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Tea Time: Jingle Bells

Lately, I've been feeling like I want write up reviews of tea and manga, so why not? And where better to start than with Lupicia's limited holiday blends?

Jingle Bells
by Lupicia
flavored black tea

I generally choose tea by how it smells, and this one smells fantastic. It's a bright, fruity scent, and according to the package, also has a champagne note, which I wouldn't have been able to pick out on my own, but after reading it's there, it makes sense to me. Somehow, the scent evokes holly berries and baubles against pine boughs and sleigh rides through the snow on a bright, crisp winter day, even though it doesn't actually smell like any of those things. Visually, the tea itself has some tiny flowers among the tea leaves, which also doesn't have any relation to how it smells, but it looks nice.

When drinking, the tea tastes exactly as it smells, and evokes the same imagery. It's very full and flavorful. It tastes great no matter how it's prepared, but in my opinion, it's best when brewed strong with lots of sugar. My personal story about this tea is that when I went to do the recording for the Christmas Carol Suite (see how I slipped that link in there), I decided to take a thermos of this with me. However, I thought my thermos held a lot more than it actually did, so I put about twice as much sugar in as I normally do. And when I got to the recording place, I found out that my thermos keeps drinks hot a lot better than I thought it did. So it was a couple hours before I could drink it, and the tea bag was sitting at the bottom that whole time. And that was about the best cup of tea I've ever had in my life. (That's also the day I made the recording that got picked for the solo, so maybe it's lucky as well?) Anyway, all-around, this is one of my absolute favorite teas, and now that my bag of it is almost empty, I really wish I'd bought more of it when I was down at Lupicia, even though I have 10 other blends to drink.

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