Isn’t it funny how I spelled out Saint? I was going to use the typical shortened version, but I wanted to have a little fun. That’s where the fun ends. Unfortunately, the two teas I’ll be recapping leave much to be desired. I pride myself on focusing on the positive and it’s easy to find the good in most situations. I’ll attempt to do the same here.
Quite honestly, Bewley’s is a tea I’ve never heard of. It’s possible I’ve come across their brand in passing at various restaurants and cafes. But if I had tried a cup, I don’t remember. That isn’t a knock on them or anyone else by the way. Perhaps until now. There’s a myriad of choices out there. How can we keep up with them all? Well that’s part of why my blog was created. I may not end up having every tea and flavor ever invented. However, I’m going to enjoy the ride and enjoy as many as I can.
I wish i could say I enjoyed both. Over the course of two visits to McShane’s in Bel Air, MD, I had the Dublin Morning and Irish Breakfast respectively. Neither did anything for me. They both felt flat and uninspired.
With names like that, how can you go wrong? Well, something did. I wanted inspirational and uplifting. I got mediocre and disappointing.
The Dublin Morning packaging evokes thoughts of waking up, ready to make moves, and take the world by storm. I wish I could say that was the case. You don’t judge a tea by its name. It just tasted like any ordinary tea you find at a convenient store. That’s what it felt like. I did enjoy my blueberry muffin that accompanied my tea. My pastry was delectable. Sadly, it wasn’t enough to mask the deficiencies of my cup.
Approximately a week later I went back and went with the Irish Breakfast. Yes, I had a well laid out plan. I did read some suggestions and milk was recommended. I prefer my tea with nothing but I went with the next best thing. The Irish Oatmeal was mesmerizing. I’m salivating at the thought of it now. I requested walnuts and cranberries to add some flavor that tea was not offering. This did the job. But a tea with power and stellar flavor wouldn’t need outside forces to make it drinkable. The site mentions a blend of Assam and Darjeeling teas. I got nothing of the sort. I really wanted more and I’m genuinely dejected.
I might be sounding dramatic, but I take joy in finding great teas. These two helpings were paint-by-numbers and nothing else. However, I’ve now been encouraged to try other Irish-themed teas. And I don’t mean just for today, the holidays, or any specific day. I look forward to trying out some new brands of teas from companies I’ve never heard of. This has opened my eyes and opened some doors.
Have a safe and blessed St. (see what I did) Patrick’s Day. Many of us will be drinking a cold one or two. Maybe a warm one will do wonders as well.
Take good care,