Tea of the Week for May 1, 2017!
Happy May Day!
So this tea comes with a story - please bear with me . . .
I don't usually go for teas that have already been blended. I usually want to do the blending myself. I also usually don't go for CTC teas. But this tea presents us with an exception to that - because on a whim, I happened to sample an organic Scottish Breakfast Blend from a would-be supplier and I absolutely loved it. It was rich, rugged and malty and I immediately began to imagine what I might do with this tea.
So I ordered some of the tea to play around with it a bit and while playing around, I thought - hey, it's a Scottish Breakfast Blend, I should try blending it with butterscotch. Not real creative, I know. But after my initial taste test of the blend flavored with butterscotch - I was hooked. I decided to lighten things up with some soft, creamy marshmallow. And my "Scotty Breakfast Blend" was born. Again - not a really creative name, right?
As I was sitting around with Mat and updating him with my tea studio happenings, he asked me why I called this one "Scotty Breakfast Blend." And I told him something like: because it was made with a Scottish Breakfast Blend and I used ButterSCOTCH as the primary flavor component.
He mentioned I should call it "McBreakfast Blend" or something like that. Then I thought, what if McDonalds decides to slap a Cease and Desist on me for using their Mc. He told me that he didn't think they could actually do that and they probably don't lay claim to the prefix Mc. However, I wasn't too keen on McBreakfast Blend ... what about O'Scotty Breakfast Blend? During this exchange, I'm not sure who threw in "Beam Me Up, Scotty" into the mix . . . but I liked it. Not because I'm a big Star Trek fan because really, I'm not. I'm much more Harry Potter than Star Trek although I really liked Ricardo Montalbán's portrayal as Khan.
But I digress.
I liked the idea that - for those of us who like to see different meanings in words - the "Beam Me Up" could be thought of as waking someone up or inspiring a sense of alertness which is what black tea (especially a rich CTC blend like this) does for me. At the end of my exchange with Mat, he said, just call it "Wake Me Up, Scotty!" because those who are Star Trek fans will appreciate the alluding to "Beam Me Up" without actually saying that - and those who wouldn't get what I'm alluding to might still appreciate that this is a wake-me-up kind of tea with a Scottish Breakfast Blend base and a butterscotch flavor.
This a well-rounded black tea that on it's own is pretty robust and stimulating - a fantastic first tea of the morning! The butterscotch and hint of marshmallow offer a pleasant sweetness to the cup. A delightful cuppa!
Taster size is approximately 15g
organic ingredients: black teas (ctc), marshmallow root, calendula petals and natural flavors