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Today for breakfast I had Scotch! The tea flavored like Scotch, that is.
I don’t know tons about alcohol. Yesterday I drank the one labeled Brandy and I thought it was delicious. I expected Scotch to be smoky, because I thought I had heard that Scotch drinkers often enjoy smoky Lapsang tea. I also associate it with cigars, so…more smoke.
I actually found this one to have less of the wooden barrel taste that Brandy had, but it was deliciously smooth with a very light woody taste. It isn’t super, burn your throat boozy, but mild. It was really lovely for breakfast.
Many thanks to gmathis for these surprise teas!
I got surprise tea mail last night! And yes, I mean last NIGHT. Ever since lockdown, mail service has been crazy and we have even had mail delivered as late as 10 pm!
As it so happens, I was intrigued by a couple of boozy teas from Harney and ordered a sample of Black Cask Bourbon and a tin of Island Dreams, which are both boozy. They haven’t arrived yet, but joy oh joy, I got an adorable card and some boozy tea from gmathis! Thank you!
I chose Brandy for my first one this morning. I don’t know if I have ever had brandy. If I have, it was many years ago and I don’t remember what it tastes like, but from books I have read where it is rushed to bolster swooning women and warm nearly drowned persons, I assumed it would be warm but slightly fruity.
I am very happy with how this tea turned out! It is very woody, I suppose because brandy would be aged in wooden barrels? It is softly sweet as if carrying the memory of the grapes that made the wine. I thought of smoke first, but decided it is really just wood and smoke at all.
Quite a delight, and a perfect companion to my simple breakfast.
Today’s installment (or last night’s installment, chilled until morning): Irish Cream. My first couple of sips just tasted like a creamy vanilla or bourbon vanilla tea, but after multiple swigs, the background mint/menthol built up and started cooling my mouth. I really hate to say it, but it reminds me a little of the candy cigarettes that we could buy at Horton’s 5 & 10 or the Rexall. They were right next to the wax bottles of pop and the Pixy Stix.
This batch of flavored novelty teas have been a lovely surprise, and they are delicious cold-steeped in the fridge. Today’s selection was Scotch; straight up cold this morning (the day started on preheat and it’s climbed to broil this afternoon). Y’all know I love my unflavored, naturally malty black tea, and that may be why I like this one too, although I know some of that maltiness comes with the artificial flavoring.
This afternoon, I halved the rest with cold cider and it reminds me a little of an apple brown betty on ice.
I changed the name to a catch-all for this little novelty gift assortment, since it’s not likely to get much review traffic and I can’t currently find it offered for sale anywhere. With that said, I’ve had fun sampling each little set of flavored bags. All 100% non-alcoholic, and I have no idea whether they’re flavor-accurate or not.
The cup that is sitting next to me now is Amaretto. Smells like almond cookies and has a little fruity thing going on as well; that could be cross-contamination with some of the other packets. These have been pretty tasty, although I wouldn’t truly consider them “top shelf” in leaf quality.
Happy Mama’s Day to you who claim the title! Hope it has been delicious.
My guys surprised me with treats, my Sunday kids surprised me by being relatively well-behaved, and a sweet little octogenarian who teaches the special needs adults surprised me with a little flower start with tiny blooms that grow in a starburst shape. No clue what the variety is…I can ID herbs, marigold, pansies, and geraniums and that’s about it.
So one of the funny treats in the basket was one of those gift-grade tea books (but it’s cool—looks like a book made out of metal) with several varieties of boozy teas. I’ve been told it came from Tuesday Morning. I’ve never heard of the Life Plus Style company and didn’t see much online. But just for fun, I pulled out a brandy one and cold steeped it in a pint jar.
I have absolutely no point of reference to know if it’s even close, but it was really tasty iced, on the first genuinely warm day we’ve had in weeks. Mid 80’s after a month of that bone-chilling wet spring glop. Nondescript black tea base with flavoring that reminded me just a touch of cherry wood and alcohol. This assortment will be fun to enjoy this summer.
I actually quite liked this one. It wasn’t bitter and had a generic berry flavor (but not in a bad way). It’s not something I would purchase, though I wouldn’t know where to purchase even if I wanted to. This was the last of a box of teabags my husband brought home from the breakroom at work.