Sour Sap

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  • “I’ve drank a lot of strange, not to my taste teas today. I actually had a pretty icky tea day – not the fault of my awesome swappers – I was just choosing things that weren’t really to my...” Read full tasting note
  • “Yesterday, I’ve started a “purge”. Meaning, I am throwing tea in the trash. There, I’ve said it. I know, I know, why trhow it, why not send it to someone who might want to have it? Well see, there...” Read full tasting note
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I’ve drank a lot of strange, not to my taste teas today. I actually had a pretty icky tea day – not the fault of my awesome swappers – I was just choosing things that weren’t really to my tastes.
TheTeaFairy wrote on this one “The strangest tasting tea I’ve ever tried.” Not sure this is the strangest that I’VE ever tried but it is weird, and it is SOUR. I have no idea what sour sap should be, but offensively sour fruit is what I got out of this one. I don’t mind tart, and I wasn’t really afraid of the word sour – but this is beyond tart. It’s past my comfort level in the tart department.
(Should mention that as much as most of the teas I’ve drank today have been misses – it’s definitely been interesting. Love that swaps push me outside my comfort zone. They all can’t be hits and all the misses are worth it when you find that ONE AMAZING tea that you would never have tried. Thank you so much TheTeaFairy for pushing the boundaries. I also love the honesty on the notes written on the packages – it’s awesome)

Ysaurella

a swap with our Canadian Fairy is unforgettable in terms of writing notes and packaging !

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Yesterday, I’ve started a “purge”. Meaning, I am throwing tea in the trash. There, I’ve said it.

I know, I know, why trhow it, why not send it to someone who might want to have it?

Well see, there are rules to qualify for the purge…

1) must be a tea that’s been in the cupboard for over two years

2) the tea was given a fair chance. Meaning, it has been steeped at different temperatures, iced, cold brewed, even mixed with some other tea to tone it down. All have failed.

3) the fear of ever drinking it again must still be very present. I gag when I think of it.

4) I’ve asked someone to try it, and was later accused of homicidal intent.

5)I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

6) if I’d send it in a swap, I’d be reported to Steepster for tea malpractice and therefore, would be forced to close my account. Goodbye Fairy :-(

I tried really hard to give Sour Sap some love. Before I gave it a final farewell, I cold steeped it to comply with the list of rules. It failed…miserably.

Sour sap…there are no possible description for it. Sour bile maybe? That’s the closest to a “note” I can get.

Sorry, it just wasn’t meant to be…

R.I.P. Sour Sap. 06/19/2014

Sil

hahaha i’m the same way. There are rules to throwing out a tea..but it DOES have to happen sometimes.

TheTeaFairy

Thanks sil for not judging :-)

inranger

It was good for something, it got me to look at Tea Sante’s website for the first time. :)

TheTeaFairy

Haha! I enable even when I don’t want to…
FYI, They are located here in Quebec, Montreal. Good service, super fast shipping, but I was not super impressed with their teas. I haven’t tried many though, maybe you’ll be luckier than I was if you decide to give them a chance. :-)

If you ever want to try Montreal’s finest, here’s a link. Camellia Sinensis is the real deal, and one of the most beautiful and informative website I know (free shipping even in the USA!)

http://camellia-sinensis.com/en/

inranger

I’m familiar with Camellia Sinensis. One of my first tea education purchases was their book. I still refer to it on a regular basis. I do intend to try their teas someday.

TheTeaFairy

That,s great. Yes, the book is really nice. I used to have tea in their shop often when I lived in Montreal. Wish I could take their tea classes, must be so interesting…

Dexter

Does this mean that the icky apple one can’t be purged re not being 2 years old?

TheTeaFairy

Lol, an addendum has been written for “icky apple” : must qualify for at least 5 of the 6 rules…I don’t think it will better itself with age…(IT’S NOT STAYING!!!)

mj

I need to purge too! I’ve got a whole box of bagged teas I picked up at the grocery store and ended up not liking very much. I would feel bad sending them to people…they’re not good!

TheTeaFairy

That’s exactly how I feel..I mean, I don’t want to swap my bad stuff to people, it wouldn’t be very nice. Sometimes, you just know it’s not a question of taste, it’s just BAD, that’s all!
(Nice new pic BTW mj :-))

mj

Thanks, Tea Fairy :-). That’s me drinking butterbeer at Harry Potter World!

MzPriss

I’m pitching some old tea this weekend. I don’t feel bad – I wouldn’t want anyone else to have to drink it.

ohfancythat

Haha, very cute!

ohfancythat

mj1851 wasn’t it delicious?! I’m going back this fall, can’t wait to have some more Butterbeer :)

mj

So dellicious, whatshesaid! I’m so jealous you’re going in the fall and you get to see the expansion and ride on the Hogwarts express!!!

mj

Also, I have a recipe for butterbeer. It’s pretty much spot on, if you’re interested

ohfancythat

I’d love to have that recipe!
And yes I’m super excited for the Hogwart’s Express and Diagon Alley :)

mj

Here you go whatshesaid! It’s a total pain but fun to have every now and then

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByLDTxpzm4N2ZVRza1VJWFRpQ2c/edit?usp=sharing

Terri HarpLady

I think your guidelines for trashing old and/or crappy teas are spot on! It doesn’t happen often, but I have occasionally sent a tea to the compost pile, where I feel it will be more useful than it has been in my cupboard.
So I wonder if sour sap tea is suppose to be soursop flavored?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soursop

ohfancythat

Ooh thanks MJ!

Arshness

I laughed…
really hard.

TheTeaFairy

@Terri: Soursop…never heard of it but never heard of sour sap either so yeah, could be, good job on that one!

Arshness, glad it gave you a good laugh…but it only gave me a sour face!

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