily by some agave or sugar. It’s worth it when a tea just makes you smile.
My sister in law stayed the night over the weekend and went through our teas (which is why we’re down to 332/314 teas in our cupboard XD) and said she had been interested in trying some mate blends. BOY did she come to the right place. So I had enough for 3-4 cups in the bottom of my tin and I gave that to her, which means I got to refill my tin with a 50 g bag I had stashed away. But let me tell you, 50 g is not enough! It fills barely a third of the tin.
Anyway, I’ve been dying for a cup ever since I opened the tin a few days ago. Lord have mercy, I love this tea. It’s also the tea that got my bestie into drinking Davids. The best days were when I’d stop by Davids on the way to work and get honeybee for both of us. Those were also our most productive days XD.
I love the honey and the bee…yes, I still maintain that it tastes like bees smell.
Now mayb e I’ll get some work done!
For the last day or so, I haven’t been feeling well. Dizzy, coughing, my wife says I was running a fever last night. However, I do attribute part of the fact that I was feeling awful for the last few days to my lack of tea consumption. Those days were low in tea drinking and high in eating out/drinking soda/drinking booze. When I get dehydrated, my body gets pissed, so while I likely am coming down with something, the lack of hydration hasn’t helped.
Now I get to add nausea to my list because I was eating leftover ribs from Swiss Chalet and my teeth sank into a bit of cartilage. shudder Things like that really, really squick me out, to the point of it will be a few days before I can even consider eating meat again. It’s been hours and I can still “feel it”, you know? This is why I can’t eat wings on the bone.
So I am really looking for some comforting, refreshing tea. This tea is growing on me with every sip. It is certainly refreshing, and floral, which isn’t usually my bag, but hey. I keep taking sips, looking for a fruity component I know I won’t see. But it feels like it’s missing it. Something to just round out the edges a little bit, make it taste less like perfume.
Still, I don’t hate it. But I wouldn’t restock unless my wife falls in love with it. But if you’re a fan of florals, I can see how this would be a good one.
Coldbrewed this for a tea party with the sister in law. We poured it into my new Disney Princess Q-tea tea set and added a shot of blueberry pancake liquor. The set has two teapots, so one was this blend and the other was Tropicalia and coconut rum. This was the clear favorite.
A classy, grown-up time was had by all XD.