Today’s tea is another one of my favorites from this past year. I seem to have more hits than misses when it comes to 52Teas, but, I suppose that is what makes them my favorite tea company. Not only does Frank manage to create some really unusual and totally unique flavored teas, but, he does it well. He doesn’t just toss flavoring in with some tea leaves and call it a blend. He takes the time to create something that tastes as good and interesting as it sounds. Having been a tea artist, I can speak from experience and say that it is NOT easy. But, Frank makes it look easy because it is a rare occasion when I’m actually disappointed by one of his teas. Most of the time, I’m just as pleased as can be with his creations.
And today’s blend is no exception. He brought back some cherished childhood memories with this tea blend.
For the ninth tea of Christmas, 52Teas gave to me …
I wasn’t allowed to drink a lot of soda as a kid, which, looking back now, I think was a good thing. I was pretty frustrated with it as a kid though, because all I drank was water and punch (aka Kool-Aid, which was made with saccharine – YUCK!) There was a rare occasion as a child when we would visit my father’s best friend, he would make me a special “cocktail” consisting of ginger ale, ice and a maraschino cherry. It looked much like the glass on the label. It made me feel grown up to have a drink that at least looked like the adults drinks, even if it didn’t taste like it (and truth be told, I still prefer the way the ginger ale would taste over a mixed drink).
And then, there was the even more rare occasion when I might be sick to my stomach, and was allowed to drink “flat” ginger ale, which was supposed to settle my stomach (according to my step-mom). Those were the only two times I was really allowed to have soda (unless we were out to eat, which was an even more rare occasion), and both times involved Ginger Ale. So, Ginger Ale is kind of a special beverage for me, and Frank has managed to capture that flavor very well in this tea.
Like the other teas in this 12 Teas of Christmas series, I have reviewed this tea previously … and I love it now as much as I loved it then.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!