Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tea Time Tuesday

Can you tell I'm a Petali Teas fan?

Raspberry Macaron Black Tea is a dessert in a cup. Sweet, full of almond flavor, and just a hint of tart raspberries make this a fabulous dessert tea, no sugar needed. If you haven't figured it out, I have a bit of a sweet tooth, and so it's nice to have some healthy alternatives when a craving strikes. This tea is almost too decadent for mornings. It's perfect for a late afternoon pick-me-up, or a post-dinner cap on the day. It's meant to be enjoyed, not wasted on bleary-eyed mornings. One of my favorites.

Violet Chai Black Tea is one I can't quite work up as much enthusiasm. It sounds like it should be lovely - who doesn't like the sound of violet chai?  It makes me feel as if I'm having my own fancy tea party. But in taste, it doesn't quite measure up to the rapturous visions in my head. Although it smells like it should have some spice to it, and it looks like it should have some spice to it, all I taste when I drink it is an astringent, fruity flavor. Cranberries, perhaps? When I envisioned violet chai, I was expecting something a little smokey, a little floral, and soft spicy notes that added warmth. This blend doesn't much taste like a black tea, even. What it reminds me most is Celestial Seasonings Raspberry Zinger. Which isn't a bad thing really, it's just not what I envisioned when I think of violet chai. I feel very Anne Shirley saying this - but doesn't violet chai conjure up a lovely, elegant high tea with fine china, nicely dressed women, and delicate finger sandwiches? Doesn't it feel like it should be lighter, more mysterious version of the spicy chai you love? Whatever it was in my mind, fruity was not what I was expecting. It's not a bad tea, but it just doesn't feel like a chai tea, or violet anything to me.

And boy, that's a lot of italics. I really did get my Anne Shirley on there, didn't I?

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