A Quick Cuppa: Sugar Plum Tea

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by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author to this e-zine)

My humans love classical music. Such composers as Tchaikovsky are top of that list. And this time of year they like to listen to The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies from The Nutcracker (a fab ballet – our favorite is the one with Gelsey Kirkland and “Clara” and Michael Baryshnikov as the Nutcracker when he was in his prime shape as a dancer – for a human, that is). So what could be better than to sip on some Sugar Plum Black Tea? This one was part of the samples we had received from Empire Tea Services recently as part of their holiday promotion efforts.

WiT-EMP-SugarPlum1Ingredients are listed on their store site as Ceylon tea flavored with Sugar Plum, botanicals, fruit pieces and naturally sweetened with Stevia.

I steeped some up for my humans to enjoy while listening to that lovely music (and I did a little dancing – well, more like scooting – myself) while they sipped and savored. Overall, they seemed pleased, but they did remark that the Stevia was initially sweet but there was an unpleasant aftertaste, and the overall flavor wasn’t quite as sugar plum-like as they had expected.

But that’s the problem with expectations. And it’s one of our issues with flavored teas like this. Duplicating natural aromas and flavors is tough to do. Ask any perfume maker. But that doesn’t mean the flavor was bad. In fact, if it had been, my humans would have been grimacing and making those odd faces they tend to do. Instead, they enjoyed their tea and music moment to the max. A good sign and another score for your fave little teapot in making his humans happy.

© 2014 A.C. Cargill photos and text

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